Archive for December 21st, 2012

Some technical issues

At some point this wordpress theme changed it’s banner image back to a cup of coffee instead of my motorcycle snap, and devoured the links that usually reside down the left hand side of the screen (replacing them with month by month links to old posts? Why that’s handy).

I’ll try and sort this out over the X-mas holidays.

Backpackers Pantry – Chicken Vindaloo

MREs and concentrated rations are nice, but I figured as long as I was monkeying around with this stuff I would experiment with some food made for hikers and the like. This is short term BOB emergency food as cost/quantity is too high for long term prepping stuff, but might add some much wanted variety to mobile emergency rations.

The disadvantage to freeze dried over concentrated rations or MREs are that boiling water has to be added to make them edible (I suppose you could, in a pinch, eat them without adding the boiling water – but I’m not trying that any time soon).

I discovered that Mountain Equipment Co-op carries Backpackers Pantry – Freeze Dried Chicken Vindaloo (among other, more conventional offerings). I decided I would order a handful of their freeze dried offerings and try them out in the comfort of my living room to see if a few should be included in our BOBs.

Gotta say I was impressed.

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That’s a wrap?

My bike was brand spanking new when I got her, so about 4698 of those kilometers are mine. It’s been an education, a blast and has had more than a few moments of teeth grinding terror but I couldn’t have picked a better bike than the CBR250R.

I’ve gone fast, leaned lots (not as far as I thought I was as it turns out), played with the clutch more than a bit and generally learned my way around this bike as best I could.

4700km on the clock

I’ll still get some road time in as weather permits (the CBR250R is our second car after all), but just in case we get an actual winter this year the tank is full, stabilizers been added and the bike is ready to sit for longer than she’s accustomed to.