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Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-13-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,670
Posted By ObiJohn
I lived in Natchitoches for a year in high...

I lived in Natchitoches for a year in high school. Take Woodyard Drive east, on the south side of town off of Hwy 1, and follow the Cane River as far as you want to go. Hwy 6 west out of town to 117...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-12-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By ObiJohn
There is an easy area just north of the parking...

There is an easy area just north of the parking area on Effendalhl Pass Road in Tahuya. It's suitable for a kid to tool around on their small CRF or XR. Other than that, the best areas I've found for...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-12-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By ObiJohn
Your ARRA dollars at work. Here in western...

Your ARRA dollars at work. Here in western Washington the majority of Stimulus spending was paving forest roads frpm I90 to the trailheads.
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 10-09-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,277
Posted By ObiJohn
After owning the Monterra for a while I feel I...

After owning the Monterra for a while I feel I have a better handle on the pros and cons versus another Garmin unit.

First, the cons. The Monterra is pretty durn expensive for what you get. What...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-09-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By ObiJohn
There's always Capital State Forest near Olympia,...

There's always Capital State Forest near Olympia, or Tahuya State Forest near Belfair (close to Bremerton). Tahuya has some open, easy areas north of the parking lot on Effendahl Pass Road... see...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-09-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,161
Posted By ObiJohn
Look in the PNW forum for the 'Georeferenced...

Look in the PNW forum for the 'Georeferenced PDFs' thread... there are links to the Cle Elum East and West MVUMs that are georeferenced. That means you can load them into an application like 'PDF...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,240
Posted By ObiJohn
When I was young and dumb, my radar detector...

When I was young and dumb, my radar detector saved me from a lot of tickets. I use one on my FJR, a V-1, even though I am a lot calmer. A lot of nice back roads have occasional small towns where...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 400
Views: 32,242
Posted By ObiJohn
And elsewhere it lumps signs in with signals and...

And elsewhere it lumps signs in with signals and markings (see my previous link)... any one or more of which can indicate a no-passing zone. Ergo, a solid yellow line in your traffic lane is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 400
Views: 32,242
Posted By ObiJohn
I've found two non-governmental sites that say it...

I've found two non-governmental sites that say it is not illegal to pass in a double-yellow zone in Vermont. And, I looked at the Vermont DMV website, and found an abbreviation for a traffic...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-04-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 400
Views: 32,242
Posted By ObiJohn
You don't know me... but your comment tells me...

You don't know me... but your comment tells me all I need to know about you. I hope you're better informed on the other topics you comment on.

BTW the drivers' manual doesn't supercede the law....
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-30-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By ObiJohn
I'm going to comment that they keep the roads the...

I'm going to comment that they keep the roads the way they are... but any two-track that can be used by an OHV motorcycle can also be used by a quad.

Don't know what the problem is with ATVs and...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-30-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 938
Posted By ObiJohn
It was an interesting meeting, and the tone set...

It was an interesting meeting, and the tone set by the DNR at the beginning was unexpected, and encouraging. The DNR is recognizing that recreation on DNR land is an important aspect for a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 134,376
Posted By ObiJohn
Starting to make me not want to go on any...

Starting to make me not want to go on any 'adventure' riding... :rofl

Pretty happy with my FJR, been thinking on and off about a GS, but after reading this I'm hoping that Honda brings their...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-30-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 938
Posted By ObiJohn
I'll be there...

I'll be there...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-29-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,153
Posted By ObiJohn
Saw them in concert at Northwestern (LA) State...

Saw them in concert at Northwestern (LA) State University, in 1977... although I was still in high school.

Bonus trivia question: what famous singer died in an airplane crash after playing a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-28-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,341
Posted By ObiJohn
Great fun, everyone, and great to meet and ride...

Great fun, everyone, and great to meet and ride with others. Thanks for putting this together Huzar.

The beer at the end was excellent, so much so that I picked up a couple of growlers, of the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-27-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,341
Posted By ObiJohn
I'm assuming this is at the intersection where...

I'm assuming this is at the intersection where 530 turns north towards Rockport? I usually park in the dirt lot just east of the IGA, about 100 yards from there. I'll see you there at 10 am.
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-26-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1,534
Views: 161,512
Posted By ObiJohn
I talked to Garmin support yesterday, trying to...

I talked to Garmin support yesterday, trying to get them to give me a second unlock code. I have four Garmin GPS units, with lifetime maps for two of them. The support person was very nice, but...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-26-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 8,398
Posted By ObiJohn
Got the KMZ/overlay of the Cle Elum OHV maps to...

Got the KMZ/overlay of the Cle Elum OHV maps to work on my Garmin Monterra. The key was to use a kmz filename that didn't contain any spaces, punctuation, etc., e.g., "CleElumOHVTrails.kzm" instead...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-26-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,341
Posted By ObiJohn
As long as the gas holds out, I'm fine with...

As long as the gas holds out, I'm fine with packing a light lunch and making the loop. Start at Darrington, up to 17, then around until we come out on 26 and head back? Should be able to do that on a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-26-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By ObiJohn
The trials stuff looks very interesting, but...

The trials stuff looks very interesting, but competing is a little beyond us at this time. Might be fun to go to an open training/practice day, though. I've always wanted to get something like a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-25-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,341
Posted By ObiJohn
Didn't see the followup email... I'm up for 10 am...

Didn't see the followup email... I'm up for 10 am in Darrington on Sunday. Assume we'll head north to Finney Creek Road/FS-17, ride west of Darrington until around noon, grab lunch and gas back in...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-25-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By ObiJohn
Riding OHV dirt bikes near Liberty

I want to take my 13-year-old son, and his XR70, out riding on Saturday. Not a lot of places we can do it on the Westside we haven't been to. Thinking about driving to Liberty, parking near the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-25-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,558
Posted By ObiJohn
I wish that the police hadn't done anything but...

I wish that the police hadn't done anything but set up around-the-clock surveillance around the trailer... and then picked up the thieves as they came back to finish the job.

My fantasy would be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-25-2014, 02:21 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,981
Posted By ObiJohn
Some people think it's best to learn from their...

Some people think it's best to learn from their own experiences. Experience is a great teacher, if you survive the lesson. Or, you could save yourself the bother and learn from the bitter experience...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-24-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 8,398
Posted By ObiJohn
Georeferenced PDFs are great for phones... but if...

Georeferenced PDFs are great for phones... but if you georeference a JPEG file you can actually view it on many later Garmin GPS devices, e.g., the Oregon, Montana, Monterra, the Zumo 390/590, etc.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-24-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,981
Posted By ObiJohn
Sometimes, if you believe you can, you still...

Sometimes, if you believe you can, you still can't. Positive thinking only takes you so far, then capability is required. If you want to build your confidence, you have to remove the fear, and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-24-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,226
Posted By ObiJohn
Don't drive aggressively, speed excessively, or...

Don't drive aggressively, speed excessively, or do other things that put you into a situation where you can't escape.

Do go a few mph faster than prevailing traffic (5 mph or less). This lets you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-24-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,981
Posted By ObiJohn
I think buying a 1200cc anything as one's first...

I think buying a 1200cc anything as one's first motorcycle, especially if the plan is to ride dirt, is an ER visit or worse just waiting to happen. The GS is a great bike, but a heavy bike, and a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-23-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By ObiJohn
So I did some digging, and found out that while B...

So I did some digging, and found out that while B L and the group who carries his water (W W) have filed lawsuits against projects like the repairs to the Mountain Loop Hwy, the Suiattle River Road,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-22-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 400
Views: 32,242
Posted By ObiJohn
Do some more looking through Chapter 23. It...

Do some more looking through Chapter 23. It defines 'signs' as equivalent to markings, says that the federal markings standards apply to Vermont, etc.

Or, pass in a double-yellow without explicit...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 09-22-2014, 01:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,277
Posted By ObiJohn
Running OSM maps thru the Garmin map program, and...

Running OSM maps thru the Garmin map program, and it works just fine. I get routable mapping (can use on-road navigation) and can also see the forest roads. In fact, the OSM maps show the forest...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 09-22-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,386
Posted By ObiJohn
I went with the Monterra as my new motorcycle/ATV...

I went with the Monterra as my new motorcycle/ATV GPS. I have a couple of Nuvis (360, 1350), and they've held up well over the years, but I wanted something more protected, more rugged, and also...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-22-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By ObiJohn
I wish I knew who that certain person was...

I wish I knew who that certain person was...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-21-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,534
Views: 161,512
Posted By ObiJohn
I bought a Monterra yesterday, primarily for...

I bought a Monterra yesterday, primarily for off-road use. I use a Nuvi 1350 for on-road, whether in my car or on my FJR. I wanted something that would be a bit more rugged and weather-resistant,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,455
Posted By ObiJohn
If someone on a motorcycle smashed my car with a...

If someone on a motorcycle smashed my car with a weighted whip, my first inclination would be to really give them a reason for regretting their action.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,997
Posted By ObiJohn
Motif, you can be part of the problem, or part of...

Motif, you can be part of the problem, or part of the solution. If the CHP can enforce their qualitative rules (and I've seen them pull over bikers who were zipping between lanes on 680), then...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,997
Posted By ObiJohn
Lane splitting on roads where the traffic is...

Lane splitting on roads where the traffic is stopped or slow moving (under 10 mph) makes sense. The law should be written to limit differential speeds by 15 mph and maximum motorcycle speed when...
Forum: Face plant 09-17-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,693
Posted By ObiJohn
It's good that you can learn from your own...

It's good that you can learn from your own experiences... but far better to learn from the experiences of others. Hurts less, costs less.

I think the lesson here is not to discontinue passing on...
Forum: Vendors 09-16-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,655
Posted By ObiJohn
2 - 90 degree cameras

2 - 90 degree cameras
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