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Discussion in 'General VFR Discussions' started by Old_Codger, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Old_Codger

    Old_Codger New Member

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    Just got back from a trip across Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Up to Jasper, down through Whistler, over to Vancouver Island, and back down the coast to Oregon. The temperature most days was mid 90's.

    When I left home my rear tire looked almost new, but it wore out incredibly fast in the heat. Thought sure it would get me home, but WRONG! It started showing the steel belts about 150 miles north of Kamloops, which is where the nearest tire seemed to be located. I called HRC and they had a tow truck there in less than 30 minutes. A guy from from Blue River BC.

    Got a new tire the next morning and was back on the road. Later that day my buddy looked down at my tire and yelled. There was a very large duplex nail of which an 1 1/4" had disapeared into the new tire. We all held our breath as I pulled out the nail with my Leatherman. At first there were a few air bubbles coming out where I had put some spit, but turns out it was just a bit of air trapped in the nail hole. Seems the nail went in like a sliver just under the skin. It was between the belts and the tread.

    I've belonged to HRC for over 15 years, and other than trip planning this is the first time I've need their help. IMO if you travel very far from home they are a must. Can't say enough good about their services, not to mention the peace of mind they provide. Don't leave home without them.

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    I tried to attach pictures but got a message that the file was larger than allowed. Other than shooting at a smaller resolution is there any way to use my pics?

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  2. michael

    michael Administrator Staff Member

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    Regarding the pictures, you currently have two options. You can use software to simply resize the pictures. Most image software can do it. If you don't have any, here's a free one called Pix Resizer that I use sometimes:
    http://www.vodahost.com/pix.htm

    The second option is you could try uploading it to the Photo Gallery. I believe that the VFRworld Photo Gallery will resize your photo automatically for you. If you can successfully upload the photo(s) to the gallery, then you could find out the URL for the photo, and then include it inside your message by clicking on the little picture of mountains at the top of the message editor:
    <img src="http://vfrworld.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=236&stc=1&d=1154559057">

    The new version of vBulletin (the software that VFRworld runs on) will do automatic resizing of attachments, but it'll be a while before it's stable enough for us to upgrade.

    Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be happy to help.
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  3. reg71

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    Good deal. I have given some thought to joing HRC myself. I recently joined AMA. As far as the pics go, sometimes I reduce the resolution, sometimes I decrease the color depth, but I always do it from software on my computer. I use a program called Irfanview that is free and it will view most kinds of files and seems pretty user friendly to me. It allows me to easily reduce/crop etc. for e-mailing pics without choking the net.

     
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    WhiteKnight Well-Known Member

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    I signed up for HRCA this year after I got my viffer. I also signed up for AMA's Motow. Haven't had to use either one yet and really hope I don't have to, But it's nice to have a little saftey line if I do need it.
     
  5. Vlad Impaler

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    Sounds like a great way to have some peace-of-mind on a trip like yours. I got the freebee year when I bought my bike an eon ago and haven't rejoined since. If I get into some touring, I'll be sure to join after hearing that story.
     
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    I still had HRCA when I took my first cross country trip. And I ended up calling them. My bike broke down in west Texas, about halfway between Pecos and Odessa. It was hotter than hell and all I could think was "damn I really need to pee, and there's nothing out here to hide behind."

    I had cell coverage so I called HRCA, and their dispatcher said it would be at least six hours to get a truck out to me. An hour later, I had removed my fairing on the side of the road, dug in with my pocket multimeter, found the electrical fault, repaired it, put the fairing back on, and I called HRCA back to say "never mind".

    A year later, when setting out on my next cross country trip, I didn't bother to renew my HRCA. I was about a hundred miles north of Fairbanks when I got a tire puncture. Put a plug in it and went on.

    Tools and spares are a Good Thing to have on a tour. It's also a good idea to carry water. I'd have been in a world of hurt if I'd had to wait six hours on the side of the road for an HRCA truck and I didn't have any water.
     
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