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Gettin' Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles - UTBDR, KLIM rally, Canada, WABDR, OBDR +

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hey I get to chime in here...

    I've got a picture of how Jimmy Lewis was able to complete the difficult challenges of the "tricky skills" race...

    Ready?
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    :lol3

    And while many folks had a great time at the KTM event, we need to remember that this can be a dangerous sport.

    The "lounge" at Casa Black Dog had a bunch of customers...
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    and some bikes were having bad days as well.
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    So we all need to appreciate the good days we all have riding.

    Play hard, but try and minimize risks.
    (Gosh, am I starting to sound like some old fuddy duddy or what?)

    Hijack off...
    Q~
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  2. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    I am so glad my internet connection got fixed because I just got to watch the whole 12+ minutes of riding without even buffering once!! Ride looked fantastic and 70% still looked like you were really cookin'!

    Gotta run and get some learning juice!!!
  3. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Yup!

    Hi'ya Wans :wave Just checking in, had to come down out of the mountains it's really pretty bad wheezing and hacking through all the smoke..

    I remember passing that Monument (said loosely) and thinking to myself why is it everything I've ridden, worked-on, or cursed is now a pigeon gathering point for deification.

    In a land far-far away in a time long lost..

    Yup that's me
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    You guys are doing GREAT moving right along too. I noticed when you two rode along the Tobbogan Ridge all those Trees have since been cut away at least when I rode through the first week of August... funny I run out of gas on that ridge.

    Keep it coming :lurk ready for more..

    Weather would be perfect right now for riding if not for the smoke and the fires mid 70's let's hope it clears.
  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Aw, dvwalker. :cry
    No cone?? Did the waypoint not work?

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    Wow, it’'s still hot there? I thought it would have cooled off by now.
    It was at least 100° in the basin when we left the cone...

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    Thanks for the pics, Questor!
    Not a hijack, but a fine contribution. :thumb
    Yes, I’'m always telling Matt that this is an incredibly stupid hobby.
    It'’s easy to forget when you're having fun.

    Wow, great photo, Sam!
    Ramming speed!

    Sorry to hear about the smoke. Seems like all of the West is still on fire...:(:



    OK - ready, Rwelch?
    We'll say it together....(I'm sure PDX A will join in :evil)
    Expand my brain, learning juice!
    :beer



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    Day 33: 7/24/12
    Idaho Panhandle NF to Naples, ID 185 miles






    We'll start off with some tire pics...
    here they are - 876 miles

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    Back on the road. :ricky

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    I think we could have kept going with the 2 track,
    but we decided to try the train tunnels today.

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    Had a little surprise in this one...

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    Startled some deer. And they startled us. :eekers

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    Sorry, guys

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    A couple neat bridges.

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    We were heading into Wallace, ID.

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    As we were leaving the forest roads, right on the outskirts of town,
    we saw a girl, lying in the grass on the side of the road. That'’s weird. :scratch
    When we got closer, Matt slowed down.


    The girl saw us and started waving her arms and screaming.
    Oh shit.


    Matt quickly pulled over and I jumped off.
    The poor thing was crying and hysterical and it was hard to make out what she was saying.
    Something about “motorcycle...”
    We didn'’t see any signs of a bike, but once she calmed down we got the story.



    She was visiting her uncle and he let her ride his ST90.

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    Somehow, she freaked out and drove the bike off the side of the road and down into the creek.
    It was a pretty good drop, too.
    She got out of the water and crawled up up the bank.
    It must have been just before we rode by.
    Man, I was so relieved that she hadn'’t escaped from some psycho’'s basement or something! :pierce
    When I saw her lying there, screaming, that was my first thought.



    Anyway, she was blubbering so hard I was afraid to let her move.
    She said she had twisted her knee and her whole leg really hurt.
    Rather than take a chance, I had her stay seated on the ground while Matt rode to get help.
    :2cry
    I tried to keep her calm and just patted her back, saying "it's okay, don't worry..." :dunno




    When a woman ran over, I thought it was the girl’'s mom,
    but it was just a nice lady who had been out for a walk.
    I think she was still a mom, so she was a lot more soothing than I was.
    Boy, was I glad to have someone else there.
    I’'m not real good with kids or people who are crying.
    :uhoh



    Apparently, neither was the girl’'s uncle.
    That guy was a real jerk. :bluduh
    He didn'’t even check her leg before he started yelling at her to stop crying!
    She was only 13 and had lost her glasses in the fall, so he could have been a little nicer.
    But, I think he was way more concerned about his ST90.



    It was upside down on the hill, almost in the water.
    BigWan got out our tow line (amsteel blue) and we pulled the bike up.
    Matt and the jerky uncle went down the hill and pushed the bike while the nice lady and I pulled the line.
    That little thing was heavy!
    It made us realize how hard it would be to pull the schoolbus out of a ravine...

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    There were some cute houses in Wallace.

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    This one seemed really old.

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    While we were getting gas, these stylish guys came over to chat.
    They were part of WorldriderZ, riding to raise awareness of kidney disease.
    Apparently, it’'s a French television show, and has been picked up by the Discovery Channel. Info here.



    Arthur, on the left, is the cameraman and Yanis, is a producer.
    They said that one of their riders is on a KTM 990 and so they were excited to see us.
    When they saw the GoPro on Matt’'s helmet, they were even more enthusiastic.
    Oh! You'’re on a tv show, too?
    Um. Non. :nah
    Then why the camera?
    Just for fun.We're silly phoques. :lol3


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    BigWan recognized this place from Big Dog'’s Tour of Idaho report.
    We needed lunch anyway, so we went over.

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    What's with all the giant chickens?
    (ha, not a chicken dance! Just when you think I'’m gonna zig, I zag :wink:)

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    The inside of this place is a trip.
    Covered with license plates and old crap collectibles.

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    Even the ceiling :up

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    Matt says he remembers Near Beer

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    I don'’t know what the hell this thing is, but it freaks me out! :dic

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    Okay, this place might be good for ambiance,
    but they kind of suck at making food. :puke1
    This is my $8.25 chicken “salad.

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    And this is BigWan'’s lame ass burrito. :fitz

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    We stopped at the supermarket to replenish our foodbag.
    Oatmeal, canned chicken, etc.

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    And then it was back on the road...



    I think I'’ll leave you guys here, on the streets of Wallace.

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    There were a lot of linkies to keep you busy, right?
    I need to start thinking about making dinner...




    dirt samples tomorrow! I haven't forgotten. :deal


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  5. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    I read somewhere that adventure without risk is Disney Land. :D


    That's right up there with "Oh hai! We're in our bathing suits!"
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  6. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Yeah! Nice vid from KTM rally Matt! You guys made some good dust and almost found the 'booty' - ha ha!

    I sincerely hope you visit again and we can show you around when all that sand is wet, you'll be amazed.

    End of hijack
  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    There you are!
    I've been waiting for you....:evil




    :lol3





    Hiya, wachs!
    That was most definitely NOT a hijack.
    :freaky






    Day 33: 7/24/12 continued
    Idaho Panhandle NF to Naples, ID 185 miles





    Leaving Wallace

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    Yikes. That looks...green. :uhoh

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    I think we were in the Coeur d'Alene forest.

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    Lots of fun roads, and we had them all to ourselves. :D

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    Huge dragonfly.
    (youtube is the weirdest mucking place :scratch)

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    We were really enjoying these roads - they were so fun and fast.

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    Just jamming around, getting into the flow...

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    When...

    POW!!
    :p3rry

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    We were down on the ground.
    What the...?
    :scratch


    Looking back at the trail, it was hard to figure out exactly what happened.

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    One minute we were doing about 45mph...
    Next thing, we're sideways,
    then slamming to the ground.
    It was fast!

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    We tried to get all CSI and do an accident reconstruction, but it still didn't make a whole lot of sense.



    The ground didn't even look muddy or wet.
    But it was slick as ice.
    Must have been a thin layer of clay or wet silt?
    Dunno. :dunno

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    Still weird that the bike ended up doing a 180.

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    It was unlike us to leave the bike on the ground while we took pics...

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    But, we had both hit the ground pretty hard. :norton
    Nobody was hurt, though.
    Not even the bike.

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    Look, cdndog, it's almost a salute! :wink:
    I had been holding the camera when we went down, so my hand was all jacked.
    The poor camera got another face full of dirt and grit...

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    Woo! The crappy mirror survived! :clap

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    This was a good side to crash on - the starboard bag has our sleeping pads,
    my sandals, the baby wipes, all smooshable things.

    The port side bag has the cook set, the water pump...glad we didn't land on that side...

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    These Wolfman bags are doing great. :thumb
    We've had them for a while now and they still look pretty good.
    I wish they were a tiny bit bigger (they're only 19 liters), but we love them.




    Can't say the same for these "adventure" bags.
    Yes, we're hard on stuff, but they should last longer than one trip. :dirtdog

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    We had been charging the camera battery at the time, but all was well.
    yay, velcro strap! :D

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    As he was turning the bike around,
    Matt went back to the spot to take another look...
    and almost crashed again.
    He said that crown in the road was just super slick.

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    We were close to the border of Idaho and Montana.

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    I saw this and thought I had accidentally used duplicates.
    Nope. This Kootenai/Jacks Gulch pic is different.
    Taken 20 minutes apart...

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    The stupid world wide web didn't give me much info.
    I almost broke the internet doing this, but here's the location.

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    Well, wherever we are, it's pretty.

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    We were working our way to Sandpoint, ID.
    Home of Black Dog Cycle Works.
    Unfortunately, Kurt and Martha (and Libby) had gone to the BMW rally in Missouri.
    We were sad to have missed them.
    :(:

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    Airplane pic for larryboy

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    Interesting mural. :0-0
    The stuff on the left looks like refrigerator magnet poetry!

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    Refrigerator poem for today

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    haha, that only makes sense if you've been clicking on the links. :loco



    We had planned on camping in the forest tonight,
    so when we had a chance, BigWan pumped some water.

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    Unfortunately, this part of the forest (near Naples, ID) was super creepy.
    It was steep and densely wooded. Not camping friendly at all.
    We rode several miles in, hoping to find a campground or at least a good clearing.
    But it just got spookier and spookier.
    :arg

    Camping became less appealing.
    This was definitely a place to get killed by a bear, an axe-wielding tweaker
    or maybe a zombie.

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    (scary photo stolen from Zombies: A Guide to the Apocalypse) :uhoh




    OK, screw this. Let's go back to the highway.

    We ended up at Blue Lake Resort.

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    Matt, pretending that he doesn't have a mouth full of chips. :lol3

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    Learning juice, you ma-make me happy! :1drink

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    Our neighbors were a grumpy Canadian lesbian couple.**
    I think they were annoyed that we were so close to them
    (hey, this is where the campground lady told us to go :dunno)



    They were having a hard time starting their fire so BigWan went over to help.
    Gasoline to the rescue!

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    Heh. After this they were much friendlier. :wave
    ** edit - I only mentioned the lesbian part because when Matt walked over, one of them said "Of course, a MAN to the rescue..."
    but then she ended up really liking him. :D I totally forgot to add that detail, sorry.






    Considering how hard we slammed down, we were good. Matt had a jammed finger and the tiniest bit of rash.
    I felt great! :rayof

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    Norm was clean and sober today. :nod
    One day at a time, Norm. One day at a time...

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    Matt took this pretty photo of the campground lake.

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    Oh, I almost forgot to give you guys the crappy map of the day.
    Here it is...

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    You're welcome! :lol3

    Next time - Bonner's Ferry and then into The Great White North!

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  8. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Welll did Matt say tacking or hard about prior to the course change? Did you happen to see the little green "starboard" light after the course change? It looks like Matt's Gopro is a masthead light?
    Oh yeah you guys, go on "three hour tours"! :lol3
    Glad it wasn't any worse, you still have about 4,000 miles left to document, as only you can!:clap
  9. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    WOoh... :eek1 Glad you two were wearing that Klim stuff but you don't really need to test it..... do you (glad your OK) :norton Looks to me like you were on FS 332 (state line) junction with FS 430 I think.just cresting up off 992........ Isn't that a great road! Yea I was on it end of July and still had some big puddles and slippery corners in the shadows.

    Well seems you guys pretty much followed most of my route. So Canada here we come!



    This should be good... :lurk
  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    heh, you want something boaty, like this?

    oh, not that much left - maybe 3200 miles? Whew. Still a lot. :knary

    Hi Sam!
    Yeah, we got lucky on this ride. We were super happy we didn't get hurt or mess up the bike.
    We tried hard to follow your highlighter...:thumb The roads you chose were beautiful.


    It was a little sad when we knew the Tour of Idaho (T1) was RIGHT THERE,
    stopping in Shoup and Elk City and Wallace...
    But it was too much for us and all our stuff. Maybe someday if we have a support vehicle...:evil



    O Canada...
    For Canada we followed some GPS tracks that a "friend" had given us...

    (at least we thought he was our friend...) :augie

    dum dum dum! <----- dramatic music :lol3

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  11. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Hippo Sweat I tell ya!, I've seen it a hundred times, nothing makes the ground as slick as hippo sweat.

    No, that's pink, nevermind
  12. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    Kelly , thanks for that last stretch of ride report ! Had me LMAO , great way to start a Sunday morning . I vote you guys win some big bucks and ride all year around , to keep us armchair adventurers busy . The 180 made me think of this . <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/natb87H6jk0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  13. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    Looks like the Klim gear did you well in the crash.
    Glad to see you guys ride away unhurt.

    :clap
  14. jadedillusion

    jadedillusion Adventure Wife

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    I am so late to the party. And only on page 19 so far, but to catch up,

    :wave:thumb:lurk:rofl:lol3:eek2:clap:lurk

    Always love your RR. We didn't do a bike trip this year. Instead we took the dogs to Colorado via Valley of the Gods in the Jeep. Three years in a row we hit VOG. Still one of my favorites. And yes, the ferry ride is overrated, as is the little rec town at Lake Powell.

    We were planning on taking the Space Shuttle KTM to Montana next year, but I'm betting you'll change his mind and he'll want to slide up to KLIM country.
  15. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    Hey you too, no dirt naps:snore...your on the clock! :rofl But seriously, glad you guys were ok! :D

    Landon loves the Oh Hai! Video with the cat (WTF is up with that cat? Cleft pallet?:scratch weird)

    Dum Dum Dum Dum!:rofl:rofl That video was hilarious
  16. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, MICN

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    I hate having to look back in a post for past comedic references, so here is the link...

    JG
  17. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    i have read the whole thing and i probably missed it but which Klim suits are you guys wearing? i just saw in the last post they take a crash pretty good, but the main thing for me is are the really really really waterproof? i hate spending mega bucks on stuff that is touted at being waterproof only to be disappointed and pissed off in the field as i get soaked to the bone. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Oldtrucks, I saw this yesterday and it cracked me up.
    I love it when you guys actually watch those WTF clips! :lol3

    That video was perfect!
    Oooh. Thanks for your enthusiasm, but riding year round??
    that sounds bad for our health!

    :eekers




    thanks, scottmac! we were pretty happy about it, too.


    hey jadedillusion - yes! Idaho is a must-see. :deal You guys will LOVE it.


    Oh hai - Rwelch, guess you're getting caught up on videos now that your connection is better...:lol3


    Thanks, live2ridetahoe! :thumb
    Oh hai! You saved me the trouble
    (and now you can share the blame for getting it stuck in everyone's heads again)
    :rofl







    Day 34: 7/25/12
    Naples, ID to Sasquatch Lake CG, British Columbia






    We got a late start today. :rolleyes

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    Our formerly-grumpy neighbors were actually very sweet.
    I think they were probably relieved that BigWan and I were quiet and well behaved.
    And the fire thing didn'’t hurt, either.


    While we were chit-chatting in the morning,
    they made a point of telling us that there was good riding around Nelson (so they'’ve heard).
    Nelson, huh? :hmmmmm

    I did a quick search on ADV and made a couple notes.
    OK, let’'s go to Nelson!




    After breakfast,
    Matt spent most of the morning turning our Canadian GPS tracks into a route for Norm.

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    These things aren't exactly donuts, but they're close enough for camping.

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    Our MSR bottle was looking a little dented
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    Those KLIM people were so smart.
    Not only did we get stickers in our swag bags, but
    they had a pile of stickers on the table at the barn dinner and I took a bunch.




    Now we had them on our hackintosh, the bike, my journal, my wallet...

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    Super random boy wallet, girl wallet comparison.
    The girl wallet is too heavy to carry most of the time.
    It's got a big coin pocket and a mini 'biner key clip...
    cute, but impractical.
    (it was a gift from my sister)
    The boy wallet is for riding. it's comfy-er.
    (stolen from matt circa 1992)




    And we're moving...


    The one thing I really wanted to do on this ride was get a haircut at the Barber Ship.
    We had seen it on the Summer of Stupid, but I didn'’t even get a chance to take a photo.
    Now that we were going back to Bonner’s Ferry, I was getting inside.

    There it is!

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    Woo! haircuts! :clap

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    Aw, man. They were closed. :(:

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    Can you read that sign?

    I’'m hair when I’'m hair
    and I’'m knot when I’'m knot.
    Capt’'n Dave.
    Try Saturdays and Mondays
    9:30am til noon
    No phone, just drift in.


    Since it was noon on a Wednesday, we were S.O.L.

    Bob Saget!

    :becca


    Actually, it says "FOR SAIL" on the front,
    so maybe everyone is SOL. :cry

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    Well, that’'s mucking great. Now we can’'t have haircuts on this trip.
    Guess we'’ll just wait until we get home.
    (now I want one of those!)

    Bye, barber ship :2cry

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    Last time, we drove through Bonner’s Ferry looking for somewhere to eat.
    we ended up leaving town and going hungry.
    This time, the same thing almost happened,
    but we forced ourselves to stop at Zips.

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    We had noticed that flags around town were at half mast...

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    So Matt asked the Zips people if they knew why.

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    They didn’'t know why, but “then a worker said, "Maybe someone killed the President. I hope so!”"
    Everyone was pretty excited at the prospect.




    I got a veggie burger and some tater tots.

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    After checking the newpaper, we figured that the flags were probably lowered because of the recent shootings in Aurora, CO.
    There had also been some police shootings and protests in Anaheim, CA.


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    Hmm.
    Do you think they'll let us move to Canada?

    They have all the good stuff.
    Mouse beer, Alan Thicke, William Shatner...

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    It was a fast border crossing. Easy and painless.

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    The customs guy asked if we had any fruits and vegetables, which we did.
    Bell peppers, but they'’re from Canada!
    He let us keep them.
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    Here we are! Canada! woo hoo!

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    Pretty already.

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    So, JustPaul had sent us some tracks for Canada.
    He and some friends were doing a ride in the opposite direction (WABDR, then Canada, then Idaho, back to Cali).
    Mike Z (zeegman) is Canadian and he was the one who put together their route thru BC.
    It’'s gotta be good. :deal




    We didn'’t know anything about these tracks or where they went,
    we were just going to give them to Norm and then follow him blindly as we always do.
    Take us away, rocket man!

    :lol3




    Wow, into the dirt already!
    Awesome. :ricky

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    Hmm. Really?

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    Well, at least someone has been clearing.
    That’'s a good sign.

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    Soon after that, we found some not so good signs.
    Signs that said stuff like, “"Road closed,"” "“Permit required,"” "“No admittance,"” etc.
    I don'’t have pics, unfortunately.
    An attempt to maintain plausible deniability.
    :dunno



    We weighed our options.
    We had no map (oops), no money (hadn'’t seen a bank yet),
    and no idea where we were.



    All we had was an allegedly sober plastic box, telling us to go down this road...



    Muck it, let'’s go.
    What's the worst that can happen?
    They don'’t have a lot of guns in Canada, right?

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    Crap, we’'ve only been in this country for 10 minutes and we’'re already breaking the law!
    Matt kept singing that as we rode and it cracked me up.
    Hopefully it would only be a few miles, then we could get onto a better road.

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    Saw lots of deer.

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    It would have been fun, if it wasn'’t so stressful...

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    I mean, what if we get busted by the Mounties?

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    WTF? It’'s hard to read, but that sign says,
    "Call “Empty Tye Road for Porcupine"” :scratch

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    Oh, crap.
    Up ahead we could see there were some trucks blocking the road.
    BigWan slowed down and we rolled past them.



    Maybe we'’ll get through without any trouble...






  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    hi dmaxmike,
    Matt's wearing the Latitude Jacket and Badlands pants.
    I've got the Latitude Jacket and Latitude pants.
    We have the upgraded D30 armor (for the latitude stuff, D30 comes with badlands).
    It was really important to me to have the latitude pants because I like the front zip pockets.
    The badlands have just side pockets. Annoying (to me. I keep a lot crap in my front pockets)

    Matt and I don't ride in the rain too often, so waterproofness wasn't a huge priority for us.
    Klim's outstanding crash protection was the main draw.

    That being said, we had heavy rain/hail during this trip and stayed completely dry.
    You have to be good about closing the flaps on the jacket pockets and zipping the vents,
    but as far as we can tell, this stuff is really waterproof.
    The vent zippers are kind of a pain, they're hard to work while you're riding.
    But, I guess because the zippers are so waterproof, they don't slide easily.
    I don't know. I hated them. But, I was completely dry during my bitching...:D


    some of the heavy rain we got in Idaho.
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    Our previous gear was Olympia. They used a waterproof liner system.
    So the outer jacket wasn't necessarily 100% waterproof, but the liner would keep you dry.
    We found that the outer gear absorbed a fair amount of water,
    so if it was really raining, the jackets got heavy and wet.
    Unpleasant when you're camping.



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    The klim stuff, on the other hand, didn't seem to absorb water.
    We usually brought our gear into the tent at night and I don't remember it ever being a problem...

    Anyway, hope that helps!

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  20. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    ^^^ thank you!! ^^^