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Old 11-19-2012, 01:27 AM   #751
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I was making Mameshiba!
Wooo!

Woo-hoo!

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:34 AM   #752
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Y'all should be a cable tv show!!
Thanks for sharing...

I'd watch that show
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:41 AM   #753
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That's some great stuff....

... right there.
"It just kind of sucks that we need riskier and riskier rides in order to get our jollies.
When we stopped to think about all the "what ifs," we got kind of freaked out.
A broken leg here would have been a lousy way to end a great trip."


I could return the voice of reason, Likes like you need it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:37 PM   #754
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... right there.
"It just kind of sucks that we need riskier and riskier rides in order to get our jollies.
When we stopped to think about all the "what ifs," we got kind of freaked out.
A broken leg here would have been a lousy way to end a great trip."


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Heh, redog - were you drinking on the job?
Just kidding!
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I love all the pictures of the trail from 2010 and now! It's really cool to see it both snow covered and not snow covered, not to mention in reverse! Glad your limbs are in one piece! I am a member of the cyborg club

We also can't wait for our new friend to come live with us!
Hi Rwelch! glad you like the pics.

That mameshiba is on his way!

Yeah, we may have the technology, but I hope to never make use of it.

Happy to hear your leg is doing better!




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Love the Mameshiba. .
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Woo-hoo!

Thanks, guys!
Mameshiba!
I had a lot of fun with that.




Too bad we're pretty much out of Mameshiba videos. There's one more I might use at the end.
I'm not really into babies, but I noticed there's another sub-category called Babyshiba.









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wow, fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!

Hi jnyrav! Welcome!
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Y'all should be a cable tv show!!
Thanks for sharing...
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I'd watch that show

Aw, you guys are sweet.

But, really - a cable show? It would be pretty boring.
We're not very interesting.



Well. Maybe if it was public access cable...
It looks like they'll give a show to just about anyone.







Wow. It started off funny, but then I started to feel bad for that poor guy.
Those callers!
I hope he makes himself a margarita...











Day 52: 8/12/12 continued
Christmas Valley, OR to Ram Horn Campground, CA 306 miles








I’m not even sure if this is still Crane Mtn, but that’s what I’ll call it.

We were out of the rockiest section and onto the sagebrush and meadow areas.







Lots of mule ears up here....I'm no plant expert, but I’m pretty sure these are Wyethia mollis <----- that one is informative.













Tree in the road...not a problem with the detour.







This next section had a bit of hillclimb.






For some reason, it doesn’t look steep in the video.
But it was.
A little loose.
With lots of turns to make things difficult.
Doesn’t look bad, but you can hear the bike working...

Training!









In 2010, we had gone up a super steep hill to get to the Crane Mtn trail,
so I was expecting a super steep downhill this time.


It never materialized.
Later, we figured out that we had come in a slightly different way last time
(through some obscure track in the dismal swamp).



This section with all the trees was new to us.








Lots and lots of trees.







Some meadows.







But mostly trees.







Matt was having fun, making our way through them.
Sometimes it was so tight!


I have some video here.
You can hear me freaking out once in a while.
I can’t believe we didn’t lose a mirror in this section!








Matt said it was like playing “Operation...”
only with bigger consequences.
If you muck up here, you need an operation!















We hit the California border somewhere between this pic...







and this one.








After a while, the trail opened up and we were on regular forest roads.







We were just about at the Dismal Swamp.
Matt recognized this shack.








The Moonlight Mine.
Didn’t find a lot of info on this place. A little bit here. Old gold mine, I guess? another info link.















Outhouse?








On to the Dismal Swamp!










We’re almost done with day 52, you guys!



I really need to finish this before the end of the world...









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Old 11-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #755
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Wow, that was some really tight track. I think it was at 50seconds in where it got really crazy.

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Hi Rwelch! glad you like the pics.

That mameshiba is on his way!

Yeah, we may have the technology, but I hope to never make use of it.
Happy to hear your leg is doing better!
Can't wait for Mameshiba!! And Thanksgiving!!

A new leg is just a signature away but really I dont feel like becoming anymore cyborg than i am
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:15 PM   #756
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I was wondering what happened to the voice of reason. Seems like you could have used him a couple of times on this trip. Those vids were freaking me out & I'm sitting in a chair watching it.

You guys are GREAT!!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:18 AM   #757
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But, really - a cable show? It would be pretty boring.
We're not very interesting.

Well. Maybe if it was public access cable...
It looks like they'll give a show to just about anyone.



Wan's World
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Wan's World
Ride On...




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I can’t believe we didn’t lose a mirror in this section!



I can't believe yinz dont have Doubletake Mirrors on the school bus, given the kind of riding you do
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:48 PM   #758
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Hi Rwelch!

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I was wondering what happened to the voice of reason. Seems like you could have used him a couple of times on this trip. Those vids were freaking me out & I'm sitting in a chair watching it.

Hi VFR!
You missed the voice of reason? Nah, he just slowed us down.



Thanks for hanging in there!
Are you tempted to try some dirt now?


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Thanks, sion! That was fun.
Loved the top 10 - "the suck it list"




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I can't believe yinz dont have Doubletake Mirrors on the school bus, given the kind of riding you do

yeah. the mirrors.
Matt had first generation folding mirrors on the 950. Destroyed them in baja and went back to the stock ones.


He says, in his defense, he wanted to buy the Doubletake ones from Black Dog at the Klim rally.
But, Kurt didn't have any with him.


Then, we were going to buy them after breaking that one on the single track,
but Radek gave us his old mirror when we were staying at the Man Cave.
we're lazy like that.



One of these days we'll get the right mirrors....









Day 52: 8/12/12 continued
Christmas Valley, OR to Ram Horn Campground, CA 306 miles








I was happy to see our old friend, the Dismal Swamp.










He was not looking as pretty as he usually does, but we all have our off days...









Everything was a little dried out.









This was later in the year, I guess.
Early summer is greener, lusher, more swampy.










The cows don't seem to mind.









This shot almost looks like a tilt-shift photo! Just a little bit. kinda?
























We decided to stop and enjoy the peace and quiet for a while.
I really do like this place.








Took a couple pics.








This marks 52 days without using a hairbrush!




Matt read that and said, "you liar - it was waaaay longer than that!"
Haha, he's right. I'm not much of a hair brusher/comber.
This was probably more like 60 or 70 days without a hairbrush...





Our "adventure" bags were looking pretty beat.
I'm always ragging on those things, but it's our fault for taking them on single track.
This one actually looks pretty good here.
Matt did a number on them at the KTM rally in Bend...
when he got home, they were just barely hanging on.








While we were hanging out, this friendly cow wandered over.
Oh hai!









Mmmm. Burger.










Back into the trees. Matt had made a special trip to the dismal swamp just for me.
Thanks, BigWanimal.

We were heading out to 395.







Whoa.
These clouds remind me of the secret of management: Measure twice, cut once...
you don't have to watch past 2:40, although there's a Caddyshack "doodie" reference at 3:52 that live2ridetahoe might enjoy.








Don't cry over spilled grain?
Aw, man. That's one more reason I want goats.








We were getting close to PinkPillion's neighborhood, I think.
Everyone wave to Aimee!







Unfortunately, there were fires nearby. We were worried about you, Aimee.
Glad your family was okay.








We saw a fire engine making a beeline for the hills.








The smoke was so thick, it was hard to breathe.
It must have been horrible for the area residents, dealing with this smoke for days...








We were trying to decide where to stop for the night, when we saw a sign for a campground.
Perfect!
It was down a gravel road...








I don't have my journal handy, but this was Ramhorn Springs Campground.
I found some info - here.








As we were setting up our tent and getting ready for dinner,
Matt said, "did you notice that there's no one here?"
It was weird - there were tents and vehicles everywhere, but we didn't see a single person.


They showed up later. Guess a bunch of them had carpooled into town for dinner.
Others had been off, hiking in the nearby hills.
It was still a strange place.









Haha, the only reason we bought this flavor chili was so I could use this link in the ride report...
Smells like a steak and seats 35...







It wasn't bad.







306 miles.






Started the morning in Xmas Valley -
did the dunes, did the lost forest, made it up and across Crane Mountain (with just a bruised ankle)...

What a fantastic day.

That clip reminds me of Xymotic. where are you xymo?






Anyway.
One more day (our favorite bits of the PCQ) and we're done...





Knock knock.
Who's there?
Lettuce.
Lettuce who?

Lettuce in!






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Old 11-21-2012, 04:21 AM   #759
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"...she's a squirrel-squashing, deer-smacking drivin' machine..."

sounds like my Maggie: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=49301

although to be fair, I'm 90% sure Maggie and I haven't ever squashed any squirrels...
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:46 AM   #760
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Thanks for thinking about me!!

Remember, when you think doodie, think live2ridetahoe.

Uh, wait a minute, that didn't come out right...

JG

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:30 AM   #761
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Lookin forward to a 4 day weekend just so I can get caught up on your awesome report "WAN's". Lots of work I know, way to hang in there. Can't beleive you can keep all those details straight. I have trouble remembering what I did last night, let alone 53 days into a trip.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #762
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"...she's a squirrel-squashing, deer-smacking drivin' machine..."

sounds like my Maggie: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=49301

although to be fair, I'm 90% sure Maggie and I haven't ever squashed any squirrels...
Hi sion,
Ack. not good with pics of dead things...
Glad you were ATGATT and survived that.

Matt and I hit a deer on our first 2up camping trip (Yosemite).
It was pretty horrible. Deer died, we were okay.

We were really lucky - it was 1992, and we didn't have much for gear.
No money, no sense (young), not a lot of options...
Jeans, lace up steel-toed boots, leather jackets, mystery helmets (used).

Those deer pics brought back some bad memories.





Everyone - be careful if you're riding this weekend!!!


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Thanks for thinking about me!!

Remember, when you think doodie, think live2ridetahoe.

Uh, wait a minute, that didn't come out right...

JG
Heh. OK, JG!
You mean like this?
Haha, maybe this?









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Lookin forward to a 4 day weekend just so I can get caught up on your awesome report "WAN's". Lots of work I know, way to hang in there. Can't beleive you can keep all those details straight. I have trouble remembering what I did last night, let alone 53 days into a trip.

Thanks, Scott!
Yeah, I always bite off more than I can chew with these long reports.
But, it's fun to share with you guys.
Thanks for hanging in there and reading it all!

My secret for remembering details - keep a good journal and take lots of photos.
As you know, things start to get confusing and overwhelming pretty quick.
The days start to blend together when you're riding all day in the middle of nowhere...
Every night I write down what I can. If we're camping, Matt cooks while I write, then I do dishes.

If I do a good job out there, the report almost writes itself when we're home. Haha, Almost.

Here's a sample page, all the crossing-out was done that night:




I'm always ragging on the Harley no-gear riders, but...
People! Why wear jeans and tees and slip on shoes in 2012??

And, on $40,000 bikes, it's not like they were too poor for gear...





OK, everyone - Matt and I are hosting my family's T-day this year.
So, I'm too busy to work on Day 53.
Matt's running off to Death Valley tomorrow, with Cap'n underpants and Bartek990.
I was invited, but our last DV ride was soooooo good, I don't want to go back and have it be less good.
It's too soon.
Also, larryboy and mrs. LB aren't going to be there.


I opted to stay home and finish the report instead.
You're welcome!




Day 53, coming up - eventually...
(I've got lots of Xmas gifts
to knit, too. )




In the meantime - hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!



That's a hamster, dressed as a turkey.



(long story, it's a felt doll I made a few years ago)




Anyway, American or not - hope
all of you enjoy some good food,
good drink , and lots of fun!
Maybe some dancing?










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Old 11-22-2012, 10:55 AM   #763
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Just when you are getting to my neck of the woods..... I have to wait!

Have a great Turkey Day!!!
I am thankful for MANY things, one of which you for providing us with such wonderful entertainment.

Thanks to BigWanamal for being such a Wanamal on that blue schoolbus, and thanks to Mrs. WonderWan for working so hard for MONTHS after the party is over.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:14 PM   #764
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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you are all having a great turkey day with lots of good food and surrounded by the ones you love.

The worst part about day 52....is the report is almost over. (Good news for littlewan )

On a side note, it was a beautiful day in upstate NY and I went out for a ride!!!
The downside to that is a switched the GoPro to the narrow field of view and while I get less fish eye effect, the camera wasn't angled up high enough, the field of view was dominated by the pavement , I need to experiment some more and figure out a better set up so I can make some videos!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:33 PM   #765
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Happy Thanksgiving

Gotta add mine in there too. I hope y'all are having a great day. Also hoping Matt enjoys DV. My neighbor just came back from there, doing a newbie off-road ride.

Thanks again for the report. I hate to see these end--you have such a great writing style. From your perspective, you are long past ready for it to end.....
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