The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

Last Friday I called Les at Dual Sport Plus about a set of Metzler Karoo 2 Tires.  A 110/80R – 19 front and a 150/70R – 17 Rear.  Les told me they were in stock.  Great.  Their retirement sale is going well.  That they were still in stock was good for me as they were also marked down.  Bad for me, because they were first come first serve.   I’d have picked them up that Saturday but I had a Confined Spaces Certification to renew.  Monday I told myself, Monday will be good.

Monday I got stuck working ten hour days.

“That’s okay,” I told myself, “I’m off Friday, I’ll grab the tires then.”  Thursday at three thirty, I shit you not, I get called in to work but it would only be an eight hour day.  Dual sport closes at six, so forty minutes to Stoney Creek.

It took an hour and a half to get to the store.  I had thirty minutes to spare.

The end result though was a set of new tires, some tie down straps and some hardware for the panniers.

As I knew it would, time goes fast and what you need to get done before the departure date gets more and more compressed.  I still need to pick up a SPOT3 Tracking unit and pay their ridiculous subscription fee.  I need to get a decent and small camp stove plus the needed fuel bottle which I also need to mount to the exterior of one of the panniers.  And I need to figure out how it’s all going to fit on the bike in such a way that it won’t be like riding a pregnant Water Buffalo.

I’ve been riding on as much loose gravel as I can find lately.  The Shinko 705’s I’ve currently got on are pretty much shot for depth of tread.  Which makes the Strom ride a bit loose, even up on the pegs you can feel her crabbing against the camber of the road.  I find myself constantly correcting the line with my knees.

I’ll be honest, hitting the deep stuff worries me.  I’m used to mud.  Gravel and sand have never been my favourite.  I’ll be doing this solo, I can’t afford to muff it and end up in the weeds somewhere.

But then you take a step back and breathe.  I’ll find the line with the new tires.  They go on a week before I leave.  It’ll be fun to be on knobbies again.

should lower the muff factor significantly.

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