The Banks Tour - Fair to Outer

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

  1. beamertwin

    beamertwin Paul

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    Thanks for taking us along!
    Enjoying reading and looking at life on the road.
    You both have ear to ear grins on.
    Life is good!
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  2. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Hey Justin,

    Was just wondering where you were and thought I'd better check out
    your log and see whats up. I agree, am looking forward to our summer
    evening rides too!

    Have fun at the Gaylord. Been there, cool place.
    David
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  3. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Hi ShimrMoon!
    Thanks for the kind comments. We do plan to ride the other roads in
    the area of the Dragon, intend to spend a day there and do what ever
    we can in one day.
    SolarM
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  4. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Hope you are doing well!

    Glad you are enjoying the report. Life on the road is good.

    The grins help hold the helmets in place! :rofl

    David
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  5. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Day 21 Sep 26 2011

    We've been on the road three weeks now. Its a nice feeling

    The past days spending time with our sons and their families has
    been great. I am very proud of my three sons. And I found that
    parting this morning made words difficult to express so a big hug
    is all I can get out. We enjoyed getting time with Leah's parents,
    Lynn and Chris, and Cee's niece Stephanie.

    As we pack up its already mid 60's and this morning marks the first time
    in the trip that we do not have to wear the "thermal nuclear" clothes to
    be warm in the morning. Yay. :clap
    bye Marc Leah and Kerra - can't wait till next time
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    It takes a while to get out of the greater Denver area
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    but soon we are in the open country, I love it!
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    farm tractor retirement home
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    This very large wind farm stretched out to the west over the horizon. And
    they were all turning as far as we could see.
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    A fixture of previous days
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    One of several stops to drink water in the now high 80's temps :eek1
    Can you say "Baked Alaskans" ?
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    I am thoroughly enjoying the landscapes that are painted before our eyes
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    I want one of these to water my postage stamp sized lawn! Cool
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    We saw lots of trains today
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    where are we?
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    wow - Nebraska
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    and then another road
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    ever changing terrain
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    the sun is setting behind us
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    there are a few bugs on the shield :lol3
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    Our accommodations for the evening in Thedford NE
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    I love the blue tube lights
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    and the tint reflected on the bikes after dark
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    Todays stats
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    time for sleep. its been another hot day for us. and I enjoyed every second!!! :lol3:lol3
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  6. Solarmoose

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    Day 22 Sep 27 2011

    We are again blessed with a sunny day for our ride, usual morning ritual, packup.
    The room rate was quite reasonable and there was a cafe too.

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    We are riding into the morning sunrise
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    We listened to trains rumbling by the motel all night, the tracks were just
    across the highway. At times there were two trains at once. As we rode
    by oncoming trains this morning we would wave and the engineer would
    blow the horn in return.
    Cool!
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    Sounds of Arlo's song "Good Morning America How Are You" suddenly play in my head. (ok some of you may be too young to remember this one, look it up.)
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    and then we turn off of 2 East onto 91 East
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    This was a great small road as it weaved around the hilly country.
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    and there they were, out standing in their field. :rofl (sorry, had to use that one once.)
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    This red patch stopped me in my tracks, and I stayed there for a while staring.
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    and then we turned onto 183 North in Taylor NE, nice town.
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    love the vivid greens, of course we saw a lot of harvesting so most fields were brown
    making this one stand out.
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    It was low 50's when we left the motel but late morning it warmed to 73. Perfect.
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    and then we turned on 20 East which would take us to Souix City where it
    turned into 75 North to take us to LeMars IA
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    In my neck of the woods we have bicycle, four-wheeler, snowmachine trails
    beside the local highways, here they have tractor trails? :lol3:lol3
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    Hay Stacks - haven't seen that in a long time. Is this still common?
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    Like this style house
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    Its better days are in the past.
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    not something I'd see in the north, we'd have to call it an ice tower :lol3
    hmm, if I drained it after freeze up, very slowly, I could make a giant
    ice cycle. :lol3 Are these drained here in the winter?
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    So I think I have this farm animal thing worked out, you have brown cows and
    black cows.
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    and these funny looking green ones.
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    OK, I'll stop with the funny.

    more visual feast, Its a privilege to be able to watch the scenery roll past
    our eyes mile after mile.
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    beautiful old church
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    as far as the eye can see
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    gleaming new silos
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    we've made to Iowa
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    as we cross the swollen Missouri River
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    and a short while later arrive at my cousins beautiful home in LeMars,
    here's Jane
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    and Gene works for an Ice Cream factory - Cool !! :lol3
    of course we had some...
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    :eek1 - at home severe weather would mean another layer of fleece. :lol3
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    today's stats - weather very pleasant all day. Big Grins. And Gene and
    Jane take us out to dinner for a great steak. Thanks for hosting us!

    tomorrow, Wednesday I visit my dad.
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  7. eujane

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    We SOOO enjoyed seeing you both! Thanks for including us in your travel plans. Looking forward to another visit on Saturday.

    We are also enjoying the daily posts; and your photos are tremendous. It feels like we're along for the ride.

    Stay safe. Love,
    Jane & Gene
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  8. AK Bob

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    To see the top speeds dropping.. The further East the slower you'll go, or it'll get Real Expensive.. Some of them Blue or Tan Meanies got no sense of humor or fun..
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  9. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    still enjoying every single post
    love the pictures and stories behind them
    thanks for the tour of the country
    i appreciate it
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  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Ride on David and Cee! :ricky Enjoying your ride while I wait out a repair in Tucson.
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  11. Solarmoose

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    Day 23 Sep 28 2011

    First off, I've been out of contact due to lack of intenet service, more on
    that later and we've been enjoying time with family.

    Second, Hey AKBOB, yep speeds are dropping. have to be a good boy... darn

    Hey Clearwater, thanks for hanging in there. Glad you're enjoying it.

    Hey Radioman, sorry to read of your engine troubles. Hope parts are
    available soon and you're on your way again.

    Back to our tale:

    As we leave LeMars IA I spot another farm implement yard. This time red and blue ones !!! :lol3
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    Cee captures this scene
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    Beautiful older farmstead
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    wow, how did that happen?
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    Spencer IA, check out the low rider in the opposite lane
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    and then I get to meet up with my dad and Ellen!!
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    We visit and then visit Ellen's daughter, Dawn, nearby. Dawn and her
    husband Ron take us all to dinner! :clap
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    After dinner we drive to Dawn and Ron's beautiful home and spend a fun
    evening. They live down this gravel road south of Spencer IA.
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    We leave later in the evening and head for Dad and Ellen's home in
    Sutherland. Cee is ahead of me so she doesn't have to eat my dust
    and gets into some deep fine rutted gravel at about 30mph that
    throws her Guzzi into a severe wobble :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1
    All I can do is watch and hope as she recovers from one wobble only
    to start an even more severe second one. But Cee recovers from the
    second one and gets into a hard pack track. Wow. Not everyone can
    recover from something that severe. She is rattled and and I can hear
    her breathing hard through the intercom. I'm immensely relieved she
    pulled out of it. Cee then declares she wants a shot of my Scotch when
    we stop. Yep.

    :lol3:lol3
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  12. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Day 24 Sep 29 2011

    This is a relaxing day spent at dad's home and we help him out, he's
    building a shop on the back of the house. He's going to be 89 this year,
    still very active and I'm pretty proud of him.
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    I take each bike out for a quick spin around the neighborhood to warm up
    the engines for an oil change.
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    Cee starts on her bike's oil change
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    and then mine
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    no riding today, just time with dad. what could be better?

    :clap:clap
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  13. Solarmoose

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    Day 25 Sep 30 2011

    Today we're going to tour around a bit, first a place to learn about the prairie
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    Its very informative with nice displays supported by the local community
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    We go to Cherokee for lunch, nice downtown area
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    then back to dad's house, I notice he's flying the Alaska flag on the pole.
    He drove to Alaska with my mother in the late forties, where wasn't much
    of a highway then, not like the "plush" AlCan of today. They were true
    adventurers.
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    And then we go to cousin Bruce's farm, this farm has been in our family
    for over 100 years. Bruce likes equipment, I've never seen one like this
    before. He uses it to lay drain tile or pipe in the fields to drain them faster
    for earlier planting in the spring and after heavy rain. He figures it has saved several crops from being too wet for too long.
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    this is the business end, it plows a 4' deep trench and lays in plastic drain pipe. I should have stood next to it in the picture for reference, its big.
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    rubber drive wheels
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    BIG Cat diesel
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    Inside its guided by a GPS system to ensure the trench is an even slope
    despite changing surface contour
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    and then they take us out to the fields and Cee gets to ride with Bruce's
    wife, Carol, in the harvester
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    Carol is a master at running heavy equipment. (maybe better than Bruce? :lol3:lol3:lol3)
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    when the bin is full its time to empty out so it can be taken to the local
    elevator
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    then its my turn and Bruce shows me how it all works,
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    Explaining the machine
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    Looking out the combine's rear window you can see the soy beans filling it up
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    and then its our turn to empty out, Bruce is on the phone constantly
    giving status to others on the farm for moving equipment and etc.
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    I go up on top to watch the bin empty, cool!
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    Next Bruce drives us around the farm showing and explaining
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    This is used to regulate water level and content in the fields from the drain
    tiles he has installed
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    This is the native grass the settlers would have had to contend with
    when they first arrived. Its tall, high enough to get lost in.
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    then we go to a loaded grain trailer to take it to town, first smooth out
    the load and pull over the cover.
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    cab of the Freightliner
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    First a stop on the scales on the way in
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    then get in line
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    then its our turn
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    Back to the farm, park the truck and head in for dinner
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    but first we watch the horses
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    Bruce explains how the harvester works
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    and I tour an old shed that my grandfather helped build many years ago,
    my dad was born on this farm as was his dad. This is sacred ground for
    me. I touch the old wood wondering how many have before me.
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    We finally go in for dinner. It was fantastic! and we have a nice evening
    chatting and getting caught up. Its hard to leave. Its dark and cold,
    high 30's, when we head back to dad's house.


    Next - trouble!
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  14. Almightybmw

    Almightybmw n00b

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    I hope I get a chance to see the farm someday soon. Sad I've missed those few chances in the past. Looks the better part of awesome there.
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  15. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    Looks like you trip is going well. We are hot on your heels, albeit in a truck pulling a trailer full of bikes. In Fort Nelson tonite, Edmonton tomorrow.

    Keep the posts coming farm boy.
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  16. Solarmoose

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    Day 26 Oct 1 2011

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    We found a nail in Cee's rear tire.
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    I put a plug in the hole and aired it up. We carry a plug kit and an air compressor. It holds
    the air. Last flat I had was in the late 80's.
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    We're headed back to my cousin's home in LeMars and say goodbys to Dad and Ellen
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    We arrive at Gene and Jane's and start taking Cee's rear tire off
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    Iv'e called Bak BMW in Sioux City and they have a tire. Dave Bak is at the
    counter and gets us in and out in under 20 minutes. Great place.

    I know some would rely on the plug and continue to use the tire, this was
    even more vexing since it was a new tire last week to boot. I have no
    experience with plugs and their reliability and given we are traveling and its on
    my wife's bike, I decided to get a new tire. If we had been riding around
    home and it had been on my bike I would have just used a plugged tire.
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    Gene tours me around downtown Sioux City after picking up the new tire.
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    We have a great time at Gene's and another cousin arrives I haven't seen
    in a long time. Here's a group shot for you Bonnie! How was the big six oh? We're right behind you... :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3
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    Till next time.
    David
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  17. Solarmoose

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    Day 27 Oct 2 2011

    Sunday after lunch we pack up to head toward Des Moines to see Jay and
    Marilyn, Gene's brother. They had been to Alaska this summer and insisted
    we visit, we accept, plus Jay is known for his barbeque in the family!

    Train going by gas station in LeMars. This HyVee station in one of a few we
    have found that has 91 octane w/o ethanol.
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    Soon we are in the open countryside
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    Even on Sunday the highways are busy with harvest transportation.
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    Love this storage building
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    Fire danger is very high as its been dry here, this is not good. Prairie fire is
    taken very seriously here and in some areas harvest has been stopped.
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    For the last hour I've been feeling very drowsy, not a safe condition on a
    bike so I find some shade in town park and pull over for a quick nap.
    After five minutes or so I'm feeling much more alert and ride on.
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    We arrive at Jay's very beautiful home.
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    After greetings we head to the back yard where Jay's cooking facility is
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    and it is reeaaaaaaal good!
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    After a fantastic dinner prepared by Jay and Marilyn, Marilyn shows us
    some of their two-wheel collection.
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    They ride a lot and are serious bikers!
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    It was another nice evening visiting and over too soon.

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    tomorrow, the National Motorcycle Museum !!
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  18. kid_andres

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    :clap:clap nice pic
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  19. Phone Guy

    Phone Guy Oddometer: 23,626

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    Great report and pics. It sure makes me miss the Mid West. I also saw you went through Medicine Bow Wyoming. There are a whole lot of wind generators there and they are usually spinning. The wind blows there almost constantly. There is a Hotel there called The Virginian that has good food.
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  20. AK Bob

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    Cee:

    Your getting good Scuffing in tires, ain't ya..

    BT Tonight, you both have an Official Pass, not to be there.

    Got a New Member, he just bought a R90/6 from George, thought the guy was in town, but he lives in Soldotna.

    I want to hear more about the Tank Slapper when you get back. I'm lusting over that offset smoker. Hows the BBQ?
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