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Discussion in 'Canada' started by rob1313, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    No Nakusp this year for me. I was just talking about how much I enjoyed it yesterday. Hope you two have a great time out there.
  2. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Rode the grey creek pass solo yesterday. Nothing to it. 88ks of mixed gravel the worst being sections of first and second gear stuff. You guys should go try it if you haven't yet
  3. mardaf

    mardaf "POPS"

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    What no pictures?
  4. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Check Facebook.
  5. TSully

    TSully Riding season please

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    *Bump* crikets chirping...
    How is a guy that works way to stinking much supposed to live vicariously through you guys when there are no posts?
    Anyone know somebody who would be looking for a nice newer SUV? 2012 Equinox, 1LT, V6, AWD, 58200km?
  6. istephens

    istephens FJR Pilot

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    Well I'd hoped to have more pics to post, but this year was almost a bust for trips. I'll see if I can get some RTTHVII pics up shortly though.

    First, Louise and I had the bikes fully packed on the evening of Heritage Day (first Monday in August), ready to leave early the next morning for about 10 days of riding. Noticed one of our dogs dragging its ass around. No biggie, figured we could have the son take the dog to the vets and have it looked at in the morning sometime. Then, we noticed blood, so it was off to the emergency vets for dog butt surgery, followed by the cone of shame and drugs.

    So that trip was off.

    Then the following Sunday, with the dog healed up enough for us to leave him in the loving care of our son, we figured we'd leave Monday for at least a couple of days riding. However, I tripped going down the stairs in the house. The result was both joints in the left big toe dislocated and the skin at the base of the toenail peeled back about 3/8". In case you're wondering - yeah it hurt like hell! But the worst thing was the bleeding wouldn't stop. After a couple of hours of direct pressure and no stop to the bleeding, we wound up at the emergency clinic and received some fine high quality Alberta Heath Care. Liberal use of saline and iodine, was followed by some copious use of a cauterization tool. Still bled like crazy, so three stitches were required.

    So that trip was off too.

    Couldn't drive any of our three vehicles for almost a week because all are standards and I couldn't push the clutch down. Couldn't ride a bike because I needed to left toe to shift up - 2 long weeks before I could even gingerly shift up.

    I could show some pics of the toe and the dogs' butt, but I'm pretty sure no one wants to see those.

    Many thanks go to APerfectStrom for nursing me until she bolted to Sarnia Ontario to visit her sister (via WestJet).

    Maybe next year will be better.

    Ian
  7. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    All I managed this year was a couple quick runs into bc. First one was pretty good, mostly down in the Creston area. Second was cut short by a bike malfunction. I'm at about 10,000 kilometres for the season right now, less than half of what I usually manage. But with good reason
  8. Big_Dan_G

    Big_Dan_G Untamed existance

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    Currently on my pacific coast run. But had to work a big chunk of the summer. That really cut down the miles I was hoping to make.
  9. TSully

    TSully Riding season please

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    Sorry to hear that Ian, it surely puts my summer into perspective again. No trips (other than work), too much time spent at work, and, unfortunately a mother-in-law that passed away. Riding seems to have been put on hold again with too much to do and too little time to accomplish it. 10,000 km would be awesome, I would settle for 3000 km this year! Good to hear that some of you are out and about.:1drink
  10. istephens

    istephens FJR Pilot

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    I still managed to rack up over 10000 Ks this year, partly on the back of a 10 day 6000 K trip in June and partly because I commute to work every day on the bike.

    Just didn't get a brain clearing, stress-shedding long trip with Louise this year :cry

    We have big plans for next year in addition to Run to the Hills 8.

    Ian
  11. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    You doing Nakusp event again next year Ian? I'm planning on attending with Cindy
  12. istephens

    istephens FJR Pilot

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    We're actually thinking of leaving from Run to the Hills 8 and heading to Inuvik. I'm not sure I'd have the time swing by Nakusp for Horizons Unlimited late in August before graving to get back to work.

    I would have made it to Nakusp this year if hadn't have been for ripping up the toe.

    Ian
  13. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    At this point I'm going for sure. Anyone else coming? Ian you and your better half will be missed
  14. SMURPH

    SMURPH Smartass

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  15. mardaf

    mardaf "POPS"

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    I would like to go again
  16. Big_Dan_G

    Big_Dan_G Untamed existance

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    South Africa is on our menu for then. So I think we are out
  17. istephens

    istephens FJR Pilot

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    I posted over in the FJR1300 thread, but then I thought Schitzo needed some action!

    Put down the deposit on a new-in-a-crate 2014 FJR1300ES at Pro-Am yesterday. Picking her up next Saturday and taking her out to our soon-to-be-our-new place in Cochrane, until the ice age retreats.

    So as many of you already know, Louise is taking my 09 FJR to keep her VStrom 1000 company. Now we have his and hers VStroms and his and hers FJRs!

    I'll need to be lowering the FJR for Louise, links for the back suspension and lowering the triple-tree on the forks.

    But all this will be much easier in the spring, since we'll be in our new place in Cochrane - with a garage!

    Now we have to wait for the ice age to retreat, so until then all I can do is sit on the new FJR and make vroom vroom sounds. :evil

    ian
  18. SMURPH

    SMURPH Smartass

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    Congrats Stephens clan! That's awesome!

    Can't wait to see your new digs. Tech night in Cochrane.
  19. istephens

    istephens FJR Pilot

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    The new place in Cochrane is my Dad's house - he recently passed away - that we're buying from the estate.

    It's got a double attached garage, plus a HUGE back yard with back alley access. We'll be building a 3 car garage and shop in the back yard, so we'll be well set for Tech Days!

    We'd probably be able to arrange spots to swing a couple of hammocks for you and Pops, and lots of room for tents for any overnighters .....


    Smurph - did you get a new bike yet?

    ian
  20. SMURPH

    SMURPH Smartass

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    Sounds like our dream yard. Good that it's gone to good hands.

    No new bike. Pretty sure it will be a S10 when the right deal comes around.