Reaver's Ramblings - Toronto to LA on the GS Twins

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Reaver, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    Nice decals.


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  2. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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    :D I finally removed them. Mothers were covering their daughters eyes. "Mummy, what's a C Stain?"

    Nice handle you got there Craig.
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  3. Reaver

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    Becs pics from day 3. An untethered camera at 80 mph. :huh

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  4. Reaver

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    Day 4. Travel day. 760 kms.


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    Day 4 was a travel day. I underestimated the distance between Wyoming and Glacier park. Lack of planning really.

    I'm a day behind on the RR. Took over 400 pics so far. Hopefully we will be in Calgary tonight.
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  5. C-Stain

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    There is a story behind it. :D, and the guy who gave me the nickname has since passed. I wear it like a badge of honour for a good friend who was taken too soon.

    When you get a chance to come east, I'll make sure there are plenty of beers and I'll tell you the (ever so short) story.

    Hope your journey is progressing with the enjoyment you expected. I'm jealous of every one if you FFs that get to ride this summer.
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  6. Reaver

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    We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming for an important news bulletin:


    Hey Loutre:


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  7. Reaver

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    OK, my fueling issues in the US were driving me nuts. Timing is everything and it seems the stars aligned for me. I arrived in Calgary tonight and contacted Cory, AKA Oso Blanco, the man behind the Camel auxiliary fuel tank and he said "Come on over".

    The first customer received free installation by the Chief Designer and President at the Company's Headquarters. :D

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    Installation took about an hour. Cory knew exactly what he's doing but we were busy shooting the bull so I'm guessing an hour for a normal install by an average Joe. I wanted to install it myself, as did he for my feedback but I'd travelled 750 kms today and had gotten rain and 12 C temps with no sleep the last night. I was beat. Someone else will have to do the thread in the Parallel Universe but Cory says the instructions are very detailed and precise so it may not be necessary. It even has a "Tools Required" but doesn't include them like Ikea. :evil You can view them on his website Cameltank.com. It's installed and filled so I'll tell you how it functions as I continue on.

    With this diversion into Calgary, my Ride Report is further delayed. I'll catch up ASAP. For now, we got the last room in town (Cochrane) after riding in the dark in Deer and Elk country. Calgary prices on rooms is nuts and Bec said the room we initially had was soooo disgusting she wouldn't sleep in it. It was a well known chain. :eek1


    Thank you so much Cory! Now low fuel is Bec's problem...........

    P.S....while we installed the tank, Bec did some surprise visits to the local stores there she oversees. Work work work. :fpalm
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  8. johnwgy

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    In case you haven't figured it out yet when you use your Canadian credit card to purchase gas at the pump just use any random US zip code. Since we always cross at Port Huron we just use that zip code, 48601
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  9. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet :clap How the hell you end up back in Canada?
    Hope you like your new toy and ride safe. I will be on the road tomorrow morning heading to Tahoe and back :freakyIf you hurry we can meet you there :lol3

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  10. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    FFS.... Cory, how could you do that to me?! :thwak:becca

    hope you'll get a cracked fuel tank, a bend rim, a bend shock bold, melted wheel bearings, melted headlight and some kind of stator failure Darrryl!
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  11. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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  12. Reaver

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    How you say........Sore Loser?


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  13. Reaver

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    Hasn't worked for us. I have a US address in Port Huron 48060.

    I wrote down the CONVERTER formula but lost it in the move.

    If your Postal Code is N0M 1J0 then your zip is 01000. You use the digits in your postal then add 00. N4H 3C7 is 43700.

    I have to try this when we're back in the US.
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  14. hwunger

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    "I heard about this "Sturgis" place on the History channel I think. Isn't that where the Pirates come from?"



    .... if you've never been to Sturgis Rally ... you haven't lived !

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  15. Reaver

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    Uh, we passed it with just a nod. Now I can say I've been there. :evil People's definition of "living" is quite varied. No thanks.

    I hate crowds of any sort and avoid them. Just like Port Dover on Fri 13th. Fuhgeddaboudit.
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  16. Reaver

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    Day 5 was another travel day with Montana's Glacier National Park as a detour. Last night's stop at Cory's and the tank install have set us back but well worth it.

    I'm tired, it's 11am and we haven't left yet, my face is dried out from the sun and wind, my nose is raw and the heat is causing our legs to swell.

    No time to properly inspect the bikes today. No fuel on the ground, no coolant leaks and there's air in the tires. My chain is loose but will have to wait. Hopefully we can find a cabin in the mountains tonight and call it quits early. I have 200 pics I haven't looked at yet let alone post. Photobcket is really slow today.

    Garmin Basecamp SUCKS!

    Yes I'm still having a great time. Enjoy your office. :D


    We're doing the Trans Can to Kamloops today. PB won't respond so no pics, sorry.

    Now Gimmy my Timmy and no one gets hurt!!!!!
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  17. hwunger

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    no you haven't .... you didn't even get a t-shirt :huh

    and no, it's nothing like Port Dover .... I don't think ZZ Top or Aerosmith have played there have they :D

    not a Harley guy by any means ... but once to Sturgis should be on any self respecting motorcyclists list ... have a nice ride !
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  18. Camel ADV

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    Glad I could get you set-up with a tank. Always good to meet customers in person. Enjoy the extra range on you trip :thumb
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  19. ebrabaek

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    Drove up to sturgis... well custer, and keystone was the most northern we got..... during bike week. We wanted to see Mt. Rushmore.....but could not wait to get far away from sturgis. Not for us.
    Soooooooo..... low fuel is her problem...... which in term is your problem....... ha ha.
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  20. Reaver

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    Day 4 Catch up

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    Montana is a very windy place. Last time I was here I couldn't get a room cause of all the construction crews building the Turbines. Making lemonade out of Mother Nature's lemons. Wind is a resource now.


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    The road to nowhere? Seemed like it at times.

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    Connectivity here in the mountains is limited. I just lost my whole write up. F!!!


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    I really underestimated the size of Montana. Wow. Beautiful, rugged and desolate. It has it's major cities but for the most part it's rolling pasture as far as you can see. There's no excuse for hitting animals or getting a ticket as nothing can hide from view in daylight. We seen our first Tumbleweed and it was hilarious! Almost alive, it approached the shoulder, looked both ways then darted to the centreline. Seeing us it retreated like a full throttle hare back into the field. When we reached the spot it had been we were bounced side to side in what may have been the start of a "Dust Devil" or "Whirling Dervish". We owned the road for the most part and it was great to take in the views and snap pics without worrying about speed or lane wandering. There were a few construction stops where the heat from the engine radiated up like an opened oven door. The fans came on and the LED's went red. The heat and added resistance was stressing the charging and cooling systems. We began shutting down and dismounting till we got the go ahead sign.

    With our jackets fully opened it wasn't too bad while moving except that you scoop up a lot of bugs, esp the dwindling honey bees. I released one PO'd bee without his stinger but didn't feel anything. Bec was in the gas station washroom and started to shriek. I ignored it cause that's her reaction to any type of bug however small. She came out with a bee sting on her shoulder all embarrassed as we stared. HA HA!

    We found a hotel in Grand Falls that was iffy. It had condoms in the vending machine. We were done though and everything was a few steps away. Gas, beer and food. The idiots beside us had 3 dogs and were worse than children, running around yelping. We were kept up till the wee hours listening to grown men baby talking the dogs. "Speak" ARF! "That's my girl. Good doggy. Who's a good doggy?" My thoughts..."Who's an A Hole? You are, that's right! Such a big A Hole!" I'm a light sleeper while Bec could sleep in a rubber rescue raft in a storm.

    Day 5 had me tired and grouchy.
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