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Old 08-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Gettin' Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles - UTBDR, KLIM rally, Canada, WABDR, OBDR +

It’s that time again - our 15th wedding anniversary and more testing of the marriage vows with some 2up dirt.
BigWan and I survived the Summer of Stupid, and now we wanted more.



53 days on the road
8400+ miles
8 states, plus Canada
4.5 sets of knobbies
3 safety cones abandoned along the trail

along with a couple of flats, some get-offs, and maybe a crash or 2...



I suck at maps, so until I get one together, here’s a laundry list of some of the stuff we did.
It should help you decide if you want to waste time reading this thing or not...



Nevada to Torrey, UT mostly offroad
Capitol Reef/Cathedral Valley
Black Dragon Wash/Eagle Canyon/Cat Canyon
Skyline Drive (utah)
The entire Utah Backcountry Discovery Route (including Lockhart Basin/Hurrah Pass and a stab at the Porcupine Rim trail)
Yellowstone National Park
The KLIM Adventure Summit (including Idaho single track, Jimmy Lewis, the slow challenge, and a whole lot of ADV inmates)
Idaho (including the Magruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway)
British Columbia backroads (including some KVR/Trans Canada Trail and 2 days of Mad Radek’s Canadian Lunacy Tour)
The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route
most of The Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (including an awesome snow-less ride up Crane Mountain)
finishing up with a small taste of the Pacific Crest Quest (Gold Lake and Sierra Buttes)




here’s a little sample of what to expect...








I took over 6000 photos, plus we have hours of video to pull from.
Whew.
This is going to be a long one...


After almost 8 weeks on the trail, it’s a little tough to re-assimilate.
Living in the forest has turned us into savages.
It’s hard enough to get used to all the people and noise, but having to use a hairbrush (no more, “my helmet will fix that”),
wear clean clothing, and pay attention to grooming really sucks.


I'll do my best to sit in front of this stupid box and write out the report...
But what I really want to do is get back outside.



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Old 08-15-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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You know I'm IN!!! Wow! This is gonna be stupid fun!
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:45 PM   #4
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Atta guys..bring em' on. Always enjoyed your travels although extreme to my wary bones but still cool.

cheers...
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:52 PM   #5
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Right on - the "WAN" 's are back...and looking quite spiffy this year I might add!

Looking forward to weeks of great adventuring to read about.

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Old 08-15-2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:40 PM   #7
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:01 PM   #8
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They already are. This should be easy.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:12 PM   #9
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This is going to be FUN.

I have popcorn and I'm ready, on with the show.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #10
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Oh no, not again! Who let the Wans out?? This should be good...
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #11
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All Right!!! I keep wondering what happened to you two. I'm IN early for this one.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:50 PM   #12
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Wan's you guys ROCK!! I can not wait to read through this thread. I need a job that will let me hit the trail, although my wife and son would not be on board. This couldn't have come at a better time for me because I still have about a month of recovery from my broken leg (not bike related) and have been super bored.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:28 PM   #13
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another EPIC wan adventure, wow 53 days....all in
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:43 AM   #14
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This couldn't have come at a better time for me because I still have about a month of recovery from my broken leg (not bike related) and have been super bored.
Sorry to hear about your leg! what a waste of a summer vacation heal up soon!

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Love it! Make sand and loose rock your favorite!! I watched the Klim video. The appear to be quite taken with Matt. I thought I saw him in there 4 or 5 times! I see you guys are rocking the Klim gear also. I sure love mine.
Hmm. Well, he is kinda big and hard to miss...
Yeah, our old gear was literally coming apart at the seams so it was time for some new stuff.
So far so good - we've been testing the hell out of it, too.

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Keep it coming I'm taking notes...
Yay, 2up! Stick around - it would be nice if someone learned from our mistakes

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Is that a new design for the cones? Easier to make? Cheater cones.


That's an awfully big bike for Cap'n Backflip.

Hell yeah it's cheating! Those crocheted ones take like 5 hrs, maybe more - the new ones are much faster.
Pretty soon the cone fairy will have to start looking for a chinese sweatshop...
(humph. matt just said, "you ARE a chinese sweatshop" )



Cap'n Backflip?
I'm not touching that with a 10 ft pole...





Hi Sam! hi wachs!
hi everyone!





OK, just a quick breakfast and I'll be back with Day 2...


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Old 08-17-2012, 09:49 AM   #15
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Hey guys it was great meeting you two on the wabdr. You two inspired me to ride some 2up dirt with my kids and wife in the future. Look forward to the rest of your RR.
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