These Cots are distributed by Cascade Designs who bought the rights to produce the LuxuryLite cots. I often peruse the Craigslist ads and look for things that I may wish to have. Doesn't hurt to save a bit of money and I am always refining my camping equipment to make my trip(s) more comfortable. I try to look for high quality and "packs small" . I like Cascade Designs. They distribute MSR and I also have a couple of their MSR Whisperlite multifuel stoves and I am thinking of upgrading my tent to an MSR brand to be used next year on my next planned tour
I try to buy slightly used, if possible and there was a deal on this used LuxuryLite cot because one of the feet was broken
Here is what they should look like
If you go to ---> this site (the former LuxuryLite site) You will see that while this is a 6 bow cot, depending upon your weight you can use less bows. I think I could use only 4 bows as I am nearly down to that weight, but certainly I could use the cot with only 5 bows, so having one broken foot was no problem for me. It also gives you the option to carry less bows if you are a minimalist hiker/biker
After I came home with my slightly "handicapped" cot I went on the net to see if I buy a replacement foot. I sent an email to both companies: the original LuxuryLite and to Cascade Designs. I was in luck as I could buy replacement parts from LuxuryLite but to my surprise . . .
after reading my polite email request, Cascade Designs customer service rep said they would mail me replacement parts and I received their envelope the other day. This just reinforces what a good company they are and will make me coming back to buy more of their products
and what a surprise when I opened their envelope. Instead of only sending one foot, I received three. Now I have a complete cot for a bargain price
The other day, DOM posted some sunset photos (here1). I am far away for a good setting and unless you want to see telephone poles, roofs or wires and trees, I stay close to home when it gets dark. There are not many photogenic places here in the middle of the city
I am not allowed to ride onto our beaches and the sun was just around the corner behind the trees, so this is nearly a sunset
Then on Saturday night we went to our friend's for a BBQ down in Steveston and after dinner, but before dessert all of us decided to take a short walk on the boardwalk
The warm glow of the setting sun shone on these old pier remnants and I thought that it made a good pattern.
The sun still has a little way to go, so we continued to walk but then we turned around to head back towards our waiting dessert which was homemade raspberry pie with ice cream (sorry no photos, wasn't quick enough)
They had an event here so the walkway was lined with decorations. It was hard to look directly into the setting sun
It was a very nice summer evening here on the banks of the Fraser River
Last Friday I rode my bike to work. It had been too hot to ride and I don't enjoy having to sweat inside my gear so I had been taking the car and enjoying the cool air conditioning. I also enjoy wearing shorts and sandals so this was the first time I had ridden since I escorted Ed out of town a few weeks ago
After work I headed down to the White Spot for hamburgers, with the others in our club
The first thing I do is to strip out of my riding gear
These are members of our BC Corvette Club but some of us didn't bring our cars today
But there are some Corvettes parked to the left of us
Here is part of my dinner. A legendary burger with ceasar salad insted of fries, coleslaw and for dessert a blueberry pie. Sorry, I was hungry so those are my bite marks, I had no willpower
This night was also the last time I would be riding my bike this summer
On Sunday I decided to prep it for the end of the season. When I renewed my insurance in the Spring I had it expire mid August, so in a few days I will have no more insurance on my Vstrom
I dug out my bottle of fuel stabilizer
and put enough in my tank to treat 23 liters. I do not intend to ride it anymore this summer. This is probably one of my shortest riding years in recent history. I have not ridden anywhere this year. Not even one weekend away. I did plan to go to Vancouver Island but things came up and I never went. Other than just a few times to work and to Saturday morning breakfasts I have done no pleasure rides, except for one Saturday up to Squamish to meet with Scooterchick and Scootard, and that was back in April (click here) . My how time flies . . .
Those whom have riding partners are lucky. I find it hard to go to the same places and ride the same roads all the time. For the past few weeks I have been on a mission to get my car repaired and maintained and often it meant taking the car as I need to buy parts or leave my car somewhere.
Here's an HDR taken from inside my bike cave
My Vstrom outside under the carport, and my trusty Beemer R1200R which was parked last October, 2013 and will remain parked until next Spring 2015.
In the meantime I decide to just sit in my chair, contemplate and generally enjoy another peaceful and relaxing summer day