Riding, Geocaching and Exploring . . . .

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

  1. Ladybug

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    . . . More of Tuesday 10/2/18 to Rapid City, SD, and geocaching along the way.

    My expectation of the section ahead was that it would be pretty baren so to break up the drive I would stop for some caches. It ended up being more pleasant than I thought it would be.

    It's fun going for caches in areas that I'm not familiar with since they take me to places I otherwise wouldn't think about going. I find some good motorcycle roads.
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    Sometimes I even learn things.
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    Found a geocache.
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    The little notebook is my notes about the caches. I usually leave some sort of a ladybug when I find a cache.
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    I found a friend.
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    Sometimes I take photos of my GPS so I have an idea where I am when going through my pictures later.
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    I'm headed to the old car.
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    Lots of open area.
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    Something was here once.
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    I had to see what was in the hole. Yuck!
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    Headed back to the van.
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    Sometimes I'm surprised where I find flowers.
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    There are often nice things to see when you look around.
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    While I was no longer in the Badlands Nat'l Park the road ran along the edge of the park.
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    Even here they want motorcyclists.
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    Found some construction
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    A geocache brought me to this church
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    Peaking through the window.
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    I didn't find the cache and moved on.
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    From rugged to lush.
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    I arrived at Spokane Creek.
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    A geocache took me to the ghost town Spokane, SD. I'll be back in a bit to share the pics.

    More of Tuesday 10/2/18 to Rapid City, SD, to come . . .
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    Those lines are tracks of the RILLY big rattlesnakes, that only come out at night...
    I love rocks and Death Valley too, maybe I'll get to visit soon.....
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    I sure don't want to meet those RILLY big rattlesnakes so I'll stay in after dark. :eekers:D
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  4. Ladybug

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    This is now my fourth attempt to get the pics from Spokane, SD posted. I lost two posts that I was doing directly in ADV the I lost my first one I tried to do in Word. I think my poor computer is getting overloaded. Time to do some cleanup. Let me see if I can get it done now.

    . . . More of Tuesday 10/2/18 – This section is about Spokane, SD.

    While checking to see what geocaches are in the Black Hills, SD area I spotted a cache in Spokane, SD. Since I live in Spokane Valley, WA I needed to go see what the one in SD looked like. Spokane, SD is listed as a ghost town which is a bonus.

    This description is on the cache page:
    The town of Spokane began in 1890 near the Spokane Mine. The mine produced lead, zinc, gold, silver, hematite, graphite, beryl, mica, arsenic and copper. Some of the structures are no longer standing, but there are still a few historic buildings that have withstood the test of time. These structures are protected under the historic act so it is unlawful to cause damage to them. Once you arrive at the Spokane ghost town, you will find an old 2 story home, garage, well, pumphouse, many old cars, storage facility, and a schoolhouse.

    Lucky for me the cache page provided coordinates for a parking spot where the trail starts. Without that, I don't know that I would have been able to find where to go. This was the only sign.
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    It wasn't too long until I got a glimpse of the first building hidden behind the trees.
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    A single-track trail led passed the garage and to a house.
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    Another single track led to a storage building. This was a ways from the house.
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    There was metal debris here and there along the trail.
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    Off the trail a bit there was something that needed to be checked out.
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    A solo grave out and away from any of the buildings. Probably buried where he was murdered.
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    This might have been the school or it could have been a house.
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    It was built to last with a good foundation.
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    And a metal roof.
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    Root cellar, deep crawl space, or basement. I didn't go down to check it out.
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    Off a ways from that building, I was headed through here looking for a cache.
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    The trees got thicker
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    I wandered around in circles for a while because the GPS told me I was real close.
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    Yep, it was right there and if I was a little taller it would have been at eye level like the clue indicated.
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    This wasn't far from the cache but I don't know what the posts are for. Anyone have any ideas what they are?
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    There were a handful of things like this. Perhaps people started building and gave up when the mining went bust. All the buildings out there were spread out, you couldn't see any of the buildings from the others except the one garage.
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    There was a cache here but I didn't find it.
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    I bet there was a story behind this.
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    I came across at least a half a dozen holes like this. Some were bigger. They might be shallow digs to determine if mineral were in the ground there or perhaps garbage pits where the garbage has composed and just left a hole. The holes weren't close to any of the buildings.
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    As I was walking back to my van I spotted something shining off across the way behind the trees.
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    Of course, I had to go check it out.
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    There was a garage out there.
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    There were old vehicles out there.
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    As I was checking out the old vehicles I spotted something I thought was a cache that I didn't mark to check but I discovered it wasn't.
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    It's a mining claim.
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    As I started back toward the trail I realized I was aways from where I went in to check out the cars and I wasn't sure where it was from where I was at. When I got here I decided I better check my GPS.
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    It didn't take long until I got to the trail and I discovered I was only 128 feet from the van but I couldn't see it.
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    When I got back to the van it felt good to be in it and drive for a while. Mt. Rushmore is over there somewhere.
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    The road was fun to drive but it would be a lot better riding a motorcycle.
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    It wasn't long before I was rested from my walk in Spokane, SD and I was ready to take another walk.
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    I like climbing around on rocks like this so I was enjoying myself.
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    Back on the road and through tunnels.
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    And under overpasses
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    This pic didn't come out but it gives an idea of what the road is like.
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    It was a great day and I sure enjoyed myself. It wasn't long after the pigtails that it got dark. I spent the night in Rapid City and slept very well.
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    Hey L.B..I tried to send you a PM...Not sure what I did, you may get 2 of the same?....
    Take Care...
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    bluemtnridr Been here awhile

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    Still following along and enjoying your trip. Thanks for posting.
  7. Ladybug

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    Strange, I didn't get it.

    I'm glad you are following along. Thanks
  8. Ladybug

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    It's time to wrap up the report on this trip.

    Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3rd & 4th 2018 finding my way home.

    From Rapid City, SD to Spokane Valley, WA it was all on I-90 and only a few stops.

    Thursday, Oct. 3rd.

    Even when things look desolate, flat or not at all interesting I still find things that get my attention.
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    A solo tree was out there begging to be photographed.
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    Driving through a burn area.
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    Fall colors starting to emerge.
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    Custer National Forest area.
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    A church with a Casino sign next to it seemed odd to me.
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    Yellowstone River.
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    When I got to Missoula, MT I decided to spend the night there since I was starting to get tired. It's only about 200 miles from home but there a couple passes to go over and it would be dark before I got home.

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2018

    As I was having breakfast I posted where I was on facebook and I received a message from an ADV friend, @DAKEZ. He works at a motorcycle shop just on the other side of the interstate from where I was and he invited me to come say hi and get a hug. I'm always happy to get a hug. It had been a while since the last time I had seen him and it was nice catching up a bit.
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    Following the Clark Fork River as I continued West.
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    The weather was getting pretty miserable and I was glad I wasn't riding.
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    The full route. The Lower oute was on the way to WI and the Upper was on the way home.
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    Being able to relive this trip by posting about it has helped me keep focused on the good things in life during this pandemic and being isolated while waiting for the covid-19 to be contained.

    Next on the agenda will be telling you all about 2019.
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    Haha, it is kind of funny. It's sort of like putting a church next to my house. :lol3

    Seems like we usually take forever to get to the furthest point in a trip and then beeline it back.

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    Admiral: Which would get hit by Lightning 1st?
    LB..I just wanted to correct the town with the cool old vehicle shop was Harrington not Almira....And the shop is the Studebaker Garage....The town has a planned car show etc. next month, but you-all know it doesn't look good...
    Ding-dang-it!......
    Stay safe and no sneezing....:pynd.......
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    I just discovered this thread. Excellent! I love this stuff and I have some catching up to do.
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  12. Ladybug

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    It's nice to know I'm not the only one that enjoys all the things that can be seen along the way. I'm glad you joined in @RedDogAlberta.
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  13. Ladybug

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    Moving along to 2019 and the adventures I experienced last year. For the 2020 season I had many rides and adventures planned but with the covid-19 pandemic in full force and things begin canceled I wonder what will happen this year. Until thing open up at least it gives me more time to work on bringing this thread up to date.

    Before I get to the next motorcycle adventure I want to show you a few pictures of my van being insulated Jan. 2019.

    My friend Loud Al invited me to his home to insulate it.
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    I helped a little but not much. Mostly stayed out of his way and kept him company as he did the work. I watched an learned a lot.
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    All insulated and the van was a lot quieter on the drive home.
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    The weekend was a lot of fun. I enjoyed spending time with my friend and I enjoy watching how he worked with the insulation.
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    Friday 2/19/2019 Portland, OR

    There have only been a few One Motorcycle Shows in Portland, OR that I have missed in the last 10 years. This is an eclectic motorcycle show that is all about motorcycles, art, and people. Unlike the international motorcycle shows it's not about the newest shiniest motorcycles in a commercial setting. One of the many things I have enjoyed about the One Motorcycle Show is it has been held in old abandoned warehouses and that has been part of the charm.

    For 2019 Rainbow007 joined me and we would be joining other friends in Portland as well. We had read about a light show taking place in Portland the same weekend so after we got checked into our room we went downtown to see if we could find the light show.

    Lights, but not the ones we we were looing for.
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    Took a picture of the intersection near where we were parked so if we got lost we could figure out how to get back.
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    It was raining and Rainbow007 pulled out her umbrella. The wind was blowing too and us Dry Side gals aren't very experienced with umbrellas.
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    We were trying to figure out how to ride this but didn't get it figured out. One of these days we'll get a local to show us the finer ways of getting around with public transit.
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    For some reason I kept taking pictures of the raindrops.
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    We don't know how to use these either.
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    We didn't figure out where the light show was but did have fun wandering around downtown Portland in the rain.

    The next day we would attend the motorcycle show and we had no problem finding it. I guess motorcycles are the priority. :lol3
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    Saturday 2/20/2019 Portland, OR ~ The One Motorcycle Show, Portland, OR

    The drive along the Columbia River to the One Motorcycle Show.
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    We parked in a lot a mile or two from the show and took the shuttle to the show. We didn't have any problem figuring out how to do this one.
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    Rainbow007 was all smiles on the ride to the show. There were only a few other people on the bus.
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    There was this commercial display outside, Indians. They were one of the sponsors so have their displace wasn't unusual. I liked how it looked like a big matchbox display.
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    This was my favorite.
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    See See's Motorcycle/Coffee shop puts on this show and has coffee available as you walk through the door. This their coffee brewing sidecar rig.
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    Some of the 21 Helmets display - Interesting designs painted on helmets.
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    Artwork on the wall
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    There were prints that could be bought
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    A little bit of education
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    Interesting motorcycles
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    More artwork
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    There are interesting features on many of the bikes in the show. Some are out there and you can't miss them while others are understated.
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    Art
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    There is a lot more and will show you the rest probably tomorrow.
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    Your "WET" pictures reminded me why one of the reasons I moved over to the "DRY" side....Well, I'm in the middle of both.....
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    Being in an old warehouse building was a cool idea for the bike show. Lots of neat things to see.

    I agree this does have an interesting nostalgic look. Very nice!
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  18. Ladybug

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    Unfortunately, as of 2020 the One Motorcycle Shows are no longer in the old warehouses. Like so many things this show has changed, it's still a good show just in a different way. From what I understand it was difficult finding a venue for the number of people that attend. I imagine there are all sorts of hurdles to jump using the old warehouses.

    The warehouses were as much of the show as the art and motorcycles. I'm glad I was able to attend the early shows and see the changes over the years.

    . . . More of Saturday 2/20/2019 Portland, OR ~ The One Motorcycle Show, Portland, OR

    Here's another shot of the last bike in the above post. Check out the cool sissy bar light. :lol3
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    More motorcycles for your viewing pleasure.
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    I like this one. I don't know what I would do with it but I like it.
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    There are things in all the little nooks and crannies.
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    Shiny bike in a rustic setting.
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    I enjoy watching flat track and I like this pic of #7.
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    Art everywhere. Some I liked and some wasn't my style but I appreciate the talent.
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    Photography from kids at one of the schools.
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    Check out the lighting. Wires were strung throughout the warehouse like this.
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    This bike is so pretty I don't know if I would want to ride it. It's an '82 Honda XL250
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    A girly bike. I bet Mrs. The Admiral would like this one.
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    From shiny to not so shiny within a few steps.
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    I'm not sure I liked the drippy effect on some of the pics.
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  19. Ladybug

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    More good stuff.

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    There was even a quilt display. I liked this one the best.
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    Such a variety of artwork.
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    I really like this one.
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    This probably not politically correct but it show vintage Indian type advertising and I like it.
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    There were some cool coveralls there but the price was over the top.
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    These are the type of displays I enjoy. The guy was adding something to the door with chalk.
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    One of the many wild creations. I can only imagine how many hours was put into bikes like this.
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    A little bit of advertising.
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    I remember Rat Fink from my younger days. Every time I see one of the rats it takes me back.
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    Bits of the warehouse that is sort of still intact.
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    I got creative with framing this bike.
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    This was another wild build
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    This puts a new slant on having a chainsaw bike.
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    Double the fun
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    Still finding things stuffed in every corner
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    I would like to have a '66 Triumph to ride the full length of Rt. 66 when I'm 66 years old. That's what my dreams are made of. I doubt that riding '66 Triumph will happen but if things go as planned I will ride Rt. 66 when I'm 66.
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    So much to see, even on the walls.
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    This sign is probably explaining why the show was no longer in this building. There were other plans in the future.
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    February in the PNW can be cold, snowy, and gray but attending a motorcycle show really brightens up the winter.
  20. Ladybug

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    There were half a dozen of us that met at the show and wandered around checking things out. We were all pointing things out to each other so that we wouldn't miss cool things. After the show we had a late lunch meetup.

    I only got one shot and it was after some of the people had left before I thought about doing it. Luke brought his son Evan to join us for lunch. Of course we all enjoyed seeing the two of them. We're all plotting to turn Evan into a motorcyclist as he grows up and Luke is good with that. Evan's mom is tolerating it just as she tolerates Luke's riding (she's a wonderful person).
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    After the late lunch, everyone pretty much went their separate ways. Later that day Rainbow007 and I went to a friend's Condo. Lee and Nancy have a condo downtown Portland so we went there to go with them to see what we could find in the way of the Light Festival. Loud Al also met us there to go for a walk with all of us. We were able to walk from the condo.

    It was very cold and I don't really have the right type of camera for getting good shots of things like this but I tried.
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    This would have poofs of fire coming out of it.
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    Rose City
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    Paper planes
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    The little bit I got pics of wasn't all there was, there was a lot more but the pics didn't turn out. These few didn't really turn out either but they were the best of the bunch.

    There were different areas where the light festival was taking place and activities here and there but we were all tired and hungry so we decided to go find dinner instead of looking for more lights. We discovered finding dinner wasn't easy in the area we were in but we finally found something to eat.

    The next day it was time to head home and we made a quick stop at Multnomah Falls.
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    Driving east into the blue sky country.
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    Going to the One Motorcycle Show in Portland and checking out the Light Festival was a wonderful way to start 2019 and being with friends made it even better.