I stop to chat when I see two guys on big bikes, one a Triumph Explorer and the other a GS 1200. I know what that’s like up here. Joel and Jeremy arrive a moment later to join me in watching the Triumph owner work to short-circuit his kickstand kill-switch that hit a rock.
“I have tools if you need anything,” I announce, “but it looks like you’re probably well covered.” Their bikes are loaded with panniers, tail bags and tank bags. They must be pushing 800 pounds. The GS man is cheery but Triumph man is pretty focused on his work so we think we shouldn’t bother them much more. “Good luck,” I say.