The Banks Tour - Fair to Outer

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Hey Marc, Should be several pics you recognize. see you in a couple.
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  2. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    I start the day by NOT remembering THE special day until I'm reminded
    much later in the day. oh oh dog house time.

    We're up early today, 0400, to get down to the car deck and ride out.

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    This is Roy and Dorothy from LA on the nice Wing! We trade places
    on the road several times on the ride from Prince Rupert to Prince George
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    Then its hurry and up and get in line for Canadian Customs.
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    We leave Rupert in the dark so no pictures and to top it off there was a
    very thick blanket of fog for many miles also making picture taking hard.
    not to mention seeing and riding...
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    Finally we break out of the fog into glorious sunshine!
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    and it gets Hot for us cold Alaskans! Way up to 75F!
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    We stop several times to remove layers. Wonderful.
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    It was a nice ride to Prince George. The first 50 miles or so out of Rupert
    are really the best for scenery, if its not cloudy and foggy. Someday I hope
    to see it...:lol3 The road winds along the Skeena river for a long time with
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    We rode through Prince George and turned south onto 97.
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    The sun is setting.
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    We rolled in Quesnal to stay the night. Today's stats. 523 miles. Long day
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    tomorrow we ride Hells' Canyon! good night.
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  3. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    enjoying every picture
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  4. dceggert

    dceggert Been here awhile

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    Okay, what's the story of the little guy stuck in your oil cooler grille???

    Also, how are the bikes for this type of travel? I recently picked up a 2006 K12GT and really like it but all I have done so far is ride to work. i cannot wait until I can get it out on the open highway!

    Living your trip with you...thanks!
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  5. Solarmoose

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    You mean this guy?
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    that's the Tick , he used to travel on the antenna mast on my 93 LT,
    he's always grinning and usually has bugs in his teeth. :lol3

    As to how are these bikes for this type of travel? I got the GT specifically
    for long distance travel , used it for commute too. It has taken an
    Aeroflow windscreen, Suburban bar risers, and Russell saddle to get the
    ergos to fit me. The LT was a very good LD tourer too, though it
    had its faults. I'm a horsepower junky, there's no replacement for
    displacement and no such thing as too much HP! I'll quote you: :deal
    "the growl the bike makes while accellerating in 6th gear at about 75 MPH and higher is completely intoxicating."

    Yes!

    I rode the GT on a Alaska Yukon ride last summer, story here,
    including 150 miles of dirt and gravel and it handled quite well.

    Cee will have to speak about the Norge, but so far she is enjoying it
    and can keep up with me in the twisties and quick passes which she
    wasn't comfortable with on her '95 R100RT. The Norge is a blast to
    ride, lots less HP but still quick and very nimble feeling. Of course now
    both bikes are in tour-pig mode, heavy with gear, so parking lot
    maneuvers are a strain. We are very careful about where we park.
    I would be reluctant to ride anything heavier.
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  6. Solarmoose

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    I remember the horrifying scenes on TV from 10 years ago


    We stayed at the Travlodge in Quesnel BC (pronounced que-nel) at the
    recommendation of another ADVer. Nice room, wifi, breakfast, and the
    total was $93 CDN.

    The morning starts with the usual ritual, packing, loading, tying down,
    clean windshields, and check tire pressures. We get on the road around
    9am to 50-something temps. I'm wearing the gerbing but not plugged in.

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    I imagine it means MPH. but not for long
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    Pre-building big log homes/buildings, now thats a proper crane.
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    A friendly wave from a fellow biker. We got waves from nearly all bikers
    except for a few pirates.
    I must say that BC folks are very friendly, at most stops local people
    would start a conversation and wanted to know where we were from and
    going; with one exception of a young girl at the cash register at the gas
    station at the corner of 16 Yellowknife Hwy and 37 Cassiar Hwy who
    was more than a little rude.:eek1
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    At a rest stop commemorating the early travel on the highway.
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    A nice looking older building, but the polka-dot trailer?
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    I was intrigued by all the big boulders along the road.
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    Its starting to get hot for us, 84F, and we stop to take off a layer.
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    Thompson River (or maybe the Fraser? not sure where this was)
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    Yikes. Its up to 94F. Thats way hot for us. We take off remaining layers.
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    The scenery coming into Fraser River canyon is fantastic.
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    We stopped here for one of many shade breaks, but did not ride the tram
    to the bottom of the canyon. Someday.
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    Another shade and water break.
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    We leave the canyon and eventually get to the border crossing at Sumas WA.
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    The evening light, can' take a bad picture in this.
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    We do get momentarily lost, but give in and turn on GPS. Yep.
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    setting sun
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    My beautiful wife on her beautiful bike racing down I5 side by side.
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    dashboard light show
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    We arrive at my brother's house, fortunately Cee leads the way as I
    would have gotten us lost again. But when she steps off her bike I see
    her eyes are strangely glowing.
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    Brother Ralph moves his wife Gloria's car out of the garage for us to park
    in, but his Triumph TR6 (new body and paint work) stays in...:lol3
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    Tick enjoyed the ride too, see the bugs in the teeth?
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    Today's stats
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    Well thats wraps day 6. Day 7 (today), 8 and 9 will be rest and
    maintenance days, wash clothes, fix some little things and see family.

    Norge goes to dealer for its first checkup although we did most of the 600
    mile fluid changes as there is no Guzzi dealer in AK now. We bought the
    Norge from Moto I here in Seattle. The owner Dave, is great to work with.

    And I'm stopping in Ride West BMW to visit a friend and see about getting
    my TPS working again.
    Hope you enjoyed today's post. We sure enjoyed British Columbia!
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  7. dfishman

    dfishman Been here awhile

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    The road will be fixed by Oct 1st(they say).Tourists are allowed to visit the southern end of Hatteras Island after the 15th of Sept..It is a good loop down the coast to catch the Ocracoke ferry & then the Swanquarter or Cedar Island ferry.Maybe I'll see you then.Keep up the great report!
    Donnie
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  8. Solarmoose

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    Day 7 was a rest day, didn't do much. Sleep.

    Thanks dfishman on the outer banks report. I like the ferry options.

    Day 8 - First thing on the agenda was take the Norge to the dealer for
    its first maintenance visit since new.

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    This is a cool place, only three stalls and everyone is working hard but still
    time for a smile or a Hi, where you from.
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    Some of the new bikes there
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    A new 2011 Moto Guzzi Griso in black. A "bad" looking bike!
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    An orange Aprilla, one of several Aprillas.
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    An older Guzzi V10 Centauro, very cool looking machine. Would have
    liked to have heard that roar.
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    A new Guzzi California in black and white, very sharp
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    And we come back at noon as requested, Cee's bike is out front and
    ready to go. Check out gives clean bill of health. Pick up a few supplies
    and we are on out the door. Reasonable bill too.
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    We stop by the local BMW dealer to see about a trouble light that
    developed on the way down, related to Tire Pressure Monitoring
    System, but an appointment is two weeks out. No joy. Was hoping
    to get a diag read to see if prob is clearable or needs new sensors.
    Both sensors stopped reporting within a day of each other. I'll call
    ahead to Denver BMW dealer and see if they can help. We'll be
    there in a week. I'm also doing tire change there so if sensors need
    to be replaced that would be a good time. At least turn the dam
    trouble light off. I still rely on a manual tire pressure check every AM.

    We ride back to my brothers house and start making dinner.
    Tomorrow we re-sort gear, drop stuff we really don't need and
    load for ride out on Thursday morning up Stephens Pass on 2.
    That is awesome road. Stay tuned!

    dR
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  9. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    Dave, Do they still have Norges like Cee's available?????
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  10. QCORider

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    FYI, Foothills BMW is the closest dealer (to me at least) here in Denver. I'm pretty sure they have a service department too. It's where I've picked up a few parts for my beemer. They have a website something like www.foothillsbmw.com if you want to check them out. Say "Hi" to Ralph for us! And tell him he should come out here so we can go to that amazing steakhouse again with him! See you soon.

    Sent from my Android
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  11. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Yep, I saw a red, a couple silver and a black.
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  12. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :wave David and Cee!! Subscribed.

    So sorry we could not catch up, as I am in Portland, getting ready for South America! Having a little party on good bye Party Friday Night if you happen to ride down this way:deal

    Otherwise, Ride Safe and I will be following along!!
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  13. AK Bob

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    Green with envy! Have a Ball! Stay Safe.

    Your AKAM is Watching.

    'Da C
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  14. eujane

    eujane n00b

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    Hey! Great to follow you on this road trip. Wish I had a little bit of that adventure road in me as well!:rofl Can't wait to see you. I'm trying to send out the email to the Smith cousins now for Sat. Oct. 1 in Le Mars.
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  15. Solarmoose

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    Day 9 was repack and drop a few items to stay at my brother's place
    that we didn't really need or hopefully won't need later.

    We went out to dinner and came home to talk but, guess we had said it all.
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    Day 10 we left Woodinville, but first let's take time to smell the flowers
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    Let it never be said that I didn't take time to smell (or take a pic of) the flowers.
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    As we roll past Monroe on US 2 we see the skies aren't too inviting
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    Heading up Stephens Pass in a light mist
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    The temps are in the mid 40's here
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    and then we descend into Tumwater Canyon. Lots of twisties but traffic
    and construction keep the speed down. We don't see a lot of water in
    the river either.
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    I follow Cee through most of the canyon, and as we go through a one
    lane construction zone with the river to our right and the mountain cliff
    to our left a large boulder, the size of a watermelon, comes tumbling
    down just as Cee gets there, she slows not knowing which way its going,
    then stops just as the boulder rolls to a stop at her left foot.

    WOW. that was close.
    Then I look up and the construction workers are using air hammers to
    break away the cliff. There's no catch net below them. WTF are they
    thinking? I'm pretty steamed but we roll on. anyone work for WSDOT?

    I try not to think what would have happened if Cee had hit it or it had
    hit her.
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    We stop in Leavenworth for a break and lunch. Thoughts of near disaster
    melt away in the pleasant atmosphere of this little town.
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    The terrain changes dramatically as we approach Wenatchee and the
    Columbia River valley. As we come into town I'm looking for the highway
    that crosses the river and manage to miss it. Annoying since I think I did
    the same thing one time before.
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    The Columbia River to our right as we roll down 28
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    We get our new face shields in Seattle, they are mirror coated and
    although a bit goofy or maybe too cool for us oldsters, they really help
    keep helmet temps down and reduce eye fatigue. I've tried switching
    back and forth on sunny days and the difference is quite noticeable.
    We carry clear shields for cloudy or evening ride.
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    Cee's brother is working at this dam but we are unable to contact him
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    oh, by the way, thanks to Hayduchesslives for this decal on Cee's helmet!
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    Our last view of the Columbia as we turn eastward
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    Now here's an interesting artifact. appears to be an old steel boat hull with
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    This is a part of eastern Washington I've never seen.
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    In-flight view of Cee's "office"
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    This reservoir is seriously low on water, we pass a marina and all the
    docks are sitting on dry ground.
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    Then we cross miles and miles of plains and hay fields. amber waves of grain?
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    Cool old house in a small town
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    We stop in Coeur D'Alene for the evening. today's stats. Tomorrow Bozeman.
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  16. Solarmoose

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    Day 11 - we're up early (well earlier) so we can be on the road by 0800.
    The weather prediction for today's race down I90 to Bozeman is a mix of
    sun, warm, cold, and rain and in various order. So we dress for warm
    knowing there will be times when we're overdressed.

    loading up
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    Its nice weather leaving Coeur d'Alene
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    we're being followed by a spherical UFO
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    these shields work good driving into the morning rising sun
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    We've crossed into Montana
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    first of several breaks, I stop about every 50 to 80 miles and our fuel stops are every 170 to 200 miles.
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    next rest stop
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    Cee's mascot - Rocky the Flying Squirrel
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    the weather forecast for Bozeman was rain and as we draw near it appears the forecast will be correct
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    An hour later we arrive on the Montana State campus where our son and
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    They have a cool salt water tank
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    Today's stats - we were moving quick today
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    I like the speed "limits" in Montana!

    dR
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  17. Solarmoose

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    Day 12 and Day 13 are no miles. In fact I arrived in Bozeman feeling a bit
    under the weather and spend most of Saturday sleeping. Much better
    today.

    Having worked on a University campus for over 30 years I feel very
    comfortable on the MSU campus staying with our son and his wife in
    their campus housing.

    Its a nice campus
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    Craig is showing us the components of a Trebuchet they are building
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    Craig and Don are hoping this will throw a pumpkin 800' !
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    Weight for the counter-weight basket, 270 # each, from a motorcycle dyno!
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    The evening setting sun on the campus buildings
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    Bridger Mountains
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    Tomorrow morning we ride south to Yellowstone Park. One of my favorite places. More to come.

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  18. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    We had our "Last Ride" yesterday. About 30 folks turned out. Sunny and 60 degrees. You guys were the topic of much of the discussion. Stay safe.


    I guess your brother and his wife are also from an IT background? :D


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  19. Solarmoose

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    Hey Kevin,

    Great! maybe there will be several "last rides," that's certainly one of the
    better weather days for a Sept ride. Glad we could provide fodder for
    conversation :lol3 I'm guessing envy was the tone? :lol3

    Brother is engineer, wife is teacher.

    BTW, Montana is a beautiful place, you're gonna love it there.

    David
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  20. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Monday, we awake to nice weather in Bozeman and start getting
    stuff back into bags to hit the road. Its already in the low 60's while we
    are packing up. Love that.

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    Rolling down I90 toward Livingston where we will exit onto 89
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    And on to Yellowstone Park
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    Mobile Home? Montana Sized RV?
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    And then something happens on the drive down 89 to Gardiner and the
    entrance to Yellowstone. The speed limit is 70 but I'm only doing 60.
    Gasp. This is unlike me. I'm enjoying the slower pace and begin to think
    60 is too fast. Yikes. I need an intervention!
    I mention this to Cee and she rolls her eyes, of course we should slow
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    We gas up and get some food in Gardiner MT and then go into the park
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    Mammoth Hot Springs is a busy place
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    There are elk everywhere here. The Park staff have their hands full trying
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    We drive past all this and find a quieter place off the road to stop and eat
    lunch by a creek. The Alaska plates become a draw and pretty soon a
    small crowd forms, some wanting their pictures next to the Alaska bikes. :huh

    But its all fun and we enjoy conversation with many.
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    Today is a roll through Yellowstone and we don't stop at all the turnoffs to
    attractions since we've been here before, except Old Faithful.

    It was as much fun to watch all the poeple
    run to the geyser when it went off, especially a tour bus that stopped
    next to us, they poured out of the bus on a dead run to the geyser.
    Cameras in hand. Shoulda taken a picture of that.
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