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Forum: Americas 09-24-2010, 05:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,160
Posted By mtlee
When you hit the Mississippi River, if the...

When you hit the Mississippi River, if the weather's nice (it can be beautiful in early October), head up towards Dubuque and then on into SW Wisconsin. There are a ton of really great county roads...
Forum: Americas 09-24-2010, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 568
Posted By mtlee
The "Driftless Zone" of SW Wisconsin has lots of...

The "Driftless Zone" of SW Wisconsin has lots of great backroads near the Mississippi river, and is worth a day or two if you have the time. La Crosse is a good central point there. If you're a...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-16-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 26,136
Posted By mtlee
A great spring day of riding the dirt bikes: ...

A great spring day of riding the dirt bikes:
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Forum: Ride reports 03-16-2009, 06:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Thanks for the kudos, guys. I had just returned...

Thanks for the kudos, guys. I had just returned to SLR (well, DSLR) photography before we left on this trip, after years of point and shoot cameras. So this was a great trip on which to get some of...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2009, 03:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 14: Billings, MT to Rapid City, SD

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The morning came bright and hot, but with forecasts for thunderstorms. A look at the radar showed that the front was coming from the west, so...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2009, 03:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 13: Cut Bank, MT to Billings, MT

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Temps were a bit chilly and roads still wet when we awoke, so we took our time getting ready and hit town for coffee and breakfast. We...
Forum: Ride reports 03-14-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
We did have a section of highway through...

We did have a section of highway through southwestern Minnesota where the bugs were really bad, and both the car and bikes were quite decorated. But not horrifically, and certainly not as bad as the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-14-2009, 05:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Days 12: Golden, BC to Cut Bank, MT

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Today we went our separate ways - Christopher left quite early to head back to Sacramento via Idaho and Washington; Scott would return to the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-14-2009, 05:39 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 11: Jasper, AB to Golden, BC

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Denise had read that Maligne lake was a must-see, so we got ourselves up and on the road by 9:30 (a record, I think) and headed out the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-12-2009, 06:56 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 10: Driving around Jasper NP

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Cheating alert - we didn't ride this day. Since our focus this day was getting some hikes in, we all piled in the rental car to get to our...
Forum: Ride reports 03-11-2009, 11:31 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 9: The Icefields Parkway, Banff and Jasper National Parks

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Let me open this day's report by saying that everyone should ride/drive/bike or walk this road at some time in their lives. Riding 180 miles...
Forum: Ride reports 03-11-2009, 11:27 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 8: Babb, MT to Canmore, AB, Canada

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Primarily a transit day, we had only two destinations in mind - a quick visit to the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton National Park (the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-10-2009, 05:23 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Wow, you guys covered some serious miles in a...

Wow, you guys covered some serious miles in a short period. I know what you mean about wanting to go again - I'm looking out the window at a real ugly snowstorm, wondering when I can get away for...
Forum: Ride reports 03-10-2009, 08:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Speaking of which - how did you find life in the...

Speaking of which - how did you find life in the suit during the warm days? I had really wanted to take mine on the summer road trip, but was nervous about roasting.

As it turned out, we never...
Forum: Ride reports 03-10-2009, 07:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 7: Riding the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park, MT

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We weren't sure what to expect on the Going to the Sun Highway - reports of long delays due to construction and traffic jams are all over the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2009, 08:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Great stuff - I'm chuckling at so many of your...

Great stuff - I'm chuckling at so many of your pix - looks like you guys had a great time, too. BTW - was that you I passed on the north side of Lake Minnetonka last Friday? I was wearing my...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2009, 07:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
You might want to call the park ranger's office...

You might want to call the park ranger's office at Glacier and see what they think. On a bike it may be hit or miss, and it's surely going to be chilly even if it's dry. Average weekly temps for...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2009, 07:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
I lived in Houston for 12 years, so I know of...

I lived in Houston for 12 years, so I know of what you speak. I must say that I do prefer the climate up here, as it gives us the ability to be out cross-country skiing and skating during the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2009, 04:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
The trip ran from July 10 - 26, 2008. We could...

The trip ran from July 10 - 26, 2008. We could have easily spent twice as long, taking more time in each of the mountain ranges and national parks.

I'll make a post at the end with the various...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2009, 04:46 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
As much as I agree with you in principle, I just...

As much as I agree with you in principle, I just don't know if I can say that I won't in the future - crossing the plains is a subtle pleasure at best, particularly when the corn is being fertilized...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2009, 07:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 6: Missoula, MT to West Glacier, MT

Our first day with the entire contingent, we had a nice short day of riding/driving:
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Jake and his bony butt were glad for a change of...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2009, 07:32 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
No, didn't make it to the Lolo pass - was...

No, didn't make it to the Lolo pass - was tempting, but we were very focused on the national parks up north. If you're going in early June, watch the weather reports in advance - you may encounter...
Forum: Ride reports 03-08-2009, 03:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Days 4 & 5: Livingston, MT to Missoula, MT

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We found our coffee and muffins at a great little drive up, which we found to be common throughout Montana - tiny buildings in a parking lot...
Forum: Ride reports 03-08-2009, 06:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 3: Sheridan, WY to Livingston, MT

Our third day of riding, and we awoke to yet more blue skies and moderate temps. July in northern Wyoming was exceedingly kind to us, and after a mediocre buffet breakfast that was included with our...
Forum: Ride reports 03-07-2009, 03:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Dave - there's a lot of cornfields to get through...

Dave - there's a lot of cornfields to get through in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota - but it doesn't matter how far north or south you go, there's a belt of flat farmland right down the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-07-2009, 11:25 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Thanks. The trailer is a 5x10 (an 8' was a...

Thanks.

The trailer is a 5x10 (an 8' was a little tight once chocks were mounted - the bikes are surprisingly long) that we picked up at Menards. I put some old chocks on that I'd bought used,...
Forum: Ride reports 03-07-2009, 11:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
The Black Hills make the haul out there worth it....

The Black Hills make the haul out there worth it. I'm thinking we could probably spend a couple of weeks just in the Black Hills and the Bighorns some time.

We left on the 10th of last July,...
Forum: Ride reports 03-07-2009, 06:46 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 2: Sundance, WY to Sheridan, WY via Devil's Tower

Thanks for the nice comments, folks. The toughest part of doing this, besides getting the time to organize my thoughts and photos, is knowing that I can't go right out and ride it again. The call...
Forum: Ride reports 03-06-2009, 09:05 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 1: Rapid City, SD to Sundance, WY

A cool front brought perfect blue skies, stiff winds, and cooler temps to Rapid City overnight. After a mundane Hampton Inn breakfast we packed the bikes, geared up, gassed up, and headed towards...
Forum: Ride reports 03-06-2009, 09:01 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Day 0: Cheating our way to Rapid City

There's not too much to say about the drive to Rapid City but for two points:
1. Western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota had a heat wave that day (97 degrees) - so we felt our decision to...
Forum: Ride reports 03-06-2009, 08:59 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,807
Posted By mtlee
Badlands to Banff & Beyond - Our First Big Trip

I wanted to say 'adventure' (this is ADVrider, after all), but I'm not sure that we had enough bad stuff happen to call it such - only a few minor brushes with weather and worn parts; no break downs,...
Forum: Equipment 03-12-2008, 07:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,394
Posted By mtlee
If you particularly like the BMW bag, spend some...

If you particularly like the BMW bag, spend some time checking around at smaller dealers - I got a brand new, albeit very dusty, one for my wife's bike for $100 here at the local dealer.
Forum: Beasts 03-08-2008, 07:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By mtlee
Just another little POV - if you had a 'Strom in...

Just another little POV - if you had a 'Strom in the past and you're not 100% convinced to get another one, go for something else. Get the experience of a different design, a different set of...
Forum: Ride reports 03-08-2008, 07:03 AM
Replies: 399
Views: 196,647
Posted By mtlee
I'm highly enjoying your report, and while I,...

I'm highly enjoying your report, and while I, like the others, am eager to see the entire post, I certainly feel your pain about the time it takes to put something like this together.

Are you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2008, 06:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,369
Posted By mtlee
As a user of all kinds of trails (riding,...

As a user of all kinds of trails (riding, walking, nordic skiing), and certainly not one of the fastest on any of them, I always appreciate being made aware of somebody coming up behind me. And I...
Forum: Equipment 03-07-2008, 06:32 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,632
Posted By mtlee
GB - Contact Olympia about the chance to try...

GB -

Contact Olympia about the chance to try one on. They let me know who had Phantoms in stock in cities to which I was traveling (on business), but also stated that they would do whatever it...
Forum: Equipment 03-06-2008, 06:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 740
Posted By mtlee
With the price of CRTs so low (I couldn't even...

With the price of CRTs so low (I couldn't even sell a new, in-the-box Compaq 19" for $60 a year or two ago - the market was glutted), the used market even lower, and the strain on your eyes a very...
Forum: Equipment 03-06-2008, 06:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,632
Posted By mtlee
GB - I just spent about ten minutes going over...

GB - I just spent about ten minutes going over mine (hadn't ever really examined it all that closely before...), and couldn't find an obvious pass-through. There are several spots where you could...
Forum: Beasts 03-05-2008, 06:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,138
Posted By mtlee
I'd support the...

I'd support the 'look-for-a-new-previous-year-model' strategy. If you can chop a grand off of what you'd pay for an '08, you'll easily pay for the trip to go get the bike (or have it shipped), and...
Forum: Equipment 03-05-2008, 05:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,787
Posted By mtlee
Do PSPs read SD cards? I thought they were the...

Do PSPs read SD cards? I thought they were the typical 'Sony-only', using memory sticks.
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