Tomorrow is departure day! Right now my goal is Santa Clarita, CA. That's a long 528 miles and even I have my doubts. I didn't make any reservations, so I can stop anywhere north of LA if I'm not feeling it.
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If I _can_ make Santa Clarita that only leaves 326 miles to Ben Lomond. Which makes for a relaxing ride north, maybe spending more time exploring New Brighton State Beach or Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. We'll see how it goes.
This afternoon I took the bike down and got her gas'd up. She got a little bath, and tire pressure was properly adjusted. Here's most of the items going on the ride.
A brief run down of all the gear. I'll be gone Frinday-Tuesday, and I like to pack for one extra day, so that means six shirts, socks, two pairs of jeans, two light pull overs, one heavy pull over, pair of tennis shoes, ditty bag, beanie, two heavy weather riding gloves, two light riding gloves, wallet, camera, phone, ear plugs, clear vizor, mirrored vizor, rain gear, motorcycle cover, riding boots, riding jacket and pants. There are other small items but that pretty much covers the heavy stuff.
This is my heaviest riding jacket. It's a Frank Thomas - Tourino SP Aquatec. If I had it to do over again I'd probably go with something else. My personal opinion is the build quality is pretty cheap, if you notice I've already lost a button on the front. I'm sure it can be fixed..just haven't had the time. I bought it last year when winter was starting. I walked into a Cycle Gear and asked for the warmest jacket they had. This was it. I did use it on some pretty cool days and it did keep me warm. I haven't tried it in the rain yet.
Turtle Fur neck gaiters, the wife and I bought awhile back on a ski trip, work great to keep the cold and wind out. You pull them over your head first, then put your riding jacked on. My neck hasn't gotten cold yet with them on.
For those people who live in rain climates, whats the best way to wear gloves? With them _over_ the jacket sleeve? or should the jacket sleeve go over the glove? My gut tells me that the glove should go over the jacket sleeve.
I'm hoping to do some posts when I can find wireless. See everyone from the road! /wave