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    Hangin' with my motorcycle

    I've been on the road for two weeks on my motorcycle, and will be for a few more.

    This is me and the bike, a 2000 BMW R1150GS. Note the HF.net sticker on the side case.


    This is my first motorcycle-camping trip using a hammock/tarp combo as my shelter. I am camping in my Warbonnet BlackBird 1.7 double with a SuperFly tarp, an ArrowHead Equipment KickAss Quilts Lost River underquilt, and I'm using my old Moonstone mummy bag as a topquilt. I, umm, also picked up an ENO Doublenest on sale at the Colorado Springs REI since I've been on the road. (I heard that groan, gram weinies!)

    I camped on the NC/TN line in my WBBB at Deals Gap/The Tail of the Dragon the first night.


    The next three nights, I spent with friends and in motels.

    The fifth night I camped up a gravel road in Colorado at just under 8,100 feet.


    The next morning, I hit the road for Denver.


    My lovely wife flew to Denver that day (June 29), and we spent the next week traveling around Colorado -- and staying in hotels. (She likes to camp, but she wanted a hotel vacation this time. Hey, who am I to argue?)

    We had a great week.






















    I spent Wednesday night at the Columbine Campground in the Arapahoe National Forest above Central City, CO. I was at just under 9,100 feet above sea level. It was rainy much of the night, and the temps got down to the low 40s. I slept great!






    Tonight (Thursday) is a non-hammock night because I was offered an incredible deal to stay in a yurt at a campground outside Buena Vista, CO. Since it was raining sideways and was cold way up here -- and I probably won't get the chance to sleep in a yurt very often -- I jumped at the deal.

    This thing is pretty cool. I'm waiting for some more photos to upload, but I'll add some of the yurt and of some of the places I've seen riding. And, of course, there will be more hammock camping as my trip continues.



    Stay tuned ...

    Chris

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    Looks like a whale of a good time!


    Who makes your tank panniers? Touratech?


    Ride safe.
    montani semper liberi


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    I'd build a fire every evening and listen to the whipporwill
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    who could not like the scenery, the bike, the hammock, and a nice mrs. too....but my eye was drawn to the kayaks! that's a nice collection of boats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spklbuk View Post
    Looks like a whale of a good time!


    Who makes your tank panniers? Touratech?


    Ride safe.
    spklbuk,

    Thanks.

    The tank panniers are from Aerostich. There is a very similar set available from one of the KLR sites (KLR650.net, maybe?) that I've heard good things about.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    who could not like the scenery, the bike, the hammock, and a nice mrs. too....but my eye was drawn to the kayaks! that's a nice collection of boats!
    Thanks for the kind words, Medicine Man. Those kayaks are in Salida, CO, a couple of blocks from where the Arkansas River roars through town.

    Chris

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    Thanks for the write up. Reminds me of a trip I did earlier this year on a rented GS1200. Can't wait to go out on another trip like that.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    Thanks for the TR.........I am headed to Sturgis next month, gotta finish the mods to the bike, and planning on making it a camping journey. It will only be about 9 days but atleast I am getting to go.
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    All of my pics have uploaded, so here are a few more.

    The yurt. (I'm posting from inside it, listening to the stream that runs right behind it.)








    Some of the sights from the last couple of days.








    I love old 4x4s, and I probably stop way too often to photograph them.








    They prepared a special parking space for me in Buena Vista, CO.


    I don't know if he was having any luck.


    The folks who ran this place had tons of luck in the 1880s.




    I feel pretty lucky to be out here.




    Stay tuned,
    Chris

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    Very nice trip report. Sure looks as though you are having a great time. Being able to share a week with your is very special also. Have a great time on the rest of your trip!
    Terry

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    Thanks SO VERY MUCH Chris!
    The pics and write up is wonderful.
    Nice rig for travel and a wonderful LADY!
    Tom

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