Fist let me give you the day’s weather history. The morning started chilly and sunny. I left about 7:10 a.m. after a nice house tour and breakfast with Nancy and Gary. I stopped for gas and then about 8:45 the rain started and I rode for a straight two hours in the rain. After that is was merely cold and damp. After lunch the sun came out. By 4:00 p.m. it actually felt warm. Around 7:00 there was a shower and lightning. The rest of the trip was no rain with damp streets. I got to my hotel around 8:00 p.m.
At the 4 o’clock rest stop I noticed the rear fix point of the right saddlebag was broken and the bag was resting on the pipe. I got out my bungee cords and net and tied up the bag so it wouldn’t fall off.
For the next 120 miles I had time to think about engineering a repair. I decided on a mending strap, epoxy, and screws. I had the screws and epoxy in my bag, but I needed the mending strap. I got the strap and some drill bits at Wal-Mart.
I did a test fit to the bike tonight and it looks good. I’ll let the glue dry tonight and put the bag on in the morning.