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Old 01-07-2011, 06:18 AM   #151
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I'm in!

".....but the reason these photos are great is that the landscape is incredible, the light is great and the composition is well done! The camera is secondary."


I second that! The images make us feel like we are right there with you guys!

Am loving this report as well. Great work. Also would love to get a copy of the route file.

Thanks and keep it coming!
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:04 AM   #152
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Update

As Spanker stated DP - that's Docking Pilot you perverts - is on shore leave for the weekend so no updates until sometime next week. o
I'll continue to string you along by saying this trip was brilliantly planned by Frank with help from Tony to include the maximum variation in topography, climate, scenery and history. I still cannot believe everything we managed to cram into 2 weeks. Hell, we even managed to spend a night in a fancy shmancy casino with the best bed I have slept on in my entire life. Complete with purple silk sheets!

A little side story that I dont imagine DP - remember that's Docking Pilot - likely wont cover in detail. It's getting late in the day and we're trying to make a decision on camping / lodging. We get a hot tip on a National Park nearby that has a great lodge and cabins. We call expecting the worst and low and behold they have 3 cabins available - the last 3, but we've got to arrive within the hour. We ask them to hold the cabins, we are on our way. As we approach the registration desk we notice 2 Harley types on the porch having a beer. Turns out they are waiting to see if we will show up, if not they get one of the cabins. If we had rolled in a bit later we would have been out at least one cabin. The Harley guys were in fact a couple of Germans that had put together their own route and were touring the area. Nice guys. The cabins were great - complete with all the firewood we wanted for free, fire rings outside the door, a lake @ 20 yards from the door. The next morning we learned from one of our neighbors the only reason the cabins were available is because a couple of participants in their annual get together bailed out at the last minute!!! The Adventure Gods smile down on us yet again!. The other thing thay had at this place was some great trails and mountain bikes for rent. Before dinner I rented a bike and rode the trails. Great stuff! I came face to face with a couple of deer which got me thinking that I'd left without my bear spray. At that point I turned around and headed back for the cabins.

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Old 01-07-2011, 08:34 AM   #153
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The saloon.....smell the beer?



In 1980 we camped in a little town called Ten Sleep Wy. It was Sunday and the only place open was a bar. We went in and when the couple of local patrons found we were on a cross country bike ride for a honeymoon all drink was on the house.... then a guy came in with a cardboard box full of fresh smoked trout which was passed along the bar and we were all welcome to grap a handful as the box passed back and forth on the bar. Later a guy came in with a guitar and sat on the pool table and did a great job of singing local favorites with may of the other 8-10 customers joining in. They told us of the girl who could kick a can out of the mouth of the deerhead mounted quite high on the wall
thanks for the memories of a night well spent in the "old west"
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #154
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Wow what a trip report!!!! I will be waiting for the updates!
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:40 PM   #155
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Calm down you camera crackheads! While we're waiting I've been generally mapping the route in Mapsource from clues in the report. I'd heard of the parting of the ways from school and books and wondered exactly where it was. You'd think a quick google search would turn it up but not so. Some scrolling around and following small roads east of Farson I stumbled upon the split. Not quite as good as being there but the best I could do.
42.257544,-109.228027



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Old 01-07-2011, 09:20 PM   #156
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Nice ! ! !

Nice job on the RR ! ! !
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:28 AM   #157
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Parting of the Ways

Yup - that's the spot. The real one. There is another commemorative closer to the highways for accesibility. But this is the real spot. You can really get a feel for what it was like for those folks traveling across the plains and getting to this spot.



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Calm down you camera crackheads! While we're waiting I've been generally mapping the route in Mapsource from clues in the report. I'd heard of the parting of the ways from school and books and wondered exactly where it was. You'd think a quick google search would turn it up but not so. Some scrolling around and following small roads east of Farson I stumbled upon the split. Not quite as good as being there but the best I could do.
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:39 PM   #158
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:29 PM   #159
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Great Job!

Great photos, and I really like the history bits that you've thrown in. Keep up the good work!
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:31 PM   #160
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Klr?

By the way, how did the KLR fare on this trip compared to its larger brethren?
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:17 PM   #161
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By the way, how did the KLR fare on this trip compared to its larger brethren?
Looks like he has a '12 Yamaha Super Ténéré (BLUE)(on order).
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:47 PM   #162
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Calm down you camera crackheads! While we're waiting I've been generally mapping the route in Mapsource from clues in the report. I'd heard of the parting of the ways from school and books and wondered exactly where it was. You'd think a quick google search would turn it up but not so. Some scrolling around and following small roads east of Farson I stumbled upon the split. Not quite as good as being there but the best I could do.
42.257544,-109.228027



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good job John - you seem to really have taken an interest in this
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:01 PM   #163
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Been waiting for this one, Frank. Great route and great pics so far.

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Old 01-08-2011, 09:42 PM   #164
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good job John - you seem to really have taken an interest in this
Oh yeah...It may have surpassed finishing the TAT for 2011. I love the history and the locations.

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:09 PM   #165
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Klr?

KLR had no issues on the trip, and no problems keeping up.
If you don't count the quart of oil every 600 miles or so as an issue. And I had the engine rebuilt under warranty @ 1500 miles due to oil consumption.

Yes, I have a Super Tenere on order.
The KLR does everything you ask it, but it does nothing well. The power is...... let's call it anemic.

For the kind of riding we do (click on the links in Docking Pilot's signature line) the Super Tenere should be just about perfect.

We had only one significant bike issue on the trip, that story is coming up.

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