Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Guilford, CT, USA
IMHO, his ride report is an excellent case study on how NOT to do a multiday ride. Poor guy could not even enjoy riding a new bike through some of the most beautiful scenery on some of the best riding roads in the country. Inadequate planning, unsafe packing, no pre-flight checks (he might have caught that rear brake heat problem before it became a total wipe out), poor nutrition practices (a couple of candy bars and a large dinner are an invitation for hypoglycemic episodes), incredibly poor hydration practices (a can of Mountain Dew after 11 hours, primarily for the caffeine; doubly crazy, as he already was dehydrated and now he's drinking a diuretic), etc., etc. I'm surprised that he did not have a serious heat related illness. I think I'll print out his report and re-read it as a reminder of what not to do before I go out on longer rides.
'99 Canyon Red K1200 LT - Buddah Bike