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Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
... It's a bit late but I can't leave things...

... It's a bit late but I can't leave things unfinished. Here's the final day for all that it was.

I woke up the next day at around 5:30 to one of the most horrendous leg cramps I've ever...
Forum: Ride reports 10-04-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
The next 4 days were spent at Toad Rock. I was...

The next 4 days were spent at Toad Rock. I was just at the point of crashing, and I really just didn't have any real motivation to get rolling anywhere super quick. The rain clouds came and made day...
Forum: Ride reports 09-29-2013, 07:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Day 8: Disappointment and Dust

Mornin'

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j208/Wombatulus/Motorbikin/Ghosts%20Gold%20Glaciers%20and%20Gravel/IMG_1241_zpsd814f263.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Day 7: Rocky Mountain High

That gosh-darn rain that started in the evening lasted through the night, and at one point, I woke to pesky drips tap-tap-tapping directly on my pillow. I was far too lazy, wussy, and tired to get...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
It was no use to be in a hurry the next day as I...

It was no use to be in a hurry the next day as I had travelling companions that really didn't have the same drive and necessity to get anywhere that day as I often did. Still, my body woke up in a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-08-2013, 04:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
The Alcan 5000 is one of my goals eventually!...

The Alcan 5000 is one of my goals eventually! I've gotten hooked up a little bit with the rally scene here in BC, have helped sweep one TSD event and occasionally make it out to the rallycross events...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2013, 09:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
I took a second to compose myself before checking...

I took a second to compose myself before checking to see if everything was working. Arms: check. Neck: check. Ribs: fine. Legs: left one's good, right one's stuck under a motorcycle.

Well there's...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Day 5: Why I should own a SPOT locator

It was Sunday morning and as I rose the sun was just peeking over scrubby trees on the hillside around my meadow-like campsite. I'd been in the woods for a few days, so the camera battery was getting...
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Mornings, am I right? ...

Mornings, am I right?

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j208/Wombatulus/Motorbikin/Ghosts%20Gold%20Glaciers%20and%20Gravel/IMG_0911_zpsad55bf4c.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 08-19-2013, 01:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Last time I was through this area, it'd been late...

Last time I was through this area, it'd been late in the day (last time was around 9pm. I was early at 6 this time 'round) and I'd set up camp at a picnic area right along the other end of Seton...
Forum: Ride reports 08-19-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Day 3: Rangeland and Reservoirs

Light came before the sun as my all-too-wary lids flicked open at 5am. It'd been a lovely sleep until around 2am when I was awoken by 6 gunshots in rapid succession that seemed quite nearby. Of...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2013, 08:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Day 2: Rancher's Choice

Blueberry pancakes were on the menu for breakfast at Doug's, and this way to start the day would become a welcome trend over the course of the trip. Typical of mornings on rides, I vainly showered,...
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2013, 09:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Running the Rails, cont'd

Dropped into Coalmont at a little after noon, looking for some food and maybe a cold drink. The air was like a blast furnace, but at least it wasn't raining!
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2013, 11:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Running the Rails

It was a leisurely 9 o'clock by the time the wheels hit the road. Insurance was changed over from Burble to redbike, and I was once more Hope-ward bound. The road is a familiar one: long straights...
Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,574
Posted By Hamon
Ghosts, Gold, Glaciers, and Gravel

I've said it many times before that the state of my mind is directly correlated with the state of my housekeeping. As I locked my door for the final time, carelessly strewn maps, piles of dirty...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2013, 12:54 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Totally missed this response! It's a small...

Totally missed this response!

It's a small world. I still highlight the smallness of this world with the story of the random series of events that left me comfortably stranded at Gina's place.
...
Forum: Canada 05-20-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By Hamon
Hope they can make it to Whitehorse before the...

Hope they can make it to Whitehorse before the air starts showing through.

That said, it might be worth them checking in at the service station at Watson Lake once they make it there. It's old...
Forum: Ride reports 02-09-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Mornin'. ...

Mornin'.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j208/Wombatulus/The%20Big%20One%202012/IMG_0130.jpg

Just like any other morning, I went through the routine of packing up redbike. It was interesting...
Forum: Ride reports 02-06-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
I was glad I'd sharked those blankets before I...

I was glad I'd sharked those blankets before I bedded down. I awoke to a crispness that took me back to northern Ontario. Soon enough, from blue skies, snow pellets were falling and I thought I was...
Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Cranbrook, BC, had been the stay-over for the...

Cranbrook, BC, had been the stay-over for the night, and because I knew the riding today wouldn't be strenuous, I took in the scenery and company that Cranbrook had to offer. This first day in BC...
Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2013, 09:33 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
KLRs make wonderful winter rigs. I just got...

KLRs make wonderful winter rigs. I just got finished a little fix-it job on mine as it was acting a little finicky the last few days. Let's just put it this way: when the bike stalls on the freeway...
Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2013, 05:26 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
It was a strange feeling waking up, knowing that...

It was a strange feeling waking up, knowing that I was but one long day's ride from home. I'd been to Edmonton before on a bike (a Weestrom affectionately known as Burble) and there was definitely a...
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
... The end of the year has come and gone......

... The end of the year has come and gone... Let's try to get this done before a year's passed since I left.

Back to early May, 2012.

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Forum: Ride reports 12-16-2012, 10:29 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Heya Dave, Thanks for the encouragement. I...

Heya Dave,

Thanks for the encouragement. I lost steam to finish up the last 5 days but I hope after my busy season ends (retail's a beast this time of year) I'll have a chance to write up the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-06-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
I think I'll start this day's report with...

I think I'll start this day's report with context,




... and pick up right after the sick feeling settled in my gut.

The morning had been pretty uneventful. Prairie roads from Virden...
Forum: Ride reports 10-06-2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
The next two days were probably the biggest...

The next two days were probably the biggest reason why I'd lost momentum on finishing this ride report. If you remember, I lost my camera in the middle of Saskatchewan somewhere, meaning I have no...
Forum: Ride reports 10-06-2012, 10:10 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Okay, okay! It's time. The day in Chapleau...

Okay, okay! It's time.

The day in Chapleau started as the last one had finished: damp, dark, and cold. I gassed up just out of town and was once again warned of hoards of moose that I would...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,154
Posted By Hamon
I was driving home on a cold dark night a couple...

I was driving home on a cold dark night a couple years ago when a fuse blew on my KLR, causing my taillight to go out. A family in a minivan came up beside me on the freeway, signalled that my light...
Forum: Canada 06-26-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By Hamon
Yessir, drive slow. Have you asked if they can...

Yessir, drive slow. Have you asked if they can order a tire in for you? From my recollection, it only took them about 3 business days to get a tire ordered in for us.
Forum: Canada 06-25-2012, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By Hamon
Hey Pine Sol, Can't help you with shops...

Hey Pine Sol,

Can't help you with shops that'll have those in stock, but I'll relay my experience from a few years back when my Dad's tire was in rough shape at the top of the Dempster.

I'm...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2012, 11:00 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
The smell of oranges and cinnamon hit me as a new...

The smell of oranges and cinnamon hit me as a new day dawned. Oatmeal was for breakfast and I'm not sure if I've ever had better (a recent house-guest can attest to my poor oatmeal-cookin' skillz)....
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2012, 10:30 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Bleary-eyed, I arose at an hour too early in my...

Bleary-eyed, I arose at an hour too early in my hostel in Montreal. After a feast of croissants, chats with fellow travelers, and some computer time (sometimes I think I spent more time on Facebook...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2012, 11:09 PM
Replies: 8,533
Views: 2,090,721
Posted By Hamon
Full ride report here:...

Full ride report here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=762691



Wheel story starts here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=762691&page=7

I'll get the report finished...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8,533
Views: 2,090,721
Posted By Hamon
Hm, time to add a few more to this thread...

Hm, time to add a few more to this thread methinks. 3 months in 18 pictures.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j208/Wombatulus/The%20Big%20One%202012/IMG_4611.jpg
Just off Hwy 101 in Cali.
...
Forum: Ride reports 05-29-2012, 10:36 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Alright, I think it's about time to get back to...

Alright, I think it's about time to get back to the reportin' and put this baby to bed. Now, where were we?

Ah yes, Grand Falls, New Brunswick. A quaint little town nestled around hydro-electric...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 05-21-2012, 10:43 AM
Replies: 495
Views: 148,994
Posted By Hamon
This setup got me through three months of travel...

This setup got me through three months of travel in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, the maze of the Eastern USA, and across Canada.

Paper maps are ideal for perspective, GPS for general relative...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
I'll hold you to that. You just let me know when!...

I'll hold you to that. You just let me know when!



Kilianos, thanks! I had fun writing the report, as I will as I finish things up too!



And then there's the video... That one's gonna...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2012, 12:00 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
Home. I think it'll take a day, week, or...

Home.

I think it'll take a day, week, or month or two for the feeling of home to settle back in my bones. Maybe a few days of not having to make mileage or pack all my gear onto redbike will...
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2012, 10:12 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
7am (7:30 Newfoundland time... I still find it...

7am (7:30 Newfoundland time... I still find it amusing) seemed to come early as the ferry neared port. After an industrial breakfast of scrambled eggs (out of a bag, no doubt), toast, and processed...
Forum: Ride reports 05-09-2012, 11:01 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,612
Posted By Hamon
From a little over a month ago: Well,...

From a little over a month ago:



Well, let's see here... Where I left off in Newfoundland, I'd just replaced a rim that got destroyed, and yesterday in Alberta I was sitting, forlorn, along...
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