Post ride debrief
Here’s the stats (some data is estimated ;)):
- Total Distance: 2,346 miles
- Time Span: 5 days, 3 nights
- Total stops during the Saddlesore part of the ride: 8 intentional + 1 un-intentional
- Total water consumed: Approximately 25 liters
- Hours from one fully charged iPod: 16
- Songs on iPod: 9,342
- Failures: 1 Camelbak rainstorm, 1 Headlight went out day five, 1 forgotten Oil tool, 2 speeding tickets, 1 lost ATM card
- Bikes on the road: 38% V-Strom, 19% GS, 40% Cruisers, 3% Miscellaneous
- % of Cruisers that waived back: 20% :
- % of everyone else that waived back: 98.9%
- Rainstorms that got me: 2
- Rainstorms I missed: 36
- Brothels (spotted) on Highway 95: 5
- Number of times I lifted my feet off the pavement during Vegas traffic for 1 hour and 45 minutes: 0
- Number of times my mom referred to her least favorite presidential candidate as an idiot in a 24 hour period: 381
- Wasteful dollars spent on an inappropriately large hospital and housing development in Durango: About $100,000,000
- Available gas octanes available in Dyer: 1
- Available gas octanes available in Moab: 4 + Diesel
GPS – Just because the route looks right on the computer software, doesn’t mean the GPS device won’t make up it’s own routes. Need to make sure you have waypoints at every desired turn or your planned route can get FUBAR’d. Fortunately I figured it out without getting lost.
iPod – For some reason, when on shuffle… I heard a disproportionate amount of Depeche Mode and Shania Twain. I’m not sure how Shania got into my iPod, but I now need a young priest and an old priest to perform a quick ceremony to get her out.
Stamina and Fatigue – I learned that I can ride a lot longer than originally expected without pushing my limits or taking un-necessary chances relating to being too tired.
Hydration – I drank so much water, that most of my stops revolved around needing to find a bathroom (or bush). I attribute a lot of my stamina to staying hydrated… clearly very important and having a Camelbak the entire ride helped keep me going.
Extra parts to bring next time – Helmet parts (like the plastic screw I lost). Extra mouthpiece for the Camelbak. That’s it… not bad for a trip like this.
What I packed and brought with me:
(coming as soon as I unpack… I will list everything and attempt to take pictures). All in all, I feel like I was greatly prepared. I think when you’re going solo and venturing places like 12,800 foot peaks alone… it’s good to have extra stuff. Look for the list and pics tomorrow.
It was a great experience and if any of you have a chance to do something like this, I highly recommend it. It’s challenging, but will not only show you what you’re made of but give you lots of time to have uninterrupted alone time. I will definitely do it again, just not sure where and when… probably next Spring. Will probably look for something that’s about 3,000 miles. Any more I get a little too crazy. I’ve had friends go up to Canada a couple of times and have had others invite me to go down to Baja… so we’ll see.
For more pics, you can go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackcskates/c…57607364465222/