1. ravinerat

    ravinerat ODSC/OFTR Member

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    For along time now I have wanted to get down to Overland Expo in Arizona. In 2014 they opened up Overland Expo East in North Carolina. I planned to attend the 2015 event in AshevilleNC.
    I talked my buddy into riding down. Me on my KLR and he took his KTM 1190. We allowed two days to ride the 800 miles. The event was starting Fri and ran the weekend. We left on Wed.
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    It was getting overcast as we got to the boarder. Once we crossed into the USA it started to rain and basically rained for 5 days.
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    We road to Morgantown, West Virginia the first day. Some beautiful landscape.
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    When we got to Morgantown we decided to get a room instead of camping. We were kind of wet.
    Got up the next day and had about 400 miles to go.
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    It would rain a bit then stop and start again just was you started to warm up.
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    We need to be at OE before 7 pm as they close the gates and no one in or out. WE got in around 6 pm and got set up with no rain.
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    We no sooner got set up and it started to pour. I poured for the next 3 days. I have never seen it rain so hard for so long. There was a Hurricane going up the East coast pushing the rain inland. Lots of areas flooded and there became a State of Emergency.
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    Stay tuned for part II
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    The road which is in the pictures in the camping area wasn’t a road. It was just flags guiding you through a field. Wasn’t long before it was 1’ of mud.
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    So Overland Expo is all about Overlanding. Big Vehicle, Little Vehicles and Motorcycles. There are Adventurers from all over here holding Clinics, Courses, Exhibits and everything to do with Adventure. I came to see the vehicles and roof top tents. I love camping and there are so many great ways to do it.
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    Part III
    The more it rained the worst it got. At one point they weren”t letting anyone in our out for safety reasons. We had already got out and found a Walmart for some tarps and supplies.
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    We met so many great people. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
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    Some became creative on keeping out of the rain.
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    I met Clay from Expedition Overland. I have watched all is documentaries on You Tube
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    These were our neighbours we spend some time with. Great guys retired form the Military. The one slept under the trap the whole time and stayed dry and comfortable.
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    All in all we had a great time but all our stuff was soaked down to our underwear. We attempted to dry stuff out but it would eventually get wet again.
    I had a guy stop by with his FJ Cruiser. He owned a KLR and we talked for awhile. He ended up going back to his camp and brought me two brand new pair of socks for my ride home. These are the kind of people motorcycle people are. It truly is a Brotherhood.
    So Sunday as soon as the rain let up we broke camp and headed North. It rained all the way to Morganville so we got another room to dry out. I had put my new pair of socks on and put my foot in a dry bag then into my boot. It was nice having dry warm feet for the first time in days.
    The next day we headed for some gas then a coffee. We ran into this trio who couldn’t believe we rode down form Canada.
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    Well it was a great trip and I am glad I threw my rain suit in. Have to see If I go back next year.
    RR
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    Good stuff RR, that's a lot of rain!! but you stuck it out.
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    Can you comment on your riding gear and what worked well and what didn't ?
    Great report, did it rain much ?
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    Nice report, soggy trip. I like the "Drive The Globe" decal on the orange UniMog. They would need a long time to get all the way around; most Mogs are not exactly high speed vehicles (but still cool).
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    My riding gear is no longer water resistant after one season. I have a Joe Rocket coat and pants. They were fine on The James Bay road trip. This year I have been getting soaked. I bought a Frogg Toog at Royal on sales for $55. This coat was actually amazing. No moisture build up inside. I wore Viking Rain pants from Marks Work Warehouse. This combination seemed to keep all the water out but was bulky. I took bulky over wet. My boots let lots of water in so I bought a Military liner for boots. I think they wear them in the white winter boots in the spring. These keep my feet nice and dry. This system worked well for the ride.

    RR
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    Looked like a great trip, the rain just makes it a little more adventurous. Frogg Toggs have worked for me the 3 years I've been riding. When are you guys planning to do the worldwide ride? :D

    Btw, I just met your buddy last week as he works for the same company as me, maybe we'll meet someday soon?
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    I've heard others like military socks for even deep water crossings (have straps on top?). Got any pics and where you bought and $'s? Like the frog toggs also.
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    Bought mine at Angie's Surplus in Barrie. They were $50 but boy they have been worth it. I'll see if I can get a pic.

    Hey Supernam. You must be the Honda 500 guy he mentioned.
    Trans Lab and Newfoundland next year then The Backcountry Discovery Routes the next year.

    RR
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    Nice write up RR, thanks. Looks like an interesting expo to attend...Lots of nice gear.

    I have been down to ride in West Virginia twice with the Cambridge crew. On our first trip to WV we experienced 3 days of rains of biblical proportions; which led to extensive flooding and a Sate of Emergency. The second trip to WV, 30 mins after we arrived, we experienced a Derecho, which is a fancy word for straight line tornado; which led to a State of Emergency and 3 days of no electrical power.

    All good stuff if adventure is what you are looking for o_O. The good part is adversity like this always brings people together. In WV, like NC, you are sure to meet interesting characters.

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    Yeah that's me. I am always looking for some waterproof socks for creek crossings, going backcountry camping. I will look up those socks, were the completely waterproof even submerged in water?

    Those are some awesome plans for the next 2 years. Planning these kind of trips will get you through the winter.
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    I might be interested in some of the Backcountry Discovery Routes if you need a tag-along.

    In 2018 or later I am planning to have my Vstrom either flown or trucked to Edmonton (or Prince George, or whatever is most economical and feasible) and ride to Tuktoyaktuk once the road from Iqualit is finished. After I make it there, I'll likely explore a small bit of Alaska's East border region before riding home, most likely through the US. If anyone here wants to join, I wouldn't mind the company.

    As far as wet gear goes... I have finally found what works for me. I recently got a Klim Traverse goretex jacket and I am amazed at the range of conditions I can bear with this jacket. In the summer I rode up to Lindsay area in 30+ degree weather and was comfortable when moving with the under arm vents open. When I got to Newmarket I ran into a thunderstorm and remained completely dry after zipping up the venting. A week or two ago I did a ride that was only 10 degrees and wet -- I had the exact layers on as the hot day (a t-shirt and the jacket), and I was still comfortable.
    I use Aerostich AD-1 goretex overpants and they always remain dry but don't trap moisture inside. Boots -- I wear Alpinestar Web Goretex on the street and are very waterproof, but my feet get wet in the dirt when wearing Thor Blitz. I might upgrade to a Forma Adventure or something similar in the future.
  14. ravinerat

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    Alaska and Tuk are real interest to me. I have had the maps out all week and been trying to talk my wife into taking the truck and trailer to Alaska. Could be a pre run. Keep me posted. I just got two Pelican 1650 cases to mount for side cases. This should give me the room for long trips. I'm no Minimulist just a Comfortist.

    RR