Tuesday, June 19, 2012

All packed


I have been selecting what to take with me, distributing, packing, unpacking, organizing, re-packing for a few days but I think I'm finally done.   I have gone over the list multiple times ad nauseam.  I have added to the list at the last minute and checked-off the list multiple times. 
This is the final setup before putting everything away.


On my last post I had put the sleeping bag in my MotoPak but the little bag with the camping stove, fuel, and other necessities didn't fit inside.  I was also stressing the zipper and I don't need the bag to burst on me.  I have decided to put the sleeping bag in a waterproof bag and strap it to the top of my left pannier.  This leaves empty space inside the MotoPak but it will become useful when I buy stuff along the way.



The orange bag has the underwear and the green has the socks, the two bags will fit inside the left pannier where all the clothes are packed.  The MotoPak now has some space, I can always move something from the right pannier to the MotoPak if I need to carry food which I plan on doing before I head to a campsite everyday.  The right pannier has my rain gear in the black bag in the back, easy to get to if it starts raining.


Everything is packed and the panniers and MotoPak are ready to be put on the bike.  The top pannier has enough space left to put candy, energy bars and snacks for those lonely stretches of road.


Tomorrow I will do an oil and filter change since from my house to Whitehorse is about 3700 miles.  I will do the next oil change at the Yukon Yamaha dealer in Whitehorse.
It appears the nights are getting longer, I keep turning in bed thinking about the trip as my departure day approaches. 

Some of the guys have already started heading out.  I will be riding solo all the way to Whitehorse where I will meet the other Super Tenere owners.

31 comments:

  1. Looks like you're ready to go! Safe travels.

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    1. Thanks, lets hope for good weather and great photos :-)

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  2. Yeehaw!!! Good to go. Don't forget to breath. Have fun!

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    1. I am having a hard time breathing ;-)
      Thanks

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  3. George:

    everything looks so neat and tidy. You're going such a long distance that it takes time to figure out what you need to bring and you managed to fit it all into your cases.

    hopefully you will be more relaxed while you are on the road. I think we are all getting excited for you too. Have a good trip and ride safe

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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  4. One pair of socks too many ;)

    Nice luggage setup!
    No Tank-bag though?

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    1. Ha ha, maybe but better have too many than not enough :-)
      I do have a small tank bag and it will have my camera and cell phone. I like to be able to stop and quickly take a picture without having to get out of the bike.

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  5. One thing that has come in handy for me has been the US Post Office and their flat rate shipping boxes. I can pack the things that I buy along the way into their boxes and ship it home.

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    1. Yea, that's a great idea. During my cross country trip, when my laptop died, I stopped by a UPS store and shipped it back as well as an extra jacket I had.

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  6. What a great trip George, and you are well prepared. Looks excellent. You are gonna have one great adventure.

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  7. Elwood: It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.

    Jake: Hit it.

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  8. Nice job packing. How well is the weight balanced side to side or is that really not an issue? Hopefully I'll see you in Whitehorse!

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    1. The Tenere is like a mule, she doesn't mind any weight differences. See you in Whitehorse.

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  9. Following along, George. And wishing I was riding, too!

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  10. Dear George:

    This is the very best post I have ever seen on packing. What a great and inspiring job. Your presentation of the material leaves nothing to the imagination, and nothing to chance. I have bookmarked this page and would like to refer others to it when the subject of packing arises. Would you mind?

    Fondest regards,
    Jack/reep
    Twisted roads

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    1. Thanks Jack, I hope I covered everything but I know there will be something left behind. The good thing is I will pass lots of towns while still in the US and every little town along the way will have a Walmart or Wallgreens, that pretty much covers everything ;-)
      Of course you can refer others to my page or pages, it's a compliment.

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  11. This is how a Kraut (most likely) riding an R1200GS would have packed! I mean that in a good way ;-)

    George, do you have any German ancestors in your blood line?

    Good job! If you lived nearby I would let you do all my travel preparation and packing.

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    1. Ha ha, no German that I know in my past. Isn't Kraut a derogatory term for a German? I guess it's okay, you are German after all ;-)

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    2. I am impressed and I am a Kraut. What else can I say. Have fun, be safe and be ready for this adventure. From what I can see, you are not traveling alone but there are a lot of people with you in spirit.
      Martin

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    3. Is this Martin from Atlanta?? :-)
      Thanks Martin.

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  12. Far too organised! How are you going to keep up to that standard for the whole trip?

    Seriously, great to see you've got everything sorted and are ready to rock and roll. Very jealous of your trip but very keen to watch closely and make notes for the future...

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    1. Oh, I stay organized, it's the only way otherwise I go crazy ;-)

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  13. Great packing job George. I like the panniers to be neat and organized to. It saves so much time and frustration when on the road. No one wants to be standing there digging for items by the side of the road. If you know exactly where it is, so much easier.

    How many more sleeps before you leave?

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    1. Exactly, I don't like to have to try to figure out where a certain thing is when you on the side of the road.
      Leaving tomorrow, at the top of the blog there's a count down timer, it says 19 hours to go, yepee..... there's also a count up time that will start tomorrow :-)

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    2. 11 hours to go! Have a great trip!

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