Cougar tracks: The Blind Date

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cowgirl, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. OklaRider

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  2. david7774

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    Dang another Sat. morning vanishes , while reading these reports. Reckon I'll make the coffee now and get the day started. Great thread Cindy, can't wait for the rest of the STORY/ADV.
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  3. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    Good stuff. Well done.
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  4. nvdlboy

    nvdlboy Long timer

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    Nice RR! Having ridden in similar conditions in those areas, I have to say I found those days to be particularly exhausting... gusting side winds are tough, thanks for taking us along on your adventure.
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  5. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Great start Cindy. Keep it coming. Work doesn't really need your attention.....
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  6. sturmgewehr

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    The third image down in your photos of Mojave, the one with the water tanks in the foreground, that hill is called Soledad Mountain and I grew up at the base of it, my parents still live there. I spent many a night camped on the peak of it when I was in high school.

    I just got back from a bike trip home a couple of weeks ago and I can never seem to get used to the wind and I grew up there! Good job fighting your way through that, it gets pretty scary for sure and it happens almost every single day.
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  7. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Thanks everyone for your kind words, I really enjoy writing these stories.
    The wind was exhausting. Now I realize that continuing to drive through it and deal with it was one of those experiences that I will count as defining me and will make me a stronger person. This entire trip was a life-changer and a few of the things I did, like the wind and Titus Canyon, will continue to affect me and how I deal with the challenges of life.
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  8. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Up until now the excitement and trials of the trip had kept my mind occupied but as I drove those final kilometres I began to feel some doubt. After all we'd only chatted by email and a few words on the telephone. I knew the Ratman was very intelligent and well-spoken as well as handsome but what would he be like face-to-face? Would we have enough in common to sustain a dialogue longer than 5 minutes? Would we be able to see issues eye-to-eye or would we disagree about everything? Would he see me as an equal or as an object? Would he look as good as his pictures? Would I even care? Would I end up in a freezer? Would he?
    He was waiting in the driveway as I drove up and he welcomed me with open arms. As he escorted me into his lovely home we started to talk and the conversation continued long into the night :D
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  9. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    You remember I took that picture at the base of Mt. Shasta because I thought that was the only snow I was going to see?
    Friday morning I woke up to this.

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    :eek1 :rofl :huh Yep, Mother Naure's laughing with you. I'm not.

    Guess we aren't going to Toroweap today :cry

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    We spent the morning on the couch drinking coffee and talking. You'd think we'd have run out of conversation by now but it turned out we're both talkers and we had a lot of life story to cover. :freaky
    In the afternoon we decided to head to town for groceries, snow or no snow. Actually we didn't have to go far to get below the snowline and into rain.

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    We made our way to town by way of Gunlock Canyon.

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    Back up the hill it was still snowing.

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    The snow finally stopped and the sky began to clear just in time for sunset.

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  10. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Today we talked............and talked................and talked :lol3

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    Rat made cookies, really good cookies :tb

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  11. Footprint

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  12. Game over

    Game over Haha

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    Waiting on the finish of this Romance Report.
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  13. rocketmanphil

    rocketmanphil Been here awhile

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    this is great .... ADV singles united :1drink

    just when I was right into it ............... c'mon tell us some more :D
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  14. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    The snow has melted, we've shared tales of good times, bad times and told most of our secrets, neither one of us has felt the need to run the other over with a motorcycle or whack them in their sleep :D now it's time to ride! :clap

    The first place we stopped was Snow Canyon.

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    Snow Canyon is infamous as the site for the shooting of the John Wayne film "The Conqueror". Of the 220 people who worked on the location over 90 developed cancer and 46 died from it including Wayne himself, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorhead and the director, Dick Powell. The canyon is downwind from the nuclear test facility at Yucca Flats and the resulting radiation is believed to be the cause of the cancers.

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    From Snow Canyon we rode up Hurricane Mesa.

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    I invaded the test facility at the top but I managed to make my escape :D It helps to be inconspicuous.

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    From Hurricane we continued east to Zion National Park. Zion is absolutely overwhelming. Choosing a few pictures to share with you out of the many we took was a daunting task.

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    Checkerboard Mesa, where the blind date would have taken place. The surprise would have been glorious but I'm glad things worked out the way they did. I was especially happy I didn't have to be here at a specific time - remember, I'm punctuality challenged :deal

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    Rat is well known around these parts for hi-jacking tour buses and involving the tourists in his tableaus. We tried to find a bus but we were just a little too late so we had to stage our own. Remember this trip was caused by Dreamer's Disease :)

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  15. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Luv'n the spontanaity...aaand have I been away from my girl tooo long...:sweeti Or don't those cookies look like the niiicest nipple cookies ya ever seen! :wink::jump
    On a serious note, maaan that snow just added a whole nother beauty and dimension to the picks, Excellent!
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  16. rat734

    rat734 Michael 3 Lives

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    Nice pics Cowgirl. Its just like being home (Hey waiit a minute that is my home). :wave

    I'm gonna open up a bakery. What do you think of this on a Billboard?

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    Watch this. I'm gonna be the first guy banned for fondling a baked good. :lol3
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  17. 604FTODAMTALL

    604FTODAMTALL Retired Rat Racer

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    Nice to hear you are upholding the tradition of being a gracious host to ADV women rider's. I've ridden for 38 years and appreciate the women who take on the challenge of learning to ride and develop the skills to be a competent rider.

    Young or seasoned riders I admire them all, I think their more vibrant and interesting when you share the passion of 2-wheels as you travel feeling the wind, scents and land as it passes by.

    Nice countryside you have their looks dry, vancouver gets 3-5 feet of rain and tofino gets 16-18 ft of rain per year with Barkley Sound watersheds 22 ft hence the size of the trees in the West Coast Rain forest.

    Best wish's from Vancouver for safe riding.
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  18. PukaWai

    PukaWai Been here awhile

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    Must I remind you of the dangers of object fixation?
    Crashing into a cookie may not be that bad, but if your mind is in the gutter.....:eek1
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  19. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    From Zion we headed over to Grafton, the site of a pioneer settlement and also where some scenes from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were filmed. The road to get there was still a bit muddy from the previous days' rains. It was OK if I stayed in the dry ruts but really slippery otherwise and the mud stuck to everything. Another new technique for me to learn :eek1.

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    First we visited the cemetery which held some graphic examples of the dangers of pioneer life.

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    Then we headed over to the town where the movie scenes had been filmed.

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    It was time to head home, it had been a glorious day :clap

    Hey, wait for me!

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  20. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hahaaa :roflI'm glad we think alike...
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