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Forum: Racing 01-14-2014, 02:34 PM
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Posted By Tesla314
Someone's looking for a Coke sponsorship next...

Someone's looking for a Coke sponsorship next year! :deal :lol3


I'm sad to see Alain out. Team Engineer is getting thin! Go Mike! :clap
Forum: Racing 01-08-2014, 12:25 PM
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Views: 809,685
Posted By Tesla314
Two ideas: 1. It sounded like Camellia was...

Two ideas:

1. It sounded like Camellia was near the top. If everyone was mountaingoating midway down the side of a terribly steep valley, geometry says the helis wouldn't be able to get low...
Forum: Racing 01-08-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 12,229
Views: 809,685
Posted By Tesla314
There's been a few couples in the cars, and I...

There's been a few couples in the cars, and I think in the trucks too. This year there's the experienced team of the Jones's in car #433.
Forum: Racing 01-08-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 12,229
Views: 809,685
Posted By Tesla314
:nod Honda had her up on stage with the...

:nod

Honda had her up on stage with the factory riders at their pre-race press conference, which leads me to suspect they wanted to hire her this year but couldn't for some reason. I speculate...
Forum: Racing 01-07-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12,229
Views: 809,685
Posted By Tesla314
Engineers!

Seems like lots of engineers in the Dakar (Alain, Mike Johnson, Pyndon, etc). Wonder what it is that draws them to the race?

(Or it's just confirmation bias on my part: being an engineer myself...
Forum: Racing 01-06-2014, 03:50 PM
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Posted By Tesla314
Radio Maray

Here's how I listen to Radio Maray: there's a free webservice called TuneIn Radio (http://tunein.com/get-tunein/) that carries local radio broadcasts from all over the world. They have apps for every...
Forum: Racing 01-06-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12,229
Views: 809,685
Posted By Tesla314
Glad I lost to another F5'r at least!

Ah ha, that's who I was tied with at the end! :deal Congratulations, I'm glad to have at least lost to a fellow F5'r!
Forum: Racing 11-16-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 1,866
Views: 167,465
Posted By Tesla314
Our princess is in another castle? :velvt

Our princess is in another castle? :velvt
Forum: Racing 11-16-2013, 03:55 PM
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Posted By Tesla314
KTM says he hit a small animal....

KTM says he hit a small animal. (http://www.ktm.com/news-events/news/all/details/ktm-mourns-the-loss-of-kurt-caselli.html#.Uof13aUZdi6)
Forum: Racing 11-16-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 1,866
Views: 167,465
Posted By Tesla314
Holy shit, I hadn't connected that "Annie's...

Holy shit, I hadn't connected that "Annie's Australian Driver" was SafariBerg! AWESOME. :pynd
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2013, 12:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Yup, we stayed there. :cry Quite the way to...

Yup, we stayed there. :cry Quite the way to start a trip! There was a marathon in town that weekend, so everyplace we tried was full. Except the Hollywood, strangely enough! We don't have internet...
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 9, 10/7/12: Tijuana - > Hollywood

The Ortega Highway and the Lake Elsinore hills
(By Tesla)

The Ortega

We have family in the Lake Elsinore area, so we were familiar with the Ortega and had put it on our Riding Bucket List...
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2013, 11:37 AM
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Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 9, 10/7/12: Tijuana - > Hollywood

Day 9, 10/7/12: Tijuana - > Hollywood

"First" of the day: first hostel

(By Tesla)

I know not all hostels are repurposed 50s courtyard motels with free food, a tv lounge, a dance room, a...
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2013, 11:32 AM
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Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 9, 10/7/12: Tijuana - > Hollywood

[Sorry for the break, been swamped at work! So, I left us in Tijuana...]

Day 9, 10/7/12: Tijuana - > Hollywood: Run for the Border

I'll give a bigger update tonight, but here's a quick...
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Thanks! Cabo's on the someday-list, I keep...

Thanks! Cabo's on the someday-list, I keep hearing how pretty it is!

We love eating at roadside stands and other local places, it's often the best food! One of our favorite things from our time...
Forum: Racing 01-24-2013, 10:08 AM
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Views: 1,142,541
Posted By Tesla314
Video from Manu! (http://youtu.be/Oh_AhHjYELY) on...

Video from Manu! (http://youtu.be/Oh_AhHjYELY) on his way to the podium.

:clap:clap:clap
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 01:04 PM
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Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
I was very happy with it. I ran it through...

I was very happy with it.

I ran it through the full gamut of [on-road] stresses, from 100mph desert runs to the deluge of a Washington freeway in rainy season. It came through bone dry and in...
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Hi Sara, we really enjoyed our too-brief stay,...

Hi Sara, we really enjoyed our too-brief stay, and we met some awesome people there. I'm sure we'll be back! The CEO of my company has been <s>pressuring</s>encouraging me to ride the length of...
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
:wave July, bet that was hot!

:wave

July, bet that was hot!
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 12:35 PM
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Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 8, 10/6/12: Vegas -> Tijuana

[B] Buenos Tardes!

Good evening from sunny Tijuana, Mexico!

As Natalie just pointed out to me, it's not just that we've reached the halfway point. With our arrival here we have done what...
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 8, 10/6/12: Vegas -> Tijuana

We did it! Two borders in a week!

This is it, Tijuana, the southern point of our epic adventure! We set out a week ago to ride our motorcycles from Canada to Mexico, and we did it!

I...
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 8, 10/6/12: Vegas -> Tijuana

Day 8, 10/6/12: Vegas -> Tijuana

After a planned day off in Vegas, we put our eyes back on the road. Enough rest, more miles! Today we rode from Vegas to Tijuana.

The desert has been cool to...
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 6, 10/4/12: Reno -> Vegas

Day 6, 10/4/12: Reno -> Vegas

Lots of miles to cover today, and it's going to be hot. On the road pre-dawn.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 5, 10/3/12: Reno

Day 5, 10/3/12: Reno

Today was planned to be Reno to "somewhere on the way to Vegas", with our usual sunrise start time. But after last night's drama I insisted on a day off to sleep off the...
Forum: Racing 01-19-2013, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,142,541
Posted By Tesla314
Robby just basically confirmed that he wants to...

Robby just basically confirmed that he wants to come back for 2014. Which contradicts what he said before this year's race, when he was saying he was done after 2013 and putting it all up for sale.
...
Forum: Racing 01-19-2013, 10:58 AM
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Views: 1,142,541
Posted By Tesla314
Gladly granted! :freaky

Gladly granted! :freaky
Forum: Racing 01-19-2013, 10:54 AM
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Posted By Tesla314
Boundsy in too! Yay!:clap

Boundsy in too! Yay!:clap
Forum: Racing 01-19-2013, 10:49 AM
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Posted By Tesla314
Manny in!:clap

Manny in!:clap
Forum: Racing 01-19-2013, 04:04 AM
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Posted By Tesla314
Same thing that's keeping me sane right now at...

Same thing that's keeping me sane right now at 4am, live kitten streaming: http://new.livestream.com/FosterKittenCam/RipleysKittens
Forum: Racing 01-19-2013, 02:48 AM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,142,541
Posted By Tesla314
1 hr delay due to fog. Also, rain. *sigh*

1 hr delay due to fog. Also, rain. *sigh*
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
In retrospect, it was a rookie mistake: I allowed...

In retrospect, it was a rookie mistake: I allowed too many risk factors to combine. Any two or three combined were fine, but all together they spelled (near-)disaster.

1. High, gusty side winds....
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 4, 10/2/12

[B] The Terror Train to Reno


In the light of day, it's clear that last night's ride should have ended about 60 miles north of Reno.

The day's riding had been good, but we had been ...
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2013, 03:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 4, 10/2/12

Day 4: Bend-Mt Shasta-Reno near-disaster


Let me begin by saying that we are both uninjured and that the bikes are fine. We are in Reno. Faint-hearted readers may wish to skip this ...
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Since I can't edit entry titles, the route thus...

Since I can't edit entry titles, the route thus far:


Day 1, Sat 9/29: Seattle to Surrey BC (I-5)
Day 2, Sun 9/30: Surrey -> Seattle (I-5) -> Ellensburg WA (I-90)
Day 3, Mon 10/1: Ellensburg...
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Is the Palouse the SE corner? Any roads you'd...

Is the Palouse the SE corner? Any roads you'd recommend over there? We plan to do a bunch of 3-4 days trips rather than one long one this year, so we're looking for good stuff in WA/OR/lower BC.
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
:D Nah, I understand hating on the West side. ...

:D Nah, I understand hating on the West side. It's gorgeous here, but the traffic on the nice riding roads can be super frustrating. Damn everyone else for wanting to see the scenery too!


...
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 3, 10/1/12

[B] You Take the Good, You Take the Bad


Who knew it was so hard to camp? After being turned away from a half-empty RV park because they "don't do tents", we chased the setting sun to the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2013, 10:24 AM
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Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 3, 10/1/12

I take back everything bad I've ever said about Eastern Washington

I-90 is not the way to see it. The canyons and passes are gorgeous.


Especially Canyon Road from Ellensburg to Yakima....
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,277
Posted By Tesla314
Day 3, 10/1/12

[B] Lunch Update From Eastern Washington


We spent the first half of the day following the Yakima River south from Ellensburg, WA, after resolving some bike maintenance issues with the...
Forum: Racing 01-13-2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,142,541
Posted By Tesla314
:eek1 Holy shit. Boundsy, man, don't do yourself...

:eek1 Holy shit. Boundsy, man, don't do yourself something permanent there... :cry
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