Ratman attempts the CDR solo, not that that's a big deal

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ratman, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    We got a fairly early start. It was only 33 miles to Wise River Mt. We'd need gas there, but more than that we needed to warm up. The temps were low 50s. , and that's cold when you're taking it full in the chest and knuckles at nearly 60 mph.

    Luckily Wise river has a nice old cafe bar for coffee and breakfast plus gasoline for our charges. The hour let the sun bring the temperature up enough to be comfortable. That was the first time that we had been temperature challenged. I vowed to put my electric shirt on if that happened again.

    Cold riding to Wise River......
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    Coffee at the Wise River Motel/Bar/Cafe........
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    We set off for parts north along the Wise River. It had warmed up, but not so much that I would have traded places with the fools in that boat/raft.
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    We got back into the dirt as we turned north toward Butte......
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    Somewhere up there we did the dueling camera thing and I got the expected mirror photo in.
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    We gained a lot of altitude...
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    In fact we took a side tour to near the top of a peak in the area that had towers on it. Had to get pics up there.
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    Don't know where my hat is....
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    Log cabins as we approached Butte Mt.
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    Later on in Butte, Pat wanted to make a shopping trip. He said he's do the I-pad tag with Mike and we'd catch up later on...like tomorrow. So Mike and I continued on to Helena Mt.

    We rode the Hwy to Basin, and took the dirt some 30 miles into Helena. This is the section that has Fleecers Ridge and Lava Mtn in it. We skipped both those, but we did see the Lava Mtn boulder strewn hill. It's closed now for gas power vehicles. Thankfully.

    But here's some pics thru there.
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    Back way into Helena.... Helena is a very nice town.....for that matter so is Butte.
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    We stopped at Hardee's for an early dinner....don't think that I've ever been in a Hardee's before. Not exactly a 'bucket list' event, but I had a good burger.

    It was coming out of Hardee's when we made contact with this cowboy preacher. Scored a couple Cowboy bibles from him. I love a hard working hat, and this one had dust caked sweat all along the headband as well as a rip in the brim that had been hand stitched for a repair. Nice guy....salt of the earth. I'll bet he raised some hell before he started preaching.
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    We still had a few hours of Daylight. We rode hard to make Lincoln for the night. The 65 miles took us the best part 3 hrs and we got there with a half hour of Daylight left.

    Along the way....
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    Note the picture of my bike, always from that side. It's the side where the cargo net looks pretty much in order....:clap Call it my good side. :wink:
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    Mike prepares Bruce (his bike) to pull that rail car to the other side of the road. I bet the locals were surprised the next morning....
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    Old Mining left overs....
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    Mike scored a room for the night and I went to the town Campground after closing down a small Casino at 10:30. I had a couple beers and wified for a couple hours.

    A deer in my campground.....
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    If you don't know, and I didn't, Montana has slot machine type gambling machines everywhere and a Bar/cafe with those machines is called a Casino.
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    Still a couple more days to go.....
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  2. AdventureChaser

    AdventureChaser Adventurer

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    Pete & Ned near the northern border.
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  3. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    Wonderful RR, thanks for taking us along!
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  4. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Thank you, AC for showing my bike's good side.....cargo strap wise. :clap
    That's a good picture of Ned. I'm tickled that you posted it.
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  5. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    It was an adventure, PacificPT. Not that it was particularly challenging, but it was so many days with only what you can carry on a small DS bike. It gave me a lot more appreciation for the RTW guys.
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  6. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the ride-a-long ratman. I enjoyed it.
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  7. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    Awesome ride Ratman, thanks for taking the time to write it up. I rate it "metaljockey" all the way.
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  8. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    I'm glad you did, prsdrat. Thanks for the feedback. :clap

    That may be going a little far, AustinJake, but I enjoy hearing things like that. Thanks.
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  9. Ratman

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    Mike and I set out from Lincoln at 8:30 from the casino where we had breakfast. It's a cheap little joint on the north side of the street that touts free coffee and WiFi. Friendly folks.

    Mike made contact with Pat....seems as though he was 40 miles ahead of us in a campground 10 miles north of Ovando. We all made plans to reconnect in Columbia falls (a 100 mile further north) that evening, as Pat had a buddy there who would permit us to camp in his yard, and had Wifi.

    The CDR soon went into the hills north west of Lincoln. There are more trees thru there and it's hard to get any open country pictures. I didn't get any.

    About 5 miles into the hills we were faced with a road closed sign caused by fires, we thought, but there was no smoke in the area. We decided to go on....which was the right decision as we never came to the end of the closed area. Scheesh.....who's running that place. Soon we came out near Ovando.

    We avoided the ovando area CDR as the 4 Canadians from a couple days ago said that there was a closure from a work crew that was putting in a culvert.

    Gassed up 45 miles later in Lake Seeley. 15 miles later we went back in the hills West of the road. We spent 50 miles in there with trees on both sides of the road...no pictures.

    It had been a long ride from Mex, and I was just not enthusiastic. I was just riding to complete the ride. I'm sure it would have been different if there had been wide open spaces where the buffalo roamed, and all that.

    My earlier decision to call it off in Lincoln would have been a good one, but finishing the ride at the Canadian Border was the honorable thing to do.

    We came back to the highway near Bigfork. We busted on up the Hwy to Kalispell. Pat called again, he was in Columbia Falls. He'd been worrying about me and my rear tire. He offered to buy me a tire as a reward for me being a good travel partner.

    I thought that that was one of the nicest things that I ever heard of. :freaky

    Well, Mike was going to go on or summit, so I met Pat at a tire moto shop. they didn't have a tire, and another shop was closed on Monday.

    I wasn't quite to the wear bars on the tire....it just wasn't urgent to make a decision on the tire. Plan 'B' was to go get some kebobs and a six pack and go to the friends backyard and celebrate Tomorrow's 'End of Trail' ride.

    As we sat in the backyard, Pat got a call from Mike who was going to camp with us tonight. Luckily we had enough shiskibobs and beer for everyone.

    Here's a picture....in the morning having coffee, Pat said, "What's that?" I looked, and running down the telephone line was this squirrel. That was a first.
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    all ready to go...
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    Anyway we loaded up that morning for what was a 120 mile dirt run to the border. We stopped for rolls in Whitefish. A nice gal offer to do the photo deed for us.
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    Now I return you to the former post that reported on our finish.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19362498&postcount=57

    That's about all of this ride report. Statistics are 2300 miles on my Sabre, and a whopping 4800 miles on the DR.

    I've rested a few days, and am taking my wife to the Bonneville Salt Flats with me in a rental car. Were Leaving in the morning, and will prolly have some sort of a report on the Motorcycle BUB Speed meet soon which starts on the 26th of Aug.

    Thanks for following along......
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  10. Moparmanpete

    Moparmanpete The Cracken has risen!...maybe? NOPE

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    :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  11. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Thanks, MPMP. I'm glad that you came along. I spent the 1st 12 years of my life in Pt Pleasant, Ohio on the river.

    I've had a few of them '80s XL. I liked them. One time I took 2 of mine out for a friend and I to ride. I couldn't get either of them kick started. I finally gave up and pull started them.....we rode the rest of the day with no problems.

    The next week my right knee started acting up. It was a year before I could walk right again. Ha. I won't give up my magic button now-a-days.
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  12. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Hi Ratman,

    what a great RR, hard to imagine on this side of the pond as we don't have those huge open spaces .

    I love your DR, I've had five of them and my present bike is a keeper. I'm fascinated by the handlebars on the DR, what are they off?

    cheers, Bob.
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  13. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Thanks, Boboneleg. I'm glad you enjoyed our ride.

    The bigness of the country out west, is what impresses most foreign travelers over here. I'm mightily impressed with Colbatch's rides thru the out back of Russia for the same reason.

    We are finding resistance from the residents of the Rocky Mtns to the use of the local roads for our adventure rides. It'll likely be highly restricted before long.

    Speaking of those handle bars....they are off an 84 Honda Magna. I rebent them to get the rise (about 8") so that I can stand on the pegs and not have to bend way over or bend my legs. They are very weak that way so I welded in that crossbar.

    I no doubt will ride my DR350 till I can no longer ride. Ha, I have another one in reserve if this goes tits up. :freaky
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  14. dutchjohn

    dutchjohn Adventure Touring

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    hi Ratman, wow the CDT. I am planing to do the CDT this coming July I hope I can do as well of a ride report as your's :D
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  15. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    I appreciate the thought and comment, DJ.

    I'm sure you'll do a fine report. I'll enjoy reading it. Thanks in advance.
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