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2019 The year of the replacement tours

Just running at the mouth here.

I have roughly 6,000 miles of touring (two trips) on my bike over the last month or so, during which time...

My tried and true blue Wally Word tent that I've been using for for over 15 years finally wore out. It's floor is now retired and doing service as a tarp.
So....New tent. It was my favorite tent. I'll miss it.

My boots, 15 years old but very comfortably broken in, may have to be replaced. Shoe Goo repair drying as I write. We'll see. They're my favorite.

My old Kuyrakin Ultra-Tour luggage burst it's zipper while on the highway. Luckily nothing lost, but I had to bungee it closed for the trip home. Looking for a replacement. The Saddlemen one looks good. We'll see.

My Draggin' Jeans ripped open where the wallet chain wore it down. Not wanting to sport the Brittany Spears look, it's sewn and patched for now.

Two of the four bolts backed out of my Sissy bar rank and I arrived at the campground with it and the luggage angled down and resting on my rear fender. Again, nothing lost or damaged, but I had to do some combat repairs in the dark at my campground to get everything home. I replaced the stock bolts with a more substantial solution after I got back.

My gloves are worn through. Gotta order up some new ones.

I lost a year-old mesh riding jacket in Custer State Part on a long, unmarked gravel back road that wasn't even on the maps while searching for a buffalo herd. I bungeed it to the rack during all the slow, hot, riding as I have done many times before. I guess with all the bouncing around, it still worked loose. I found the buffalo, but the park office never called saying someone had found the jacket. JP Cycles has a store in Sturgis where I was able to buy a new one for the rest of the trip.

My good earplugs were in that jacket's pocket. Had to buy new ones.
So was my "road" flashlight. (I keep a small one as a zipper pull.)

My mattress inflator choked and died after it inhaled a piece of gravel. I was able to fix it when I got home. A win there.

It's just funny how this all happened at once. Still, I had a good time.



My C50? It ran like a charm the whole time.



Oh yeah...My high beams just burned out yesterday night.

I'm almost 65 and retiring in a couple of months. I hope I have better luck than my old gear.


I don't need a compass to know which way the wind shines.
Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry.

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You used your equipment so much that they just retired before you. You had a long run with most of it. Be happy, most don't get 3 years out of tents, boots and so much more.
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You used your equipment so much that they just retired before you. You had a long run with most of it. Be happy, most don't get 3 years out of tents, boots and so much more.
You're right about that. And I am happy.

Deliriously so.

But it was so weird.

At least I still have all of my parts (Well, most of my original parts...some have been repaired and my left hip is totally bionic.) and according to the most recent checkup, they're all working properly.
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