SoMD ADV Riders Present: 55th Parallel, But Whose Counting--A Trans Taiga Adventure

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Dorito, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    They always say: start with the end in mind. With that, we begin this ride report with the track that leads to the holy grail (AKA the end of the Trans Taiga)

    The Adventure begins 24 August and ends 08 September!

    The Trans Taiga:
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    We begin our journey with some old wingmates:

    Blaster11
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    Lakota
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    Dorito
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    And some new wingmates:
    KeithMcKenney
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    Join us as we ride north and visit our Canadian brethren....mostly 'Rally style' hitting lots of interesting places along the way. If you want to know more about our scheming, here's our planning thread
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  2. gastone

    gastone R.I.P. sweet Angus

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    Have fun and ride hard. As always I'll be following along from the safe confines of FredVegas.

    Garrett.
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  3. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    Here is my SPOT link for the trip.
    SPOT
    And also the SPOTWalla link.
    SPOTWalla
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  4. joints4sale

    joints4sale No. Not "That Kind".

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  5. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Not fair J4S, you just like that emoticon. Still time for you to pack the bike, and play hookie....just a thought :evil
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  6. joints4sale

    joints4sale No. Not "That Kind".

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    I'm sure they'd let me into Canada but getting back into these Vereinigten Statan might be a little more difficult.:deal
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  7. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    Good luck everyone and have fun!:clap Let us know if you need anything!
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  8. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    let the boy out of Germany and he forgets how to spell - Staaten has two As and an E:lol3
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  9. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    Added SPOT links to post #3, I am planning a SPOT check out on the way to work this morning to confirm the link is valid..
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  10. keithmckenney

    keithmckenney Been here awhile

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    Die Vereinigten Staaten (englisch United States, kurz U.S.), in amtlicher Langform Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika (United States of America; abgekürzt USA), nichtamtlich auch Amerika (engl. America), sind ein 50 Bundesstaaten umfassender nordamerikanischer Staat. Mit Hawaii und kleineren Außengebieten haben die Vereinigten Staaten auch Anteil an Ozeanien. Die Hauptstadt ist Washington, D.C., die größte Stadt New York City.

    And we are starting from Die Haupstadt, more or less....
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  11. frazman

    frazman Post***ern Redneck.

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    Ride safe!

    Weather looks favorable for the next few day...enjoy!

    Cheers,

    frazman
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  12. littlelionmonster

    littlelionmonster Custom Faker

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    In Ride safe. I here those Canadians are tricky:lol3
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  13. joints4sale

    joints4sale No. Not "That Kind".

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    It was late. :norton

    Have a safe and fun trip.
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  14. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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  15. Porcupine224

    Porcupine224 Been here awhile

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    Enjoy yourselves, we'll be riding with you.
    Ed
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  16. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    In!
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  17. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    See you guys at Wawa for breakfast....leaving in the next 20 minutes or so. WOOHOOO!!!! :clap
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  18. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    As so begins the trip of many miles, across vast sections of the Canadian Wilderness, reaching for the Arctic Circle....breakfast at Wawa :D

    Good Luck guys....
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  19. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Just a quick update!

    Yesterday started out calm enough. We met at the WaWa in the center of Rt301. Except there are no less than 3 of those. Next time well take the guess work out of the rendezvous point and just meet at the big oak tree in the crook of the road :huh

    Anyhow, we happily galloped up to the our first stop, Millersville to Millersburg ferry. It's the oldest wooden ferry still in operation.

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    Then the ferry operator send us to his favorite haunt for lunch. The Red Rabbit. It sounds like a code name. And apparently our directions were so good, and we didn't find it.

    The we departed on RT322 for the bridge. I'll let Lakota fill you in, as Blaster and I had a wee bit of a problem. After stopping for gas. Dorito muled-heeled on me. Refused to start. Pull the voltmeter out. 11.5V. :cry

    The stator has taken a turn for the dark side. KeithMcKenny cheerfully offers me a new battery to head for home. We are only 370 miles and 5 hrs before sundown, and 2V before the bike dies from lack of power.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    As the sun sets, I am tight in formation on Blasters tale. Eventually, he gets one of the better ideas and put his head lamp for camping on my windshield. Not much for making the road bright, but atleast it was a maker.

    After an almost disastrous mistake stopping for a light at Breezewood, I realized the RPMs must stay above 4000.

    Sun set around 2030 and we still had another 1.5 hrs and a gas stop to go. As we pulled in for gas, I stayed on and Blaster fueled me. Then I would circle the parking lot until he was done.

    Finally we made it home.

    Today, we trouble shot the problem. It needed a new, $1100 stator.

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    However, you know BMWs motto, we make good bikes and continue to improve them. I had bought a spare last year when BMW had 30% coupons.
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    New Design (Notice the BIG oil holes)
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    Old Design
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    We had some wins putting it together, it need a 14MM allen wrench, and somehow we had one that big. I had also bought the two special tools and the gasket. Yup, I bought a gasket for the OTHER side of the motor. Dispair.

    Never worry, I live with MacGuyer!

    Did you know you can make fancy gaskets?
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    [Note: Use a shell casing without a primer when hammering it!]
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    And Done...very nice!
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    Off to head the most due north. Hoping to make 1000 miles by Monday night and rendezvous with Lakota and Keith.

    And a linky to Lakota's RR : http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=914100
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  20. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    About 350 miles stress test on the new stator. No leaks and all seems well. We are currently in Binghamton, NY. Hope to make Matagami late tommorrow PM. About 650 miles to go.
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