Hacking our way North by Northwest…

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Abenteuerfahrer, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. mikepa

    mikepa SideCzarist

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    Sharon and Elmer -

    Glad your motoring along in (relative) bliss, inclement weather and tornado warnings aside :eek1. As a famous Norwegian Moto-Adventurer once told me:

    "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad weather gear."

    I'm not sure that gloves and/or helmets are made that don't leak at some point (especially flip-up helmets), but after many years of trying every remedy, I have found that PinLock anti-fog inserts really do work, amazingly well! They are not available for all helmets, but you might ask around when you visit motorcycle shops and see if they carry any.

    My current favorite helmet is the Arai XD series, not everyone's cuppa tea, but it works for me (has even displaced my former favorite, a Schuberth). The PinLock insert has made it a good "all weather" hat for my tours. Here is the URL for the PinLock website:

    Pinlock Anti-Fog Insert

    In regard to losing your luggage, you really need to "lose" whatever strap you are now using (even though, I know, they are color-matched to the rig), and discover the security of ROKStaps:

    ROKStrap Home Page

    More and more motorcycle shops have gotten the religion and now carry the long "motorcycle" adjustable flat stretch straps. The design is brilliant, and they really work because they maintain tension on the load at all times. You shouldn't have left home without them :D.

    And, for what it's worth, the weather here in the Seattle area has been just super for the last couple of weeks. Hope the trend holds for your visit here!

    Best,
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  2. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    It raineth n' raineth....we were waterboarded in Dick Cheney's Wyoming????:lol3 . Never had so much rain....

    Couldn't see Mt. Rushmore nor Devils Tower...can you>>>?

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    Although we made our Harley friends proud by stopping and leaving our BMW mark in Sturgis. NOT a Harley in sight....
    because it's rainin', he,he.....:huh ...

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    Route 212

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    One of the best local Cafe in Broadus, MT...

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    The best cardio vascular clogging special Bacon/eggs/homefires west of Pecos...

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    There we met this neat couple from Calgary, CN. They went all the way down to Tennessee and are on their way back to Calgary. Had no rainsuits of any kind. Rode in blue jeans and chaps...:eek1 Guess those Calgarians are tough...??

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    They presented us with a Rabbits Foot for luck and god speed. The Rabbits Foot was given to them in Tenn by another rider couple and they decided to pass it along to us. We're in search for another couple to pass the orange rabbits foot along....their journey.

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    Lo and behold the skies cleared...

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    Stopped at Little Big Horn Battlefield....

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    Marker where one had fallen

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    Spirit Warriors race eternally across the plains.

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    Moving on to Billings, MT..56 degrees..

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    In the motel room Sharon goes to work on all things wet...

    These are BMW's best waterproof gloves one can buy..but of course are they made in China...oh well...after several trenchings...I must say, "China Schrott, Nein Danke!"...

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  3. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    At the foot of the Rockies....Montana

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    Cool Town of Bozeman; in search for some caffeinated products....

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    Vitamin D day.....

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    R+R in Butte, MT

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    Here's looking at you kid....

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  4. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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  5. hackman

    hackman Adventurer

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    Abenteuerfahrer:

    I just wanted to let you know I'm loving your posts. looks like a wonderful trip (despite the occasional shower). And it's a great looking setup (despite the wonky wheel).

    Retirement is coming soon and my rig will be following your tracks. keep the pics coming!

    Hackman
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  6. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Mikepa,
    Thanks for the advice!! We're thinking about replacing our helmet as well so, will do that first then look into Pinlock Anti-Fog insert...looks rather interesting. As for ROKStrap....well, Elmer has 8 of them already but he thought it would be OK to just "tuck" em in between 2 sacks and it would stay in place...:nono :nono ahem, had I known that I would have strapped them down properly! :D :wink: We thought we'd get by with our Walmart suit....got a bit lazy while our one piece BMW rainsuit sat nice and dry in our trunk... :huh :eek1
    We're enjoying the good weather you've been having. Hope it will stay that way for the most part of our trip. :ricky
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  7. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    My goodness...you guys are making good time! Keep those pictures coming---I love how you are able to capture the sense of being on the open road. I am soooo freakin jealous of your adventure!!! Smile...

    Ride safe and really take in the sights, the sounds and the smell of all that fresh air on the trip!!! (I actually can smell things by looking at your photos!!)

    Hondachopper
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  8. Nemo DeNovo

    Nemo DeNovo Banned

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    Heh, smell this :lol3
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  9. Mangoes

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    Hi Elmer and Sharon, Enjoying your posts. We're even catching on to the lingo! We still do "sailor speak" you know. :D Sounds like you're doing well :clap , though hope that weather has broken for you. Went to a b-day party for Donna, former owner of Magic, last weekend. Wonderful to see them, and others we hadn't seen in a long time. Remember Jan and Karen on Blackwatch??? they said to tell you hello. They are now proud owners of Baba 40, Bella. Meeting a bunch of folks on the Chester River next weekend. Your rig looks awesome. :thumb Of course, we didn't expect anything less! Have a wonderful time, be safe, and keep those posts coming. We'll talk with you soon. Love and hugs, The Mangoes
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  10. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Been a bit lazy in posting...trying to savor the sights..not having to camera everything..eh!

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    Picturesque barn....one of many many seen from Rt. 90
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    Nostalgia!! Seeing this took us back down memory lane...we had 1977 model and toured the Eastern parts with our kids when we all were young!
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    One of many many trains we saw...
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    Met this fella from San Diego who is also heading for Alaska via Whitefish. Should we drive down SD, he's invited us to crash at his pad...cool. We seem to attract HD guys??
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    ahhhh....good way to end the day...one for him and one for me (guess which one I downed)
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    Snow in June??...lots of dusting from Cottonwood trees
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    beautiful scenic views of mountains, bridges and vasts of land everywhere...it's a big country!!
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    Must have been a fire storm not long ago...
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    We're far from home....
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    oh really?!!
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    Wanna live here??
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    oh boy...more mountains!!
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    Came into Pinehurst, Idaho to fuel up and noticed this little espresso hut where we saw the cutest kids looking at our bike. We had to go over and strike up a conversation with them. The coffee was superb and the kids were the cutest. The kids were fascinated with our "crayola" rig they wanted to hop on. We had fun.
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    Lake Coeur d'Alene coming in view
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    Downtown Saturday car show event....we got lucky
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    we oh'ed and ah'ed....some more!!
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    On way to our bed & breakfast place in Rathdrum, ID
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    We picked this place (from the internet) because it was in the mountains far from populated citiy and they had animals and grow organic vegetables on their property.
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    Our residents at the B&B...

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    Moose and Minnie loved to be greeted.,,
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  11. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    graveling up the slope...

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    Here is a demonstration of the tilt modulator, which I have become fond of. So far it's been very reliable. I think the past problems were attributed to it being mounted upside down thus giving the elements a chance penetrate its weak side(leak). Mine is mounted upright and it's also protected by a canvas cover.

    Too tilted????

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    Flip the switch and tilt to suit..

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    Riding different crowned roads..this gizmo has been a wonderful addition to our riding pleasure.
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  12. deafPOPEYE

    deafPOPEYE Adventurer

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    Just got back home from Lake George, NY. Hundred of side cars at Americade. Not as pretty as yours! Yeah, very crayola colored!! Rain keeps urs cleaned! Wait til Alaska to get muddy! More artistic for posting. Keep riding safely.
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  13. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hi everyone....we finally reached our staging area for Alaska: WASHINGTON STATE....and what a state this is. I've only been here once..in the dead of winter and thought who wants to live in this NorthWet state. I wannnnaaa live here......!!

    It's a longish state on the map and here are some loooooong pictures as far as the eye can see.

    Rode route #2 all the way from Spokane to Bavaria, Germany..oops..Austria (Leavenworth) and you'll see why.

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    Route #2 leads you through wheat fields; deserts; mini-grand canyon....Swiss like Alps. This route was recommended to us by a young guy at some coffe shop in Coeur d' Alene, ID. It's a long, long ride but well worth it...

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    Patience...I ain't finished with more roads....been there, so ahh, taking you along for more roads...

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    Pulled into the Town of Coulee City for gas and some chow...

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    :eek1 :huh

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    Town Library inside the restaurant..

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    The locals are mostly farmers..ranchers....and utilize these giant John Deere monsters...

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    Part of the Grand Coulee Dam branch...

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    Lookee here...gazillions of fish for easy picking but this is the demarcation line where one is not allowed to fish or even come close by boat...

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    More roads for you to Leavenworth..

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    As Charles Kuralt said..:"Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything."

    That's why we took route #2.....

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    Pre FDA days..


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    Entering Washington's Grand Canyon...

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    Finally entered Washington's famous Apple Valley in Orondo..

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    Entering the gateway to the Cascades..

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  14. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    We decided to play Touristas and entered the town of Leavenworth..to our surprise the entire town looks like an Alpine village in Bavaria. Everything is adorned in the Bavarian way...streets...alleyways...sidewalks...buildings..

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    Der MacDonalds...

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    Starbucks Kaffehaus...

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    Huehner Schnitzel...."sehr gut", sagt die Frau...

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    Schweine Haxe...

    I know, I know...this is forbidden food...but it reminds me of old Germany.
    Pretty authentic taste and texture

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    Ouch,, tastes good....hmmnn...burp.....Pepto Bismol ready at the hotel..one more bite....

    Didn't eat the whole thing tho..

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    Auf wiedersehen Leavenworth...

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    Until the next episode

    Cheers...your Hacked couple on the road....
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  15. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Aufwiedersehen Leavenworth...until next time!
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    On the road again.....
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    Water run-off from the mountains...
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    beautiful sight & sound...yes, we can hear the roar of the water up close.
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    more water!!
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    left over snow = more water coming down
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    Deception Falls
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    In case you need to go....there's a composting toilet on premise.
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    ahhh yes, more water.....stick with us for a while
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    The drive up and over the Stevens Pass takes over two hours, but it's a trip made worth it by spectacular scenery.

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    What's this lone man doing walking all this way...curiousity got to us so we turned around
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    and talked...Steve Fugate is walking for life in memory of 2 children he lost tragically. Read about it on his website: www.trailtherapy.com He's been walking for the past 10 years...walked across and all the way around USA....now walking to Canada!!
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    Tomorrow is his birthday and I just had to give him a birthday hug...hope he makes it to Canada!
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    gosh, Steve is gonna walk all this way!!
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    skiing anyone?

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    Place to rest for the weary...maybe Steve Fugate will stop and rest here!!
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    Logs here are bigger than those sticks from NC pine trees...
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    My all time favorite junk food. Used to take my children there when they were little. Had to stop for a bite or two...
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    mmmm good! have a bite....
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    Civilization........traffic......pollution.....@#*!@#%
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    Got to see our daughter & son-in-law while they were on vacation in Seattle...it was wonderful to see them!!
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    We will be in Seattle for few days while we have our sidecar checked out by Dauntless. More reports to come soon.

    Your couple on the road....
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  16. johno

    johno Long timer

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    Fantastic photos:clap Looks like you are having one hell of a trip.
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  17. grafikfeat

    grafikfeat -Out There-

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    You rode right past my home in Gold Bar on Highway 2! Are you heading back on 2? There are two ways to cross the Cascades up here... I-90 and SR2.

    Great images!
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  18. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Thanks....and how lucky you are living in such beautiful surroundings..

    Cheers...:clap
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  19. grafikfeat

    grafikfeat -Out There-

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    Until it rains! :huh
    You still at Dauntless?
    Jay set my hack up as well...
    A R1200C/Ural...

    When are you folks leaving the area?
    -Jim
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  20. koifarm

    koifarm Twas ever thus!

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    How on earth do you fit that portopotty in the sidecar man? I'm dying to know.....my gf would love one of those......
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