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My wonderful wife Red is back with her little school kids this morning, both bikes are snugged up to their maintainers, and I'm dangerously close to being maudlin about the passing of summer.... hate this time......

So, to bore you all, and to pass the time, I'm gonna pass on a couple of things that we learned this summer......

- A full-length natural sheepskin can make a miserable seat passable....

- Padded bicycle shorts, worn under your riding pants, are a joy to the nether regions, but nearly impossible to launder on the road....takes a week to dry them.... so, buy a couple of pairs of nylon, long-legged briefs -- which look like bicycle shorts -- and wear them under the bike shorts. These things can be worn into the shower at night, washed up by hand, and nearly dry in your hand while walking back to the tent! From now on, I'm taking a pair of bicycle shorts and two pairs of long-legged briefs! Takes up hardly any room in the sidebag and you can get through an 11,000 mile summer that way!

- We've used the indestructible Wiggy Lightweight synthetic sleeping bags for years, zipped together. But their warmth is marginal, which is okay in the deserts of Utah but not in the mountains of Colorado. So I contemplated buying new down bags for both of us.... but that costs $$$$$$$$. So we purchased a single inexpensive, light weight, rectangular down bag which we zip open and lay on top our our Wiggy's .... like a quilt.... works great.... takes up hardly any room....and Red purrs like a kitten when the mercury heads for 32 degrees and lower.

- The newer, single-walled, silicone-coated tents like our MSR are engineered to minimize condensation, and pack incredibly lighter and more compact than our old fly tent..... we saved nearly seven pounds going this way. We don't have as much room in the tent, but we simply store our stuff inthe waterproof bags that the sleeping bags and tent came in..... The jury's still out, but it seemed to work this time........ btw, that MSR tent spills the wind like crazy and is the quietest tent I've ever slept in.....

-- Well, thanks for letting me bore ya! :cheeky1: Since I don't have a trailer and ride a smaller bike than most of you, and since I'm too poor for motels, I'm continually on the search for lighter, simpler, and less expensive gear! If you have any thoughts, pass 'em along!
 

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Yep, you bored CJ, but it's good info for the rest of us.:waving:
 

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Oh great!!!!!! Now your telling me my "Timber Line" tent is out dated?????

I might be able to put on some long hard miles in a day,,,,,, but I still can't keep up with you CJ. :cool::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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Winger77 wrote:
Oh great!!!!!! Now your telling me my "Timber Line" tent is out dated?????

I might be able to put on some long hard miles in a day,,,,,, but I still can't keep up with you CJ. :cool::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
Naw, don't put your tent on Ebay, yet, Winger..... remember, I said the jury's still out, and this was a pretty short trip, only four nights out..... but I like to experiment.... and you can keep up with me, son...... I'm a bit older than you, after all..... matter of fact, didn't I date your grandmother once?

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Cousin Jack wrote:
Winger77 wrote:
Oh great!!!!!! Now your telling me my "Timber Line" tent is out dated?????

I might be able to put on some long hard miles in a day,,,,,, but I still can't keep up with you CJ. :cool::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
I'm a bit older than you, after all..... matter of fact, didn't I date your grandmother once?

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Hmmmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,, she always spoke highly of her dates,,,,,,, never heard her mention you,,,,,,, wonder why :cool::D:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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I am looking for new poles for my two shelter halves. Guess I may have to saw a broom stick down.
 

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Man, if I never see another army pup tent that will be far too soon. I've still got one shelter half, don't know why, we used it at the beach a few times to keep sand out of our grub. Sure makes a miserable tent, or maybe it was the camping trips the US Army provided for me. Sees like they couldn't be bothered to provide any S'mores or ghost stories around the campfire.
 

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One thing that might help save you a little room CJ,is pitch those shorts,briefs or underwear Ya don't need'em in my book,they only make you sweat.
17,000 miles this summer and never once did I have a pair on.......yes I'm out there,and I'm lovin it.....

Well you asked for ideas,so.....
 

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Man, if I never see another army pup tent that will be far too soon. I've still got one shelter half, don't know why, we used it at the beach a few times to keep sand out of our grub. Sure makes a miserable tent, or maybe it was the camping trips the US Army provided for me. Sees like they couldn't be bothered to provide any S'mores or ghost stories around the campfire.

Yeah, the reason they named them "Shelter Half" is that they only sheltered half of you.... and that was in good weather!

It's a crime what they give soldiers to go to the field with, a freakin' crime........


I liked tanks in the guard because we could at least get out of the weather, and the tanks had good heaters..... I got so I could sleep in that TC hatch pretty good!
 

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One thing that might help save you a little room CJ,is pitch those shorts,briefs or underwear Ya don't need'em in my book,they only make you sweat.
17,000 miles this summer and never once did I have a pair on.......yes I'm out there,and I'm lovin it.....

Well you asked for ideas,so.....
Damn! No undies..... pretty radical, that! Don't know if I could be comfortable with everything splayed out like that....... :shock::shock::shock:

Well, this thread is titled "Odds and Ends," and that's about the Oddest End I've heard of yet!

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I also forgot to mention,if you have'nt done it latley you might wanna change that old air out of your tires and put in some fresh,I'm sure fresh air weighs less........





I was serious about the underwear though,I guess you can say when I hit 40 a few years back,It really did change me.......
 
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