T-Minus 2 Days - Rocky Mountain Campout (RMCO) - 2012

May 23, 2012 4 Comments

The excitement is really building.  Over the last 2 days we have added a few special guest that will join us as we travel through the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.  My Dad will hook up with us as we pass through Tennessee.  He will be riding - and I'm sure pushing the limits of - a Suzuki VS800 Intruder/Boulevard.

Our first night's lodging is booked for the Holiday Inn Express in Batesville, AR.  We wanted to stay in Mtn. View, AR to take in the great atmosphere of the Folk Music Capital of the World but the Memorial Day weekend meant EVERY room in the little town is booked.  Batesville will work well because it is only 45 minutes for Mtn. View and the start of the epic roads of North Arkansas.  I lived in Batesville from 1995-1999 attending Lyon College.  I feel bad that we will be "blowing" through there without taking anytime to visit the campus and old friends.  Sorry guys...

I am also stoked about this leg of the trip because some very good family friends from Hot Springs, Arkansas will be joining us.  Van and Carls plus their son Wes will meet us in Batesville on their BMW's.  I still have some final packing to do but thought some of you might find it interesting to see what I have planned to pack on the bike.  My goal for this trip was to pack as light as possible - easier said than done for an 11 day motorcycle camping trip.

Please give me your feedback if you feel I missed anything.  I would love to have comments on the blog.  Take Care. Jason

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Tank Bag


iPod / iPod Charger

USB 12v Adapter

Earphones (2 pair)




Leatherman Multi-Tool

Lens Cleaner / Small MicroFiber




iPad Charger/Cable

Zagg iPad Keyboard Case

iPad SD Card Reader

iPhone /Charger

12v USB Adapter

Scala Charger

Garmin Zumo

Panasonic Camera Lumix TS3 / Charger

Small Tripod


Scala Rider G2 Bluetooth Headset


Riding Gear

First Gear Ranier Jacket & Liner

MSR Xscape Enduro Pants

Alpinestar Supermoto Gloves

Aerostich Triple-Digit Rain Gloves

Gaerne SG10 MX Boots

First Gear Heated Jacket Liner

First Gear Heated Gloves

MSR MX Gloves

Neck gator

Fox Knee and Shin guards




Waterproof Matches

First-aid kit


Insect Repellant


Spare AAA batteries



Convertible Hiking Pants

LD (Long Distance Comfort) Longs

LD (Long Distance Comfort) Shorts

REI Mid-Weight PolyPro Long Johns

2 Pair Riding Tec Socks

1 Pair Running Tec Socks

Running Shoes

Running Shorts

2 Wicking T-Shirts

1 Wicking Long Sleeve



Doc Kit

Tooth Brush / Paste









Twisted Throttle DrySpec D38 Dry Bag

REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus Tent

Monarch Butterfly Camp Chair

Thermarest Camp Pillow

REI Tent Ground Cover

MSR Ground Hog Tent Stakes

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad

Big Agnes Grouse Sleeping Bag +15

Jetboil Flash Cooking Stove

Jetboil extra fuel

Jetboil Utensils

Nigene Water Bottle

Stainless Camp Cup

Hiking towel

Pac Soap / Woolite

Water Purification Tablets

Vented Nylon Bag for drying clothes

Wet Wipes / Toilet Paper

Starbucks Via

Cream / Splenda

Freeze Dried Food

Gallon zip lock bags


U-Digg Shovel

Small soft-side cooler?

Platypus 1L soft bottle



Tools / Parts

Tool Wrap

Slime Motorcycle Air Compressor

Small Bicycle Pump

Cruz Tool Multi-Tool (Allens, 10-14 sockets)

Bike Master T-Handle

Motion Pro Tire Irons with Axle Spanner

Tire Gauge

10 Large Zip Ties

10 Small Zip Ties

Tubeless Repair Kit

Quick Steel

Tow Rope

Oil filter wrench?

Needle nose vise grips

Safety wire


Side cutters

Hacksaw blade

Small crescent

10/12/14/17mm end wrenches

Extra Key attached to bike

Valve core remover

Golf Pencil

Electrical Tape

Extra Tubeless Valve stem


Electrical Tape




Extra wire

Fuel line



Change Oil and Filter

Install New Tires

Install Running Lights

Check All Bolts

Waterproof Boots

Waterproof Pants




4 Responses

Jason Ennis
Jason Ennis

May 25, 2012

Thank you Sir! Grab you Spyder and go with us!

J,L, McDaniel
J,L, McDaniel

May 25, 2012

Got the txt I will be checking on your trip. See you in a couple of weeks. Glenn is in North GA. stay dry and safe.

steve glass
steve glass

May 26, 2012

As Fitzy would say “May the wind always be at your back”! May the Good Lord give all of you safe traveling mercies Boss!

J,L, McDanie;
J,L, McDanie;

May 24, 2012

I qill be keeping up with you Good luck

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