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You go John, the anticipation is a significant part of the trip, you’re well on your way. I too enjoy secondary roads, seeking them out at every opportunity. The old US Highway system is a great resource. Ride on my friend.
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My favorite rides are the ones where I'm not in a hurry to get anywhere. The older I get, the more of them there are!

As to your water line, normally they are drilled from the basement out, so the only excavation is at the curb valve. There are companies who specialize in this. If the contractor can coordinate with the water co and do it as the new curb valve is set, I would think excavation would be minimal.

Let us know how both turn out.
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Camping

I enjoy camping. Somewhat. I also enjoy staying in motels. Somewhat. Both have their positive and negative aspects.

The biggest positive about camping is that it costs a lot less than even a cheap motel. The biggest negative about camping is the time to set up and break down the tent and sleeping gear (bag, pad, etc.). Also, having to get dressed in a tent can be a bit of work. Usually, there are showers available in most campgrounds, but not always and sometimes, even when they are available, I wouldn’t want to use them. Still, I can park my bike right beside my tent, which is a big plus. I enjoy sleeping in my tent. I’ve done it enough that it’s home to me.

Motels are a lot more convenient, in many ways, but they’re relatively expensive. When I was Tramping in 2015, I averaged one night a week in a motel. That seemed to be about the right combination of campgrounds and motels.

When everybody went to Springfield for the Memorial Day Mile, most of us stayed at the Route 66 Motel. I had stayed there a few times over the years and had really liked it. The most vivid memory I had of the place was coming out of my room and seeing a pale turquoise plunger frame Sunbeam motorcycle in a glass case. There was a late 40s Indian Chief up the hall and a 50s Ford F100 pickup on a raised area out in the back parking lot. The rooms were nice and, though it cost a bit more than Motel 6 or the Red Roof, I considered it worth it.

After this year’s visit, I won’t stay there again. The place has really gone downhill. I would consider the Motel 6 to be almost luxurious by comparison. Plus, I came home with fleas, which I’m having a hell of a time getting rid of. I have enough bites on my ankles and legs that I could use them as a display of the craters of the moon. I’m not alone in this, either. I know of at least two others who stayed there who also have been getting bit.

This morning, I started pricing rooms for the rescheduled Mile and the regular races on Labor Day weekend. I checked with several sites and they’re costing more than three times what it would cost me to camp. So, I’ll be bringing my tent and sleeping gear and staying in the campground at the Fairgrounds.

When I was on the road, I stayed in some pretty sketchy campgrounds. But I never had to deal with fleas. They just didn’t get into my tent. I sleep well in my tent, it costs less and I’ll be right there in the Fairgrounds. It’s cheaper and closer. And if I have to walk (or ride) to the bathroom/showers, that’s OK with me, as well. Fifteen bucks a night and no fleas beats the hell out of sixty seven bucks (+tax) and free critters.
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My wife and I were planning to go camping on a beach in Italy. We had decided to use hotels for the trip there and camp on the beach. Call it a hybrid solution to the unpacking and packing of the camping gear. The price per night at the campground was almost the same as a cheap hotel. So instead we nixed the beach camping and opted for a hotel in Northern Italy in the Alps. The price was about the same as the camping after you factored in the free breakfasts and dinners. We leave Friday morning by Sportster of course. It should be a very pleasant ride without all of the camping gear for two added to the bike.

Last year on a camping test ride I found out the bike has a slow speed wobble when fully loaded for camping. The wobble goes a away once rolling. Cruised on the Autobahn with no problems. Anyway I think I had to much weight up high. Two roll bags on the back was a bit much. I think I need larger saddle bags for the heavy stuff to get the weight down lower. Still tinkering with an optimal setup. It is hard touring two up with the Sportster however I think I am getting closer.
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No bites for me John, but I was only there the one night. Often take my summer weight sleeping bag in with me and sleep in it on top of the bed, less critter exposure. However if room costs escalate that much for Labor Day I may just pack my tent as well. Not that I’m cheap, just on a very strict budget.
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A nightlight over a plate or shallow bowl with a mixture of water and Dawn dishwashing liquid over night. Fleas will soon be gone. You have to vacuum a lot as well and keep cleaning out the vacuum to get rid of larvae and eggs. The flea bombs help as well. You might call Stanley Steamer or Service Master, etc. to clean your house. Read up on how long those things can remain dormant. Walking around in white socks will make them come out.

What tents do you guys use? How small and what is the weight?
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