Toad On The Road

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MoToad, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Decided to make an early start out of Riverton. 4:30 and on the road with a temp of around 50 degrees. had all my riding gear on and started out comfortable to a spectacular sunrise.
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    Shortly after this point I watched the temp on the bike drop to freezing and BG come up with a new Icon. A snowflake followed by WTF, TOAD? Well, the snowflake was there. :D
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    Thank God I installed those heated grips. Ran em up thru all three settings.
    Temp slowly rose and ran on for miles and mikes of God's country. This idyllic little ranch caught my eye.
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    And then it was on into Colorado.
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    Climbing towards Rocky Mt. National Park.
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    This river had more fishermen than fish, I'm sure.
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    Decided to camp. Pesky critters were trying to eat these poor folks tent.
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    The next day took me to the summit of the pass.
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    Big Girl was not happy, not happy at all. This could have been the reason.
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    But in all fairness I might have to say an old problem has come back to haunt me. As the descent took me down to Estes park and then on towards Fort Collins, BG became, once again, stricken with the bad running syndrome. I had run down a full tank of gas to a quarter full and when I stopped and popped the filler cap I heard no hiss or woosh. The vent tube was obviously working correctly. By Ft. Collins the heat was also breaching 90 degrees so I decided to stop and treat myself to a Holiday Inn.
    After settling in, I ran over to the nearest station and filled up with (20% Ethanol, oh oh) and put some gas line antifreeze into it. This immediately corrected the situation. Either the big Italian Gal is very prone and susceptible to water or I'm getting fillups with water in them. Or both. You would think it would evaporate in this heat but, I guess, sitting in the bottom of the tank, it just can't get out?

    So 5:30 this morning and the 70 degree temp is already rising. Riding thru all of these suburban streets and highways has got me totally wanting to avoid big cities. Specially in the heat.And now looking at my time frame to get to the east coast while the weather is still somewhat warm (if that is even a possibility this year) I have decided to head north and east and point BG at Lake Superior South Side. I have always wanted to ride and camp on that side of the most magnificent of the Great Lakes.
    But first, let's see how far I can get in this heat.:nod
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  2. Redhed

    Redhed Lost on the Island

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    Hey Toad
    Heat has finally hit BC: record temps here during the long weekend. I really enjoyed Colorado riding and hope your do too. Glad to hear that you do not have any serious issues with Big Girl. Rode the Nickleplate last week: this time from the Penticton side. Do you think Big Girl can handle some gravel with new boots? What sort of fuel range are you getting? I am still waffling between Rotopax and other options for SA. I am going to try some motocross pants and shin/knee guards for the upcoming LooseScrew, and get away from those Summer? mesh pants which are cookers. I think you are smart geting early starts to your rides. Great pics. Stay safe, and may all the helmet conversations be productive...:D
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  3. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Hey Red.
    I think BG can handle a lot of gravel with the shoes she's wearin right now. Thru one of the parks they were doing a good few miles of roadwork . There was both graded and compacted gravel. She never flinched an inch. It's her buxom body, ya see.:rofl
    As for fuel; 32 ltr. tank is putting out about 450 kms.
    As for today. Set off at 7:30. 70 degrees. Saw a lot of this.
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    And more of this.
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    And as the temp climbed, a whole lot more of this.
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    By 1:30 my gauges were showing this.
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    Don't know what that is in Fahrenheit but after soaking myself with water a few times I pulled into a fleabag hotel with good AC to wait out the day. I'll try again at 3 AM and see if I can outrun it. Big Girl took it like a trooper, bein the hot blooded Italian girl she is. Garmin is programmed to get me to the Wolf's Nose (Duluth on Superior.)
    Can't wait to try fly fishing for Small Mouth Bass or Pike. Never done that:D
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  4. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Scott's Bluff to Sioux Falls was again, a long, straight high speed scorcher.
    With a lot more of this:
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    Coulda had a picnic on this road. Complete with fried eggs. Just crack em on the asphalt.:D
    A tire check at this point had me wonderin, 'Where did the round part go?'
    The only thing, really to report here is the old Dylan song Mr. Jones, running thru my head. You know; 'Oh, my God, am I here all alone?' And, 'You know something is happening but you don't know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?'
    Took me a while to figure out what was happening, but I do know now. Ever since I came into the good ol US of A at Montana I have been seeing about 95% Harleys. Not being a big fan of that culture I pretty well didn't connect to the whole Sturgis thing. Didn't even really know where it was. But the closer I got to Sioux Falls, the more apparent it became. Forced to ride I 90 for a good 120 miles the whole Oh my God tune started rolling thru my head. But, for a little comic relief I was rewarded shortly after that with hthe sight of a traveller going by in the opposite direction with a little scooter lid on (small wise choice) golf shirt, kakie pants(don't even know how to spell it and neither does spell check) on a Burgman. Now, that gave me a chuckle. The mood was quickly dashed, however, when a Harley overtook me at about 95 mph with the typical sunglasses, doorag and no shirt. (how do they survive the bee stings?) So, in answer to my being queried Are you going to Sturgess? I now understand and add that I'm not much of a crowd type of guy.
    Sioux Falls and the Quality inn at 1:30 brought me life reviving AC and, because I'd never seen this packaging idea before, one of these.
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    Love the explanation on the bag "Contains one pickle.":rofl

    The next morning's early start was hampered a rolling thunderstorm and downpour that passed in an hour.
    Heading straight north after that I geared up for the worst because the local news's radar was showing a massive cell right in my direction. It seems ol Thor had caught up to me once again and was ready to have his way with me.
    I stopped to take this pic of this incredible cell looming over me and really started to weigh my options.
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    It hadn't hit by my turnoff and I noticed a truck stop there. Decided to err on the side of caution and pulled in.
    Two other travelers from Georgia were there and we sat, chatted, had coffee and waited out the deluge.
    After an hour the first wave had passed but looking to all points north showed us more of the same. I got the skinny from a local who was filling up who said he had just checked the radar 15 minutes ago and told us to drive around it.
    Taking this option led us a good 50 miles straight west and then north another good 50 miles.
    Heres another shot from the backside.
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    Even on the edge there were times of riding thru some pretty wet stuff and altho the rest of the day was dry, it was aparrent that Big Girl does not like rain. The rough running returned and again fuel additive seemed to fix it. Guess I'll just have to stock up.
    It's off to the big lake today.:norton
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  5. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    The landscape changed and soon I was approaching Duluth. One rider I talked to had come up the bottom side of Lake Superior on his way to, where else? Sturgess and said it was cold. As I passed Duluth I found out he was right. But even more so were the winds
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    Even tho I had said I had said that the cold would be a welcome change, I have to admit. It was nippy. Not uncomfortable. I just had to climb into more gear.
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    As it was getting late I bagged a room at a cool little inn in Cornucopia. Yep, you heard me, Cornucopia. Sort of like a little Hippy community with boats. The bar even had it line up of aging regulars. Perfect!
    Next day I carried on along past the chin and throat of the Wolf. By this time the Scorpion Trail rear was really starting to show its age.
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    I found one of the few Guzzi dealers in Manitowoc and made an arrangement for a tire swap. They haven't sold or even had a new NTX in stock yet so I was informed they could not do a service because they couldn't get a filter. So, that will wait.
    It also meant that this will wait.
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    The ol disappearing signal lens. Prolly means a whole mirror replacement but who's got one of those? I am opting for the Mph Cycle replacement kit which supplies you with mirrors that don't shake and puts the signals back to where they are supposed to be. I'll be saving the bill for Guzzi becaause this really should be a warrenty issue.
    Manitowoc works for me because I get to do a cool ferry ride across the lake at that point.:wink:
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  6. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Hey Doug ... Where are you now?


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  7. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey 99% bullshitter...the other 1% is just lies

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    Something about this just doesn't seem right. I'm pretty sure one of the hoses attached to the fuel tank is there to carry away any water that collects around the cap, and exits under the bike so the water runs on the ground. If that hose is pinched, blocked, or mis-routed (it only works on gravity so any upward bend is gonna get ya), it could be a problem. Are you certain that drain hose isn't the source of your troubles? You indicated you had the tank off to get to the connectors for the heated grips (which you don't have to do by the way....they are behind the left side cover) and have also rerouted the tank hoses at least once. What's the chance something still isn't right? I ask because others have had their Stelvios in gully washers and not reported any problem at all with poor running afterwards...... :dunno

    -SM
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  8. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    SM: The cap drain hose is in it's proper place and clear. I have had poor running after rainstorms on more than one occasion. But, yesterday, after 11000 kms. I did my tappets. Discovered they had entirely closed right up. Proper adjustment has made BG run a whole lot better. I am a little perturbed at myself for running all those kms. like that. Read somewhere that they really need an adjustment in the first 10k but settle down after that. Hope that's true. Will definitely be keeping a better eye on them after this. And, as for the heated grip wires, you are wrong. Those are wires for a TomTom GPS. My connectors were tucked way in there under the tank.
    As for where I've been lately and what I've done, I'll try to catch up shortly.:D
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  9. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    I can't believe I just spent two hours on updating my ride report and just hit the wrong button to have it all disappear!
    I know I'm a slow learner but what's the answer? Do it on Word first and cut and paste? Best answer: somebody tell me it here somewhere. Pleeeeeeeeze!!!
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  10. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey 99% bullshitter...the other 1% is just lies

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    Then Luigi wired your bike different from the rest of us 'cause I've wired my GPS up using the TomTom wires (cut their plug and direct wired to my Garmin) and right next to that bundle are the 2 connectors for the heated grips. I know this because I accidentally cut one of those connectors off thinking it was for the GPS only to discover my mistake when I tested the voltage and figured out what I had done. Not a big deal though as I would have to cut the stock heated grip connectors off anyway when I install some Oxford Heaterz this fall. :clap

    Anyway, glad to hear you found the source of your poor running. YES! These bikes really need their first service done at 1k miles and don't skip the valve adjust 6500 miles after that (7500 miles total). My bike's TB's were quite a bit out of sync when I just had my first service done, and now it's running better than ever. :thumb

    Ride safe!

    -SM
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  11. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Have now been basking in the great hospitality of my Brother Mike company in Paris Ontario for the past week. Having a garage to tend to the MG’s needs has been a Godsend. And the woes and misgivings I have had are truly at an end. As I was made aware of when I bought the bike, and accepted by the way, service for these babies, at least in the northland and central plains of the US can vary between little to none.
    Consulting the Google God when the rear tire was well on its way out brought me to a dealer in Manitowoc, a Harley dealer, only to be told they were no longer an MG dealer. They did the tire for me however and, as I headed for Ontario I zeroed in on the only Southern Ontario dealer, Two Wheels of Guelph. Being a mile or two out of town and with nothing around to keep me entertained for the day I came up with a strategy that would work for both of us. I would purchase the fluids and filters and to the valves and fluids myself and drop the bike back in for an hour for a sync and TPS adjustment. Unfortunately even they did not have enough of the indicated 60 weight oil so I took 1 ½ ltrs. Of 60 and 2 of 40. I am sure I’ll be fine in this cooler climate till my next service.
    Doing the valves had me kicking myself as I found them gapless (for how many miles now?) and the probable cause of most of the bikes problems. With that and the sync the bike was born again! Hallelujah, Brother. I am somewhat lucky I opted for the mirror/signal replacement kit to be delivered to Bro’s as I lost the right lens back in the States and the whole left mirror fell apart on my way to the throttle sync.
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    Never could see out of those mirrors anyways and the replacements are rock solid.
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    All in all, Big Girl is a much happier gal now and so am I.
    And before I move on mid week I have three things to complete. One is get the Garmin replacement from GPS City. Casing on mine cracked so they are sending me a new one. Two, run up to Kitchener and pick up my updated passport and, three go see my parents resting place and pay my respects. And that reminds me of a bit of sadness involved with this trip. Having not seen any of my childhood friends in at least twenty years I decided to Google some names and see who I could find. One of my best friends whom I had lost touch with, Robb popped right up as an obituary. I was shocked and saddened to learn that he had passed almost a year ago from cancer. It seems a lot of my friends were raised on cigarettes and more than a few never kicked it. Damn it, Robb. You could have lived a good twenty years longer. He was a good friend and I will miss him.
    So, around Wednesday I will head back up to my Bro’s cottage, sit out the Labour Day weekend and then carry on to the North East.
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  12. ultrasardine

    ultrasardine Sooo many meters!

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    Wow, that's hot. In the imperial system it's about 102. Keep those pics comming :lurk

    p.s. - Love the Stelvio
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  13. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Filling in the gaps. Across Superior to Manitowoc had a lot of these places to stop at.
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    One of the biggest things I missed living on the west coast was eating good fresh water fish. Hope to get my fill while I am here.
    The Guzzi dealer at Manitowoc turned out to be a Harley dealer who had cancelled their MG dealership a while back but they were able to do the tire for me. Ended up having to wait to take this guy
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    and opted for a 1 AM sailing as that would get me headed for Ontario at 7 in the morn. Apparently Manitowoc was well known for building subs for WW2 with this one on display
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    and plaques honouring the many others that left these waters for probably mainly the Pacific.
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    The sail across was calm and uneventful with the new day and clear skies greeting me.
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    I was able to hit Sarnia by noon and started working my way up towards Sauble Beach by the days end. Spent some great summers of my youth there and I just wanted to see how much it had changed.
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    Not much really except the prices for the same old crappy motels were off the wall. I kept going. Owen Sound provided me with good cheap accommodation for the night.
    Two changes were very apparent to me.
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    A whole lotta these everywhere and a whole lot MORE of these everywhere.
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    I wouldn't be surprised if these is an act in Parliament to change Ontario's name to Timtario.:1drink

    Brother Mike was up at the cottage he built about a half mile upstream from the family cottage of my early childhood on the Severn River
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    So I ambled on up there. I really hadn't been in the area since I was 10 years old but it was amazing how those beried memories came flooding back.
    Mike's cottage
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    And gettin reacquainted
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    Couple of days there and it was down to his place in Paris (not France, not Texas.) Till now.
    Hope to head back to the cottage tomorrow (still gotta catch and eat some Bass) and then after Labour day, on to the east coast.
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  14. Redhed

    Redhed Lost on the Island

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    Hey Toad
    I can relate to the nostalgia of heading back to the home turf. Sorry to hear about your childhood friends. Great that you are reconnecting with your Brother. Had a great HU meeting in Nakusp: over 200 RTW, including an Aussie couple that has been on the road for 15 years. Currently in Victoria at your second favourite shop getting new shoes, pads, fluids and gearing up for southern climes. Vaya con Dios Amigo:clap:clap
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  15. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Anything I can do to talk you out of heading to that burning Hell you call the Baha, yet? Man, u are gonna roast! Guess you'll just have to consume a lot of the world most interesting man's beer to "Stay frosty, my friend.":rofl
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  16. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    I waited waaay too long for a replacement GPS at my brother's. The new Nuvi 550 had developed a small crack in the case and in Wisconsin I sent it back. Now, there's a story..
    GPS City agreed to replace it. When I mailed it, US Postal said I could not package it with the battery in the device so I dutifully removed it and sent it back in the same mailing envelope. Deal was to send it to my brother's. Got to Bro's a couple of days later and no notification of them having received it yet. They got it after that weekend and Fedexed it to the wrong address. Finally got that straightened out and it showed up, sans battery. Doh! Phone call has them asking if I sent it back with the battery. Obviously the dope threw it out with the packaging. So, out comes a battery. Meanwhile Bro and Missus have headed back to the cottage and I'm left feeding the cats! Lot of cats! Meeeeeeoooow! The battery shows up and the unit works but won't take a charge from wall socket, pooter or bike.(Sound of hair being pulled out.) More contact and an Express RMA label sent to me for Fedex.
    Back it goes. Long weekend approaches. " Got it yet? No? you said 'overnight!' Fedex says Express, two days." (Runs for ulcer pills.) Bro suggeests I come to the cottage and hhe will send it on to nearest Fedex. Good plan, I'm gone.
    Left Bro's little patch of Paradise in Paris (not France, Texas or New York)
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    and came back to his 10 acre patch of Paradise.
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    Stayed thru the long weekend, altho a busy non stop boat parade, still made me not want to leave.
    Went to the neighbors for a fish fry.
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    Being a west coaster for so long, an old old memory I had was the great taste of fresh water fish. My prayers were answered in spades. These guys served up Smallmouth, Crappie and Channel Cats. Especially the Cats. Soooo good! From feeding cats to eating cats. Things were looking up.
    We took the obligatory tour to Big Chute, the marine railway, on Sunday.
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    Big ol machinery in there
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    And the boats go for a ride.
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    Took a pic of my sister's hippie houseboat
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    When I left for the east I fired up the Drift camera and snapped a good 50 pics winding the great roads thru the Muskokas to 11 North. Unfortunately the Drift put out totally blurry pic. Totally useless. Another fine product on its way back. So, no pics between this point and Quebec.
    From the motel in Deep River another call to GPS City had them saying there were no more 515s in stock. (Shooting bullets thru the phone). They agreed to refund my money and I would go into Ottawa and pick up one at a store. Which I did. Of course, some of you locals might have heard of the big sinkhole that swallowed a car on the freeway very close to the store. I was there! It was hot stuck in that traffic but I got the unit.
    So a couple of days later I am thru and past Quebec City and reaching the good stuff. A big hill ahead was the only sign of what was ahead, a surprisingly beautiful ride along the St. Lawrence.
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    The hills wind up, around, down into and out of these great locations.
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    After these scenic locations, I stopped in La Malbaie for the night.
    And, low and behold. There's a message in my email. "Your Nuvi 550 has been shipped." Waaaaaat?
    On the phone again. The guy who said he would refund says he's pissed too. I can only imagine. He says he's going to send a Fedex return label to my Brother and I say, no way. Get on the phone to Fedex and have them turn it around. And refund my money dammit!. "oh. Ya. We could do that." The saga continues.
    So, to anyone who watches the weather, all that moisture has moved right up into my region. Thunder and lightning and rain this morn. And the motel has no vacancies for tonight. So I am forced to step out into it for Baie Comeau. Hope I can find a vacancy up there somewhere.
    Wet day today.:cry
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  17. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Wow. My Oly gear got the torture test today. And passed. Had all three layers on. Temp got down to a cool 14C. But I was comfy. My boots are summer boots and not waterproof. Got around that with Seal socks I bought at a fish and game store. Completely waterproof but I could feel the water gooshin around in the boots.:rofl Even Big Girl was comfy. I'm thinkin she might even like this cool wet stuff. Never got a squeak out of her. Just the usual growl. :1drink I got knocked around by some wind but she hardly budged. Steady as a rock.
    Wasn't a long ride today. Only about 350kms. But that was enough with what was going on outside. And, as I head towards the Maritimes, they are saying some Hurricanes are coming up to meet me? I feel so honored.
    Got a couple of shots off but it was an ordeal to pull over, fish the camera out and shoot.
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    Took a ferry across a Fjord.
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    Saw some more cool seascapes
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    Gotta come back here when it's not raining.
    Am now sitting it out in Baie Comeau where, tomorrow morning I will ride up the coast for another half hour to catch the Godbout ferry at noon for Matane and then up to Gaspe'.
    And before I go there was this thing.
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    Heard about them before I left and looked for it all across the States till I found one at Guelph, Ontario. About twenty buck and they work great. And since the failure of my Drift HD camera it has allowed me to fall back on the old Cannon Powershot SD790IS for riding and taking pics. Why didn't I think of that thing? So simple.
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  18. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Gotta say, Gaspe has been a trip. Unexpectedly longer than I thought but one beautiful ride. Interesting how, going from west to east, the almost completely French speaking people ease back into English as I near New Brunswick. It's been a bit of a challenge for me but not a big one as these great people have been very forgiving to my highschool dropout French. I was hoping for better deals on what should be fall rates on motels but I guess if you want that ocean view, ya gotta pay. Could have camped last night but with this news making weather picture going on out there, it got real nippy again. Even tho I am outside the big hurricane picture and have complete clear skies, it apparently is sucking down this chilly arctic stuff with said results.
    Got on the ferry across the big bay by noon and had a great ride over to Matain.
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    Met these guys on the crossing
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    They were up from Montreal and Toronto and, being English Canadian, they opened up the babble reflex in me. Were real interested in the Stelvio and it's price which beats the 1200 GS hands down. I may have just set the hook into a couple more perspective MG owners. Matter of fact a dude in a Tim's parking lot came up to me and quizzed me on the bike. He could have been my eastern twin. Just retiring carpenter, looking into a 1200GSA to travel and scared away by its almost $30000 outfitted pricetag.:D
    A long enjoyable ride for a few more hours got me to within 120kms of the town of Gaspe and more cabins by the sea.
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    Rolled thru Gaspe next morning with clear skies abounding.
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    Pirates were here!
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    A familiar landmark appeared
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    The Pierce rock which is truly spectacular
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    You've prolly seen this cloudline thru most of my pics lately
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    That's the edge of the storm that is devistating the regions that I happen to be heading for. I can only hope it keeps moving away.
    Clear skies at last night's stay
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    And on an unusual sightings footnote, and even tho I have not seen any whales of the known form, I did see this.
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    Walruses? No, even more bizarre
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    Nuns!
    The flying Nuns have landed! And they are swimming! Who says there's no evolution?
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    The Motel was hosting a group of God's Ladies and they proceeded to amaze me by going for a good half hour dip. Closest thing to a miracle I've ever seen! I mean, those weren't wetsuits they were wearing.
    More power to em, I say.
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  19. Antennas

    Antennas Been here awhile

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    I caught up on the ride report. Nice pictures and great reading . It was nice to meet you in PEI. I hope your trip is going well and the "big girl" is running fine. Ride safe and I look forward to the rest of your ride report.
    All the best.
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  20. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    It was great meeting you, Andrew. Hope you had a safe ride home.
    Ran into some of your buds down the road a piece.
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    Harvest time!
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