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Bill Garlinghouse
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." John Muir
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." John Muir

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A Bureaucratic Solution to Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Problems *
The numbers of hikers starting thru-hike attempts each spring in Georgia have increased each year such that shelter areas and campsites are beyond capacity.  The impact to the trail threatens its viability, while the impact of hikers engaging in pack mental...

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2184.9 Miles! (give or take)
That's the cumulative milage of hiking the AT in five sections. At least the way I did it. Last June I got back on the trail at VT11 in Vermont, where I got off from my 2012 southbound section , and 76 days later I hiked into Harper's Ferry, WV where I got ...

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The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts
And it's making me crazy! After spending the winter going over my gear list, measuring items to make sure I had the right weights, and stuffing it all in a big tub, my spreadsheet said my kit came to 15 lbs for my base weight! Oh blissful Nirvana! With 4 da...

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628 Miles To Go ...
Next week I'll start the final leg of my Appalachian Trail section hike. I'm meeting Blue Jay in upstate New York, and we'll drive up to the trail crossing near Manchester, VT where I got off in 2012. From there we'll hike south to the Connecticut border wh...

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On becoming a 99.968% pure, flip-flop, flip-flopping, blue-blazing, slack-packing, long-assed section hiker!
Before I started my hike I had logged many, many hours on WhiteBlaze Net, and knew I was gonna be a Purist! Well mostly pure. I mean, I wasn't quite so anal that when I hitched into town from the south side of the road, then hitched back and got out of the ...

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Wrench Report: Removable Tour Pak
Mounting a Detachable Tour Pak Rack to a Late Model FLHTCI Tour Pak This is my attempt at documenting lessons learned from mounting a detachable Tour Pak Rack on my 2004 Electra Glide Classic. I imagine there're similar issues (and more) with Ultra Barges, ...

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Wrench Reports - Snarl's Heavy Breather
Openin' her up, lettin' her breath ... Got one of Snarl's Heavy Breather air cleaners, and bolted her on today. This thing is suave. Cast aluminum, with a highly polished venturi for pulling air in. The biggest air filter you've ever seen to minimize restri...

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Knees Back In Da Breeze
Rebuilding the Bagger... Shirley! Line em up .... It's a great day! Got the phone call on my way to work - "Yer bike's ready!" Yee-haw! Just meant turning right instead of left after gettin' across the Potomac ... It was a warm, sunny morning, I'd been gett...

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Wrench Report - Installing Cruise Control:
Come on out to the barn and fish a cold one outta the bottom. Picked up a Cruise Control Kit for 2004 FLHT/C/CI (p/n 77196-04) yesterday. Planned to install it the next day, but figured I'd saunter out to the barn just to, you know, check out all that's inv...

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Installing RB Racing LSRs on the FXR
About a year and half ago, I was looking for an exhaust system to replace the crappy, worn-out drag pipes on my 82 FXR. Not many good options out there for shovels any more. I found RB Racing's web site and was impressed by their description of their 2 into...
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