Roadtripping — gear, family and Chipotle

15 June 2017


Another ZERO day with leg R&R.



Therefore, I decided on a little roadtrip to KCMO and Nebraska.

The KCMO was to check out new gear.  REI was my chosen equipment store, so I checked out new backpacks.  While I dudn’t really care for what they had, an REI pack gave me an idea for my Exos58.  The pack had some “load lifter” straps the pulled up the bottom so it didn’t sag and?ran along the back of the pack.  I think I can retro fit my bag with some similiar straps to help the load.    No need in spending more money if I can adapt my current back pack.


Then I tried on some Hoka One One hiking boots.  The Tor Tec Mid WP were nice but I found the Tor Ultra Hi WP’s online for half price at SO…I ordered them.

Check these hiking shoes out…

I tried this one on at REI

I ordered this one


Then it was off to Nebraska to see me daughter and grand daughter.  What a GREAT reunion.  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE these two.



Also, in honor of my hiking buddy, Chipotle, I stopped for lunch at Chipotle in St Joe MO.  Not sure if he’s been to this store yet…but I’m sure it’s on his list.

Check out his Instagram @chipotle.hikes I still think Chipotle needs to sponsor him…if you think so too…post on their FB to support him.









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Comments 4

  • Ralph McGreevy : Jun 16th

    Hello Larry. Was struck by what you said about ‘“load lifter” straps the pulled up the bottom so it didn’t sag’. Disappointed to hear that an Osprey pack had this problem. I have a 40 liter pack, from a much cheaper supplier. It has given me excellent service for hiking, hauling groceries, etc. but, when heavily loaded with hard objects, it pressed uncomfortably against the buttocks and tailbone. Using scrap materials that I had on hand, I attached 2 pieces of 1″ webbing to the frame, crossed them under the bottom of the bag and ran them through cam buckles on the front, allowing easy adjustment. Not fancy, but it works very well to lift the bag bottom, so that carrying a heavy load is much more comfortable. Wrote to the manufacturer about this, but no response so far. If this interests you, please email me and I can send photos showing how the load lifter straps are attached. Happy hiking.

  • Ralph McGreevy : Jun 21st

    Hi again. Sent you photos in an email. Was wondering what you though. Happy hiking.

  • Rodeo : Jun 24th

    I have the same shoes, awesome! Like walking on balloon tires.


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