|This has nothing to do with this post. Just a photo from a race I was at.|
For her X-Mas vacation the hearty trooper, singer and nacho maker Rebecca Grace came to visit. She unfortunately had brutally sprained her ankle up in Beacon NY right before leaving. I picked her up at the airport hobbling, smiling and making the best of it. We spent a nice time shuffling about Lapaz, hanging out with the other cyclist at the Casa de Ciclista and descending through mist and rain on the Ruta de la muertos (Bolivias famous "Death Road") What better for your first bike tour (with a sprained ankle)?
I took these anyways
Davie Hogan and I have been together thick and thin since leaving Maine just about a year ago. He is more than just a bicycle to me. Were pals, we understand each other. He is usually happy to go where I want, carries my possessions and keeps me sane.
Other than a smile to my face and some good company, Becky G also brought a box full of replacement parts for Davie. A huge Thank youuu! also goes out to Sarah, Kyle, Jon and Arron of Peoples Bicycle for making that all happen. Y'all are the best!
This is the start of some part freak out. A.K.A. Sporadic Gear Geekery:
|Ahh... my faithful Schmidt Dynamo. Though after almost 5 years, 2 bikes and uncountable thousands of miles. Its given up the ghost. Back up in Peru it developed play that slowly got worse and worse (there are no adjustments or service to be done to these hubs). I knew the bearings were finally shot. The timing could not have been better cuz by Lapaz Bolivia it had locked up.|
|First in this new parts run: The Shimano replacement dynamo. I'm hoping to have my Schmidt serviced and sent back to me at a later date.|
|Davie's diet. Stainless steel swaped for titanium|
|Way back in the beginning I stitched this up as a temporary frame bag. I was gonna make a stouter version with a few internal pockets and a lining. I got a bit busy before shipping out and left well enough alone. The #8 zipper and single slider held up for a good long while. The eventual blow out was catastrophic. I found this gold zip in a market up in Peru and hand stitched it in. It is still running its track admirably but gettin relieved by this new meaty #10. Progress|
|I do prefer a full size stove to a light weight alcohol burner. It comes with being a coffee drinker- that and gasoline being easier to find in places. This can get debated all up and down the bowling alley but in the end its personal choice. I really like having a power boiler and food simmer'er option. This stove rules- The Soto Muka. For a year of just about constant use it has been outstanding. I've used it some where in the neighborhood of 500 times. It gets a little crabby over bad gas, but so do I. Its to be expected. So why the new one? After so much use the pump was starting to wear and I wanted some spare bits in case I lost any during a cleaning. So I wrote to the company and told them what I was doing and asked if I could buy parts that are not regularly included with the normal service kit. Instead of that they sent me a new stove in trade for my old one for analyzation. I guess I've used it more than most.|
|Davie's diet- So I have also been carting about 2 sleeping bags. A 32 degree Big Agnes horse thief and this cheap little Quechua bag. Most the time the Quechua bag ends up as my pillow, but paired together they have been my; sleeping cozy well below zero system. This new vapor barrier will take its place (Sorry Grant, usually the only light layer of wool around is still attached to the sheep) Back to the leaves stuffed in a dirty t-shit pillow. Only half kidding... you can't always find leaves|
|I've traded two racks and four small panniers for this one awesome seat bag. Normally I stitch up my own stuff but... Scott at Porcelain Rocket makes some of the best bikepacking luggage to be found on this spinning rock. His way with fabrics and custom fitting for all manner of frame spaces is unhurdleable. Yea, I made that up. These bags are so good no one cant jump over them?. Really it just means I cant get over how stoked I am to have this new piece of kit.|
|And with a little inspiration every time I open it.|
|While we are on the subject of places to store your worldly goods. Thanx to Ariel here in Lapaz for loaning me a sewing machine. Some fabric came down in the box with RG and I was able to knock these front dudes out.|
|The little stitchin' machine had a mind of its own. I think they'll hold together though|
|Are those two bent disc rotors in there? Um... Yea|
|Fresh hub bearings! Butter is not just for your bacon cookies anymore|
|Time to go get this showboater dirty!|
|All pavment leads to dirt... even when you ride with yer eyes closed|
|And then there is that guy...|