Jack ‘R’ Better Universal Tarp Review

Jack ‘R’ Better Universal Tarp Review

I last used the tarp on a 5 day trip on the MABDR with 7 other riders, starting in Tennessee and headed north through George Washington and Jefferson National Forest then farther north, MD and PA. The poles held the tarp open for porch mode with such ease by just letting out some slack on the line tensioners. Closing up on the colder nights was just as easy while the poles kept the tarp wide enough around the spreader bars to get in and out without putting pressure on the tarp at all. There’s enough tie out points to do just about anything…

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JMC - A New Tradition?

JMC - A New Tradition?

Christmas is a great time of year, but for jewish folk like me, its just another night. Either way, i can't work as everything is closed, so i took this opportunity to get a little camping trip in. It's early winter, not too cold out yet. I enrolled a few other local jewish buddies, and we had our first JMC. Jewish Motorcycle Christmas.

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Kelty Noah's Tarp + REI Tarp Poles

Kelty Noah's Tarp + REI Tarp Poles

Added gear, just in time for the denver trip. I just received the Kelty Noah's Tarp, and two 6ft REI Tarp Poles, just in time to test them out during yesterdays overnight in Staten Island. This is key camping gear for the unexpected rain. You can set it up first, and then set up your tent under it. The inside of your tent will stay dry while you put it up. You can also pitch the tarp over your picnic table so you have a place to hang out in the rain as long as your tent is safe under its rainfly.

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Small packing air pads

Small packing air pads

Before the summer I bought an inflating full size air mattress for camping. It just fit inside my tent with no extra room. I bought it mostly to make my wife comfortable coming camping for the first few times. I knew I would need something smaller eventually. I got this great air pad on Amazon. $50 each. Two of them are way smaller then the full size mattress, and I don't need to rely on a motorized pump. Key criteria for our Denver trip. Click on for photos.

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MotoCamping - Week 8 - Black Rock, CT

MotoCamping - Week 8 - Black Rock, CT

This week I kind of chose my camping site at random via reserve america. That worked out well because the camp site was nice, but the drive was longer then I thought it would be. Besides being 2.5 hours away, which I’m ok with, i also hit 40 minutes of weirdconstruction traffic. Still it was mostly a fun drive.

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MotoCamping - Week 7 - Clarence Fahnestock

MotoCamping - Week 7 - Clarence Fahnestock

This week I went to a campsite slighty more north east then bear mountain, to Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Parm. I checked the weather 10 times before I went. This was supposed to be the only rain free day of the week. The roads up were nice and twisty as I like them. Usually most of the enjoyment on these solo camping trips are about the time on the bike. The other part of the fun is the unexpected. Unexpected events = adventure.

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Moto Camping - Week 6 - Brothers on Bikes

Moto Camping - Week 6 - Brothers on Bikes

I’ve been bugging my brothers, Alan and Harry, to come moto camping with me, and i finally got them to come. We rented them bikes from jupiter rentals in brooklyn. Great guy, great place, highly recommended. Harry rented a lowered F650GS which is almost identical to my bike just a couple years old before they changed the name to the 700. Alan rented an R1200RT Sport Tourer. I only have a two person tent, so alan bought a personal sized single person tent on the cheap for the night. They took their bikes home for the night, packed them up, and we met up on the palisades parkway state line around 4pm, and continued on to bear mountain for a great time riding and camping.

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Moto Camping - Week 5 - Sandy Hook, NJ

Moto Camping - Week 5 - Sandy Hook, NJ

this week was fun in a different way. I’ve been wanting to take my wife along on my adventures, and lately she’s been a bit frustrated that I’ve been going without her. this week i promised i would take her with me, if she would be willing to ride on the back of my bike. we chose a camp site nearby, so that it would be a shorter ride for her. it would still be her longest ride on the back of the bike, and another challenge would be fitting everything on the bike, and her at the same time. exciting!

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