Thursday, June 30, 2011

Off they go!



Speaking of combat...

 

Just to test how videos work in the blog, here's yours truly firing a .50 caliber BMG sniper rifle :)

Combat-ready

Ready to be washed with soap, dried by wind only and compressed under the
helmet 12+ hours a day :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shortest haircut

Getting close to D day. Packing is going well, a few more things left to sort out. Keeping it all packed neatly on such a long trip and remembering where everything is will be a different challenge.

Got what's probably the shortest haircut of my life, apart from when I shaved my head in 1981 :). Now I don't need to bring a hair brush or worry what my hair looks like when I take the helmet off  - it will look just as funny as it did before I put the helmet on :). I'm considering shaving my beard too, but don't think I'll have a stomach for it.

A little more than a day left...


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Excitement and contentment at the same time.

Thanks to my fellow riders and friends who provided advice and equipment I think I finally have everything I need for the trip. The GPS question is solved more than satisfactorily (thanks Angela!) and there will be a couple of dozen liters of extra dry luggage space thanks to Colin's big-ass top case and dry bag. A few more minor adjustments and I'll start packing the stuff that's spread all over the basement floor.

I'm really looking forward to Friday. Once we start rolling what we forgot won't matter any more. Lady fortune favors the brave and for everything else there's AAA :)

Look at that case! Once it's full I'll be able to pop power wheelies in fifth gear :)


Getting there with packing

Borrowed a 52L top case from Colin, realized how really big it is
after I got home and compared it with my 36L - it even dwarfs my 42L
side cases. Big is good, meaning I can pack more or (more importantly)
more loosely/sloppily :). It has top rack as a bonus that will come in
handy. Have to post some pictures when I load everything up...

Monday, June 27, 2011

GPS connundrum seems solved

Angela was kind to offer her StreetPilot 2820 as a loaner for the trip. It's a solid GPS that should do the job very well. Off to mounting, fixing a new internal battery, installing maps and firmware upgrades...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A positive note

On a positive note, the bike is good and ready for the trip. The old girl just turned 114,000Km and runs as good as the first day I got her. Purrs like a kitten at idle, roars like a lioness in heat when I wring her throttle. Just got new tires (should easily last the entire trip), brakes got new EBC HH pads, washed her thoroughly yesterday. She'll be dirty as a Shanghai whore by the time we get back and will be flogged almost as much, but I don't foresee any malfunctions. This bike has proven reliable as an anvil so far, and I have no reason to expect anything less for the foreseeable future.

Get serious

The D day for the transcontinental adventure is fast approaching, so it's time to stop horsing around. Repeated visits to MEC, frantic search for a good GPS and hair pulling at the sight of all the stuff I plan to stuff in my luggage are the orders of the day. Someone once said "You can't bring everything you want, but you can bring everything you need". Bullcrap, that bozo had no idea how much I need :)). I know it will all fit in the end, but the end is very near...

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I scream

For ice cream that landed on the floor :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Walkway pattern

This is the coolest one I've seen so far, yet so simple.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A rusty chain at the foot of the Golden Gate bridge. I found it interesting.