Two Moto Kiwis Arctic To Antarctic May 2012...

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  1. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya Joe, took the lappy into Apple Fashion Fair here if Fresno, they checked it out and yeap the trackpad was on a part time holiday.

    New trackpad and we are ready to race.:clap
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    Excellent. Happy to hear you got that little guy fixed. And I'm happy to see the odos spinning on those bikes.
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    Love the tree pictures. I've got many from traveling to NZ of Tane Mahuta in the Waipoa Forest.
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    It has been over a week since we arrived in Fresno, Andi hasn't got time to put any photos on our RR co he is busy replacing parts, doing maintenance and enjoying himself ... who woulda thought eh!! :rofl, I have to take over and just do it.

    Andi's birthday, first time in his life he is younger than his twin brother in NZ...

    The day started from a beautiful sun rise

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    Followed by surprise gift from Geoff and Gus (It's Gus's birthday too) from Ozzie, you need look hard the left bottle to see the difference

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    a decent American BBQ

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    Ellen's famous Sushi

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    some Crayfish

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    and a nice new hair do

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    We did have a cheesecake

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    but Maestro (the cat ) wants to crash the party

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    with the real life Karaoke, we all sang "Happy Birthday" ... thank god (or the winemaker) for wine :D

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    in the end, we all retired to the couch, ARAI need a design change for piss drinking :eek1

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    Friday 21st.

    Well we had organised to catch up with Shann a good mate of mine and his good lady Tonya who we had not met as yet.

    Coupled with it being my birthday on the 25th it was the ideal time to take a brake and do some much needed catchup work on the bikes as well as spend some quality time with a good mate on my birthday, life is good.

    Our list for the bikes included, rear tires change, sprocket hub and wheel bearings, air filter clean, failed LED light replacement, wire in the POV power outlets, replace Ellens side cases, adjust the fuel intake pipe, oil and filter etc, apart from that we were up to date.

    Greetings were had as we had organised to meet at Clawsons Suzuki, an easy point from Shanns work, we then followed Shann home.

    We met the lady who managed to tie him down, Tonya, very nice lady and very welcoming.

    Saturday 22nd.

    We did nothing, had coffee, went to Costco etc and had a very lazy day.

    Sunday 23rd.

    In the morning we set off to Pismo beach, on the way we stopped at a winery .... WOH HOH 11’s, I felt like seafood for lunch so that seem to win with the crowd, we ate at The Splash which was very nice, following lunch we went for a stroll along the beach and poked our heads into the caves, very relaxing and nice to stick our feet into salt water and sand.

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    We headed out onto the pier, normally talking about Pelican we would be referring to the cases, these where just hard case.

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    Imagine what you could do with a neck that twisted like this :evil

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    Who can out-steer who??

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    On conclusion of the walk we headed north to Hearst Castle and headed back home via a winery valley.

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    Nice sitting in the back and being driven

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    Shann has a cat/alien ..... it seemed kinda normal ... ish

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    As time went on we were staring to get suspicious as the antics were very robotic

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    Busted ...... confirmed this was in fact a battery powered alien cat cleverly acting as a prostitute as a disguise ... didn't fool us tho

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    Monday 24th.

    Went to the Apple shop to get our trackpad sorted out as it was on a part time holiday, did some writing first, swimming and general mucking around.

    Shann took us to In and Out, better than Mc Dees by a long shot and a first for us, really enjoyed that.

    Towards the end of the day we went to the Dollar Tree where everything in the shop is 1 buck, could not believe the selection of goodies you can get.

    Tuesday 25th September 2012, 46 but not Rossi.

    My birthday, all about me and it was, I am an identical twin and Paul my twin bro is in NZ, for the first time in our life I am one day younger than him, we are 4 minutes apart at birth, bit of useless information.

    So the funny thing was it is meant to be a relaxing do nothing day (which we had already done), Shann and I spent some quality bloke time working on the bikes and talking shit, tires changed, Oil changed, etc so great progress.

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    Oil and Tires ready to go on and in

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    Bombs away on the oil

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    Ellens damaged case replacement underway

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    Shann getting ready to change his oil

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    My Cush drive bearing broke off the internal shoulder part of the cup, very weird, was going to replace them regardless but was surprised to find one part broken ??? :eek1 :huh

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    Heidenau K60 Scout taken off at 12200 miles, I could have easily squeezed another 400 - 500 miles out of it if I had too, we are very happy running these, we are running the 140/80-17 which fit in perfectly.

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    Nice to have access to a jack to make life easy :clap

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    LED marker light replacement under way with some quick soldering to be done

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    Geoff and Gus http://tradey.wordpress.com/ also did some dodgy dealings with Ellen and Shann and had organised to put their own trip sticker on some Ozzie red called Yellow Tail which was absolutely mint, onya dudes.

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    Wednesday 26th

    Was a continuation of bike work, took time to get sorted properly and at the conclusion I was very happy in my mind that everything was done properly.

    Thursday 27th

    Can’t remember so it musta been good. :freaky :evil

    Friday 28th

    Kings Canyon, as Ellen and I had not been there we took a road trip in Shanns hack, bloody thing didn’t have a roof but that made it easy to take photos.

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    We did go to roads end and really enjoyed the ride which was swift at times but being able to look out the window without multitasking and having to watch out for terrible drivers made it a real treat.

    Hair is our shiny hered driver :wink:

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    As usual the scenery was terrible but we made the most of it :D

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    Neat cottage from yesteryear

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    Hoods lookin tough

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    Shanns hack

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    Shann with his hack, we don't have wide angle lens to take in the whole corner so we used Ellen's sunnies, kiwi invention bro :D

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    Interesting tree

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    Superb riding road :clap

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    On our return to Fresno we picked up Bryce (Tonya's son) and went to Chipotles mexican food, YUM, very very nice indeed, no pics as we were starving and forgot to take photos.

    Saturday 29th

    Shann and I got to go for a bloke ride with just the two off us so something we had been planning for ten years, coupled with his local knowledge we went to local lakes and mountain roads, we had a blast, he let me ride his 900SS .... a quick trip down memory lane with handling, power, brakes etc ..... something we don’t have now. :rofl

    Parked at the lake

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    Take him for a ride and he just flips me off :rofl

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    And again .... mum warned me about boys like him

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    Adv gear and sports bike .... don't think that combo will even take off

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    I was on the ride too :D

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    Over one of the passes it go so cold the arse fell out of the temperature.:eek1 it would have dropped to 25 deg C :D

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    ...guess you could say I lost my cool :confused

    Sunday 30th

    Shann, Andi, Ellen and Greg (Shanns dad) go to Yosemite, I think we were escorted out of Fresno so we didn’t nic anything on the way out. :evil

    Lunch spot was at Oakhurst and burgers were the order of the day, Greg had a generous moment and shouted us our lunch... we musta been polite or something :D, thanks dude!!!, upon finishing at the trough we carried on to Yosemite National Park and formed a game plan to head through to Tunnel view point where pictures would be taken and Shann and Greg would ride back to Fresno leaving us homeless. :eek1

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    Greggs bike looks like it has dipped into a chroming tank so photo ops for the twisted minded were in order, we utilized the shape of the tank which made some cool pics.. so enjoy a quick trip into my mind.

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    Shanns bike

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    Being friendly

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    The whole bikie gang looking hard arse

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    Ellen and I then set camp and were given a lucky break in a FULL camp 4, some people had just gone so it was our lucky day given people had queued earlier for 3 - 4 hours.
  6. guns&coffee

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    Fookin' awesome ride report. Curious how many mile you got out of the rear K60's. Currently running a set on my 950 Adv. Wifey and would love to be able to see some of those places you folks have been. Thanks for sharing pics. We're rasing our grandson right now, so hard telling when we'll be able to load the nine fiddy and go. It's really great seeing folks out there doing it.
    Thank you
  7. Two Moto Kiwis

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    Heya mate, cheers for the props, the K60 rear I got 12200 miles out of, it is a 140/80-17 so has the centre wear bar, it could have done another 400 - 500 if i needed it to but we were in a convenience place and time to change it.:clap
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    This post is more about the pics as I simply can't explain it so I will let the "picture is worth a thousands words" take over, enjoy.

    After Shann and Greg left us homeless in a strange land we were lucky to score the camp site at Camp 4 the climbers camp, see the FULL signs!.

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    And the bear aware pics :eek1 :eek1

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    The first thing that caught my eye was the accessible parking sign which was over the OTHER side of the wall ...... WTF :eek1...are they meant to park on the cliff side??? :D ... they should change the sign to inaccessible.

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    We found ourself surrounded by young fellas and fellesses .... all the fellas had 6 packs!!!! ... bugga me I felt like a monster and from an old peoples home... perfect we love hanging with younger people.

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    After setting up we headed off to Glacier lookout, whoa ... top of the world views second to none, looking over the edge was spooky for me but I made the most of scaring myself which was plenty enough for my daily quota of scaring myself daily so I know I am alive.

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    Half dome was standing out with grandeur amongst his shorter counterparts and with the evening sun pasting the western faces it was a pretty cool sight to see.

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    Spot the people on the top

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    Yosemite Village below looked like a toy village and the cars like matchboxes, again looking out and down gave me the willies.

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    So we had some neighbours from England who were closer to our age and some young gun rock climbers, really neat taking to these guys from around the world, watched some vid of them falling of a cliff .....and larfing!!.:huh

    We gained some local knowledge on a walking track to the top of Yosemite Falls, a 2800ft climb ... perfect for us oldie non 6 packers.

    Two climbing kiwis set off on a mission to conquer the mighty Yosemite falls, it started off as a zigzagathon, 60 actually!! then leveling out for a while before the final assault up the gully part 2 zigzagathon.

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    The views were getting more and more stunning and breath taking (maybe the breathtaking bit was cos we are unfit), although the falls were not falling the abrupt rock faces and majestic surfaces of granite slowly changing colour as the day progressed added up to a walk that would make you stand there in silence and in awe.... so we did that.

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    Ya just can't help yaself from looking!

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    Nearly there

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    Upon reaching the top I was scared, overwhelmed, had vertigo BIG time and totally gob smacked .. so a normal day.:D

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    Chance to take off the smelly socks in the sun ..... so nice! :clap

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    Big views

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    Other way

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    Some strange trees

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    Really neat tree right near the face

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    What can I say but make the effort to go if you can, you will not be let down, it proved hard on my knobbly knees from previous injuries but worth every bit of discomfort.

    Al Capitan was calling us so we climbed aboard the free shuttle bus to have a look at this incredible rock face, 5 climbers had just started an ascent earlier in the day so we we treated to a level of climbing we had only ever seen at the Wanaka Film Fest. :eek1:eek1:eek1

    I am not sure how to explain my feelings seeing them hanging on a rope other than fear, thrill, excitement, awe, crazy, etc ..... be fare to say it is not my game.

    See the tree, to the left is where they are.

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    See the zoom up

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    See the close up.

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    That night was quiet in the camp as the climbers returned very tired (and us) so sleeping was easy as no parties were on, the moon was out, again I will let the pics do the talking.

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    The following morning we packed up and headed out of the park to Lake Tahoe.
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    If you should happen to pass through El Paso, Texas, there's a great little place to eat not far from the airport. It's called El Chapparal (?sp). I highly recommend the Gorditas. Be careful, lots of crime there.
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    Bloody awesome.
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    Love those photos of the moon and Half Dome!
  12. Two Moto Kiwis

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    With the ride to Tahoe being uneventful it was relaxing and pretty with some of the passes already sporting autumn colours that were sneaking in quietly but noticeably.

    Truckee was our next destination which was a house swap we did in NZ two years back so a time to catch up on some writing, the photo precessing and learning how to use imovie etc, unfortunately the place we were staying at had a hot tub, garage, great views and a soft bed with sheets ... and cups .... bit of a bugga but we got by.

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    First day we walked around town, did some food shopping and got a thermometer to replace the previous escapee in Fresno, what started as a quick walk to the shops turned into about a 12 km walk, nice to get the legs moving again after Yosemite but on the flats.

    Some stuff in the shops (note Ellen time)

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    Rest the old bones

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    Our reward was a dunk in the hot tub to soak the bones .... l u v e l y !!!

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    Second day was a catch up and fix it day (again), Ellens Touratech cradle had been playing up so it was the trouble shooting day with upgrades on software from Garmin eliminating the problem, turns out the Garmin power cradle was the problem.

    Also my AME grips are playing up, they cleverly turned themselves on in Fresno to full heat when it was 99 F so very unwelcomed as I struggled to hold the bars, I had to pull the power again on them so I would not rate these grips very highly at all giving this is already the second set.

    Third day we took a day trip to Incline Village and Sand Harbour, we spotted some money into the local economy buying food etc, in exchange we had bean spotted beautiful weather with a nice ride, win win.

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    X marks the spot!!!

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    That evening was one of luxury again in the hot tub, this was turning out to be a hell of a treat.

    Day four, we planned to do a biggish walk on the Pacific Crest trail however we got a little waylaid and ended up riding up Donner pass road from Donner Lake, again we were graced with great views, a groovy bridge and car that had a little damage, should buff out tho, I suspect not enough compression damping eh.

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    We rode around to the roads end and left Chiwi there, our feet took us for about a 4 mile walk around the lake, through the camp ground and back, we then returned to town to get some food.

    Ellen decided to head off for a run into the forest and found a road that headed up to a lake and pass so that was on the agenda for the following day to look up there.

    Did I mention the hot tub. :rofl:rofl

    Day 5, video mounts had been bugging me so it was time to do something about it, off to ACE hardware for a skunk around, found some sprung loaded brackets which are perfect so it was all on to get these mounted.

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    On completion of getting the mounts done we we both piled back onto Ellens bike and rode through the forest block to Watson Lake, Brockway summit and Watson point to look over Lake Tahoe, spectacular views to say the least and a neat cruse through the forestry.

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    Cool track to get up there

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    Not sure why this sign said this but I obeyed anyway :D

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    Day 6, so it was time to leave and head off up to Reno to meet Scott and Joanne.

    We cleaned up, packed up and shot off up highway 89 to meet up with Scott at Sierraville, Scott then took us on a roundabout ride to lookout points and forestry roads which was mint as without local knowledge we would not have seen any of this.
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    uh oh...looks like someones vandalized that sign bro :bmwrider

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    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Good 1 Andi and Ellen , im really enjoying the arm chair ride . Thought I had a house at Lu garte mate but after making offer 10k below what they were asking they decided not to sell , guess it wasnt ment to be so sighned up on a mint condo in Te Anau , plan is rent it out and hav another holiday . BTW the neighbours gave me 20k more 4 this place so it had to go. Take care there .
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Outstanding Toddy sounds like it is coming together well for you.

    Sent you an e too.
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    Yeah some bums there bro ... least I fit in now cos its is on the net :rofl
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    Scott and I talking at an icecream stop on the way to their home ..... nice

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    Scotts weapon the KTM 950 Super Enduro loaded with the right fruit :clap

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    Arriving at Scott and Joannes around 5.45 pm just before dark we were greeted by Joanne and her sister Jan who had been on a marathon run ... sounds like fun!!! :huh

    Ellen knocked up some tea (Dinner) which was a Chinese stirfry mix which turned out to be a crowd pleaser, coupled with a few wines a good time was had by all.

    Scott had Monday off work so invited to take us out on a local ride, Ellen said the boyz can go for a hoon (ride), Scott then said well take the 990 Adventure so I didn’t have to peel the cases off the DR (and I stand a chance of almost keeping up given he was taking his KTM 950 Super Enduro)

    What was a man to do but accept this invitation and walk straight past the DR!!! .... so off we set.

    Ouwh yeah

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    A rideby past our official photographer

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    Scott and I headed off off like two kids heading into a sandpit with powerful tonka toys, given it was a loaner and I was on unfamiliar roads I took it easy and I didn’t want to buy 3/4 of a second hand smashed 990 Adventure.:eek1

    We swapped bikes during the day, at one stage I was doing 110 mph on the 950 SE, the Devil on my left shoulder blew the Angel off my right shoulder so it was game on, been a long time since I had power, brakes, handling and sound all working at once on the gravel. :evil :D :rofl .... that thing is sic

    Unfortunately I had to give it back but the 990 Adventure was certainly not the short straw either.

    Following Scott on the road section

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    Me on the 990 Adv, I nearly split my helmet with the grin!!!:D:D

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    Just as well the ARAI is tough enough to hold my silly grin :D

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    A stop at an old burnt down house

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    Scott bein well mannered

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    We hightailed back averaging about 90 - 95 mph on the gravel roads, I felt like a Dakar racer and even once home and showered I was still fizzing at the most excellent hooligan days riding I have done since leaving home.

    Thanks Scott you are a good bastid, great fun, a great rider, a great host and now a great mate, looking forward to catching you guys agin either here, NZ or on some dodgy trail.

    That evening once life calmed down to normal we headed out for Tea (Dinner) and had the best steak that I have eaten again since we left home.

    Root beer, steak, mash spud and beans .... I was a man content and from the KTM I was spent, be fair to say I might have enjoyed the day.

    On the way home we stopped in at Freeze Yoghurt and had a dessert each, YUMMO ... musta been serious fattening cos it was beautiful.
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Tuesday morning Scott and Joanne had to make sure the wheels of industry were turning while Ellen and I set off toward Crater Lake via some dodgy backroads Scott had directed us to, we started on part of the road from the day before so familiar territory then head up to Gerlach, then up via Vya then on towards Adel.

    A stop along the way

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    A pond that was slightly green ... I am sure it was safe to drink :evil

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    So you think in the desert there is not much to take photos of....

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    You are right .. to a point anyway

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    We were not going to make Adel as Ellen was spent and dropped the pace considerably which I recognised straight away so we started looking for camp at 4.30 pm.

    We explored a few avenues off the road which were cow trails, I saw a hut with an access road so had a look up that to find a locked gate so I returned back to the road, we continued with options running low as the pace is covered is Sage bush and the wind was picking up.

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    We came upon the Antelope Sanctuary so we turned off up to that, we saw what looked to be a lookout type building so headed for that ... well we arrived there to find a cabin made of stone with windows and fireplace and bunks.... we couldn’t believe our luck.

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    Wine was in order as we watched the sun go down, we set up had Tea (Dinner) then I set too and wrote this report while listening to the wind whistle around the building, this was a nice feeling.

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    We had the whole place to ourselves and an amazing sunset with outstanding desert colours

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    So it s is 8.03 pm now on Tuesday night, it is pitch black outside, Ellen is in bed and the last of my wine has evaporated so time for the human battery recharge and have the wind sing us to sleep.
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    Wednesday morning we woke to a slightly overcast sky, no sooner had started packing up and mum nature decided to turn it on for us, the lite cloud cleared away to a stunning clear sky with warmth as welcomed as a gravel road to an adventure rider.

    The sky provided us with some neat colours again.

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    Interesting moss on a rock

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    The digs

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    Some unusual growths in front of the digs :eek1

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    Inside the digs ... check it out!!!

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    C o f f e e

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    We looked across the plato from chez Delis stone mansion and thanked the Adventure Motorcycling and camping gods for great digs and great riding and great place, I am not the religious type but someone/something needed to be thanked. :D

    Upon packing up we headed north toward Adel, then left on highway 140 on black top through a twisty road to Lakeside, nearly lunchtime we decide to food up at Safeway and head across to Subway for lunch after.

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    Lunch and food shopping done it was time to fill the machinery as well prior to making our way to Crater Lake, we past many small towns and within an uneventful ride we arrived at about 3.00pm at Crater Lake National Park, only one camp ground open now and it is $21.00 (with no BJ with that...fark).

    No biggy given the last nights huge bonus so swings and roundabouts, the day was still stunning although cooling a lot quicker a lot earlier, the notice on Yogi Bears booth saying last night was 33 deg f (nearly zero for normal people).

    Camp set up was in order and we decided to use the rest of the day with a short walk out of camp and loop back up, the creek at the bottom of the gully offered us beautiful spring colours which are filling our days more and more every day.

    We found permanent frosting already on the track much to our surprise and a sure indication that winter is setting in fast.

    Dodgy bridge

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    Stunning creek and colours

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    Most excellent autumn colours providing a surface that looked like a heavily decorated cake

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    A blue bird that neither of us can remember the name of ... it a bugga gettin old.

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    Tea (Dinner) was Macaroni cheese after cheese and crackers for the entree, Wallace and Grommitt woudla been at home here.

    An earlier night with pitch black and low temperatures was had after our fire died down about 8.00pm.
  20. Mike Ryder

    Mike Ryder Kriegerkuh

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    That looks like a Steller's Jay mate.....Steller ride by the way.