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[IP] Re: Extreme Pump Test # 7
Well Here is the results of my weekend. As a fitting test and trial run for
the real thing I choose to volunteer to trail break for the Junior Iditarod
sled dog race. It is a round trip of 150 miles (75 each way). Saturday morn.
Temperature -20 degrees , heavy fog . clear skies.
I have a poly-pro long john shirt with 2 pockets sewed on the breast .
1 for pump and 1 for accu-check advantage which is usually my back-up meter.
I like it because it is very small, the batteries that I carry for spares
are FLAT so I can tape them to my upper underarm. I use a small 2"x2 1/2 "
zip lock to hold enough strips for the trip ++. and the finger sticker is
also in the second pocket.
all this is under my sweater and parka. I have a soft-set in my right upper
thigh with 43 inch tube and it is pulled up through the neck and down to the
pocket. I do not like to cut a hole in the expensive poly-pro as they tend
to unravel after a lot of washing . I tried button holing but have found
them to be stiff and rub a raw spot on me.
The trip over the first day was great! I stopped at a lodge 54 miles out and
checked my bg at 69 !! after a rest and a moose burger it was on to they
Yentna river and the last 21 miles to the halfway point at the Yentna river
lodge where we all overnight. It was a great opportunity to met the young
mushers and some of their families. One young lady from Ohio was entered and
her family had flown in by bush plane . As always everyone is very
interested in the pump as well as the race doc who agreed shots should be a
thing of the past and only used as back-up !! The next day we woke up to
take our post along the trail . My post was only 4 miles out where the trail
leaves the river. It was 2:30 AM and 0 degrees, by the time I made my way
down the river it was snowing to beat the band and 20 above o!!. After 6:07
AM all the mushers had made it past my check-point and I headed for home
Fast along the river and across the many miles of swamp I made it back in 5
hours. I loaded up my snowmobile and got into my warm truck and checked me
bg 297!!!!!!! what the heck happened!!!!!!!! Well I made it home and
stripped down to check out the situation. Only a couple small bubbles almost
invisible champagne style! OOPs it aint no couple small bubbles it is 1 real
big monster!! It seems that 5 hours of hard riding shook the pump to no end.
All I could see was each end of the big void. I pulled the quick release and
primed 5 units and cleared it completely.
Today I made the same trip withthe pump upside down with the tubing coming
out on the bottom. I had to cut a hole in the pockets we sewed on for the
tube , But all bubbles stayed in the reservoir and out of the tube. One week
till the real thing after March 20 I will have the results of what a pump
can handle on a 1300 mile trail !!
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