Don't Bring Stuff You Don't Need Just Because You Have Space

Don't bring stuff just because you have space...

The whole idea of bringing stuff just because ('because' is not a reason right?)was my Achilles Heel for many years as the preceding pictures documented. I always felt as though I had to bring 'it' because I had space and the other insidious idea of, 'I-might-need-it'...I have more to say about that mindset but that will be for another post.
Eventually, I had an epiphany about packing-not sure when I saw the light, but I finally put the "Good Idea Fairy" to death. So for the last few trips, to include an up and coming road trip, my venerable ruck pack has become my all-purpose, go-to pack for daily commuting and major all-inclusive jaunts...



The purpose of a, 'shake-down-ride', is just that-ensure that every bolt, nut, wire-harness, gizmo and gizmachi is tightened, plugged-in, tied-down, et cetra!One could also argue, with certain validity, that one should be in the proper frame-of-mind before attempting any task so as to not 'forget' that critical 'something'. Exhibit 1 in my case would be this:P/N 4197 (Bolt) minus P/N 7862 (Acorn Nut).
You can see what I discovered after a so called, 'shake-down-ride', whilst waiting for the garage door to go up...

I did not pull the bolt out for the picture-the bolt was almost all the way out! Thud is quite the train wreck!



Bloggers are a dying breed... I did not receive that memo!
Since approx May 5 I have been laid up due to surgery-nothing life threatening-but I needed to spend some time under the knife. For most of my recovery, I was not very ambulatory. Lot of reading, DVD's, listening to books on CD and learning Espanol. Before I went out of commission, I decided that a new paint job was in order for my freedom machine and with this new paint scheme a new persona for said machine. May I present to you, "Thud".
My inspiration was blossomed from the Republic F105D/G/H Thunderchief/Thud/Wild Weasel and the A10 Thunderbolt, Warthog. Check the Tube and the information highway...
 Both of these aircraft gave as much as they received and kept on going despite some very gnarly and hairy missions. Alas, my freedom machine has gone further and done more with less than most motorcycles will do. No fancy dan gizmos or ghezmachis. Thud's mouth that adorns the fuel tank reflects determination and grit. ALL weather, ALL road conditions, ALL day everyday. Soon Thud and I will be, "..eatting some purple miles...;