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Poor Man Uraling the U.S.A.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by stitchergary, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    Gary , you're up in my age bracket , taking on the whole swedish bikini team at once is a little much at once . Are you sure its your back ? Had to skip yellowstone , i guess ? Now you will have to come back out and put up another great ride report ! Planning on riding the superslab back home ? Other than that , maybe swing into the south black hills and my nephew could probably rig up some power steering , take some of the work out of riding . Glad to here you are still riding , sorry to hear youre back is hurting . Get a motel with hot tub , maybe some pain patches . Heal and have a good one .
  2. Patrick46

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    Hey Gary...great to hear that you're still out there putting the miles on. (we were gettin a bit worried there when we hadn't heard from you in awhile, bud!)

    I was taught that when my back heads south, to use ice, then heat, then back to more ice. It kinda sucks, but the heat loosens the muscles, and the ice shrinks the swelling...which is what causes the pain in the first place.

    Be carful out there. Drive safely.....and stay in touch!!!!! GodSpeed!
  3. Mr Head

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    +1 on the ice for the back.

    Though I have found that pouring a generous two fingers of single malt over the ice and applying slowly to internals seems to help as well.:evil

    Great report, looking forward to the update.
  4. stitchergary

    stitchergary Been here awhile

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    I wake up to sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 40's in Kalispell, MT,. This is my day to see Glacier National Park. I've heard a lot about this place and the "Going to the Sun" road. After cleaning up and packing my clean cloths from last night's laundry, I'm ready to head out. By now the temperature is in the 60's. Looks like a fantastic day. It's a short 35 mile the the park and shortly out of Kalispell I pass this on the road..I'm not sure why this struck me as funny. The truck had a flat tire, so during the change they took the horse out. Looks like it's supervising to me, except for a brief time posing for my picture...
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    They have helicopter tours of the park if that's what you'd like to do...I'm sure it's very scenic.
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    At the entrance to the helicopter rides I get these shots. I'm not even in the park yet and the scenery is stunning.
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    As I pull into the park I'm amazed at all the commercial enterprises. At all the other National Parks I've been to they just have a booth to collect the entry fee, but here it's like pulling into main street U.S.A.. They have big buildings for selling shirts, hotel, restaurants, entry into an 18 hole golf course, and other retail shops.. This is the first park where there were any lines for entry.
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    The sign said get in left lane.. I wish I'd taken the right lane. They had an employee walking down the line and if you had a pass they had you take the employee entrance and just ride on by. I'm sitting there inching my way up in the slow lane..

    The speeds were perfect for me in the 35-40 MPH range. I try to absorb all the scenery, but know I'll never remember most of the stunning visual effects it provides. Better get the camera out pronto.
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    It's around 10:30am now and the temperatures are perfect. I start opening the zippers on the jacket. This is going to be a nice ride for sure...
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    The runoff from the mountains provides plenty of fresh water.
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    They like those choosing to tour in the buses to ride in style. These are cira 1937 and were completely refurbished in 2002. There was a man sitting in the back seat who I talked to. He had a sliding canvass top he had open to let the sunshine in and to view the majestic mountains.
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    Suddenly the scenery went from great to out of this world. You could stop and turn around 360 degrees and every angle brought a visual splendor.
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    It was hear I sad Hi to a guy on a Victory motorcycle from Alberta Canada. As I was standing back to take a pic he turns and and sets up his tripod right in front of me..I wait awhile for him and finally move to get him out of the picture.. He takes off before me and his exhuast is so loud it hurts my ears even with my helmet on. Back to the scenery..

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    I've seen lots of mountains on my travels, but this area was unique to me in how green everything was. There would be bare rocks near the top, but much of the mountain would have this intense green color.
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    Just before this pic and went through a segment of the road with large piles of trees on both sides and many broken concrete barriers stacked up...I was puzzled why until later I heard about avalanches they had last winter and assumed this was where one was. They used heavy equipment to push it out of the roadway to make a clear pass. It's hard to imagine snow could do so much damage pulling trees out of the ground like that...Wish I'd taken a pic...

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    I can't start to guess how many motorcycles were on this road.. It seemed like there were as many motorcycles as cars and trucks... Everyone was friendly and waved. How could you not be happy in these surroundings??

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    The road winds up and up. It was getting quite narrow at this point with a rock wall to the inside of the mountain. I decide to move over onto this lookout. It's so far down and even though they have that rock wall, I have to stand holding the bike for a few moments because I feel dizzy.
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    There is no way these pics do the height justice. It's a long ways down..
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    I spent a lot of time at this location. Not because it had a porta-potty, but because so many people came up to talk and I was trying to relax my back. It went from pavement to dirt road just before this point, and this was where I hurt my back..I'm looking around at the amazing sights and didn't see a hole in the road. I hit it with the front wheel and suddenly felt a pain in my back..It wasn't in the spine, but the big muscle off to the side. That's what I get for not paying attention. This water truck was spraying the road down, but being very curteous, turned the water off just as he got to me. The rig does need a good wash job though...Come Back!!!
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    As I said, I talked to a lot of people at this sight... A couple BMW riders from Colorado..
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    I figured since I was trying to rest the back, this would be a good time for lunch...
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    Think I could sell that pic to Van Camp's???? It would be hard to beat this scenery...
    Another older gentleman came up to talk about the bike and my trip. As we're talking I see a couple older ladies climb over the stone wall and stand on the edge of the huge dropoff. I commented to the man why anyone would do this and he agreed. The slightest mistake and you'd be calculating if a falling object accelerates at 32'/second. One lady was probably in her 60's and the other around 70. I picture young guys showing off doing this, not older ladies... It wasn't until later I realized this guy was riding in the same car as these two daredevils. As they are standing on the edge I had to turn the other way so I didn't see them.
    The last people I talked to at this spot were driving a Subaru Outback. They said they were from Missoula, MT and this was their 9th Subaru. Subaru owners are a loyal bunch. There were loads of Subaru's in both Glacier and later in Yellowstone...
    To give you readers the best of the best in pictures, I tempted incarceration to get this pic...This was a construction site with no parking signs and I pulled between two orange cones just to get a pic of this waterfall. All the cars had to keep going. I hope you feel privaleged.:rofl
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    Long ways down...
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    I think this was called the "Weeping Waterfall". People coming down the mountain better not have their sunroof open or they'd get wet...
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    It's getting pretty chilly up here now... Over 6,000'.
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    This water must have cascaded down these rock steps for a mile or more...
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    Just before Logan Pass...
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    This guy must be the head of the welcoming committee, because he waundered around the parking lot....
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    Getting her last days of skiing in...
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    Glacier
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    Beautiful green colored river...What I thought was a river...
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    That takes care of Glacier National Park... I'm headed to Yellowstone in Wyoming next..
  5. Big Rolly

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    Great pictures, well worth the wait, sorry to hear about the back, I have the same problem. Keep up the excellent RR.
    Cheers
    Rolly
  6. LoganAZ

    LoganAZ Been here awhile

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    Gary, you are invited back for another weekend of pool parties:dutch at Claire & AJ's. We will be waiting :ddog . If you don't head south (I know you won't), we will all have a beer for you. Ride safe pal...
  7. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    That makes three of us then.
  8. robsmoto

    robsmoto Motorcycleton

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    Thanks so much for the pictures. These photos are beyond words - I can tell that you are having the ride of a lifetime. You and Mr. Cob sure make the Ural & sidehack look like the way to travel.

    The other day I rode over to a Ural dealer and took a look. Both the Patrol and Gear-Up look pretty good. I'd say that those folks at IMWA are no dummies. They know that ride reports such as this will sell bikes. I wouldn't be supprised to find a Ural in my garage one of these days.
  9. Farnham

    Farnham n00b

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    Gary, I've been lurking for months, and have enjoyed many a great ride report, but your trip has finally prompted me to sign up just to say THANKS! The great pictures, the people you've met, and the "adventures" you've experienced have given me many hours of entertainment (and envy) and I only hope that someday I can ride out and see the country the way you're doing. Keep riding, and keep us all updated!

    (PS: Now that I've got an account, I've got to hurry over and thank Vermin, between you and him, I'm gonna get fired! :D)
  10. Lost Soul

    Lost Soul Been here awhile

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    Great report and amazing pics. Keep them coming!
  11. SprintST

    SprintST Been here awhile

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    Like the others, I'm happy to hear that you're alright Gary. You gotta know from some of the responses that these inmates take it seriously when a guy like you drops off the map. I have no doubt a search and rescue party was about to be dispatched.

    Back problems I understand. Thankfully it's just a muscle issue. I've personally found heat to be comforting and have forgone the cold treatment. That's just me. Time is what eventually allows things to get back to normal.

    Ural owes you a HUGE thank you for the exposure you've given their product in the magnificent surroundings that you have. Ya got me hooked. My new White Patrol will be ready for me when I get back from the Alaska run I'm on at the moment. If you're back home by then I'd love to ride down and meet the famous "Poor Man" in person.

    Safe riding and sunny skies.
  12. stitchergary

    stitchergary Been here awhile

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    So as I'm just leaving Glacier I decided to fill up with gas. I'm just about full when I hear a loud motorcycle and I look up in time to see my friend from Alberta zooming down the road in the direction I'm headed...Good riddance!!!! I decide to get some miles in before dark in the direction of Yellowstone... Whole hillsides in this area have dead trees and from the looks of these it was caused by a forest fire...
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    As I'm driving down the road I see oncoming motorcycles looking off to my right where a large gravel parking area is... Over in the corner are 5 horses, which I assume are wild since they weren't fenced in at all. I come to a screeching halt, take my gloves off, and grab my camera for a good shot. It would have been a good shot if the guy driving this car didn't just drive right over to where they were, causing them to run down the hill. The culprit.
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    I had to really zoom in to get these two pics...rest of the herd
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    I think the white faced one spotted me..
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    It's sad to see so many trees standing there dead...
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    About 25 miles from Glacier this is what it looks like...what a dramatic difference...
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    Left side of road.
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    Straight road south.
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    straight road north. It's hard not to doze off on these straight roads.
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    Time for dinner. At least it's not my usual pork & beans.
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    I'm really really sorry I didn't get the pic...I rounded a bend to see red and blue lights flashing on a pickup truck parked beside the road. Directly in front of the truck is a motorcycle parked...I slow down and my mind is thinking, "that can't be the loud motorcycle from Alberta by any chance, could it?" You guessed it!! I'm not a spiteful person, but I think there must have been a smirk on my face at that moment....Maybe he talked himself out of any tickets, he's such a nice fella.

    Remember I mentioned about all the casinos in Montana the last time I rode througth??? I stopped for gas and in the exact same spot I took all three of these casino pics...
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    And also in the same spot I took this pic of the side of an Albertson's grocery/pharmacy. I like!
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    South of Great Falls, Montana it's getting late and I'm looking for a campsite..My GPS says there is one just past Monarch. Looking for something to take to the campsite I stop at a little store/bar. I ask two people if they know if the campsite is nice and neither one even knows about it. That doesn't sound good.Tthe lady at the bar said there were lots of campsites just down the road, but her explanation of where to go was confusing. I'll just follow the GPS.
    The store didn't have much on their shelves so I settled for nutritious corn chips. It's getting close to dark so I head the 3.3 miles to a campsite I couldn't pronounce. I quickly see the campsite sign and the GPS says the turn is 1 mile on my right... 1 mile on my right doesn't even have a driveway close... Now I turn around back to the sign.. I assume the camp sign and the attached boys christian youth means the GPS got a little confused again.. Now it's getting darker and I'm trying to remember what the lady said about all those campsites...I find a sign that just says "Unity Camp" and give it a try...It ends up being U.S. Forest land and the board has a map of the campsites. AND IT'S FREE!!! What can be better than that??? Now I notice the notice on the board about the bears. The bears??
    I start down the dusty road. The campsites are a long ways apart. Probably at least 1/4 mile apart. I find an empty one that looks nice. They have a fire ring, but no toilet facilities at this campsite. OK, so they warn you about bears but there is no metal containers to put your food in like at Crater National Park. My home...

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    The nice backdrop didn't cost me anything extra....
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    This creek was flowing fast and was loud. Probably 25 feet behind where I'm going to set the tent up.
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    So, I'm standing there eating my corn chips very acutely listening for any sound that a bear might be in the area. It's hard with the creek making so much noise. I'm feeling very fulnerable at this point. I decide to put any food in the Coleman cooler and I walked it quite a ways away and left it behind a tree. Now I wash my hands off in the creek, which was surprisingly warm. I thought it would be ice cold. I get my little light and radio and into the confines of my tent. I did not sleep well. Between thinking about bears and my back hurting whenever I moved around, I must have awakened about 30 times all night.
    I'm finally up for good about 5:15 and my head is cold.. Why didn't I wear the terrorist headgear I wore near Yosemite. Sometimes I'm just not thinking. I get out of the tent happy I'm not in Yoggi's digestive track and start packing up. I tried wearing my gloves, but it was too combersome putting the sleeping bag and tent away. By the time everything was packed on the bike my hands were freezing. I start up and slowly ride out to the main road. The elevation at this site is just under 5,000'. I head south hoping there is a diner close by. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but this morning I'd love coffee, eggs, and toast. The sign says Neihart is supposed to be 13 miles away. I hope they have the coffee on. Just a word of advise. If you're looking for breakfast, don't go to Neihart. I'm also getting low on gas. No gas station in Neihart either. The speed limit on this road is 65MPH and I'm traveling along at 35MPH. It doesn't matter much since I haven't had a car behind me all morning.

    My left hand isn't too bad, but my right hand feels frozen solid. I suddenly remembered I brought along some leather mittens with wool inserts. I've never worn these before, but this seems like the perfect time... I park and put them on...I head out wishing I could at least get in some sun. I'm riding in a valley going higher and higher, but no sunlight to warm me up. Finally at this elevation I see some sun.
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    I stand there trying to soak up some rays and glance north and standing beside the road is a big deer. I don't know if it just walked across the road or where it came from. We're staring at each other and then finally the deer puts it's head down and slowly walks into the woods. I grab the camera but never saw it again. I feel a little warmer and head down the road. I don't know if it's my imagination or what but it's feeling warmer. Maybe it's just the sun warming the day up. The road crests at around 7,200' and I head down. I get down to about 6,400' and it is freezing again. So I wasn't imagining things. It did warm up near the top. Too bad I'm heading down. On and on I go at my blazing 35MPH. White Sulphur Springs is about 37 miles from Neihart and I know I'll never make it with the gas in my tank so I bite the bullet and add some out of my gas can. I finally get to White Sulphur Springs and fill my tank. Now I'm headed to Springdale and then Yellowstone.
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    Isn't this how you picture the west from those western movies years ago??
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    The cattle had visitors this morning.
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    I think they caught on to my picture taking.
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    This one would run a little ways but it's curiosity would get the better it and turn back around..
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    Remember that sidecar tire on put on the back in Coos Bay, OR??? It looked brand new that day. This is how it looks today.
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    Those winding roads I always seem to head to does a job on that back tire...Every turn you do, that tire is pivoting and scrubbing that abrasive road.

    I notice to the east and south it's very hazy. To the west and north it's very clear..I never did figure out why??? Maybe either moisture from a lake or pollution from Billings???
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    I think I stopped in Livingston looking for a battery for my camera. I forgot to mention that it came up low battery warning again this morning. I downloaded all the pics to the laptop, than deleted them on the camera. This helped before so I'll give it a try. I was eating some of those corn chips I bought last night and watching a car getting ready to go into the car wash. I was curious how it worked, because there weren't any employees there. I guess you just pay at the machine and drive in..As I was watching this car and it headed inside I noticed the gas cover and cap were off.
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    I waited at the exit just to make sure I saw it right. When I saw the cap dangling I put up my hand and she hits the brakes hard. I didn't mean you had to stop that fast. It looked like a mother and teenage daughter. The daughter rolled the window down. I guess no one actually rolls the windows down any more, but I explained about the gas cap. I told her I'd put it back on and suggested she buy some dry gas and put in the tank. I felt bad I never noticed sooner.
    I never found a camera battery so headed south to Yellowstone...
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    After entering the park I saw a campground. I stopped and since they had tent space available I figured I better get it now.. Good thing I did. Now I continue inside the park.
    I saw steam coming out of the ground and decided to check it out..
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    It's erie seeing water bubbling and steaming.
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    I see lots and lots of dead trees I'm assuming from the forest fires years ago.
    I'm just going to post pics from Sunday and Monday in no order. It's just taking too long trying to get these in order when Smugmug doesn't upload them in order.

    I see horses and stagecoach heading towards me...
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    The stagecoach turned and headed down this road and now the bison is headed my way.
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    This is one big strong looking animal. He looked close enough for me sitting out in the open on the Ural.
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    So I press the start button and nothing. My mind kind of freezes for a second before realizing I didn't have the key on. Off I go and then noticed all these horseback riders coming down the hill. I think that would be fun if I knew how to ride.
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    I missed getting a pic of a bear earlier. There was a whole line of cars and I learned when that happens everyone is looking at something. The rangers finally came to to get the traffic moving. Only after the first ranger stopped for a second to say how much he liked the Ural. I don't blame him...

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    The ranger said it's uncommon for males to come down this low to feed. He said there were some more up the road about 3 1/2 miles. What are the chances they'd be somewhere to see??
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    I guess the chances of seeing the ones up the road were pretty good after all.
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    I asked some ladies taking pics if they'd scoot the elk over into the sunlight so I could get a better picture...They declined for some reason...
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    Back going through Mammoth, a town with a post office, store, restaurant, ice cream parlor, hotel, etc..
    Just relaxing watching those stupid people going by....

    So Monday morning my camera is dead, dead, dead..No matter what I do it's not going to take any pics today.... I return down the loop where I saw all the wildlife yesterday and stop for gas at Canyon Village...I'm standing there eating more corn chips wondering if they have an outlet in the rest room or somewhere. I glance over towards the phone booth and is that an outlet on the outside wall??? Yup, and I loitered around for an hour reading my maps, brochures, anything I could look at without letting on I was doing the criminal act of stealing a few cents of electricity from the gas station. I even went in and bought some orange juice I felt so guilty...So any of you that are viewing many of these Yellowstone pics are accomplices so you better not say anything...
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    Back at the campsite what is this parked near my spot???
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    I talked with my neighbors for awhile..They've been on the road for 4 years... I was wondering how they moved the bike? They had a duel wheeled truck and the trailer. Then he shows me something.
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    Pretty nifty isn't it???
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    The wife said they've camped here before and one time she woke up in the morning and there were 13 elk all around her camper. They have warning signs about being careful around elk all around the site.

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    The scenery is pretty nice at my home for the night.
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    All that delicious green grass and this guy wants to chew on one of those errosion control thingees....
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    I wanted to give one of those little ones a hug... I don't think momma would appreciate...
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    I walked the wooden sidewalk around Old Faithful. I'm glad there were benches to sit on because my back was bothering me. I can't believe I drove 34 miles round trip and waited 45 minutes to watch some water spray out of the ground. I guess I'm not the only foolish one...Can you imagine this many people???
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    I just assumed it was just the one geyser, but there were lots of smelly gas emitting pockets of water..
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    So after getting back from Old Faithful I head over to the campground that Mr. Cob is going to be staying at.. It's around 2:30 and the employee at the campground says they haven't signed in yet. He also informs me there are no campsites available at that location and none at any location in Yellowstone..I wanted to stay at a motel because the sleeping on my ripped foam pad isn't helping my back. I head over to the laundry and shower building to change the back wheel so I have a little more rubber..
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    At least there isn't any cord showing yet...
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    I went back to the campsite and was told Mr. Cob isn't there yet so I wait near the registration building until about 4:30pm...I decide I better get going if I want to make Cody, WY to find a motel so headed out..I was sorry I never got to meet Mr. Cob. He is such a valuable resource for the Ural community with the devotion he puts into helping others and effort to improve the Ural bike.
  13. nomadicbear

    nomadicbear Vagabond

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    Hi:eyes Gary, Glade your doing better. I for one don't know what I'm going to do when You make it back home, I cant wait from one day to the next to read your report and see the photos You have taken. Maybe we inmates could send a few bucks to Your pay-pal and You could just keep on riding. I feel like your a long time friend by now. I don't think I have ever seen a :eyesRR as good. You sure know how to move the sole and make us green with envy, most photo's of any RR :eyes I have ever seen.
    :eyes Oh the " Think I could sell that pic to Van Camp's????" You should send it in and a link for Poor Man Uraling the USA might just get You some free Beans... :eyes

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  14. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    I have to edit this as you were here!!! We went to see Old Faithful yesterday... we should have bumped into to you...
    Well, I'll keep the same entry down below... were are you now? We are near Cody (everything is full with campers and mosquitos...), phone does not work here but I get e mail through the I phone... I am so confused as to where you are camping! There is no wi fi in the Park though...

    A funny thing happened today... were your ears ringing?
    We were Spirit and I at a look out over Yellowstone Lake...

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    ...admiring the storm and the sunset as yet after 3 years on the road how can one get tired of it...

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    ... and a truck with a camper pulls up as I look at the driver's face which looks familiar... Mr Cob himself!!!

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    What a meet!!! We talk about you... (nothing good of course!:evil :lol3 :lol3 ), much to blab away while it is raining by now and scrambling to take some photos...

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    (a little shaky there...).

    Spirit was laying down trying to dodge the rain... I have to put a photo of him too or he is going to feel real bad!!!

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    So the question remains... are you coming to Yellowstone? Him and his wife are camping at the Grand Village for 3 more nights including tonight. I'll probably see them one more time their last day. If you can get a tire I'll change it for you...

    Be well... Hopefully after 3 years on the road a Kodak moment could happen if you get here! :wink:

    Ara & Spirit
  15. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    Wow, this is one seriously long trip!
    Great report and thanks for taking us along!
  16. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Gary, I think you should set up a PayPal account for donations. You could just keep riding around, and we'll keep supporting you so that we can enjoy your ride report in perpetuity. And if the original Patrol gets too worn out, at this point, I'm sure Ural might consider sending you a free one!
  17. cpres

    cpres Been here awhile

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    Great report, yellowstone is a beautiful place. If I did not have the Retro I would want a Ural after seeing what you have done. The only problem I have with this report is that I didn't get to make it:D . The chance to meet Mr Cob is one you should take advantage of, he is just a Uraling fool who got a little luck in life and he tells good yarns :D. Keep up the photos and good luck with the back.
  18. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Hello Gary.
    Glad to hear that Glacier was as beautiful as you'd hoped.

    About the back issue...have you considered a kidney belt??? I got mine at K-mart, and I will NEVER ride without one ever again! BIG difference in how I felt at the end of the day.
    ya might wanna get one with all the miles you're puttin on.

    Be safe my friend. GodSpeed
  19. cpres

    cpres Been here awhile

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    You know that suggestion on a back support belt is great. On a trip in 2002 my wife got real sore on the back of my Buell and a hardware store support belt fixed her right up.
  20. stitchergary

    stitchergary Been here awhile

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    That's an excellent idea I hadn't thought of... Yesterday I went over some terrible roads and my back started getting sore riding...before it only bothered me walking around...It's that sudden movement that affects it, so I think the belt would help tremendously... You're smarter than you look!!:rofl That's just for the hair comment you made a few days ago!!!!