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I can't say I would enjoy a USMC tent, though sounds like an option. How small does it pack? The one I used in Boot seemed heavy at the time. That looks more modern. Never thought about a surplus store.

I was inspired to put up my four man this weekend and check it over, it is in real good shape still, but too big and heavy for the bike IMHO, but if the wife brings along the Suburban, it's an option instead of a Hotel/Motel. When it cools down a bit, I was planning on taking the grandkids camping/fishing. It was about, 110°F heat index here this weekend (95°F). Friday me and the wife cut the grass around the house. Saturday I trimmed the lower limbs off a bunch of trees, my neighbor came over to tell me it was too hot to work outside, with warnings. I reminded him only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun and I was not an Englishman.

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We were out on the bike today in Italy and it is hot. I need to rethink my Kevlar jeans and leather jacket.
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We were out on the bike today in Italy and it is hot. I need to rethink my Kevlar jeans and leather jacket.
I always wear a safety green mesh jacket in hot weather. It's cooler than just a tee shirt. Keeps the sun off, it's like riding in the shade.
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I can't say I would enjoy a USMC tent, though sounds like an option. How small does it pack? The one I used in Boot seemed heavy at the time. That looks more modern. Never thought about a surplus store.
The tent is in the bag that's right down on the passenger seat. It was made by Diamond Brand, which is a division of Eureka, and Eureka has stated that when they were developing it, they leaned a lot which could translate to their Civilian tents.

My previous tent was an REI two man tent and the Marine tent is superior in almost all aspects. The one big area that it isn't is weight. The rain fly is extremely tough and durable, which means that it's heavy. The bike doesn't notice the extra weight, so that doesn't bother me. The tent is easy to put up, takes a lot of abuse and just plain works. If something were to happen to it, I'd buy another just like it.

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Yesterday, I rode up to see Joe. He had offered to weld my broken frame bracket, plus, he had a highway peg bar similar to the one that was on the Roadster when I crashed. I had to time my arrival for when he got home from work, so I went with Google’s route. It was basic and only involved two main routes and I didn’t want to get lost or otherwise lose time. I mean, he was going out of his way to do me a favor; I really didn’t want to hold him up by arriving late.

Everything went smooth, and I arrived at Joe’s house about 45 minutes early, which was what I was aiming at. Joe got home from work and after a little bit of friendly conversation proceeded to start on the broken frame piece. I did my best to be helpful without getting in the way. The job turned out to be more involved than I originally thought, but Joe did everything in a smooth manner and did it right.

I checked out Joe’s new bike and I have to say, it looks pretty nice. He doesn’t like the color. he thought it was black from the photos when he was looking online, but it’s a dark grey with a kind of metallic dust color. It took a few pictures, but I finally got one that didn’t look black. It’s a tough color to photograph and I’m not an ace photographer, still I managed to get one shot of the tank that looks grey.

Anyhow, Joe finished the job and it looks really good. After he finished, we went out to a local BBQ joint for dinner and I decided that the weather was too nice to not enjoy, so I rode home. After a very pleasant Summer Night’s ride, I arrived home at 1:04 AM according to the clock in my garage.

You know; that description of the day sounds pretty bland; it was far from it. I had a thoroughly wonderful time. Joe and I talked about all kinds of stuff, I enjoy watching someone who’s really good at his craft, and Joe definitely is good. Good conversation alone was worth the trip. I guess that’s why I like Meet & Eats so much; but watching a Master healing my Roadster also was a treat.

Other notable take aways were that there were a number of speed traps on US route 30. I saw about half a dozen on both legs of the trip. I had mentioned it to Joe, and he warned me that was normal and that I should keep a close eye on speed limits. The limits tend to drop from 70 to 55 for no apparent reason other than Revenue Generation. On the way home, I noticed that that was where the speed traps mostly were.

Another take away involves a pet peeve of mine, and that’s the price of gas. I saw gas prices ranging from $2.44 to $2.79 for regular. And when I stopped about halfway home at a “cheap” station, they wanted $.80 more for Premium. 80 freakin’ cents per gallon more! I sometimes wonder why I don’t get a kiss when I fill up.

A short while back, I mentioned that I felt Blessed and I got a response that I WAS Blessed. That’s the truth. I have people in my life who genuinely like me and want to help me out. I’m not really sure why, but I really do appreciate it.

So; to summarize: I rode 250 miles, spent a few hours with a friend who helped fix my ailing Roadster and then rode another 250 miles home on a magnificent summer evening.

Life is Good.
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