A Superior Ride

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Kedgi, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Kedgi

    Kedgi Banned

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    Many years ago when I was an Air Traffic Controller I would occasionally have the opportunity to travel in the jump seat on aircraft. (in the cockpit with the pilots)

    On one of those occasions I flew out of Toronto to Edmonton. We departed Toronto as the sun was setting and chased it across Lake Superior. At the Western edge of the Lake we were looking at the road that runs between Duluth MN and Thunder Bay ON. The captain remarked on how many times he had flown over that road and how beautiful it looked.

    That has to be 20 years ago and i am finally going to get the chance to ride that road. I plan to leave my place in Shediac tomorrow morning and head West for a Superior Ride, on my Superior Ride, my new KTM 990 Adventure.

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    I plan to spend tomorrow night in NH with friends and then blast across PA to stay with more friends in Export (just east of Pittsburgh) From there ride out to Ankeny IA to see even more friends, then head from there to the Sault, ride clockwise around Lake Superior back to the Sault and then figure out a way back home.

    Along the way I hope to meet Gnarly Adventurer bESS who is riding from Vancouver to the East Coast. He and I have met online but never in person. bESS (Bob) was an avid reader of my ride report "Lobsters to Llamas, Maritimes to Argentina" You can see it here.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=832336

    Bob is writing a report, "Pink Crocs in search of Lobsters" which you can see here.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=899359

    You should see us cross paths on the road and then meet up again here in Shediac.

    I'm packing stuff today, getting ready to Blast Off! Stay tuned!

    Kedgi
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    Scootard Scraggle McSquarely

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    Hey Dwight:
    IN :ricky
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    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Alright, position reports required. Let's make it reasonable, every two degrees of latitude and every five degrees of longitude, missing your original estimate of arrival by more than a day, or anything interesting. We won't require you to use HF radio nor maintain the Master Flight Plan Document for six months. Altitude and speed your discretion. Have a good crossing.
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  4. Kedgi

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    Welcome aboard!
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  5. Kedgi

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    Please remain seated with your seatbelts fastened!:D

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    novaboy Been here awhile

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    ........and your table trays in the upright and locked position
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    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    IN..... AGAIN!!!:clap:clap Doors always open Dwight. May hook up with you at some point, me and the missus are roaming.
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  8. Kedgi

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    Cool

    That would be great!
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  9. Kedgi

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    It's 5:15 Tuesday morning I am up having my coffee and almost ready to go. I'm just waiting for it to be light enough to ride.

    Three Saint John friends of mine have decided to meet me on my way through and two will likely accompany me on a morning ride to the border. Cool!

    Had a long night. Really hot sticky and uncomfortable here. The Maritimes don't get enough of this weather for us to get used to it or buy an air conditioner so it was a restless night.

    I'm looking forward to seeing my friends in NH tonight.

    More later:deal

    Kedgi
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  10. dovetailredux

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    Well, you're heading into the sauna, my friend: brutal heat right now in the Northeast. Drink lots of water and have a great trip.
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  11. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  12. novaboy

    novaboy Been here awhile

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    Good to see ya this morning Dwight, nice to finally meet Tom and to ride with you both, even if it was a short ride.

    Hot day for riding, us maritimers aren't used to this kind of heat. 31C in St. Stephen and no wind when we left Kedgi at the U.S. border.

    We stopped at Tom's place, and their friend Jimmy had this beautiful BMW.
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    Saying goodbye at the border. Have a good trip, and stay safe. See you in Labrador.

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    KTM990 descend and maintain tarmac level, position vertical, report when crossing poutine and brew....:pynd :ricky
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  14. DrydenRider

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    Did that trip a couple years ago. It is great. The north shore is pretty well straight forward for travel. Take time to stop at a few of the beaches etc especially if there is a nice strong south wind. Cannonshot has some great ideas for riding south of the border in Wisconsin and Michigan seen here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627424.

    Follow his "big bike go around" routes and all will be great. Don't miss the Houghton / Copper Harbour area and the Keweenaw peninsula. Also the ride up to the Whitefish lighthouse is nice with an Edmond Fitzgerald display
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  15. Kedgi

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    I'm a little fried after a Hot ride down from NB to Alton Bay NH

    I want to go back to last week before I start this update and tell you guys, Angele and I had a wonderful visit from Lowrider_Bud and inmate from these pages who made his way from Houston TX to Shediac NB on his KLR 650. Awesome! Bud was a reader of my Lobsters to Llamas RR and we got to talking and he came to visit the Maritimes

    Meet Bud...a real gentleman

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    Today was hot...check this out....

    That's the time on the left and the temperature when I stopped, on the right.

    OK, the sensor was probably getting some engine heat but it was consistantly 35C in Southern Maine today

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    I didn't take many pictures but I see Terry did, he and Tom joined me for the run to the border. We also saw my friend Jimmy who told us about a cool place just north of Bangor Me where a guy has a spot called Sidecars plus (at least I think that was the name, I think it is in Hanover ME. The guy sells nothing he just has an all encompassing collection of hundreds of side cars. 100's of them. So cool what you find out when you see your motorcycle buddies.

    Tom and Terry accompanied me to the border, stopped in to see a friend of Tom on their way home to Saint John who has a huge collection of japanese Bikes and Tom provided this link for all to enjoy.

    http://www.classicjapcycles.com/

    Like I say it's cool when you meet "bike" friends

    I made it to my friends Reine and Brent's beutiful home in NH


    Their place,

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    This is where we had a great BBQ.

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    The picture doesn't do their view justice but they are about 1000' above the valley at the south end of Lake Winnipesaukee, Awesome!

    Meet Reine and Brent, longtime friends of Mine and Angele's who we met in Key West FL many years ago.

    Meet Reine and Brent

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    Great friends and Outstanding hosts.

    Tomorrow...Export PA

    Stay tuned..

    Kedgi
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  16. Kedgi

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    Thanks for the great links and wonderful photos guys. i am up early this morning, as always, and here are a few more pictures from yesterday

    I was halfway between Calais Me and Bangor, Me on a Rte 9, also known as "The Airline" I met three guys on Harleys from Sherbrook Quebec while I was taking a break in the shade. They were headed to, of all places, Shediac. They were glad to find out they only had 400k left to go in the heat.

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    Here is a picture of Tom and Terry

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    Tom and I have been riding together for years and we met Terry through ADVrider. Terry has a Trans Lab Trip coming up the end of August.

    Tom's wife, Cindy took this picture of Tom, Terry and I, ready to go


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    And I forgot to include a picture of Lowrider_Bud's ride from Texas to Shediac and back, Bud's KLR

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    Before I left home I made an appointment for an oil change at Bentley's KTM in Murrysville, PA. They were very accommodating over the phone. They say they will look after me when ever I get there but I am shooting for a 10AM Thursday appointment. Their shop is a mile from my friend's Bill & Lisa's house in Export, PA. That's pretty lucky.

    I called Bentley's last night when I got to my friends in NH to ask if they can put a new Pirelli Scorpion on the rear for me. Mine is getting used up. It was quitting time and I left them a message. I hope that works out, as they are closed today. I'll worry about it when I get there.

    Talk to you from PA

    Kedgi
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  17. Lowrider_Bud

    Lowrider_Bud I'll ride anything..

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    Looking forward to following this Superior Ride report. The new KTM looks awesome. Can't believe its already used up a rear tire. Must be a problem between the right grip and the seat. hahaha. Thanks for posting the pictures of my ol' Pack Mule. She's ready for another adventure.

    Safe travels, Bud...
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    Damn
    You've sucked me in again:D
    Have fun and ride safe
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  19. DrydenRider

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    If I weren't heading on a KLR trip to the black hills this week I would ride to Thunder Bay and buy u a beer. Enjoy the trip, looks like decent wx!


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  20. bESS

    bESS Been here awhile

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    Dwight:

    Sorry for being MIA, no Internet for a couple of days and I'm half ironbutting to get to PA tonight, so another 500 mile day today. Starting tomorrow I will slow down to smell the roses

    Have oil change booked at Kissell Motorsports Thursday. Will be staying in Bellefonte PA

    Hope to cross paths soon

    Ride safe

    Bob
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