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Forum: Ride reports 10-04-2013, 03:53 PM
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Posted By Dachary
I'm told by the diesel Vanagon expert that this...

I'm told by the diesel Vanagon expert that this transmission is the highest-geared transmission for this model. No overdrive - all the gears are higher than standard (still a 4-speed). There's...
Forum: Ride reports 10-04-2013, 08:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
For anyone curious, we made it home with our...

For anyone curious, we made it home with our "new" '82 VW Vanagon diesel around midnight last night!

It was not an uneventful trip, but it was an adventure in itself. We've got a thread about it...
Forum: Ride reports 09-29-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 59
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Posted By Dachary
Hey all - quick update for those interested - we...

Hey all - quick update for those interested - we flew out to Arizona yesterday to pick up our '82 diesel VW Vanagon, and we had a guy local who's one of the most well-known diesel Vanagon guys in the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-26-2013, 11:50 AM
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Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
I can totally relate. Kay has been joking for...

I can totally relate. Kay has been joking for months about possibly buying a 4-wheeled vehicle, and my initial reaction was "No way! I love riding a bike too much!" I wouldn't even consider it for...
Forum: Ride reports 09-26-2013, 05:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
Heh. Yeah. We're fully expecting it to be a money...

Heh. Yeah. We're fully expecting it to be a money pit. That's why we're selling the Ural - the cash will just go right into fixing up the Vanagon. ;)

The one we're buying is in Arizona, and it's...
Forum: Ride reports 09-26-2013, 05:38 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
Nice! Now that's what I'm talking about. We love...

Nice! Now that's what I'm talking about. We love our 2-wheelers and won't be getting rid of them. Someone asked us if we'd trailer them behind the Vanagon and part of me thinks it's SO WRONG to...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
Sorry for the delay in posting the end of our...

Sorry for the delay in posting the end of our trip, folks - we got sidetracked last weekend looking at a potential home purchase in Maine, and this weekend has gotten derailed because we're doing a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By Dachary
Day 15 - Moncton, NB to Bar Harbor, ME

Today’s mission: make miles. We have 2 days to cover around 550 miles to home - do-able, but those are surprisingly long days on the Ural - particularly if we want to stop anywhere.

Started off...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 01:19 PM
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Posted By Dachary
Day 14 - Antigonish, NS to Moncton, NB

Not being able to get the window closed last night led to a surprisingly chilly night. Kay and I hunkered down in the bed, under the blanket and comforter, under the down sleeping bag, and under a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-05-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
With heavy rain/thunderstorms in the forecast, we...

With heavy rain/thunderstorms in the forecast, we had decided to stay in Baddeck today and stay warm and dry in a hotel room. When the day dawned, it was overcast but dry. We debated whether we...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
At long last, the day had dawned - today was the...

At long last, the day had dawned - today was the day we would ride the Cabot Trail! As it's THE thing that everyone says you must do in Nova Scotia, we'd been looking forward to this as one of the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2013, 05:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
The day started off moist. When I woke up, I...

The day started off moist. When I woke up, I spotted a couple of places where the tent fly was laying against the tent body, and it was wet. That seems like the first time that has happened with this...
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
Looks like a great party! I'm kinda sorry we...

Looks like a great party! I'm kinda sorry we didn't make it back, but after basically losing a day in Halifax to servicing the Ural/doing Peggy's Cove, we felt the need to press on instead of...
Forum: Ride reports 08-29-2013, 06:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
Sure enough - we're getting sick again. Woke up...

Sure enough - we're getting sick again. Woke up late this morning (at around 8:30) and I didn't want to get out of bed. Kay said that he hadn't slept well last night - he hadn't been able to fall...
Forum: Ride reports 08-29-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
I woke up this morning more-or-less with the sun,...

I woke up this morning more-or-less with the sun, and Kay was still sound asleep. So were the dogs. I ventured forth to the washroom, and then I decided to treat myself and Kay to a little morning...
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2013, 07:21 PM
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Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
Oh - and a minor life update for the folks who...

Oh - and a minor life update for the folks who may remember us from our prior trips: we finally got hitched!

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Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
How is it that with weeks of prep, detailed...

How is it that with weeks of prep, detailed packing checklists and days of nothing but trip-related stuff after work, we still manage to be unprepared at the beginning of a multi-week motorcycle...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,797
Posted By Dachary
ZOMG my head is exploding!

You know how crazy everything is the day before a multi-week motorcycle trip?

Imagine you're a freelancer so you don't have vacation time and you have to get all your work done *before* you can...
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Poor Performance Issues Solved

Totally forgot to update you guys, because we took our sweet time dealing with it...

The main problem we had with performance with the Ural was it loosing oomph out of nowhere. Some days our top...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Dachary's Post-Trip Ural Thoughts

Kay and I seem to have a slightly different take on the Ural post-trip, so I wanted to write up the most noteworthy differences and post them myself. (One of the great things about being a strong...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2012, 02:13 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
I agree - to a degree. Dogs in general are...

I agree - to a degree. Dogs in general are creatures that thrive on routine, and my BC mix specifically - he gets really nervous when his routine is disturbed. The other day, I was chatting with a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2012, 01:57 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
That actually makes a lot of good sense, and at...

That actually makes a lot of good sense, and at this point, it seems like a great explanation as our other attempts to troubleshoot the problem have come to naught. We'd been planning to install a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Dogs did great! They loved it - it got to the...

Dogs did great! They loved it - it got to the point that when we were packing up in the morning, the dogs would hop up into the sidecar unprompted (often before we were ready for them to get in)...
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Sorry we missed you, too, Vern! I keep meaning to...

Sorry we missed you, too, Vern! I keep meaning to call you, but I got your VM on a day when we had no cell signal - I just saw it show up magically at the end of a day - and we had spotty signal when...
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2012, 07:34 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 16 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Bracebridge, Ontario

When the alarm went off at 7AM, Kay and I both groaned. Neither of us had slept particularly well, and his back was already hurting. Not a good way to start the day. I decided that I felt gross and...
Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Quick note, all: we made it home this afternoon,...

Quick note, all: we made it home this afternoon, right on schedule! Been relaxing a bit and crunching numbers (gas mileage is an interesting one - worst of the trip for the Ural is 17-something and...
Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2012, 02:09 PM
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Posted By Dachary
Awesome. I love it when people get over the...

Awesome. I love it when people get over the excuses and just *do* it. You guys are living the dream, now! We're setting ourselves up to hopefully do the same next year - maybe we'll meet on the road,...
Forum: Ride reports 08-04-2012, 05:00 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 15 - Merrill, Wisconsin to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

I woke up before the alarm went off and went ahead and turned it off. Hit the bathroom and started doing my morning stuff, and the next thing I know it's 6:30AM and Kay still isn't awake. I woke him...
Forum: Ride reports 07-31-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Just a quick note re: the oil and maintenance...

Just a quick note re: the oil and maintenance intervals - I think it's both: to prevent/deal with swarf, and because the oil is breaking down. We've been using high-quality Red Line oil in the Ural...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 11 - Wheatland, WY to Keystone, SD

I should have gotten that Diet Coke. As I sit here typing today's report, I'm longing for that Diet Coke. I'm dreaming of its sweet not-sugary goodness and blessed carbonation bubbling down my...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2012, 09:10 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 9 - Lake Granby, Colorado to Lake Granby, Colorado

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Lake Granby (http://www.flickr.com/photos/corporaterunaways/7680984022/) by...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 8 - Denver, Colorado to Lake Granby, Colorado

It was a nice day, and we were excited to finally get to our destination: the F650.com 2012 High Country Summit at Lake Granby, Colorado. At the last minute, we’d remembered that two of the people we...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2012, 08:40 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Quick update: we made it to Colorado! Yay! The...

Quick update: we made it to Colorado! Yay! The Ural is still doing its normal quirky performance thing, but today for the first time Kay got to see firsthand (as he was driving) the "inconsistencies"...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2012, 05:17 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Ahem. This suggestion was spot on, as it happens....

Ahem. This suggestion was spot on, as it happens. We're doing our 5,000km service this evening and when we went to disconnect our airbox to check/change the air filter, we saw that even though the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2012, 04:33 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 5 - Keokuk, IA to Holton, KS We...

Day 5 - Keokuk, IA to Holton, KS


We adhered to our plan and got up at 5AM - Kay walked the dogs before it was even light outside, while I worked on packing stuff up. (Kay tends to wander around...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 4 - Anderson, IN to Keokuk, IA ...

Day 4 - Anderson, IN to Keokuk, IA


Unsurprisingly, we got off to a late start. Kay was futzing with the Internet in the morning, and I was, too, and my grandpa showed up shortly before 8AM to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-22-2012, 04:29 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Quick note re: the power issues... it was...

Quick note re: the power issues... it was wonderful, fabulous when I started riding yesterday morning. I even managed to get up to 74 MPH on a relatively flat stretch! I was running along at 65-70...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
Day 2 - Endicott, NY to Youngstown, OH ...

Day 2 - Endicott, NY to Youngstown, OH


Rain tap-tap-tapping on our tent woke me this morning, bright and early. So early, in fact, that while I really wanted to make a trip to the bathroom...
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
We'll be traveling through Central Indiana on the...

We'll be traveling through Central Indiana on the way out. I've got family in Anderson, IN that I intend to visit with on Saturday afternoon/evening. Supposedly some family from Florida will be...
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,699
Posted By Dachary
It will definitely impact our route for the RTW....

It will definitely impact our route for the RTW. Some places require pretty serious documentation, a quarantine period or you just can't get dogs in. We've done some preliminary research, but we...
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