Gettin' Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles - UTBDR, KLIM rally, Canada, WABDR, OBDR +

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Uh oh, I just had to check this thread and now I'm going to be a few minutes late for work. :lol3

    Thanks for all the work you go to creating your ride reports I know there are many people that appreciate your efforts to share your adventures. Keep all the good stuff coming. :clap
  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi Ladybug!
    Sorry to make you late for work. :cry



    I was looking at the video again and matt said,
    "oh - it's poop.'


    Oh.
    That makes perfect sense.


    Well, here you go. You don't have to watch this one. :lol3
    It only took a couple minutes.
    No HD, letterbox cut too much off the top...

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    :flush <--- I didn't think I'd ever use that emoticon! :huh


  3. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    :clap:clap:clap. You already know I enjoy your reports.
    Still lurking. :D
  4. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Love the report - your GoPro seems to capture some weird stuff, ehh?

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  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Wow, chrish4ku, you have a good eye!
    Is that Sasquatch? or is it just Paul? :evil

    :lol3



    Hey redog, aw, I know. :D
    Thanks for checking in.
    You know I always get whiny at the end of a long ride report. :rolleyes

    Among other things...





    Matt thinks I’m losing my mind. :loco
    What?
    He said, “First of all, you’re making people look at videos of bird shit...”
    “and, then this Mameshiba thing...
    you’re a little too into Mameshiba...”


    What?
    I can’t hear you, this giant bow is covering my ears...


    Anyway, it doesn’t matter right now.
    Just put on that lion suit and the pink tube top I got you...

    and, DANCE, monkey fighter! Dance!



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    Day 45: 8/5/12 continued
    Near Lion Rock to Horseshoe Lake Campground 196 miles






    It was nice up there...

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    Fun riding and no one else around...

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    It got kinda rutted, though...

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    It must have been a real mess when zeegman and Just Paul and their group went through here.
    June was too early, you guys!

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    Here’s video of Road 325, in August...
    I don’t want to over-sell this one, but this was definitely my favorite section of the WABDR!

    Oh, but the sun was pretty jacked up.
    We've got that seizure robot action going on.
    Make sure you put in your mouthguard before watching!!


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    There was a neat bit in that video where Matt walked out to the edge and looked down,
    but I cut it to make the video shorter.
    You get screen shots instead...

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    Here, have a couple real photos...

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    And look who was up there - Ladybug! :flug
    :D

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    Looking down at Rimrock Lake

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    Leaving Bethel...

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    Rimrock Lake

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    Rock slide barrier on the highway...

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    Looking up at the potential rock slide... :uhoh

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    Matt slowed down so I could take this photo...:rofl

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    Haha, Matt says "Caution" is his middle name! :evil

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    Stopped at a gas station for fuel and sugar.
    I think it was Packwood.

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    There were elk eating the lawn...

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    We rode around for a while, looking for a good camping spot.
    There wasn’t much.
    We stopped at one campground and it was packed.
    Screaming kids and barking dogs everywhere, and $18.
    No thanks. :nah


    There was one pack camp (for people with horses and such), it was so tempting.
    But we weren’t allowed.
    There was a lady there with a llama!
    I wish I had taken a photo. It was cool.

    :dllama




    We ended up at Horseshoe Lake. $12.
    The dirt roads really thin the crowds.
    There were only 2 other occupied spots.

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    Matt tried to jump in. He doesn’t recommend it...:lol3

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    Our headlight ballast was acting up, so matt fiddled with it.
    No luck.

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    This big bug landed on me, so I made Matt take a photo.

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    Dinner was chickpea curry with stuffing and chicken.
    Pretty much the same thing we always eat.

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    Norm was good today. :thumb

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    Maybe he’s in love with the mountain.

    :norton




    Chickpea Mameshiba, in honor of chickpea curry stuffing...

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    Some day I'm gonna run out of these and you guys will be sad...

    Right?

    :lol3
  6. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    :D:lol3:rofl


    right u are
  7. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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    :waveHi! Very nice RR! Somebody a few pages back came up with: "BigWanimal". Superior to "Mr. Honey" IMHO.
  8. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    hummmm. Ya gotta give me a tl;dr or something. Are they trying to stop you from eating bean soup, or? Not really getting it...
  9. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Sure some pretty country up there. All caught up, got to go finish my own sad RR. :D
    Looking forward to more at work tommorrow.:lol3
  10. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is just better

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    Originally Posted by LittleWan
    Some day I'm gonna run out of these and you guys will be sad...

    Right?


    I'm sad already, LittleWan.:augie
  11. jeventures

    jeventures Been here awhile

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    to say thanks for your ride reports:clap Someday I hope to live near the REAL mountains and make more 950 two-up trips with my wife...you guys are inspirational both in your riding and in sharing your joy for riding. keep it up:1drink
  12. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    I'm a few days behind (again), but just watched the video so I hope that helps your 'watch count' :csm

    Good stuff :thumb

    :lurk

    -M
  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi, nuggets!
    I think you're right! :lol3

    Hey jeventures, thanks for the kind words and the de-lurking.
    I'm so glad you're inspired to do more 2up! :thumb



    Thanks, M!
    Haha, you guys don't have to watch any more Umtanum Ridge - didn't you get the memo?
    I'm over it.
    Making everyone watch that crazy mameshiba dance thing made me feel better. :evil




    tl;dr - I had to look that up. Oh, right. Too Long Didn't Read.
    :rolleyes
    (tl;dr makes me want to say "FU; FO" but I don't think you meant it like that :lol3)


    They're Japanese. I don't think I really "get" them either...
    I started seeing Mameshiba around 2009, they&#8217;re popular with the crafty ladies.
    They&#8217;re cute and strange. That&#8217;s about all I know. :dunno
    I can give you this video...


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    For those of you who can't watch the video:

    Not quite a dog (mame), not quite a bean (shiba)
    Mameshiba is the cutest thing you've ever seen.
    ...
    No matter where they are (mame), no matter what they do (shiba),
    Mameshiba always brings knowledge to you...



    That ought to explain everything, right? :scratch


    OK, here&#8217;s more info - but you have to read. :wink:

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    stolen from this website.



    You can learn more about each character on this page.
    If I had to pick one, I'd say I'm like pistachio.
    Well, and jellybeans, obviously.




    You guys,
    The WTF videos are just part of my process. You shouldn't try and "get" most of them...
    When I have thousands of photos and hours of GoPro footage to sort through,
    I get tired of doing these stupid reports and I like to have something to amuse myself.
    If others enjoy them, then it's even
    better.
    You really don't have to watch them!



    No one has to watch anything! Not even that boring Umtanum Ridge video. :lol3
    I'm not even checking the view count.




    Yay - sion, redog1, dustyrider! :raabia
    Thanks for the support! :freaky
    I think I've used most of the good Mameshibas, but I still have a few left...









    Day 46: 8/6/12
    Horseshoe Lake to Walla Walla, WA 246 miles





    Today we finished up the WABDR.
    Our rear tire was smoked, so we cut out the last 60 miles or so, missing the official start at Stevenson.
    Both Radek and Adventurerik said that Section 1 is mostly pavement and easy gravel,
    and that we shouldn&#8217;t feel bad about skipping it.



    Section 1 video, here.
    Did you know ( you have to say it in that cute mameshiba voice)...
    all the helmet cam footage in those videos is from Radek (black/white/gold helmet)?
    Also, Superman is half Canadian.

    :pynd

    Oh, wait - it's supposed to be something off-putting...
    Did you know a slug has 4 noses?

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    Neither one of us slept well last night.
    Our neighbors were loud and stayed up late.
    I thought there were 5-6 of them, but Matt says he only saw 3.
    My air mattress is leaking now, too. :cry


    I think we were out of oatmeal.
    Old Cliff bars for breakfast.

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    Flattering photo of Horseshoe Lake.

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    The roads today were pretty much like this (or pavement)

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    Thank goodness for Mount Adams.
    He gave us something to look at.

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    We rode by some graffiti that made us laugh so hard,
    Matt turned around and went back so I could take a photo...

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    Oh, looking around, I see that&#8217;s a Mötley Lüe song. :super

    I kinda wish I didn&#8217;t know that. :huh
    It takes away from the funny.



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    I think Matt said the wabdr tracks went to the right...
    Like I mentioned, it was only 60 miles or so.
    We kept going towards Walla Walla instead.
    Bye, WABDR! :wave

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    Now it was just boring slab to Walla Walla...

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    Saw a couple murals in White Salmon

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    I liked this one.

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    Going to Hood River, Oregon.

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    We were sad we missed Radek and his girlfriend.

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    I couldn&#8217;t get over the bridge toll - 75 cents for motos! A dollar for cars.
    We pay about $5 (same as a car) in the bay area.

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    Pic for the train nerds. :D

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    Stopped at a rest stop and saw this bus.

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    Thanks to the interwebs, I see it belongs to this idiot.
    He&#8217;s a rapper from Cleveland, Ohio.
    I found a video tour of the bus.
    Here he is, talking about a bag of a condoms they have on the bus...

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    All I wanted was a funny screen shot,
    but watching just a little bit of that video made me seriously depressed and a little suicidal.
    He was born in 1990 and makes 1.2 million dollars. :puke1
    Good thing the end of the world is coming soon. Just 2 short months!




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    And another dam picture!

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    Stopped for refueling.

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    Tires

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    Bike wash.
    So we don&#8217;t have to look for one in Walla Walla.

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    Tree farm. I&#8217;m sure they&#8217;re destined to be toothpicks or something.

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    Walla Walla, here we come!

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  14. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is just better

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    Thanks for reminding me, Little Wan. I was enjoying your report and wacky links so much that I forgot about the end of the world. Sheesh.:ddog
  15. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Yeesh. Its only the end of the world, its not like its THE end OF the WORLD!
  16. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    What?
    How could you have already forgotten?
    End of the world, 2012.
    They told us 4 years ago... :lol3


    Gotta hurry up and finish the ride report!








    Day 46: 8/6/12 continued
    Horseshoe Lake to Walla Walla, WA 246 miles






    Cute burros. :D I wish that little one had been standing up, not taking a nap...

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    They were doing road work up ahead. Great. :huh

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    It was so hot in the sun, we moved over next to this truck.
    Ahhh. Shade.

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    These nice (they were really friendly) Harley people asked if they could share our shade.
    Of course!
    I cringed at their bare skin, roasting in the sun...

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    A KLR zoomed by and went to the head of the line.
    The Harley people decided to cut in front, too - and convinced us to come with them...
    We don't normally do that, but it ended up making sense.
    Going on this road behind trucks would have been even worse.


    So, it turns out the crew was chip sealing the road and doing a horrible job of it.
    It was super hot outside and the gravel wasn’t sticking.


    As soon as we hit this stuff, the rest of the bikes freaked out.
    They all slammed on the brakes.
    OMG! GRAVEL!!!! :eek1

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    Not only was the road surface uneven, but the rocks were flying everywhere.
    Tar-covered rocks. :huh



    Even the KLR guy rode on the wrong side, trying to avoid the gravel.



    Matt and I were all, whatevs...
    Gravel, schmavel...
    :rofl
    It was annoying, but it's not like those little tiny pebbles were going to smash our lights or anything.
    We're used to riding with serious rock chuckers.

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    I felt so bad for the Harley people.
    Those tar smears aren’t going to come off with a diaper! :lol3
    Not to mention, the rocks probably hurt like hell on bare skin.
    We could feel them through our jackets (840 denier Cordura) and they stung.




    Pretty soon, it was just us and the pilot car.
    See all the gravel flying?

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    Gravitycheck had told us this was a really pretty ride.
    He went this way after we said goodbye to him in the Summer of Stupid.
    I think he needs to get out more...
    (he sold his 950 by the way. It makes me really sad. :cry)

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    Maybe it was pretty, but mostly I was worried about our rear tire...:eek1

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    Back in Washington. Ooh. I almost missed my chance to use that one!

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    That's a little marina!

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    Washington wine is soooo awesome!

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    So flat! Is this what Kansas is like?

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    Speaking of flat, here’s the McD where Gravitycheck had his flat tire.
    We stopped to use the wifi and book a motel room.
    oh, and *possibly* some ice cream cones were had...

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    Matt is supposed to be shivering in this picture. Acting!

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    I couldn’t find a good clip for the Master Thespian, but there’s this...

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    Anyway, this is what the sign said. I think it’s a few degrees off, but still...
    Mucking HOT! :knary

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    We got a good deal at the Holiday Inn Express.
    Rode past this place on the way there...
    Um. Doesn’t that mean “The Cheap Meatmarket?” :hmmmmm

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    Hey, Mr. Peanut!
    I took a photo of him last time we were in Walla Walla.

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    Here we are.
    The Holiday Inn Express...<------- Dead Kennedys, "holiday in cambodia" Can't find one without an ad. You decide if it's worth it...

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    Tires.

    No idea how many miles were on the MT21 (we put 1136 on it, but not sure how many Radek did)

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    3429 miles on the front.

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    Our luggage, gettin’ a fancy ride...

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    Ugh, look at all the tar-covered rocks that got into the bash plate!

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    Our room.

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    Coffee maker area.

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    Norman.

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    Did a quick check on Yelp and found some Thai food...linky

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    It was delicious.
    Yellow curry with chicken and Pad Kee Mow noodles.

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    Matt had fried bananas with coconut ice cream for dessert.

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    I had the black rice pudding.
    It doesn’t look very appetizing in the photo, but it was pretty tasty.

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    This one fits here nicely...

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    Less than a week left!

    :freaky
  17. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    pyrate Walking the plank

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    They probably would like to charge a dollar but enjoy watching adventure riders fumble with gloves trying to get quarters! :lol3
  19. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    Hey Big Wan,

    We have something in common, (other than being big galoots) ................... coconut ice cream! I love the stuff too! :D
    (maybe that's part of why we are big galoots)

    When I get to travel around the Yucatan Peninsula of MX I'll find fresh home made coconut ice cream everywhere. Sometimes they'll have dark chocolate to pour over it. It's so good that if you spill any on your face ............... your tongue would beat your brains out trying to get to it! :lol3 It's THAT good!

    Better find a new tire quick, huh?

    Enjoying following along with you and the Missus!

    Regards, Rob
  20. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    gulp. Sorry, was just trying to be funny, not jerky. Anyway thanks for the mameshiba background intro...

    By the way, in case you couldn't tell--I think your ride report is awesome. I think my ride report writin' days are over, they'd just be too plain boring.