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Old 11-01-2012, 08:34 AM   #1336
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Great photos and great story.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:52 AM   #1337
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I am glad to see you are posting again, Finn. It's a great story, thanks for sharing.

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Old 11-01-2012, 02:00 PM   #1338
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Ahhh....Finn. Glad you're back Thanks for the wonderful photos and stories.

Nancy, you have the best smile. I can't imagine you ever being down.....so.....KEEP IT UP!!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:06 AM   #1339
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One day we'll get to Montenegro!!!! Haven't forgotten
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #1340
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=hardwaregrrl;19948459]ahhh....finn. Glad you're back thanks for the wonderful photos and stories.

Nancy, you have the best smile. I can't imagine you ever being down.....so.....keep it up!!![/quote]
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:10 PM   #1341
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Mr. Munchmeister.... Thank you....I am so much enjoying this new found passion of riding motorbikes.... I'm out there practicing as much as possible, maybe next year ill be good enough to go to the Baja 1000
We all have our dreams eh?

One day we'll get to Montenegro!!!! Haven't forgotten
Nancy, for you... just Munch. And if you ever get tired of riding with that Finn guy and wanna hang with an old, crusty dude, well, you know where to find me. (jus' kiddin' Finn!!)

BTW, love the photo of you guys at Engineer Pass (over 12,000 feet !!!). That was my first introduction to Colorado mountain dual sportin, with a couple of Big GS riders. Just about kicked my ass, but the most amazing ride I've done yet. Colorado is motorcycle heaven.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:48 AM   #1342
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Worth seeing for a third time. Not just for the pretty lady but the awesomeness of the pic style. Very nice.

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #1343
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Not even knowing where to start replying to all the kind words.... I'll just jump right back into it.


Us riding on the Alpine Loop, Colorado.


There's not much that I can write about this route that isn't better described with photos. All I can really say is I've been quite a few places in North America, and this ride is among, if not, hands down the most dramatic and scenic rides one can do in our beautiful country.
While I had been here before, riding it with Nancy was like riding it for the first time for me, seeing the sparkle in her eyes, the fear, the amazement. Challenges overcome, mountains climbed, efforts and fears overcome with the spectacular rewards of the views earned. This was Adventure Riding at it's best and in it's purest form for us.

Life is good.

After a full day of riding, we settled into a very remote "campsite" near a river down a dirt path, down a dirt road off of a dirt road up in them there mountains. Luckily we had brought some fresh meat and essential civilized camping supplies at a nearby town. Very civilized, yet remote camping to be had in Colorado. It had been raining on and off, strong winds coming and going.... not being 100% confident I could get enough dry wood in the short time we had before dark, we also grabbed some charcoal while doing our daily shopping. Would be a shame to not be able to cook the fat local grass fed Ribeye we scored.
Meat, some kind of starch not too memorable, whisky, wine, and music all complimented my own personal experience at this campsite with my girl Nancy.
Didn't hurt we had that nifty tarp I feel like I had been foolishly carrying all this way. Until now.


























It was getting a little chilly at these altitudes, especially for a SoCal girl like Nancy once it started raining late into the evening.
A big fire and a little more drink solved that problem once the most juicy ribeye's I've ever had was jest perfectly cooked.
Once again the trusty STB was right there to share these good times.


















The rain had all passed by the morning where we were greeted with our friend the Sun, Utah here we come!





















OK, so in case none of you FF's noticed, Nancy was sporting a Japanese license plate on her new GS. Long story short, the plates didn't come yet, and we had this plate, not really caring what that meant legally Nancy had been riding through various states with her Japanese plate, with nobody really paying much attention. While getting some food in Silverton, this guy , who proclaimed himself as a fellow ADV'r and DS rider asked about the plate. We explained the situation, and he flashed his Sheriff badge.

You know it's a federal offense to do what you're doing, right?.....

Well, no, but it sure looks cool doesn't it? Funny you're the first to actually notice.


We ended up at his house, getting a tour of the pad he was building, meeting his dog and talking about bikes, and DS riding in the area. He was the head of the local recuse team so we ended up talking about various rescue/climbing gear we had and how some of it applies to MC riding. He taught me a new knot too.


Just like Steve jobs, neither of us truly believe all those silly rules to keep society in check necessarily apply to us.
I mean what cop would take Nancy in her fancy glasses, kind eyes, big smile and dirty bike to jail? We bet on that thought to just be different and see who would notice, and were right.

Needless to say we made a friend, and I will go on the record saying that maybe ALL cops aren't that bad. Just most of them, outside of Silverton.
















Time to MOVE!

Our route, which still was part of the Trans America Trail, and our own shortcuts took us onto HWY 550, another MUST RIDE road in the grand ole' USA.... yeah, it's not 4 times as hard like the Trans Siberian Super Extremeomatic, nor as 4 times as far, but for us was the best and only place we could ever want to be riding, on our own Extremely civilized yet fun American back country adventure. Extremely beautiful, Extremely delicious food, Extremely good company for me to share this ride with.

We had been on dirt roads and trails for what seemed like weeks when in reality it had been a little over a single lowly week for me, and even less for Nancy. So when we got into one of the best paved roads in the country, it was time to rail on it. Nothing like leaning hard into a turn, even more so when you take into account the sliding sideways with knobbies on pavement howling sensation, the balance between friction, gravity, and momentum all balanced perfectly in one striking moment to remember. Life is good.



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Old 11-09-2012, 10:34 PM   #1344
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After a short, but spirited ride down HWY550, we finally turned onto the much photographed and famous Ophir Pass.

What else can I say, I mean this road oozes Adventure with the promise of endless gravel roads cut into the side of ridiculously large and colorful mountains. While not a very difficult road, the height is still something to get used too. Something I learned years ago when riding my R1200R through here.

Enough talking, here's our take on Ophir Pass.
















To the left....no no no, a little to the right.....now hold the pose!






























































Nancy wasn't down with going down Black Bear Pass, so we went around and had lunch in Telluride. Got to love the local flavor colored houses.









Miles went by quickly now, the Rocky Mountains fading away in our mirrors, landscape quickly changing...
Love the local artistic interpretation of the smily face.





















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Old 11-09-2012, 11:05 PM   #1345
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There's much more to this story, but for now I shall have to skip forward to the present, with the best parts of this journey of ours yet to be shared. The grand sharp angle red landscapes that appear to have just been uprooted by a giant gardener in Utah will soon come, Nancy has a survival story of her own to tell... .



May I introduce my Swedish Mistress for those that haven't seen her, on the night before I leave to head south into Baja to join the racers who are pre-running for the Baja Score 1000 as we speak.

I know, nothing more disgusting than a dirt bike all clean, looking like it has been stroked off and doted upon too much.... good thing that will change once I hit the border.

Feel free to call me Annie, now that I have this Aussie racer's tank and am rolling with it....
Ms. Annie to you YetiGS.





















I'm going to try and do some sort of live RR once again, though I'd imagine wifi will be scarce and my posts spread out over time. Good thing I'm in no hurry.
It's been a long time since I did anything live here, but looking back throughout this thread, it's easy to see I'm better off communicating my thoughts while they are still fresh and will make every attempt to do so, more for me than you.
Well, not always am I better off thinking out loud, but I'm much more stable now.

I have much unfinished business in Baja, this time I have the right tool for the job.


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Old 11-09-2012, 11:16 PM   #1346
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Man, I just LOVE your RRs!!!

Quick Q: What size/brand is that tarp you had? I did a quick peek on REI.com and couldn't find anything that looked worthwhile. Damn good idea having one.

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:27 PM   #1347
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Thank you!


The tarp I have is made by Chinook, bought on ebay years ago. I have a Kelty pole to go with it I believe, though wine has been flowing here in our home while we were reliving our ride together sharing it here and things are a little fuzzy.
Always best to start an Adventure hungover, a few Tecate's and some fish tacos will take care of that tomorrow...




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Old 11-10-2012, 12:26 AM   #1348
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I think I see Paradox Valley back there a few posts, great travels.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #1349
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nice, how'd you manage to capture this action?

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:01 AM   #1350
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"I don't need exotic places to be stimulated. Out of familiarity comes nuance. The more you revisit a subject the more you're likely to discover."

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Nice!
Ride the Baja For all of us Joe!, Looks like Poor Radek is out http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=815372

Thanks For sharing
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