It is now just over 4 months until my departure from Seattle Washington up to Inuvik, Northwest Territories and I can’t help but look at the last couple months and how fast they really have gone.
It seems only a couple weeks ago I had finalized my route, spoke with Gus about it, and he agreed to come along. So with that date coming closer, I have also realized I still do not really have the bike I would like to do this trip.
Before I purchase a new bike, I really need to get rid of one of my other bikes. Regardless if it is the Track bike, or my R6 Street bike, I need to get rid of them. I don’t have the room, nor the resources to just go out and purchase a new bike (oddly enough, I cringed when doing tax returns and realized my pay cut I took last year would have bought me a new BMW R1200GSA in full. Youch).
Both bikes have now been up for sale since October. Lots of interest, nobody really pulling the trigger.
So because of this predicament, I have started to get things in order to get the XT ready for this trip as my backup.
The XT needs just a little work done to it.
First off, it requires new suspension. I have already procured a second set of front forks. These are off of a TTR225, which comes stock with heavier springs. My plan is to put these on the bike, while rebuilding the old set of forks with Emulators, stiffer springs, and thicker oil to be able to handle the added weight of myself and my gear on this trip.
I am also pulling the trigger on a Works Performance Rear Shock.
Both of these upgrades are required of me anyways, as I plan on using this bike for weekend camping trips, and my current weight already puts a lot of strain on the current suspension.
Then there is the added cargo that I need to carry. I still have not made it back to Oregon to build my rack, and this is probably a good thing, as I am going to have to really take some time to think of how I want to design it. I have come up with several design idea’s, and I think I have it narrowed down to a couple.
I need to keep it simple enough that if need be, repairs are easy enough to perform on it, and I can’t go overkill with how I construct it to make sure I am optimizing its weight vs functionality.
The other thing that I am concerned about, is the food situation.
I had originally planned to have had at least a couple recipes ready, but unfortunately, I have not really had the time to dedicate to making anything.
I am hoping this weekend, I will get some time to possibly come up with something. I have a list of food items I would like to prepare and take along with me to help offset the overall costs, and to keep on hand for emergencies.
I also, would like to get some done before the trip, so I can use them on my overnight camping trips I plan on starting with soon. This would make for a perfect test environment for me before the trip, so I want to make sure that is taken care of.
I have some simple recipes I need to work on, and some that are more complex.
For instance, I want to make a simple dehydrated scrambled eggs and ham/sausage/bacon recipe. Something easy enough that I can then cook up, eat right out of the pot, or throw on a tortilla and eat as a breakfast burrito. This makes for a great meal regardless if it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
On to the more complex recipes I want to work on, I want to make a biscuit and sausage gravy recipe. I have thought this over for a long while. I can easily make the gravy by substituting real milk with powdered milk. I am more concerned about the sausage and how I am going to dehydrate it, and make sure it will keep at least for a couple weeks without going rancid. The fats could end up posing a problem, but I am willing to work through it and see how long I can make it last with air-tight sealed packages.
The biscuits will be interesting. I actually have a “Toaster” that folds flat that you use on a stove. I plan on cutting a couple pieces of aluminum to box it in, and try and use as a miniature oven, or will just try biscuits in a pan with a lid. It is these little “Hrmm’s” that need to be worked out before I make my journey, and it is these little things that are starting to stack up as the click ticks away.
But regardless of all this, I am really looking forward to waking up some morning, somewhere, starting the stove, and making a cup of coffee before moving on to the days breakfast, packing up, and heading to my next destination.