The Spoked Wheel

Joshua Tree, NP – First trailer pull – 400 miles

Cruisin

Cruisin

Everything, yes EVERYTHING is a compromise…

For those who wish to travel light, a small one-man tent and minimal camping gear fits the need. But after a while, just about everyone I know, wants to get off the ground and stand up in the privacy of their tent.  Of course this luxury comes at an increased in cost in both weight  and setup time.  Panniers which once were large enough, now are accompanied by a duffel slung over the seat, and for those of us who really like to bring a “bit more of home” with us while on the road, perhaps two.

Fast forward.  Today was my first real pull since picking up my trailer late January, and these are my first impressions during my 400 mile maiden voyage.  I pulled it on the Intestate, past the windmills north of Palm Springs, CA, into Joshua Tree National Park, then through Box Canyon, past the Salton Sea into Borriego Springs, CA., Yaki Pass on our way to Hwy 79 and over Hwy 74 (Ortega Hwy) and home.  I encountered gusty winds reaching 45 miles.  Road conditions were OK except for the ruts and large dips encountered leaving the Salton Sea.

There is a learning curve here, weight arrangement is a necessary must, and the hitch draw-bar needs to be lowered about 2-3 inches.  The BMW K1600 was definitely up-to-the-task pulling the 300 lb + 100 lb in storage without a complaint.  The trailer tracked straight with only a slight wallow when encountering wind gusts. I never felt out of control.  Speeds ranged up to 70-80 mph at several times.  It became easy to forget that a trailer was being pulled, but never for long. I look forward to my next trip.

Below are some images captured during the trip.

My trailer as set up.

At 230 AM moderate winds gusts started to pick up. The Aspen did well, but cannot say the same for one of our neighbors in a Coleman Instant tent. My setup took less than 5 minutes.  The majority of the time was spent preparing the inside.  I’ve got to get more organized.

 

 

Aspen Sentry setup, Joshua Tree, CA

Aspen Sentry setup, Joshua Tree, CA

Don, finally ralaxing

Don, finally ralaxing

Camp at night

Camp at night

Coleman Instant Tent did not survive the moderate winds during the early hours

Coleman Instant Tent did not survive the moderate winds during the early hours

 

Keith (Blues Traveler) made these hooks for handing items inside of this tent.

Custom hooks for hanging items inside of the tent.

Custom hooks for hanging items inside of the tent.

Keith (Blues Traveler) with his compound

Keith (Blues Traveler) with his compound

Heating chicken pot pies proved problematic using the Coleman camping oven with heating supplied by MSR Dragonfly stoves, but gave in to the MSR Reactor.

MSR Dragonfly stove do not provide the heat for the oven

MSR Dragonfly stove do not provide the heat for the oven

MSR Reactor gets the job done

MSR Reactor gets the job done

McMaldos BIG Breakfast

McMaldos BIG Breakfast

Doing the twisties without a trailer is definitely more fun than with, but as I said at the beginning, everything is a compromise.

BMW K1600 / Aspen Sentry

BMW K1600 / Aspen Sentry

3 comments

  1. Rick

    I heard that there was a guy spotted on Sunday riding a K16 pulling a trailer that was passing slower motorcycles and cars… in heavy winds. Harley riders were also settling in behind it. That wouldn’t be you, would it? If it was, you’re NUTS!

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  2. Prahlad

    Hi would really like to contact you and ask you about your experience with the MSR stoves and some other questions about your adventures I am custom outfitting a sprinter van with an all diesel system (thermostatically controlled furnace, on demand tankless hot water system, stove etc)n and solar and really styl it out. I am really impressed by you and would love to talk to you.

    Please email me back!

    puresoul108 AT g mail

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