Tales from the Road
What are we learning on our own road trips that will simplify
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from the road.
Cotton Hot Spots - We did some testing a few weeks back with
Gerbings heated clothing using the
Sound RIDER! base layers and a long sleeve cotton t-shirt in
between. The results were interesting. With the cotton t-shirt
under the jacket over the base layer top I was actually colder than with
the jacket over just the base layer. Another interesting thing
that happened were hot spots above the waist line where the cotton T
would bunch up. It was 30 degrees during the testing. I
finally dumped the cotton t and enjoyed a much warmer ride home.
Battery Charging - The book has some suggestions about
batteries and dealing with charging them. Now I'm starting to see
AA chargers that run off of laptop USB ports hit the market.
Ed. note: We also like the new Energi to go units from
Eveready that allow you to get an charge into a cell phone while you're
on the move via the AA battery pod.
Never trust a local - When asking directions, don't always
trust what you here. Be sure to carry a reliable road atlas (like
the one's Tom sells on the SR! store) so you know if roads are paved all
the way through or not. PT/Dec 06
Got Snore Strips? - You won't find snore strips on the PLPR
packing list, but they're in there somewhere. My girlfriend and I
were touring on the Olympic Peninsula and she wanted me to wear a snore
strip at night. Why I can't figure out? But anyway, I gave
it some thought and realized I had one - sort of. I snipped back a
zip tie with my Leatherman tool, backed it with a little duct tape and
bingo - there was my snore strip! TM/Oct 06
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