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I have two of these Mini A8 GPs trackers that I use for my drones. It takes the T-Mobile SIM card on a $3.00/month DATA plan and has its own phone number.

https://smile.amazon.com/Diymore-Loc...ateway&sr=8-16

It works, but at a level you might expect for the price. The internal battery is only good for about a dozen location pings, or 12 hours before it dies. You call the phone number assigned to the SIM card and hang up after the "leave a message" response, and in about three or four minutes you will receive a text message with a map, showing the GPS coordinates of the device, or at least where it was when it responded. It is VERY TINY.

I also have ... ... the ABLEGRID TK102 GPS tracking device. It also takes a T-Mobile SIM card and works the same way. It is larger and it seems to respond faster (15 - 30 seconds) It has a larger internal battery that MAY last a full day or two.

https://smile.amazon.com/Bestcompu%C...y&sr=8-1-fkmr0

These all work the same way. They "ping" a latitude and longitude to a cell tower, and the message is relayed to you with a Google Map display of the coordinates, and no further information. I strongly suggest that if you use either of these two devices, you provide constant power to them from the bike's battery via a USB cable, so they can be more reliable.

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The nice thing about a more expensive unit (you get what you pay for) is that in the case of something like the G5 PRO from LiveViewGPS, it has a website with it's own map.

You can draw a "geofence" around an area, or several areas, and a text message will be sent out if you cross any fence in either direction, in or out. So you can draw circles around your relative's homes at say a 50 mile radius. When you cross into their geofence, you can set the site to automatically send a text to your loved ones ... "Joe is now within 50 miles of your home" or any message yo choose.

It will also alert any phone(s) to the device moving OUT of the geofence, so you can set a fence for your new teenage driver to run around town, and if he or she drives out of that fence, you will receive an alert with the location of the tracker. The G5 PRO can also shut down the ignition, honk the horn, unlock doors, etc. It is more expensive, and the monthly service is more, but the services are fantastic!

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the Tornadoes chased us down to the cellar last night, I counted six laptops, and about as many backup USB HDDs that were packed in a separate case.
I am not trying to 'one up' you, but I truly have 34 computers in my house. Only 4 to 6 of them are connected and running at any time, but they are all used now and then, for various tasks.

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Did you bring a change of clothes?
Funny you should ask! Yes, I finally defaulted to packing one week of clothes, but I gave SERIOUS consideration to not bringing outer clothing at all. Just socks and boxers!

The original plan for this tour, was to stop off at Wally World or Target or wherever ... every few days and buy clothes as needed. Jeans, T-shirts, a 'hoodie,' etc. After wearing them for a day or two (or three), I would donate them to the local drop box for the homeless, and go buy new stuff.

This may sound crazy, but think about it... You take clothes with you. you have to feed washing machines with quarters to clean them. You have to buy soap and softener, and maybe even bleach. You have to stop for an hour or longer at a laundromat every several days. You have to have a separate place for the clean vs soiled clothing. And you are wearing the same thing in EVERY photograph!

By purchasing inexpensive clothing and donating it, you save the time and the money, and the receipts for the donated clothing are TAX DEDUCTIBLE When you look at the big picture, it almost makes perfect sense.

On this 180-day tour, if the jeans and T-shirts and outer clothing are used for three days on average, that is 60 different sets of clothing purchased. 60 x $15 = 750.00. On a 180 day tour, if you do laundry once a week, that is 25 trips to the laundromat, each costing ... $12.00 ??? By the time you buy the small containers of soap and softener and bleach, and feed the washers and dryers.... That is $300.00. So on a six month tour, I can (nearly completely) avoid the laundry circus by making a simple $500.00 donation to charity!

I just don't think I have it in me to donate boxers and socks, but you know, if you soak them in a little Woolite and let them dry ...

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For an additional camera option I just ordered the INSTA 360 ONE X 360 Action Camera.

I watched several You Tube videos about this camera, and decided that I want the option to take photos and videos in this new format.

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Funny you should ask! Yes, I finally defaulted to packing one week of clothes, but I gave SERIOUS consideration to not bringing outer clothing at all. Just socks and boxers!

The original plan for this tour, was to stop off at Wally World or Target or wherever ... every few days and buy clothes as needed. Jeans, T-shirts, a 'hoodie,' etc. After wearing them for a day or two (or three), I would donate them to the local drop box for the homeless, and go buy new stuff.

This may sound crazy, but think about it... You take clothes with you. you have to feed washing machines with quarters to clean them. You have to buy soap and softener, and maybe even bleach. You have to stop for an hour or longer at a laundromat every several days. You have to have a separate place for the clean vs soiled clothing. And you are wearing the same thing in EVERY photograph!

By purchasing inexpensive clothing and donating it, you save the time and the money, and the receipts for the donated clothing are TAX DEDUCTIBLE When you look at the big picture, it almost makes perfect sense.

On this 180-day tour, if the jeans and T-shirts and outer clothing are used for three days on average, that is 60 different sets of clothing purchased. 60 x $15 = 750.00. On a 180 day tour, if you do laundry once a week, that is 25 trips to the laundromat, each costing ... $12.00 ??? By the time you buy the small containers of soap and softener and bleach, and feed the washers and dryers.... That is $300.00. So on a six month tour, I can (nearly completely) avoid the laundry circus by making a simple $500.00 donation to charity!

I just don't think I have it in me to donate boxers and socks, but you know, if you soak them in a little Woolite and let them dry ...

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Good point. Might I suggest getting some tight fitting underwear though like underamour, loose fitting drawers tend to bunch up and get uncomfortable. Wal Mart has their own brand pretty cheap. You can take wash them out and let dry overnight and your good to go again.
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The Walmart boxer briefs are great. I use them to hold things in place because of the hernia harness I have to wear. Do not want to do surgery again as the one Feb 1, 2019, resulted in 3 code blue (crash cart) events due to bleeding out. 12 units of blood, 3 units of plasma and gallons of saline solution and antibiotics plus a 2nd surgery to control bleeders. 13 days in the hospital. The whole process made my chest hurt and black and blue due to whatever they did to make me come back. It is scary to wake up to a room full of medicos. It was no picnic for me but an (s)HELL of a time for Estella.

Have thought about some undies such as Duluth but being price conscience we have not tried any.

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Good point. Might I suggest getting some tight fitting underwear though like underamour, loose fitting drawers tend to bunch up and get uncomfortable. Wal Mart has their own brand pretty cheap. You can take wash them out and let dry overnight and your good to go again.
Yeah, that may be worth a try. Men's underwear is not really a topic for social situations though.

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I thought that I was the world's worst at hauling along electronic junk, er, uh, valuable accessories to my life.

There is a difference between "junk" and "stuff":


"Stuff" is the junk you keep, and "Junk" is the stuff you throw away...

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I am not trying to 'one up' you, but I truly have 34 computers in my house. Only 4 to 6 of them are connected and running at any time, but they are all used now and then, for various tasks.

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Does each computer have a different operating system?
I have 5 laptops and each has a different OS. A vintage Apple G4 PowerBook with the Apple OS, 2 running Linux Peppermint9 and Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon, 2 running Windows 7 and Vista.


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