WF CDT RMAR aUIB? more than 2 weeks of pure stooopid.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by knybanjo, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    WestFest, Continental Divide Trail, Rocky Mountain Adventure Rally and an Unofficial Iron Butt

    17 days, 6726 miles, 2 annual rallies, 1203 pictures it'd be hard to be any more stooopid.....even for me. :wink:
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  2. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Back to the beginning........

    I had dreams of being able to ride out to a WestFest, but alas, I only have 25 years of employment with the outfit I work for....not enough to get any vacation time in July. :bluduh

    November '09 rolled around and the time came for me to bid my stooopid vacations for 2010......again, nothing left for July. :baldy


    ...but.....just but....there was one glimmer of hope. Nobody had signed up to "stand-by" for the last two weeks of July yet....yet. :fingerscrossed

    I found out about two weeks prior to departure that it was a go!! :clap..and not just one of those weeks, both of 'em!! :evil

    blah, blah, blah...I got the bike all ready..blah, blah..tires, brakes, chain, sprockets..blah, blah, blah...fork seals, fresh fluids and filters....blah, blah, blah.... :rolleyes


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  5. knybanjo

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    Sunday, July 18th, T minus zero (whatever that means)

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    Rolling out of the neighborhood with the sun rising over my shoulder.

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    In less than 2 hours I could attest to the fact that the Smokies were indeed smoking.

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    A reverse view of Buzzard's Roost before entering Tennessee, already state #3 in less than 3. :ricky

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    Today would be the first of only two planned Interstate days.....sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

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    Not all super-slab miles are boring.....something of interest usually presents itself. :wink:

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    Kentucky.....it was hot and humid, the bike was running a little flat. I'm hoping that I just got a batch of bad gas..... :uhoh

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    Lots of horses in the bluegrass state.

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    I thought that I may get caught in some storms between Louisville and Indianapolis.....but I somehow split the gap and rode into cooler air and sunny skies.

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    I like these big steel bridges of old......
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    Here's that sunny sky that also had cooler air.....

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    I never knew that they shipped them by the truckload!!! :eek1

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    I admit that crossing America's bread basket can be a bit monotonous at times.....you do strange things to stay interested sometimes. :loco

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  7. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Indiana, Illinois......all those "I" states look alike, don't they? :dunno

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    Is this where the "Tinman" was from? :scratch

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    After a while I found myself talking to my shadow....."Hi Mr. Shadow." :wave

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    Yeah, I know...you're getting about as tired of looking at corn and soybeans as I was!!

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    ....but there seemed to be no end....

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    I made it to my planned camping spot on the Mississippi just East of Moline before sunset!! :clap

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    Home Sweet Home

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    After setting up camp I took a sunset ride along the river.....

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    ...and at last....dinner is served! :dg

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    It included some interesting conversation with some locals, one of which was a commercial fisherman on the Mississippi. I should have gotten his pic as he was quite the character!
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  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Well day one went relatively well for a super-slab day. 904 indicated miles in about 14 1/2 hours and getting camp set up before dark!

    The flattness on top end and under hard acceleration never seemed to fully go away though. I began thinking about an article I had read online awhile back about the fuel pump/filter being an integrated unit. The symptoms were consistent with a clogged filter but I didn't want to have to wait for parts or risk being stranded.

    Anyway I had 3G and posted up a request for a link to that article and tpak on stromtrooper came through with the goods! :clap CLICK HERE Thanks again man! I wouldn't have time to read the article or consider it as a possible fix until the end of day 2...if I made it that far, I was still hoping it was just bad gas that hadn't been fully burned out of the tank yet. :arg
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  9. sena123

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    :rofl stooooopidd ??!! :clap
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  10. knybanjo

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    I actually slept pretty good for the first night in the tent, unfortunately that's not always the case for me.

    The still shiny clean Wee Strom in the rising sun. :D

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    This was a scene along my walk to the bath house. :deal

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    The plan today is to just follow the great river upstream.....Minnesota is up there someplace! :lol3
    .....but the roads didn't all hug the river so Iowa corn would be companion this morning too. :dunno

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    I did try to follow the river as close as I could and crossed it several times....

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    Train! train!!....I love that song! :super

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    Then I found exactly what I was keeping an eye out for. A ratty looking little cafe with a parking lot full of pick-up trucks. :dg

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    My omelet would be accompanied by the sounds of the old timers talking local politics this morning....there was big money involved, I think the Mayor made about $20 a year!! :dunno

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    Back on the bike watching the birds fly over the bordering marshlands....

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    Love these bridges!! :thumb

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    It's cool the way your tires wiggle and roar over the grate! :evil

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    Even though this was a scenic backroads tour today....I still had about 600 miles to cover so on the fly snap shots of the neat little villages along the way will have to do......

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    You'd never get anywhere if you took a proper picture every time you seen an interesting subject..... it's always a conflict! :lobby

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    There is NO escaping the corn!! :nono

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  12. knybanjo

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    Rolling away from the corn and back down to the river in Dubuque my pics totally suck...sorry. :waysad

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    I really should have stopped for a good look at the river boats.... :dunno

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    Even though I didn't care enough to stop and check it out...I can't help but wonder who wanted a mansion on the bluff above the tracks? :scratch

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    OK...y'all can thank Klay for this next series.
    :deal He's the one that mentioned the Dickeyville Grotto to me....I'd have never even noticed it otherwise.

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    That looked like a driveway to me...so I rode in. :evil

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    It's quite the funky little shrine, to be sure.

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    It was about here that I realized that I was riding on the sidewalk....but nobody was around and nobody said a thing to me.

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    This place is pieced together from all sorts of stone.

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    As I left there and continued on the Great River Road (GRR shoulda been part of the title) I seen a contrasting site.
    I had a co-worker by the same name fired for spending time in a similar establishment while on the clock....it struck me funny and I took a pic. :lol3

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    I really am following the river...I swear I am!! :D

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    SEE?! :wink:
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    These signs would serve as my map and GPS as it zig-zagged along backroads... :cromag

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  13. knybanjo

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    blah, blah, blah let me try to get this moving along before I'm charged with boring somebody to death.... :bueller

    Eventually leaving the river behind and heading up through central Wisconsin....there's more corn.

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    ...but at least it's a little bit hilly....

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    ...and before you know it I'm at Lake Superior. Barker's Island Marina, I spent some time there as a teenager on a friend's boat.

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    A tiny old ore ship

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    Shutter happy as I cross over the harbor into Minnesota.

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    The Enger Tower above Duluth, Mn....no I didn't stop at the 'stitch factory. :nah

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    This is still the way all the ships have to enter the harbor, none were in sight this day though.

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    Looking back to Superior, Wi and the bridge I just crossed with all the grain elevators along the waterfront. Grain and Iron Ore are the two big commodities shipped out of here.
    (looks like I just missed a storm too)

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    Tourists are welcome....

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    ...but I'm too sure about that guy! :uhoh

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    You did know that I would have to ride across the bridge, didn't you? :ricky

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    U-Turn...do it again!

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    Nope, nobody waiting so we won't get to see it in action today....

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    I did get to see a cute amish girl with her horse and buggy though. :evil

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    Central High School

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    ..and my parting shot of the waterfront and the storm that I just missed...

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    Stopping for gas I see that my brand new fork seals are leaking badly. The kicker is that the old ones were'nt leaking before I changed them. The left had leaked, been cleaned and quit leaking. The right side had never leaked before this....and I have not even seen and dirt, rain or rough roads yet!

    1,500 miles of street and they're already junk! :becca

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    Anyway it's just a short run from Duluth up to my parent's house on Da Range...

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    The stats....note clock remained set to EDT

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  14. knybanjo

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    Day 3, Tuesday July 20th

    It was to be a rest day to just hang out with family...but I decided that to do that fuel filter mod.

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    All you have to do is take the pump out of the tank and drill a hole in the right place in that black thing there... :uhoh

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    All finished. :D

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    I won't bore you with the family pics but my sister and her family came over and we ate a meal fit for any holiday! It was good times! :clap

    Later that afternoon when it was time for them to head for home I decided a longer test run may be a good idea so Dad loaded up one of my nephews onto the Burgman and away we went. :ricky

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    Then my sister and brother in law joined us for a spin around the local lake.

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    I had the honor of escorting my niece! :raabia

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    Dad and I heading home at sunset had to watch out for deer......you always see 'em up there! :deal

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    I used to catch catfish in this pond as a kid...

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  15. Land

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    Wooo-hooo! A stooopid ride report by stooopid ol' Banjo!:clap

    In. Even though he left WestFest without huggin' me goodbye.:lol3

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  16. Gaston Gagne

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    Keep it coming. Was it blasting hot in Minnesota?

    Too bad about the fork seals.
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  17. knybanjo

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    Thanks :wave I still need to read your report Chris...I scanned some of the pics....Great as always!! :thumb


    I have one of your reports bookmarked too :nod but have yet to catch up on it....

    It was actually a bit chilly way up in da nort woods.... :thumb

    That fork seal thing is a big disappointment. Leak Proof Pro Moly..guaranteed to never leak. :rolleyes
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  18. Land

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    Thanks, Kevin.:D I still need to finish writing it.:lol3

    Edit: And it should go without sayin', but feel free to use any of my shots of the idjit on the red motorsickle that you want to.:D

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  19. knybanjo

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    Alright....let's try to get this show out West already. :ddog

    Day 4, Wednesday July 21st
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    Maple Lake in the morning light. :flug

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    Da nort woods is full of wetlands, eh.

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    An lots a big fish too...uff-da! :lol3

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    As you head West towards North Dakota you may think you're there before you're really there...

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    But you'll eventually be there...note the last tree you see is on the MN side. :wink:

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    Spy planes? :patch

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    Yaller stuff :dunno

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    Hey! where'd all those trees come from?!? :scratch

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    Then I suddenly found myself at The Geographical Center of North America! :clap

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    There in the center of this great continent I met a man that just finished riding from Key West to Alaska and was filmed for a reality show about the competition...

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    He said the winner got $500,000. He smiled like a winner but said he was sworn to secrecy because of the yet to be released TV show.

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    Here's his card. :evil

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    Oh the excitement that is US2 in ND :bore

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    Oil $$

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    Eastern Montana brought rolling hills and the threat of storms late Wednesday afternoon.

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    I seen touring bicycles ready to call it a day and wondered if I should too...

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    But I seen a ray sunshine and hoped it would follow me down the road...

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    Local time would now be two hours earlier than my clock...

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    I timed it just right....I grabbed a cheap room in Havre, Mt and as soon as I carried my bags inside the bottom dropped out! :knary

    Tomorrow I finally get to the "good stuff" :D
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  20. knybanjo

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    Day 5, Thursday July 22nd....the day I finally arrive at WestFest!!

    I turned SW on the 87 towards Great Falls....will I ever get past these fields and into those mountains? :patch

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    It didn't seem like it.....but occasionally there would be a slight curve tossed in to keep me awake. :D

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    Could this be a high plains oasis of sorts? :scratch

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    Rolling past Fort Benton

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    It was a trick.....I'm still on the long lonely road..... :ddog

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    ...but it wasn't all boring... :lol3

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    ...was it? :bluduh

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    Am I still heading West? Are the Rocky Mtns still out there somewhere? Are we there yet? :dunno

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    Then another glimmer of hope appears....or is it a mirage?

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    I can't imagine how tiresome it would be to pedal across the great plains... :knary

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    oooooOOoooo what's this? :evil

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    Could it be? :huh

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    I had to go have a look...

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    Turned out to be a different CDT...one for hikers. :dunno

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    But...at any rate, I felt as if I had finally arrived!! :clap

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    Then just South of Missoula, within and hour of camp, I get a whiff of BBQ...and a glimpse of a red Baja Bug. Wait a minute, I've seen that somewhere before. :scratch

    U-Turn!! :deal
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    Sure enough! It's inmate Kinsman's place! :wave

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    And I was recognized by some other inmates as I pulled in....they quickly finished up and left.

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    Kinsman let me know that he would be catering WF with pulled pork...so I ordered the beef to have some variety. It was yummy. :dg

    Rolling down the road to Darby! :ricky

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    My first dirt of the trip! :lol3

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    :deal We're there!!! :thumb

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    Early Thursday the crowd begins to assemble.....This is gonna be great!! :kumbaya

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