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Old 10-17-2012, 11:13 AM   #571
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Thanks for the time you put in to making your ride reports. I get excited every time I see a new report. Thanks again.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:34 AM   #572
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So, LittleWan, how are you able to keep these posting going on the trail so regularly? I mean that as far as connectivity with the web? It seems like you guy are far off the grid more often than on. I go 20 miles off an Interstate here and loose cel service.
Aw, Kingsized.

I hate to break it to you, but we're home. I do these reports after the ride is over.

at the beginning of every post, I list the date of the ride:


Day 42: 8/2/12 <------------- meaning August 2, 2012
Clear Creek to Osoyoos, BC 250 miles



I don't know anything about connectivity with the web, I don't even have a cell phone!
One of my favorite things about going riding is getting away from that stuff.
Matt brings a cell ph. but it just collects dust in the tank bag.
We bring a hackintosh (netbook), but I only go online once a week or so (at motels).



Anyway, sorry to disappoint.
That would be pretty amazing, posting a report like this from the road!
But, it takes hours and hours to work with all the photos and video.
Some folks manage, but I could never do it from the road, on a stupid little telephone...






OK, I'll be back later, with the rest of Day 42.
and more comments about the comments...



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(sitting inside a building, not camped in the forest someplace. )


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Old 10-17-2012, 12:25 PM   #573
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Since you're on the trail all the while and really don't stay connected to the internet, how do you manage all your GoPro footage. Do you just stockpile memory cards? I imagine that would probably be the easiest way. I'd be hard pressed to decide what to and what not to shoot if I had limited card space...
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #574
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Since you're on the trail all the while and really don't stay connected to the internet, how do you manage all your GoPro footage. Do you just stockpile memory cards? I imagine that would probably be the easiest way. I'd be hard pressed to decide what to and what not to shoot if I had limited card space...
If I had to guess (and I've got to, I'm not Littlewan), she dumps the card into the Hackintosh when it fills up, and sorts through the clips from there.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:32 PM   #575
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If I had to guess (and I've got to, I'm not Littlewan), she dumps the card into the Hackintosh when it fills up, and sorts through the clips from there.

I'm me and I still had to guess!
haha.
Seriously. It took me a minute to remember...


We started off with some cards - I think the GoPro has a 32gb card. and maybe a 16gb
I think I had two 4gb cards for the point and shoot.

We planned to put stuff on the hackintosh as we went, but that thing has a tiny HD.
It's only a stupid Dell 10v netbook.



After Black Dragon wash/Eagle Canyon/Cat Canyon,
we quickly learned that we were shooting too much video for that to work.


Rode out to Richfield, UT and got a portable HD.
Just a simple one. It was maybe $80, so 500 gig?





It got Klimed, like everything else.
(we have a couple of these at home and I didn't want them getting mixed up).


It worked pretty well - we could only transfer photos and video when we had a motel room.
Needed to have power and lots of time.
But, all our footage (many hours) and pics (over 6000) made it home safely.


While we were riding, we kept the HD wrapped in a sock (classy!) and had it tucked in the hackintosh neoprene case.
Which was kept in our main duffel, amongst our clothes and the sleeping bags.
I was always worried with all the rough roads and water crossings, but they did all right.


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I'd be hard pressed to decide what to and what not to shoot if I had limited card space...
Yeah, sometimes we got lucky and captured things we weren't expecting.
Other times...meh.
But it was nice to feel like we could take a chance on something.
We still missed a lot, but at least having lots of storage gave us some freedom.
With 7 weeks + of riding, having just a fixed number of Gigs would have been difficult.


Hope that helps!










haha, more like this:






OK, all this nerd stuff is keeping me from finishing Day 42!

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Old 10-17-2012, 02:42 PM   #576
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...certianly a lot of work, those logs. calls for a beer.
Ride on,
I agree! You guys should have one too!
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:49 PM   #577
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Aw, Kingsized.

I hate to break it to you, but we're home. I do these reports after the ride is over.

at the beginning of every post, I list the date of the ride:


Day 42: 8/2/12 <------------- meaning August 2, 2012
Clear Creek to Osoyoos, BC 250 miles
ROFL I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I saw your post. Of course I'm embarrassed but it's nothing new to me. If you knew me, you'd understand.

I saw the notebook computer in some pictures and jumped to an obviously wrong conclusion. Don't worry, I'm still impressed. Pretty funny how I missed the dates. At least I now know you survived the trip. Ha!

You guys are great!
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:30 PM   #578
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ROFL I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I saw your post. Of course I'm embarrassed but it's nothing new to me. If you knew me, you'd understand.

I saw the notebook computer in some pictures and jumped to an obviously wrong conclusion. Don't worry, I'm still impressed. Pretty funny how I missed the dates. At least I now know you survived the trip. Ha!

You guys are great!
Aw, it's okay Kingsized!
Sometimes I write in the present tense, trying to keep things interesting.
That could have screwed you up.
I'm still thrilled that you think I'm capable enough to do a polished report on the fly!





I'll bet you
thought I was a *little* out of it when I was wishing everyone a "Happy Independence Day!" at the end of August...






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OK, all this nerd stuff is keeping me from finishing Day 42!

Actually, everything is keeping me from finishing Day 42.
I'm having a hard time leaving BC and getting to the WABDR.
Better just do it. Like ripping off a bandaid...





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Great ride fellows!
Cheers
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hey, dirk! Danke schoen!

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...certianly a lot of work, those logs. calls for a beer.
haha, we don’t usually enjoy learning juice on the trail - maybe, ice cream!

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Make logs your favourite! (note the Canadian spelling, eh?)
Nice chainsaw!
Oh, I wanted to use some of those, like "manoeuvre," or "cheque."


Good job!

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Thanks for the time you put in to making your ride reports. I get excited every time I see a new report. Thanks again.
Thank YOU, Syntroxis! I'm glad you're excited!

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I agree! You guys should have one too!
yeah, all this reading and writing is hard work!









Hi larryboy!
(did those logs bring back more Oregon memories?)




I think everyone else has been covered, right?




OK.








Day 42: 8/2/12 continued
Clear Creek to Osoyoos, BC 250 miles







It was smooth sailing after we got past our new favourites (logs )...






So, I think the stuff we had just done was part of Radek’s original plan for the Lunacy Tour part deux...
Remember how we had skipped the 4 hours of dirt in the morning?
yeah.
That part.



Because, here we were - Boston Bar.
We stopped here for gas with Radek, before getting on the ferry.
That time, I didn’t take photos for some reason.
This time, I did. Here you go...







Nothing like gas station ice cream!
I think Radek got a magnum bar last time.
We had our usual. Cone for matt, sandwich for me.
Monster to share.







I saw this poster and thought the truck names were funny.
How do you think the bike would start acting if we called her, "Old Ugly?"







All righty, time to get back on the road!
Enjoy some photos from our last bits of lovely Canadian dirt...
















































































And, ta da!
We’re back in Princeton.






We grabbed a quick lunch and got gas.
It was perfect - we managed to spend all our Canadian money!
I think we were down to a couple ten cent coins and some pennies.




From Princeton, we were mostly slabbing it to the border.
Getting ready to start the WABDR!!

























We saw several of these giant chairs. I think they were advertising vacation rentals?








Nighthawk, here we come!






















And then we saw the sign.

I didn’t get a photo of that actual sign,
but here’s the pertinent information:





And it was about 6:30pm.



Mother brother!!

And we had spent all of our Canadian money.
Brilliant.



Now we were stuck in Canada, and penniless.
A couple of American hobos.




As far as we could tell, there isn’t much near the border for camping.
Our map sucked and so does our phone.
Matt checked Norm for the nearest section of forest and off we went.



After riding in the woods, looking for something suitable,
we found a really nice spot.
Our first choice was pretty good, but when we stopped,
a herd of cows came lumbering out of the bushes, pooping everywhere!
Too stinky!


This place was better.






From what Norm was showing, it seemed to be Forest land.
We were hoping it was legal to camp there.
If it’s not, they’ll blame this guy:








Uh oh. Looks like somebody fell off the wagon... (my last chance for a Shatner clip!)
184 miles per hour?
I don't think so, Norm.







OK, so tomorrow - escape from Canada!
and then, Washington - here we come...






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Old 10-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #579
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I love coming home from work, scrolling down Ride Reports, finding Gettin' Dirty, scanning over to the last post column and seeing "Today.... by LittleWan." Oooooh! So exciting!

The worst part about lugging these bikes around with two people is that it is so hard to tell where the weight is going. I always feel like I am going to drop it, and end up pulling it away from my husband so that he feels like he is going to drop it.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:58 PM   #580
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Nothing like gas station ice cream!
I think Radek got a magnum bar last time.
We had our usual. Cone for matt, sandwich for me.


MMMMM!

I love gas station ice cream! I have had meals of only ice cream when stopping at remote gas stations. You should try to work Fields Station into one of your trips for an awesome world famous shake! I had 2 of them on our last trip to NV.

I know what you mean about writing those reports. It does take some time. All that writing and editing and finding the right pictures to put in. Plus video editing. (I don't bother with that ) I wonder how you find the time.

Well keep at it! You are doing a great job!!!



Thank you for opening my eyes to BC. I need to get up there for some fun.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:37 PM   #581
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Rode out to Richfield, UT and got a portable HD.
Just a simple one. It was maybe $80, so 500 gig?





It got Klimed, like everything else.
(we have a couple of these at home and I didn't want them getting mixed up).


It worked pretty well - we could only transfer photos and video when we had a motel room.
Needed to have power and lots of time.
But, all our footage (many hours) and pics (over 6000) made it home safely.
That's the way I was thinking of for my 6000+ mile trip for next year. Actually, I'm hoping to be able to use a tablet as the transferring device to move from the SD card to the HD. Thanks!!!
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #582
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What would Smimmy Top Jimmy do?



It’s hard to tell from this photo, but log#2 (the corksoaker) was tall.
Super tall.





"Top Jimmy" and "corksoaker" (and in a picture no less) in the same post..I feel so honored and proud

keep it coming Wans...you rule!
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After riding in the woods, looking for something suitable,
we found a really nice spot.
Our first choice was pretty good, but when we stopped,
a herd of cows came lumbering out of the bushes, pooping everywhere!
Too stinky!








this made me LOL, really wish there was video of this!
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In the meantime, here's the photo I wanted to share with you guys -





WTF?

(instagram link here)

The caption is "The three-up obstacle course at the KTM Adventure Rider Rally"

That's Radek driving, and that's Matt on the back!!
I don't recognize the guy in the middle.
But, Three-up??
with HOOLA HOOPS??





Is this a Jimmy-approved skill building drill?


Oh, man.
And I specifically told Radek he could play with Matt this weekend, but only if he didn't break him.
I mostly feel sorry for Radek's bike.
(I mean, even more than I usually do. )




Jimmy Lewis shared this link on facebook today. Matt made the highlight reel.



http://youtu.be/2FyKCc2qw2g

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:25 PM   #585
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MMMMM!

I love gas station ice cream! I have had meals of only ice cream when stopping at remote gas stations. You should try to work Fields Station into one of your trips for an awesome world famous shake! I had 2 of them on our last trip to NV.

I know what you mean about writing those reports. It does take some time. All that writing and editing and finding the right pictures to put in. Plus video editing. (I don't bother with that ) I wonder how you find the time.

Well keep at it! You are doing a great job!!!



Thank you for opening my eyes to BC. I need to get up there for some fun.
Haha, the end of the UTBDR put me off of shakes for a while, but some day...
Glad you're enjoying the report.
Oh, there's plenty of time if you ignore every other aspect of your life, including sleeping and working...
Yes, go enjoy BC - it's awesome!

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"Top Jimmy" and "corksoaker" (and in a picture no less) in the same post..I feel so honored and proud

keep it coming Wans...you rule!
I was hoping you'd enjoy that!
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this made me LOL, really wish there was video of this!
sorry, I didn't even get a single photo!
But, the pee was actually the worst. Cows have HUGE bladders!!!

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Jimmy Lewis shared this link on facebook today. Matt made the highlight reel.
Thanks, tagentry!
Matt was explaining that to me - he had to drop a ball in that pipe and then catch it at the other end...

He caught it! Wooo!



Those gorilla arms really pay off sometimes...






Thanks, hobbes - glad you're still enjoying the report!





Speaking of which....







Day 43: 8/3/12
Osoyoos, BC to Lake Chelan, WA 254 miles






This ended up being a great camping spot.
It was so quiet and peaceful.
We woke up pretty early and started getting ready to go.
Then, we remembered that the stupid customs building doesn’t open until 9am.




Yeah, crappy photo, but I just wanted you guys to remember where we were...



Matt noticed that his cheap sunglasses were in pieces.
Not broken, but the crappy hardware had come undone.
See the tiny little nut and screw?






They had rattled out and were floating around in the tank bag.
He took everything out and found the screw and the 2 tiny spacers, but no nut.
Everything from the tank bag was scattered on the bike -
piled up on the seat and resting on the sidebags.



I picked up a bunch of stuff and started looking at it.
Matt said, “forget it, this is hopeless...”
But I found it!


The nut was stuck to the underside of a plastic wrapper.
Woo hoo!



Matt superglued his glasses back together.
And, since mine were of the same lousy construction, he superglued my glasses as well.



And that’s how you kill time, waiting for the customs office to open.




While we were hunched over the bike, this cow wandered up and startled us.
She was so quiet! Stealth cow.
(if you want a link, I think it’s been long enough to re-watch this one. No? )







OK. Let’s try this again...
















I don't know where they draw the line for "no photos." let's say it's after this point...







The bike had been making a funny noise (kind of a “whomp whomp”)
and when we pulled up,
the customs guy said, “ooooh.”



Then he proceeded to give us all kinds of grief about being on a KTM.
Just going on and on about it.



Then he said,
“If you want to see a REAL bike, you should see my bike...”


Oh.
You’re a mucking Harley guy, aren’t you?
Of course we didn’t say that.
He’s a customs agent.
So, we just smiled and nodded.
Whatever you say, sir.



He asked us take off our helmets and he checked our passports.
There was another agent, circling around behind us.
It must be hard to be on guard all the time.
The Real Biker guy gave Matt a pop quiz -
“When is Kelly’s birthday?”
Which I thought was interesting.


Guess he was trying to see if Matt was trafficking an illegal or something...
But, matt passed the test.
Good thing!



We asked where we could find a hardware store
(“oh, need some replacement parts for your KTM, huh?”)
Haha, good one Officer...
and he gave us directions.


After we passed the tests and he found out we were going to do the WABDR,
Mr. Real Bike warmed up a little bit.
He said he rides around that area a lot.
And told us about a campground that had a cool old water pump.
As we left, he said - “If you want to see a REAL bike, take a look outside...”




OK. One Real bike, coming up...





Aha.
I thought I caught a whiff of Adventure in there...








And we’re moving...







We went to the Ace Hardware in Oroville to look for some stuff.
The tent bag strap and our bungee cord had gotten trashed during the last bit of log fun.







We parked next to these guys.
There were about 5 more huge dogs in the back!








All better.









Next, we went to the grocery store and got some more food.







I guess a lot of Canadians cross the border for cheaper goods in Washington.
Especially booze.
After seeing the BC prices, I don’t blame them!










All right, you guys - I guess this is as good a starting point as any...
here we go...
We’re starting the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route!





I know some of you have been waiting a long time for this!
Forever, really.
Just don't be disappointed!



I mean, don’t forget - Radek’s not following us with his helmet cam...
There aren’t going to be giants carrying the bike across mountaintops...
I couldn’t even find a place to leave my stupid safety cone!




OK. I feel better now. You’ve been warned.





If it makes you feel any better, I’ll go back to giving you some blurry maps.
Courtesy of the BDR guys and Butler maps.
Today, we’ll be doing sections 6 and 5
(we’re doing the route backwards, from North to South).






WABDR Section 6 smartphone code-thingy video, here.

and general WABDR dvd trailer, here.



If there’s an official start/finish sign, we didn’t see one.
I’ll just use this one, it’s been in some ride reports already.







According to the time stamp, I took that photo at 12:06pm.
We got a nice late start.




This one is blurry, so it’s small.








Another WABDR landmark...
I’m so glad this turned out (we didn’t stop)!






I think that’s a diver?
He reminds me of Bender... Bite my shiny metal ass!










We were cruising. On autopilot.
These roads were so easy and fast - no frickin’ logs!
I reminded Matt that I wanted to leave a safety cone at the geocache.
(you know, the one I’m always yammering on about)
We had watched the WABDR dvd back at Questor's house,
but all they said was to look online for the waypoint.



Since I hadn’t been able to find any waypoint info *cough*
all I knew was that we were trying to find the viewpoint above Cold Springs Campground.

So, keep your eyes peeled for Cold Springs Campground...



Next thing we know, we’re passing a sign.
Wait!
What did that say?






Mother brother!

Matt really hates to backtrack, but I was hellbent on leaving a cone on the WABDR.
We turned around and went back.
For a while.
The sign didn’t have any mileages on it, so we had no idea how far it was.




We passed some college students with a giant radio antenna.
They knew where the campground was and told us how to get there.
Whatcha guys looking for?
"Bunnies with tracking collars."
Okay.




Off to the campground.







Here’s the Cold Spring campground.







You would think it would have a nice cold spring.






It didn’t.
Well, there was a trickle out of the ground, but nothing we could drink from.
Lots of tall trees, though.








We went up to the viewpoint and tried to check any obvious spots for this stupid geocache.





No luck.
Well, that was a huge waste of time.



Last night, looking at the WABDR website map for the first time,
I saw this:






Of course, we didn’t have that map.
We didn’t have any Washington map, actually.
Not even a AAA one.



So anyway.
WABDR... No cone for you!






At least there wasn't much traffic on the roads.
We had some angry riding (on the parts that we were doing for the 3rd time)...



Another sign.
(that’s our dust...)







Oh, I’ll bet this is the campground the customs guy was talking about.







Yep! Neat old pump.
Great water, too.







This might be S. Fork Toats Coulee Road
(I’m guessing, after watching the video)








Pretty 2 track.







Maybe Skull and Crossbones road?
I guess we blew past the cabin.















Some rocks.







I guess somewhere around here we hit the highest elevation of the WABDR.
(6700 ft)
















Cow butts.







Thank goodness for signs, huh?






Down at the bottom there was some kind of “Caution” sign.
After those crazy avalanche roads and washed out bridges in BC,
this warning was cute!






OK. That's good enough. I'll deal with the rest later.

Next stop - Conconully.
I think.




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