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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Ladybug

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    Day 3 of Dryfest 8/23/18 - Spring Creek Campground, near Weiser, ID

    Breakfast was served and it too was excellent. A few people look like they aren't quite awake yet.
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    Oh look at that, it started to rain.....That was about all the rain that there was.:lol3
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    I decided to take my van for a drive and go look for some geocaches. I stopped to get a closer look at the Mormon Crickets.
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    When I threw a penny down the cricket came to see what it was. They're big.
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    Up close and personal.
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    Cannibals eating another cricket. Knowing they eat each other bothered me, it didn't seem right but at least they were cleaning things up.
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    Looking for a geocache along the creek. It was pretty and peaceful there and I found the cache.
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    Onward
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    Looking for another cache.
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    Geocache found
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    Flowers
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    Checking things out
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    Behind the museum, the museum wasn't open.
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    The front

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    When I returned to camp I discovered Katy had shown up and I was able to visit with her for a while.
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    Normally I take tons of photos but for this event, this is all I got. I was too busy visiting and having fun. It was a blast and I appreciate all the work Little Posum and Jusbeach put in to make this happen for us. :clap






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  2. Ladybug

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    September 15 & 16, 2018 Vintage Motocross and Trials at Rattlers Run, Fairfield, WA.

    Saturday, Vintage Trials
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    This is an event I like to attend every year if possible. It's not far from home and it's good stuff.
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    My friends from Outta Sight Racing were there and fun was beginning early. @Kootenai Rider and @TwinDuro preparing for the day's trials event.
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    @LC Garage is getting ready too.
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    Sometimes I wonder about Kootenai Rider. :D
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    I was able to get all three of them lined up, sort of.
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    And they are headed to the course.
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    Kootenai Rider is riding my bike. Some day I might actually learn to ride it but until I do I enjoy watching him compete on it.
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    LC Garage - Trials riding can't be captured very well in still pics.
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    Twin Duro's turn.
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    They are headed for another section. I get my exercise following these guys.
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    I liked this bike.
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    I liked this one too.
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    LC Garage
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    Twin Duro
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    What a good looking bunch of riders. :raabia
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    So many nice bikes to look at.
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    Twin Duro got 1st place in his class.
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    We decided to go into Rockford, WA to Fredneck's for dinner so the guys piled into the back of my van. It was a fun day and we called it a day early since there was more to come the next day.
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    Sunday Vintage Motocross
    Rattlers Run is a farm out in the Palouse and the owner hosts the event each year.

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    The owner of the farm is a vintage motorcycle enthusiast.
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    Old trucks always get my attention. This one belongs to the owner of Fredneck's. Frednecks was providing BBQ out there.
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    Twin Duro and LC Garage ready to Motocross. Kootenai Rider decided not to do the motocross.
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    Such a nice looking bike.
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    The smell of two stroke....
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    Kootenai Rider loading up/
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    Wheelie on up on the trailer
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    There is so much to watch at this event.
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    Such a great weekend with fun friends.

    Up next is the last three days of the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball.
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  3. LC Garage

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    My van parked next to Loud Al's made mine look even smaller than it is.
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    [/QUOTE] Love this picture!
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  4. LC Garage

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    I don't know how I've missed all these, but your reports and pictures are great!
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    Great report!
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    Yes you will! Here is your new mini along with our trusty old steed;[​IMG]

    It sounds like we'll have 4 teams this year; Team AARP (you, me, Barry and Don H) on LadyBugs new MB200-2, Kootenai and Evel on Evel's new Monster (they should be contending for the podium this year), The Burkhead Boys on their venerable CT200U and last but not least, my old CT200U being ridden by my son Rod, his buddy Jose and my daughter Teeny. Should be a great time!
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    I had forgotten about this ride. I'm even more sorry I missed it. Awesome pictures of the "wildlife" haha.
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    I always enjoy your updates! :beer
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  9. Ladybug

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    It will be a great time and I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully, the social distancing will no longer be needed.
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  10. Ladybug

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    9/21/18 Motorcycle Cannonball, Spokane, WA

    The Motorcycle Cannonball takes place every other year on even number years. The first one I became aware of was in 2012 and I followed it on-line. In 2014 I was injured and when I discovered the Motorcycle Cannonball would be in the PNW I decided to go check out all the bikes. I figured even if I couldn't ride I could still drool over the cool bikes. That started an every other year plan for me to be at the Grand Finish of the Motorcycle Cannonballs when they arrived on the west side of the United States.

    You may wonder what the heck the Motorcycle Cannonball is. You can read about it here.

    This is the route the Cannonball ran for 2018. Just think about close to 100 motorcycles 90 years old or older making it across the United States and the riders that pilot them. It's all pretty amazing and my helmet is off to all the riders.
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    For 2018 it was easy for me to see the Cannonball bikes and riders since they were in my neighborhood. They stopped for the night in Spokane and did the day's finish at Lone Wolf Harley Davidson.

    I tried to add the rider's name to the bikes I took pictures of.
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    I didn't get a lot of pictures at the Spokane stop but I made up for it at the Grand Finish. Here are the photos I did get.
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    ADVs @rtwdoug rides the Motorcycle Cannonball. He has some awesome motorcycles.
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    The party is ending and RTWDoug is preparing to move on.
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    This Polly, Doug's girlfriend. She's an amazing lady and provides chase support for the Cannonball riding her bike cross county following the riders.
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    The riders heading off to their hotels to get some much needed rest before heading out again the next day.
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  11. Ladybug

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    9/22/18 Motorcycle Cannonball, The Dalles, OR

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    I headed to The Dalles, OR to see the bikes come in. Unlike many other day's end points this one was ending at closed streets in The Dalles rather than at a hotel, motorcycle dealership, park, etc. I knew I was close when I spotted this.
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    The Cannonball brings out other interesting vehicles too.
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    Some of the bikes and riders.
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    This sidecar rig was a hit.
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    I looked up the information about this rig and discovered it belongs to a man that owns a Harley Davidson dealership in WI that features a zoo along with other fun things to look at: Doc's Harley-Davidson
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    I really like how this photo turned out.
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    Bikes belonging to hard working staff.
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    Just like so many other events there is always something to buy and I dropped a few dollars.
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    Carnival atmosphere in The Dalles for the Cannonball.
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    From The Dalles I headed to the Stevenson, WA area to find a place to camp.
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    Awesome pics!
  13. Ladybug

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    Warning: This post is very picture heavy.

    9/23/18 Motorcycle Cannonball, Stevenson, WA


    I camped at Beacon Rock State Park so I could hike to the top of the rock while waiting for the Motorcycle Cannonball riders to arrive. My friend @Loud Al met me to hike to the top of the rock with me.
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    It was a lovely morning for a hike.
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    I'm out of shape so it was slow going but Loud Al was OK with walking at my pace.
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    View of the Columbia River from the top of Beacon Rock.
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    This little guy was waiting for us to give him a treat but we didn't have anything for him.
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    Back down we go.
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    Back in Stevenson there was an ADV lunch meetup that would be taking place but we were a little early for it so we went for a walk to check out things.
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    The restaurant where the meetup was taking place.


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    Showing up for lunch
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    Lunch done and we were headed to the resort where the Grand Finish of the Motorcycle Cannonball would take place.
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    The man on the KTM is MortimerSickle and this day would be the last time I would see him. He passed away a few months later. He was the nicest man and everyone loved him. Losing him was a huge loss for the PNWet ADV community. :cry

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    Next stop the Grand Finale of the Motorcycle Cannonball.
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    The parking lot had some good sight seeing.
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    LC Garage, Little Red, & Sue
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    Yep, I even enjoyed checking out the trailers. This RV & Trailer setup is worth more than everything I own, including my house.
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    The trailers give you an idea of the level of this event.

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    A lot of motorcyclists showed up to cheer for the riders crossing the finish line.
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    This is where the bike will be parked when they come in.
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    The owner/promoter of the Motorcycle Cannonball leading in the riders. For this they line up and parade across the finish line.
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    Lots of paparazzi
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    Love seeing the great big grins.
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    Not all bikes were ridden across the finish line. Walking them counts.
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    Another very happy grin.
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    Check out those googly eyes :lol3
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    I bet this guy has a fun personality
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    As long as they get over the finish line all is good.
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    Gettin' a little help from a friend.
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    Here comes @rtwdoug
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    Getting a photo of Doug smiling is a rare thing.
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    This is how he normally looks.
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    This is Jody that owns one of the trailers I posted earlier. She completed the Cannonball with a big smile.
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    Doc's daughter. What a totally cool father daughter outing.
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    Polly was waiting to give RTWDoug a big hug for his completion.
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    @LC Garage said he wanted to meet RTWDoug. I told him I could make that happen but Doug was more interested in meeting Jax.

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    After Doug got some doggie time he did say hi to LC Garage
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    And I got a hug
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    No worries about Doug's girlfriend being jealous, I got a hug from her too.
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    Doug always has his trusty hammer on board whatever bike he's riding.
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    I always enjoy getting to see Doug and Polly they are very nice people.
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    So many interesting people and bikes to be seen at these finishes.

    For 2020 the Motorcycle Cannonball will be running from N. MI south to the far SE TX. If all goes as planned I will be at the start, Grand Finish, and points along the way to cheer these awesome riders on.
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  14. LC Garage

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    Great report! Loved seeing Doug with Jax!

    And RIP MortimerSickle. What a guy.
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  15. Ladybug

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    Doug enjoys critters. I was glad I got a pic of him with Jax.

    I miss Mortimer, he was at so many events and when I run across pictures of him they always bring back good memories of him. He was very knowledgeable about all things motorcycle too.
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    Day 1 Sunday 9/23/18 to Service Creek BLM Campground

    When I left the Grand Finish of the Motorcycle Cannonball I headed East then South on my first day of driving to WI
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    I did a little geocaching as I was moving along and wondering where I would camp. I like it when geocaches get me to stop and enjoy the world around me. There is a cache near the fence post.
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    Looking the other direction from the cache.
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    There is a cache here but I didn't find this one.
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    Just a building along the way. I think this is in Wasco, OR.
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    The last time I stopped here was maybe in the mid to late 80s. I was disappointed to see the marker isn't what it once was. I did find the cache hidden here though.
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    Another cache found here.
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    Even though it was getting late it was staying light since the sky was clear.
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    The moon was coming up and the road through the field looks like it is leading to the moon.
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    I saw a sign for a BLM area so I followed the side road to see what I would find. I found a perfect camping spot. I was in my van so I just pulled in and crawled in the back of the van.
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    With being in my van I had my cooler with food in it. This was my dinner and it was perfect since I didn't want anything heavy before I went to sleep.
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    There is a lot more to come as I made my way to WI. This was a very special trip for me and you will all learn a little about my personal life as I explain why this was so special.

    Like happens with way too many families my Dad and Mom divorced when I was about 7 or so. My Dad moved on, got married and had another family. My Dad had kids but didn't stick around to raise them. He had my two brothers and me with my Mom then had two girls and a boy with his second wife. We heard rumor that he had a fourth child with her but I didn't know if that child was a boy or a girl or even if there was a fourth child

    The last time I saw the second family I was 9 or 10. The oldest of the second family was 3, the next one was a year and the third was a week or two old. The fourth wasn't born yet. My dad and his second family disappeared and we had no idea where they were. Our Dad left the second family when his wife was pregnant with the fourth child and they didn't see him again.

    After I became an adult I would try to search for the second family about every 10 years but I didn't have enough information to be able to get anywhere with it. Finally early 2018 with the magic of the internet I was finally reunited with the second family. With a lot of messages back and forth and phone calls the second sister agreed to come for a visit and would stay with my older brother and his wife. I had already decided I would head to WI in the fall to meet all of them. The second family had no idea about our family and their older siblings. One of the sisters did have a picture of us with the two older girls but their mother wouldn't tell them who the other kids were, she said she didn't know, just some kids.

    The two older girls were thrilled to be able to meet. I discovered the fourth child wasn't just a rumor and she is a girl who at this point doesn't want to meet nor does the boy. I hope one day the two of them will change their minds. I am in contact with the younger brother's wife and she is very nice and she said she is encouraging him to meet me.

    The picture my sister had that she didn't know who we were.
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    So that's my story of why I was headed to WI and why the trip was so special.
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    I did a little geocaching this year but not nearly as much these past few years as I did 5-8 years ago. Still fun, it's just I don't think to do it now. Was a day when finding a remote geocache was the purpose for that day's ride. Geocaching helped me explore and discover places I would not have otherwise visited I'm sure.
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  18. Ladybug

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    My geocaching is on and off. I prepare for the ones I want to look for before I leave on trips and only consider looking for ones that take me to interesting places, views, or a place for a planned break. I do grab a few easy ones with no redeeming value other than just the numbers when I'm traveling long stretches. I plan those types just for a planned in stop and stretch my legs cache.

    I often forget to look for the cache when I end up somewhere spectacular and enjoy where I am instead. Another thing I often neglect is logging caches I have found on the Geocaching Site. I started geocaching in 2004 and I have only logged 600 caches. Some people log that many in a month. :lol3
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    Day 2 Monday 9/24/18 to Arco, ID

    On the maps the golf hole icons are geocaches I planned to stop for. The other flags are different towns along the way.

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    I wanted to get an early start and I was happy to find a clear sky and bright full moon when I woke up. It was super cold so it was difficult to convince myself to crawl out of bed but I did it.
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    Leaving camp. I was the only one there. It was very quiet and peaceful, no road noise, and no people noise. There was a frog croaking in the distance though and I enjoyed listening to it's song.
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    It was starting to get light as I drove around Spray, OR to see what is there. I enjoy little towns that still have an old feel to them.
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    I made my way to Long Creek, OR and hoped to be able to get fuel there. I was starting to be afraid I would run out of gas before I got to a town big enough to have an open station. This was when OR stations were still needing gas to be pumped by an attendant so pay at the pump wasn't widespread.
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    Fuel found at this wonderful garage.
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    On to Fox, OR. This is a town I have been through a few times and had been wanting to stop for a few minutes. I made an efford to stop this time.
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    It was cold enough at this rest area the water from the sprinkler was freezing as it was coming out.
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    More sprinkler action. With the way the sun was shining on the ice it was sparkling like little diamonds and very pretty. My point and shoot didn't capture how pretty it was.
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    Strawberry Mountain Oregon in the distance from a view point.
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    A geocache was found at the viewpoint and I even remembered to log it on the website. :lol3
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    Stopped to see if I could find a cache.
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    I didn't find the cache but I had fun climbing around on the rocks and concrete.
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    Not a bad place to be stopped.
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    During this trip, I was picking up litter in places I stopped and logging the litter on LitterATI app. Geocaching encourages Cache In Trash Out (CITO). It a way of doing my part in keeping areas I enjoy a little cleaner. I have small trash bags, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer in the van to make it easy to pick up trash and keep clean. I have the same things on my motorcycles as well. As soon as I get to a rest area or a convenient trash can the litter is disposed of.

    While I was stopped I got out of the van and picked up trash. There were a few people in their cars looking at me like I was a little strange but I'm good with that.

    The accident looked bad.
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    The flag person told me there weren't fatalies which is good.
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    A nice clean looking church. I think this was in Lowman, ID.
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    I always enjoy following the Payette River.
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    There is good motorcycling riding through here.
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    Nothing like driving into a mountain.
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    The sun was setting as I pulled in to Arco, ID
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    Day 3 Tuesday 9/25/18 to Spearfish, SD - It was a very long day.

    It looks like all the posts from the trip to and from WI will be very picture heavy. I hope it doesn't bog things down too much.

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    With another early start to the day, I was treated to a beautiful full moon setting over the hills.
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    MortimerSickle who I mentioned during the Motorcycle Cannonball used to have a pickle with a circle and slash through it as his avatar with ADV. It was a reference to the Arlo Guthrie's "The Motorcycle Song". For a number of years I called him Pickle. Others called him Mort, Mortimer, & Ken but I called him Pickle. When I saw this place I took a picture for him. I don't want a pickle, I just want to ride my motor sickle. . . . .
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    I stopped and let the sheep herders herd their sheep around me.
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    Stopped for a geocache.
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    A firetruck for @Bob. This was in Dubois, ID
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    I wonder if this house is haunted. If I was a ghost I would live here.
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    Fall colors were showing as I was going toward Island Park, ID
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    Making a quick drive through Yellowstone.
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    My idea of sparkling water. Fishing Bridge area.
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    Yellowstone activity
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    I decided to stop and take a walk.
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    Walked up a hill for a view.
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    Time to move on.
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    Such spectacular scenery made it difficult to keep moving but I had places to be.
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    Geocache time
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    And picked up trash.
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    I think I was on hwy WY431 here.
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    I remembered terrain like this from the 2017 Best of Montana ride, near Ten Sleep, WY
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    Then I was on US16 and I found snow. The elevation was 9400+'
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    My plan was to camp at Devils Tower and watch the full moon over the rock tower. When I got there I discovered the camping was extremely expensive to get a site with electricity. It was too cold for me to camp without my electric heater. I checked motels in Spearfish and found I could get a room at the Super 8 for $45. Camping with electricity at Devils Tower was $65.

    I got to see the moon over the tower but wasn't able to get a decent picture of it. I then headed for Spearfish.
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    Bob, The Virginian, Nicknewb and 2 others like this.