Sometimes I complain about living in over-populated Southern California, mainly when it comes to traffic, but there are benefit such as having access to anything and everything I may need. After a few calls, REI was the only option for a solution. The solution was not just replacing the axle, but changing the game. I originally opted for a single wheel trailer because they are narrow, but I was concerned about the quick release axle being able to support the weight. It seems that was a valid concern. I didn’t want to switch to panniers as the top heaviness concerns me, and I have way too much gear with me right now. I opted for a 2 wheel, covered trailer, most often used for rug rats.
The weight distribution is so much better! I compared a few brands and discovered major differences – mainly the amount of hitch flexibility to account for bike side to side movement – relieving any torque on the rear axle. Thule has the best design, which is a ball and socket similar to a truck and trailer receiver hitch design. This new addition easily carries everything I brought with me, so I won’t have to send my gold pan and extra underwear back to Southern California after all!
As timing is everything, when Maureen and I were leaving for REI (Great Customer Service!!!), we had the opportunity to see a young black bear going for a morning walk at the top of Maureen’s street. The day before, we saw a young moose walking in her neighborhood as well! Yes, this is the Great Wild and the Last Frontier!
And so today should be the true launching of my journey as I head to the Kenai River for some salmon fishing. I forgot to mention that I am traveling with an adventure partner – the calm, cool and collected Juan Alien. We’ve been hanging together since I found him in Roswell, New Mexico.
Wish us luck! 🙂