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Old 05-08-2011, 10:56 AM   #41
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Here is a bit of advice from an old guy, 71, who has ridden cross country, including several deserts, several times on a Goldwing and several Harleys. Plan your trip ahead of time based on gas, water and lodging, using maps and compass, don't waste time on a GPS unit, they are great in populated areas but scarce on info in real rural areas. Have some one where you can leave a message when you are hitting the desert, date, time and place. Buy a cargo net that stretches over your luggage so nothing falls off, took me hours to find my helmet and never found a set of elephant ears for my crash bars. Stick bottles of gatorade in the net for easy access, hot gatorade is easier to drink than hot water. Be sure to check your "Pee" it should be almost clear, if it begins to get dark yellow, drink a lot more liquids. Buy some long sleeve, oversized white tee shirts for daytime, hot sun riding. Buy several tubes of Mary Kay Cosmetics SPF 30 sunblock, it is the best available. Give yourself a good goo-mask of sunblock in the morning and hit your nose, ears and lips during the day. Don't overpack, "what you wear and one more pair". Hit a budget motel once a week and do your laundry in the shower. I recommend you try a night or so in the desert but make sure you are financially able to stay at Budget motels, traveling and camping in desert areas is not as glamorous as it sounds. Make sure your bike is in top condition, carry some oil, primary and tranny fluid. If you belong to a riding club like Harley Owner's Group, make sure you sign up for their road service program or check with your ins. agent to see if your bike has road service coverage. You are going to make memories that will last forever, I still recall every long ride I made, some of them 50 years ago. Enjoy your ride and let all of us know when you return. Wish I was going along.
I see you have good tastes in bikes. My great uncle has one of those net thingys, I'll see if he's willing to lend it out. Coincidentally I do carry a red Gatorade in my outside pouch. I have a good Dickies long sleeve work shirt that I wear year round, as a matter of fact I'm wearing it right now with the sleeves neatly folded up. I'll definitely carry extra fluid as my bike will be on "probation" after its tranny is overhauled. I'll definitely keep y'all informed. I just hope there's not another mechanical hiccup(which always seems to happen before a date). I'll make sure that gremlin bell is clean.
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I loved spending time out in the desert when I lived in AZ. A great gizmo (but totally unnecessary) to have at night would be a planisphere so you know what you're looking at in the night sky. Or if you have an android phone, get Google Skymap.

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I loved spending time out in the desert when I lived in AZ. A great gizmo (but totally unnecessary) to have at night would be a planisphere so you know what you're looking at in the night sky. Or if you have an android phone, get Google Skymap.
Good call, I haven't thought of that.
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I agree on the GPS, I've been lost more WITH one.
Sorry if it sounded like I was pushing the use of a GPS unit on you for this trip.

My intention was for the tracking capabilities, not the On-Star, help me find a Dairy Queen.

The tracking function is passive and only requires you to keep the unit in eye-sight to the sky.

I'm an old Scoutmaster and know the absolute life saving value of having map reading skill.

A $10 ($20 if poly-coated and worth it) topo map and a $10 compass is just another investment.
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Sorry if it sounded like I was pushing the use of a GPS unit on you for this trip.

My intention was for the tracking capabilities, not the On-Star, help me find a Dairy Queen.

The tracking function is passive and only requires you to keep the unit in eye-sight to the sky.

I'm an old Scoutmaster and know the absolute life saving value of having map reading skill.

A $10 ($20 if poly-coated and worth it) topo map and a $10 compass is just another investment.
Nah man, you're good. I'm referring to those dadgum Tom Toms, I had one & that thing was a pos. I was thinking maybe I could have some of those clear plastic scrapbook pages rolled up so I could print off specific topographic areas at its nearest library & stick em in those.
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I have not had the need to use one but with little research I've found they run $100 and up plus a subscription.

Amazon.com: SPOT Personal Tracker: Sports & Outdoors

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Do your research; reviews, tracking software, subscription cost/flexability........

Then shop around.
My wife uses one of these for work. She ends up in some pretty remote places with no cell coverage when doing weed abatement and her boss issued her one of these. Hers has a test message and an alert message. It sends text and/or email messages to 5 people with a pre-recorded message and a GPS locater that works with Google maps. Pretty slick device when used for its intended purpose.
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Well the bike is in pieces now & I'm finding more & more wrong with it but it'll get fixed soon. I'm getting some Wiley X goggles so my eyes won't dry out so fast. I'll keep y'all up to date.

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When are you leaving? It would be cool if you could give us an update from your I-phone when you are on the road as to your wherabouts, and how the trip is going. I for one would love to hear about it.
I took a trip with my dad in 1976, when I was 17, him on a BMW R-1000 and me on a Yamaha 750. Rode from Denver to San Fran. then up the Pacific coast hiway, put the bikes on a ferry and rode around Vancouver island. Camped out the whole time other than motel every 3rd day for shower and laundry. Still one of the coolest trips I've ever taken.

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anyone who has not spent time in the desert does not know the value of having water. A lot of water. when I hike when its warm I commonly use 1 quart an hour.

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