Trip Start May 2005
18Trip End Aug 18, 2005
I pulled off of I 10 yesterday about 4:30 PM to go to the KOA but stopped to get some gas first.. After filling up ( 1.9 Gal ) I was walking back to the bike and noticed the saddlebag on the exhaust side was melted!!! Yikes!!! #%**%%##!! Enough of that.. Thank God I was only about a mile from the camp and felt I could make it there without any further damage. After checking in I looked over the situation.. Now the only thing of value I have been hauling around is Chris'backpack tent which he was nice enough to let me use after he saw my $17.98 Walmart tent.. It's really a nice tent and goes up so easy.. Well, my luck, his tent was right on the bottom and was melted along with the bottom of the bag!!! Also the battery pump for the air mattress, my vitamins and the motorcycle cover. A few more words and then off to Walmart to get a bigger tent, on sale of course, for $29.99.. Plus the air pump..
Back to camp and set up the new home and moved in with my air mattress. This AM I did the town thing and then started on "recovery project" saddlebag. Since that represents 30% of my storage I had to make it work.. Found the camp handy man who turned out to be a gem and we found a 2 x 8 which I cut down and screwed into the bottom of the "custom" bag.. Looks fine and will do the job... I seem to get a kick out of things like this in seeing how I can respond to a problem without just calling a bike shop and spending $500 on new "real" saddlebags.. I'll let you know next time how it works out but I think it will be fine.
A few other comments... Doing something like this is a learning experience and that's why I like doing it. I said I was going to ride the back roads, well, that's not working out well at all.. Not only is it slow, which doesn't bother me, but the condition of the road is sometimes good and sometimes not so good.. I find I'm riding the interstate more and more which is a bore but nice and smooth.. When you hit big bumps on a bike it just isn't fun and when you get on one of those roads that has heat bumps every quarter mile you start thinking the freeway would be soooo nice..
I had Texas brisket last night made by an old guy in the campground and it was really tasty.. He said normally people don't care for it as it's a cheap cut of meat but he cooks this for 18 hours.. Never had it before and he said don't ever buy it again because it won't ever be as good as his!!!
Heading toward El Paso in the AM but won't ride the 600 miles so I'll make that two day trip. Hope to find a camp somewhere half way..