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Team: South
Ron Monnig
Friday, August 30
Machinery
Some of you gear heads may have interest in all the machinery used on this TREK. We have a motor home provided by RV rent and it has been a life saver. A hot shower after a day of dust and a cold beer is always good. The rest of the vehicles are ,two Honda XR 650Ls,Three Honda 4WD cars, Two Chevy Diesel pickups also 4WD.

These carry ten people, 150 plus gals. of water, six bicycles,about 1000 lbs of cooking gear and food, plus about another 1000 lbs of camping gear, and stuff in two 6 by 10 enclosed trailers. We also have a satalite trailer with GPS maping provided by Earth Analytic which allows us to transmit from remote locations and get maps and GPS map points accurate to tem feet.

We also have two real neat Honda generators that allow us to make blended margaritates and keeps the Satalite trailer working.

Now if you can imagine all the stuff traveling at a good rate of speed thousands of miles down dirt roads with not always the most care you get some idea of the types of abuse the machinery gets.

The Honda cars look like they ran over land mines and most everything is covered with dust or mud or both. If you have never opened a cooler full of food that has exploded and gone thru a blender of cans, bottles, and ice you have a treat in store. The color of the contents can be described as yuck green. The tires on most vehicles have been replaced with heavy duty Goodyears and these do help but the bicycles still have flats from little thorns that seem to be every where.

To fix all this stuff and keep it moving down the road has been a full time job since July 19 and I now have a day off to write about it. Like most farmers if you can not fix it with wire or duct tape then its not worth fixing. We were fortunate to have real good machinery to start with like Hondas but like someone once said if it moves it will break.

To sum things up the trip have been a great experience but alot of work. To provide food, shelter, transportation, for 30 days of cross country travel makes you have alot of respect for the people that settled in this great place we call the southwest.We have 30 more days to go so I will give you another report at the end.
for Friday, August 30
North South Both




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Team: South
Ron Monnig
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