We are gone, another trip over a long distance (going RTW)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Thomas B.

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    I was thinking about something like that as well, but then when your traveling you have to carry it around anyway.
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    After the Dempster it was time for a little work again. Sandras KTM had had a leaking fork leg for quite some time already. When it started I cleaned the seal and it almost stopped after that, but was never good. After the mud on the Dempster it suddenly started to leak badly and cleaning the seal didn´t help anymore, so it was time to take care of it, specially because it was the left leg where the brake is and it was leaking onto the caliper. Not good for your brake power. We headed to Whitehorse again, because we could get fork oil there. As I had new seals with me, I took the fork leg apart on the campsite, cleaned everything, threw in a new seal, and put new oil in it. Problem solved, but seeing what the old oil looked like I knew it was definitely time to rebuild the forks completely, but that would have to wait until Santa Fe where we planned to take a longer break, and get everything ready to head to South America.

    Heading to the end/beginning of the Dempster Highway

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    The bikes after the Dempster Highway - time for cleaning

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    changing a fork seal on the campsite

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  3. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Caught up again! Those are some fantastic photos Thomas...really enjoying this report. Amazing that you can do a fork seal job in a campground!

    It was really fun catching up with you guys again the other night...hopefully another round of beers (or two!) before you head out again! :thumb

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  4. Thomas B.

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    thanks for the nice words. If your on the road you have no Chance than to work outside unless someone takes you in and offers a Roof, what does happen quite offen too.
    Looking Forward to the beers and Meeting you again.:beer
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    After Whitehorse Sandra and I decided to make south our general direction. Next stop was Hyder to go up to Salmon glacier and then down to Vancouver Island. On Vancouver Island I wanted to meet up with an inmate – Gunnerbuck (David) – to do some KTM 640 talk (he has 3 of them).When we came close to his place he asked if I had any maintenance to do. I could use his garage and we could stay with him and his wife. Again - what great people we met being part of the ADV community. I gladly accepted the offer, because it was due anyway, bought some oil, and rode up to his place. We did a lot of bike and travel talk , apart from the maintenance, and had a really great time with David and his wife. Very nice people, thanks again for all you did for us. It was a great help and a great pleasure.

    walk around Whitehorse in the morning before we leave

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    More great landscape on the way south

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    I posted this earlier already, but this is where it happend. My KTM reached the 100000 Km

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    going up to Salmon glacier by Hyder

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    back in town looking for some fish to eat

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    and again there are bears everywhere

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    on the Ferry to Vancouver Island

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    Vancouver in the distance

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    bikes on the Ferry

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    in David´s Garage getting ready for maintanance

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    That was a record Thomas, having 5 -640s in my garage at the same time.. It was great to meet you and Sandra, I'm sure our paths will cross again at some point in the future..
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    But it was a bit full with the 5 for a longer time. Maybe stick to the 3 (or 2 now after the crack at the shock Mount?)
    Busy at the moment in Santa Fe getting the bikes ready for Mexico and then onward. Just spooned on new tires yesterday.
    Thanks again for everything. Was great to meet you and Candy. Say hello to her from us. Thomas
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    After crossing over the island we stopped in Ucluelet for 2 days and did a day trip up to Toffino with some nature walks in between.

    We then hopped on to the TCAT to go south. It was very dusty and of course, in the biggest midday heat Sandra got a flat on her front wheel. It was the hole I patched in Mongolia that had gotten bigger and wandered out from under the patch. Well the 4th flat of the whole trip. Not that bad. I threw our spare tube in and on we went.

    After looking around in Victoria a little we got the ferry to Vancouver where we spend a couple of days to explore the city since we had skipped on that the last time we were there because it rained the 2 weeks. The smoke from the extensive fires in Canada this summer was hanging over the city.

    Doing some nice walks on Vancouver Island

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    Learned something about the local weather

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    Tryed some local brew in Tofino

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    Did a beach walk

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    Travelers life - doing some washing

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    What a pain in the biggest heat of the day

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    camped in some big trees

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    Alot of smoke in the air from the wildfires

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    in Vancouver

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    Doing a walk in Stanley Park

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  9. michnus

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    My goodness!! I am going through our trip report on Advrider and we last spoke about Andrew and Tina. I click on your profile to see what you have been up to, and I land on this thread!! Damn cool man!! Are you two still going on with the trip and what is the plans? I will go through the entire thread when we have good wifi again. Currently in the Amazon in Ecuador.

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    Well we are not sick of travelling yet, just taking a 6 week break in Santa Fe. I have been working on the bikes for days to get them ready to go on. Mid Oktober we will leave here and slowly go down to Baja and then Mexico and on to South America. we are behind you, but won´t be catching up unless you are very slow. Would be good to have a couple of beers toghether - who knows.
    I´ve been looking at your thread here on ADV too and enjoying it. Keep the good work up. Your one of my favorite.
    Cheers Thomas
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  11. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Loved Santa Fe, the art neighbourhood is really cool. Just outside of Sante Fe is Madre the place they filmed Wild Hogs

    I see you are using the saddlebags I designed for our company ATG. Hope you like them and that they are holding up.

    We go really slow, so maybe you catch up. It would be really great to hook up! Keep it coming man!:thumb:beer
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    As long as the beer holds out michnus isn't moving. :drink
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    Absolutely! :lol3:thumb:beer
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  14. Thomas B.

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    Yea, Santa Fe is a cool place. We spend 2 months here already last winter. (well, we have friends here).

    About the catching up - how many years are you going to spend in South America?
    I´ll be watching where you are in your RR and if we come Close I´ll shout. The first rounds on me:beer:freaky
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    Our plan was to jump onto the TCAT going east until we get to the Continental Divide and then follow that south to New Mexico. That didn´t work out. When trying to get onto the TCAT we were stopped by signs that said we were not allowed to leave the pavement. We then asked around and were told that everywhere along our route off pavement riding was forbidden, because of the fires. Not great. So we took the roads east. In Kamloops the smoke was really thick and we even looked for a room because it somehow felt unhealthy to be outside. But all the rooms we could find were so expensive that we camped anyway. The next morning the tent had some fine ash on it. We tried to get into cleaner air as fast as we could. After crossing the border into the USA we tried to get onto the CDR and were stopped by signs again. We were watching the fire development on several websites for days already and it looked as if we would have to go some more miles until we could get off the pavement. Then finally after Helena there were no signs anymore and we could get onto the dirt and gravel.

    met an inmate on one of the Ferrys we took

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    the last time at TimHortons and then over the border



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    finally on dirt again

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    it was much steeper than it Looks

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    some pavement in between

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    The first day was a lot of riding in the woods with one very steep and rocky downhill part. (I don´t see how fully loaded big bikes should get up here.) Most was easy gravel and dry. We had been dodging rain in the afternoon for days already and that should stay like that until we reached Santa Fe. And that made for some mud in places that often came suddenly and unexpected and you never knew how long it would last.

    And so it happened on the second day on the CDR that although the top layer was pretty dry already there were spots where it was slippery underneath. Some bikes had come towards us that morning and we could see their tracks special in the mud. They had good knobblies and did pretty straight lines. I was doing around 60 Km/h (40 mi/h) when I hit a spot where my rear wheel decided to take a different direction than my front and tried to overtake as well. No chance in regaining control. I went down a bit harder, but all was good, except for some mud covered parts. Bald E-07s (they had taken me to Alaska) don´t do well in mud I can tell you.

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    503 and 512 garding the sign

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    I sure was glad it was dry in this spot

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    rain in the distance in the morning already

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    there is even oil out there

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    As you can see the landscape was never boring. It would always change every couple of hours. I even liked the Wyoming part. Some might find it a bit dull. I didn´t. I loved the wide open spaces, rolling hills, and the almost non exciting population. It is something we don´t have in Switzerland.

    The riding was easy most of the way. We were following GPSKevins tracks. What I didn´t understand that occasionally the track would go somewhere where there was no or hardly any track although there was a perfectly graded road (just for a couple of yards), or go through a river although there was a bridge directly there. What is that for?

    And then the whole way from Helena to New Mexico is easy cruising (if it´s dry). There are some “easy” routes that are I think mostly when it is wet to avoid the really sticky mud. But then there are 2 or 3 places where the track leads you to a very rocky or steep or rocky and steep part. Maybe there is no way around that without a big detour, but for the big bikes (and maybe without a lot of off road experience) that is a big challenge or a place you have to turn around. For me it doesn´t fit to the character of the rest or the ride. But that´s only my opinion. We met two Africa Twin riders that tried one of the steep hills a couple of times and had to turn around, because they couldn´t make it.

    I feel so important sitting next to Abe (taking a break in Steamboat Springs)

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    enjoying the evening in a national park

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    with nice Colors on the Clouds

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    up on Boreas Pass

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    learned someting about the Train that used to go over the pass

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  18. Thomas B.

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    What´s wrong in this Picture?

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    yup, that´s not supposed to be there

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    for once it was Sandra picking up the scrap metal, but I still had to fix it

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    breaking the bead with the side stand (I´m often not heavy enough - I´m a light guy)

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    sky turning dark again

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    In Sargent we left the CDR and followed our old TAT-tracks to Silverton, where we had an appointment with Joanne and Mark (you remember our riding partners up in Alaska). They were spending a couple of days there to do some riding, and we wanted to join them for a day.

    We took a cabin in Sargent, because it was raining around us, and the weather didn´t look good. It was the first night under a roof for a long time. The next morning the sky was grey when we left and stayed like that the whole day. And of course going up Cinnamon Pass it started to rain, but luckily stopped after a while again. We saw lightning over the pass what is not a very comforting sight on a pass that high. On the top we saw that the rain clouds where very near and we would hit them on our way down to Silverton. Just above Animas forks it started to pour down and didn´t stop until we reached Silverton. We went to the RV park where Joanne and Mark had parked their trailer, but they were not there. They were out riding and probably caught by the rain as well. We hid under a roof of a old gas station to wait for a hard down pour to get less and then fled into a café. There we got a text from Joanne that they were sitting in a café as well in Ouray waiting for the rain to get less or stop. We had something to eat and a lot of tea and coffee while we waited for the rain to stop and our friends to arrive.

    on the TAT towards Silverton

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    going up Cinammon Pass

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    OK, now let´s dive into the rain

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  20. dazzadm

    dazzadm Been here awhile

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    Those trails look fantastic:D
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