Departure Day is quickly approaching as I continue to prepare myself for this trip.

I’ve realized, that while I have all the gear to do this trip, I still need to do a bit of clothes shopping and buy some clothes for it, like convertible pants, a good mosquito hat, some more under armor, new synthetic socks and other misc items.

Do to time restraints I have dropped the item of making my own dry bags for the time being. I picked up some heavy PVC style ones from Walmart in Hood River.  They will work for the trip better than the ones I had purchased earlier this year that began to fall apart the first trip I made with them. At least, that is my hope that they will hold up. They are from Walmart.

As the days continue to fly by, I am reminded just how much preparation I have done, and yet how much I am left to do.

It seems, for the most part, that I feel as if I am back 6 months ago, when I decided I was doing this trip.  Even with all of the research, all of the time spent, the supplies purchased, I still feel like I’m a ways off.

It is now time for me to stop over complicating things and just let the day come.

I have, over the last several weeks, been trying to get work squared away. Me leaving for 3 weeks is a big deal.  Never have I been away that long, and never have I been away for more than a day or 2 from access to my work computer and phone.

I am, for the first time in the 4 years working at my job, going off the grid from them. I will be leaving behind my phone, I will be leaving behind my work laptop. I will just have my netbook to update my blog, and possibly a pay-per-use cell phone once I get to Canada for emergencies.

I do, have a SPOT satellite messenger for emergencies. And I have a small list of people that it sends my updates to.

Before I take off on my trip, I will set up a public tracking map for people to keep an eye on.

Among other things I have been working on, is finishing up my recipes for the trip.  Tomorrow I will be picking up the rest of what will be needed for my trip, and I will start mixing my recipes and sealing them. Getting them ready for the trip well in advance. I want to make sure that I still have a couple weeks left when I am done with everything. That way I can check, double check, and triple check that I have everything in order.

I hope to get some time this weekend to update my recipes on here.  I have 4 new ones to put up.

I have

Cheese Tortellini in a Meaty Marinara Sauce.

Hamburger Gravy on Mashed Potatoes

Chicken and Rice soup with Carrots and Corn

Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

Mac and Cheese


This is to add to the current Chicken and Dumplings and General Tso chicken.

So I have plenty of Dinner items for this trip, which now leaves me with needing to really buckle down on Breakfast Foods.

Currently, and maybe this is all I really need is, I have

Biscuits and Gravy

Scrambled eggs in various fashions. With and without tortillas


Fried Potato Pancakes

I could do a Sausage and Cheese omelet with what I have, but I’d rather just make it into a scramble and throw it into a tortilla.

I also have hash browns I could take with me. I wasn’t planning on it, but we’ll see where we are with space.

All of my meals are enough to get full off of. Which is good.

I started to think about deserts though, and whether or not it was worth trying to pursue making any. I decided against it in the end. Time being one of the reasons, the second is, I really just want to cook food and be done with it. If I want something else, I’ll just drop into a grocery store and pick something up.

Which brings me to snacks.

In the next 4 weeks I need to make Jerky, dehydrate some fruit, as well as purchase a box or two of cliff bars.  This will be my substance during the day. I do plan on stopping for lunches along the way, but for those days that we’d rather just push on, these items will definitely help fill the void between breakfast and dinner.

I think the hardest part is going to be rationing snacks out over the course of 3 weeks.

Other than these few small items, I’m pretty much ready to go.  The bike needs a few more things done before I leave, and I hope to be able to have a couple KLR Guru friends of mine assist me for a few of the items left on the list. Other than the Gravity Mod, Sub frame drill through Mod, and doing Valves, I also still need to order tires, spare tubes, and put on the new chain and sprockets.

I put new brakes on a couple weeks ago, drained the old fluid and replaced it with my high performance racing fluid I had around.  Due to the Mechanical Seal going out the first week of owning it, I have no worry about the coolant. That has been flushed and replaced already due to that.  It is still holding coolant just find as well!

The Oil consumption issue will have to wait until I return from my trip. I will just need to make sure I have extra oil on me for the trip.

Kawasaki seems to want to make it as difficult as possible to have them warranty out the issue as well.  For them to decide if they are going to do it or not, I have to pay for 2 Dealership Oil Changes, out of my pocket, non refundable.

First up, they drain the bike over night. Next day they measure out exactly how much oil goes in. Then they have to tamper-proof seal all of the drain points to the oil system.

Send me out for 500 or so miles, then bring it back. They then drain the oil over night again and measure how much it has consumed.

I understand why they have to do it, I just don’t like the fact I am going to have to pay for 2 oil changes at a dealer to have this done.

At that point, you are looking at over 250 dollars, and that’s before they even say yes or no. If they say no, than you just spent that much for a fancy, extended oil change.

I have a breather filter on order for another mod that one of the Kawi Mechanics said he has had some luck with. I’m going to try that out and see where I stand. I just need to lower the amount it is using, not eliminate it. At the moment, if what I’ve continued to have as a consumption issue, this trip will cost me 10 quarts in oil. At the rate it consumes, there is almost no reason to change the oil on the trip.

I do have a couple options though.

I could, order a big bore kit (I now understand why people opt for this. It’s 250 for the kit, 100 to bore and gap), or, I could just order a new set of rings, re-hone the cylinder, gap the rings, and hope for the best.

This will all have to happen after the trip though.  If at all.

Unfortunately, I can’t promise weekly updates at this point. With work being hectic, and the trip coming up, I’ll be focusing on those two items mainly.  I will try and update as much as possible, but at the moment, the best places to look for updates is going to be via my Facebook Page and Twitter Page.

Until Next Time!

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