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  1. #1
    Long Live Long Rides
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    A small touring trick (gadget)

    I'm planning my first 3 day trip for Memorial Day weekend. As always, I check all my equipment about a week before. Kind of gets me wound up!

    I found something in my bag I took on last year's ride (Lewis and Clark Trail) across Missouri. A voltage line tester. It's the little thing that costs about $1 that you plug into an outlet to see if there is power. The one I have only has a small light if the outlet is powered.

    I brought it because I like to ride at night and I always take my headlight battery charger with me. I also take my cell phone and charger if I plan to be away for more than 3 days.

    I found several parks that have outlets for lamps, radios, etc that are still powered. My headlight battery charger only draws about 1/2 amp and I can get some charge while I fix lunch or dinner. For a small thing, it came in real handy.
    Jharte
    Touring...therapy for the soul.

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    Hauja
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    Great tip.

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    Senior Member
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    Can't you just plug your charger in and see if it works? Most chargers have a built in charge indicator that turn on when charging.

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