Arctic project (Epic Arctic Ride)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by paulmondor, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    Glad this got moved to RR or I'd have missed it. Simply OUTSTANDING!! I'm subscribed for the duration. :clap
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  2. Norry

    Norry A Great Bloke

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    " when you pay large sums of money to men with small dicks and let them buy large pickup trucks as a way to medicate for the small man syndrome.." Paulmondor.
    Enough with the diplomacy Paul, we're all pretty open minded here mate, just tell us what you really think and stop beating around the bush!
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  3. paulmondor

    paulmondor Iceman

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    :rofl
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  4. JimmieA

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    Not to be picky but I think you were fishing on Lesser Slave Lake not Lake Athabasca. You will cross Lake Athabasca north of McMurray. Did you manage to contact the riders from McMurray that are riding north this week? They may have left the 23 so you maybe one day behind them. It would be too bad if you missed them from a human interest point of view for your project.

    When you see a tall rock pile (mini mountain) in the middle of the lake your almost at Fort Chip. Many people have gotten lost on the river/lake in boats in the summer. A thought just came to me: there are many turns on the winter road and blind hills. Be aware of vehicles roaring around the turn and into your lane, keep way to your side etc.

    As you have said there is major traffic on the north part of Hw#63 in the morning, a bumper to bumper ride for a few hours, maybe 6:00 to 8:00. It could be the busyest road for it's size in Canada, think I read that somewhere. Also the road is one of the deadlest in Canada for it's size.

    Hope you enjoyed the plane trip over the oilsands. Hope it gives you an idea of how much money is invested in those places. I laugh when someone complains about the price of gas. To buy 2x1/2 litre bottles of water (or soda pop) costs about twice as much as a litre of gas at a gas station. Compare the cost of producing a bottle of water to the money invested in those plants and the 15,000 employees working out there and you can see the benifits.

    JimmieA.
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  5. paulmondor

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    You are right! My fault. yes we had a great plane trip and YES! We re looking forward to the Ice road.. Will keep you posted...
    Cheers and thanks again.
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  6. Spaggy

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    While i was there I was lucky enough to experienced something I was told I should try. well-actually two things.
    1) I tried a "Rink Burger" This thing if we can call it a burger is the only thing I have ever paid almost $6 for and that tasted like NOTHING. The patty was some kind of concoction that was frozen for most likely 10 years and was made with products that have name destined to be pronounced in the best of Star Trek episodes. No taste whatsoever. Even the cheese wa tasteless. Has anyone ever had cheese that has no taste? Even bad cheese tastes something. Then, maybe it was not cheese. This is oil country after all. Where people live, breathe and dream oil. Maybe it is some kind of experiment. they get a cow to eat oil sand fed grass and the result is this plastic sheet called cheese. As for the "Beef Patty"? I would rather not know what it was. But one thing for sure! They were selling shit loads of them.
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    Wow, now the oil workers are to blame for bad burgers! WTF? Everytime you put the nozzle in your tank, remember, that dino juice had to come from somewhere. Quit shitting on the oil workers, we pay most of the bills in this country!
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  7. paulmondor

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    Whoooow! Touchy! Touchy!

    Like I said! I did want to generalize. Just describing (Some) and have a good laugh. Humour as (Most) of the world knows is the best medicine.. As for the burgers? I meant it. It takes real men and women to have it and these players ate it like candy. It was actually a compliment to the players. Not the burgers. I am reminded how I often hear jokes about French Canadian and how a lot of people in this country dislike the French. I agree, and I am one of them. :rofl But on the other hand, I also am intelligent enough to realize that a few bad people can make the numerous great ones look bad. I like these jokes about Frogs. Hell! I have a frog tattooed on my arm!

    So If your reaction is any indication, it shows two things.

    1) I am pretty accurate in describing what I have seen, and even the locals seem to agree with the "Projected" image.
    2) if the hat fits Buddy? wear it! Sorry! if the (Depicted) pickup is parked in your driveway? Drive it
    As for you guys paying the bills in this country?:huh:huh Funniest thing; and saddest thing I have ever heard.
    But I think you just helped me prove my point. :D
    Thank you!!:rofl
    But like I always said and I accept it. "An opinion is like an asshole! Everybody got one..
    Can you send me your address? I will send you my visa bill so you can pay it. :freaky

    Cheers and and have a better day Buddy

    PS:Oh! And one last thing! I have done my service in the army and paid my dues. Many people dislike for good reasons the military machine. Fair enough! They have the right to like or dislike what they want. We are all individuals and God bless their hearts. But, you do not hear me say that the sacrifices we made, and the things we did allow insecure little men and women to overreact to little threats ( If they can be called threats)to their little egos. I never did and I never will. It would be like saying Oil workers pay the bills in this country. What an insult to Canadians overall. Sometimes I wonder if we ended up with the right targets in our crosshairs.
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  8. Smilin' Dave

    Smilin' Dave I am smiling

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    Paul, do you run normal air pressure in your tires? I have been doing some winter riding this year, and i'm going on the theory that a lower psi will create more heat in the tire so more stick on cold dry pavement. This seems reasonable but maybe i'm hurting traction on snow covered roads by having a wider foot print. Any thoughts on this.
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  9. paulmondor

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    Hey Buddy!

    I normally ride at Max PSI both front and rear. 42 PSI on my TKC's. But in winter I run them at about 40LBS on hard packed snow or ice conditions. I once ran them at 25 PSI around the great lakes in 07 when they had closed to TCH and there was 6 inch of snow. But I was riding at 20-30 km/h ad it worked awesome. SO i think it helps traction at lower speed in deep snow and minimizes CONTROL at high speed as you will have more flex. Plus I had no studs. I do not think it would make a difference with the studs I have if I lowered the PSI. (MY opinion)
    I for one agree with you. it raises the temp on the tires a bit in cold, but I am not sure it would actually be as lethal as in summer.
    Hopes this helps.

    Cheers
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  10. Oznay

    Oznay Been here awhile

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    IMHO, I think that story describing your introduction to the world of 2 wheels,should be printed in EVERY bike mag,in case so that all that ride can enjoy it.Damn,what a ride so far!:clap:clap
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  11. Smilin' Dave

    Smilin' Dave I am smiling

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    It does, thanks
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  12. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    Thank you for your service.

    And thanks for setting the record straight. (If the readers can't tell what I mean, telling you won't help!)

    Don
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  13. JACjac

    JACjac Vicarious Adventurer

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    I think what Rockmuncher1 may have been hinting at is that a lot of Albertastanians somewhat resent the fact that our province, in recent years, has a net transfer OUT of upwards of $9 billion per year to poorer provinces due to equalization but yet the services we have are inferior to those enjoyed in the 'have not' provinces. This issue has been addressed well in recent newspaper articles/opinion pieces.

    I'm offering no opinion on the matter here, just trying to maybe explain what he was getting at. For the non-Canucks who might read this, equalization, roughly, is a program whereby $ from richer provinces is redistributed to poorer ones. The idea is that the level of public services remains the same across the country.
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  14. GP640

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    Great job once again.

    I have to laugh at the comments about the short-dick rig rockets.
    I lived in the Peace country for a while and I swear you couldn't buy a diesel truck
    without a 6" lift and big muds.
    Flatbiller jackasses are everywhere.
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  15. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Hey Paul, I'm also surprised that they didn't put 0-40 in your bikes.
    I don't thnk the KLR would start in these temperatures without it...

    Also, have gained a huge respect for fuel injection, it sure makes a difference in the cold. I fired up the little CBR125 the other day, and
    it ran just like it did in the summer!

    Keep up the Adventure, some of us are too busy home renovating :(
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  16. Spaggy

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    First off, thank you for your service. Secondly I apologize for making a political statement on Advrider, doesn't belong here.
    Ride safe.
    BTW, my pickup is bone stock right down to the air filter.
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  17. northern

    northern Been here awhile

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    So are you in Fort Smith now?

    If so welcome! Looks like a great start to the day at -19 C and going up to -9.

    I would love to see the bikes if you are still around.
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  18. Gale B.T.

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    Congrats Muncher1 that took balls, you are a REAL man ,,my touque is off to you.

    gale

    sorry Paul, back to that awesome RR

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572583
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  19. Ron from BC

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  20. northern

    northern Been here awhile

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    Hummm....... did one of those diesel pickups get you going north of McMurray?