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I want to take a trip from Modesto to Las Vegas on the R3. I've plotted out clumps of gas stations every 50-60 miles into the gps. No rush, I can wake up early, just roll at 55-75 mph no hurry. But I've done this trip by car before. It's the long stretch across the desert that makes me nervous. Stay covered to minimize sunlight / dehydration / air blast on skin. I've got a Cortech tail bag, and a backpack for any extra light weight clothing. I can pack snacks and water in the tail bag. I'm thinking to start on a Friday morning, and return on Monday morning. Just waiting for the recall notice and work, so it's not like the trip is asap. I think my longest day so far approached 300 miles. My GPS is a stand-alone model hard-wired to the bike, so I can leave my phone off to conserve battery. Or, I could go Modesto -> Yerington -> LV -> Modesto, but that's probably too much for me, as I don't know squat about the Yerington -> LV section, that's like an honest 350 desert miles, way more than the LA - LV section.
(1) Exactly how hard is the heat going to hit me and the motorcycle?
(2) Defense for a flat tire out in the middle of nowhere?
(3) Should I we worried about rain on that route?
(4) Should I go paranoid and pack pint of oil / coolant / zip ties / wire / electrical tape / mini tire pump / etc?
(5) What if I have to abandon my bike and hitch? Tow truck? RIP bike?
(6) What else should I be thinking about?
(7) Am I crazy?
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