Way out West - Canada to Central America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motojournalism, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. NORTH RIDER

    NORTH RIDER Long timer

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    it was great to meet you . you really are a great photographer. i look good riding that FRICA TWIN. sorry you had to leave a little too early. you missed out on a great weekend. it looks like you had a great trip . my other AFRICA TWIN is here now will be on the road next week. come by anytime for another test ride .take care

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  2. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Yeah, saw the thread:thumb
    Looks like Rick landed safely and you guys did a good job on the beer:D
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  3. Motojournalism

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    Riding all morning and into the afternoon. Ontario finally ends! It's into Manitoba. Turns out all provincial campgrounds are free this year and next. Cool, I can afford free.



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    Off to a fresh start in the morning. Around the misty back of Moose Lake

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    And the big flat begins

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    Can't argue with these guys during harvest season.



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    Much of the prairies sits, lost in time, baking in the sun.

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    Imagine what it was like, getting your education here. I'm sure the kids had lots of work on the farm as well.

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    It takes quite a while to find a town with a restaurant, I pass through four, maybe five towns before finding a small sunny place with ten tables. The friendly owners are lounging on the porch and inside there's a group of farmers chatting away. I think Felix from Thunder Bay must have relatives here. I overhear one of the farmers, "Boy I tell ya, that sure was a beautiful horse at the auction last night. I had to sit on my hands, I got six horses already!"

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    Harvest that wind.

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    I've never seen more birds of prey than on the prairies. So many hawks and falcons, carrening into the blowing grass, pulling back into the air with mice and frantic prairie dogs.




    This dusty little prairie town looked familiar, I'd seen it in Lornce's great Cross-Canada report

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    Old iron everywhere, like bones in the desert

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    Clouds of grasshoppers would rise up with every step taken in the long blonde grass.

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    Keep on rollin'

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    I settle down for the eve, the silence is broken by a snarling fox I have to chase from my campsite, and rifles firing nearby, across the river. But the night calms to a sea of amazing stars. Horizon to horizon, the band of the milky way arcing across the sky.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/3982285183/" title="Way out West pt5 and 6 by antontrax, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3456/3982285183_a88c0019da_o.jpg" width="1024" height="534" alt="Way out West pt5 and 6" /></a>
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  4. no

    no dreaming adventurer Supporter

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    I am in awe of your photography, Antontrax.



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  5. elroho

    elroho elroho

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    It might also help someone if you gave us an idea of how you got it out? Hopefully this was done without injury to the KLR or to yourself. :nod Ride safe Anthony. May the roads ahead be dry, twisty and only occasionally paved...
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  6. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    :lurk
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  7. Hamon

    Hamon I just like riding

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    Wow.

    Lookin' forward to more.

    Travis
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  8. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    It ain't out yet! I should have been clearer, I'm in Prince George right now, busted the bolt yesterday :baldy

    I'll give it a crack after I eat, cross your fingers Elroho, no stitches! :D
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  9. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    Good to see you've got this ride report started. I'm glad to have played a small part in your big journey.

    You'll have bigger problems than a broken valve cover bolt, so get used to it. :lol3
    If a nub is still sticking out you can try cutting a slot in the nub with a Dremel tool disc and then using a screw driver to turn it out. If you chew up the nub too bad the bolt will have to be drilled so you can use an Easy out. If the Easy out won't work it will have to be completely drilled out and a thread insert installed. Take it to a shop for the last step if it becomes necessary.

    Safe journey. Ride safe. We'll be following along.
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  10. Motojournalism

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    Whew! it came out quite easily, just used a nail and tweezers to back it out.
    I was having visions of having to take it to the dealer for rethreading the engine case...:eek1

    Ever seen the movie U-Turn? The guy just can't get out of town.
    Well, It ain't that bad, but I want to get back on the road!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/3981379936/" title="P1230840 by antontrax, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3451/3981379936_445131090d_o.jpg" width="600" height="480" alt="P1230840" /></a>

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  11. T.Low

    T.Low Been here awhile

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    Your pictures are indeed amazing, but you're every bit as skilled with the language as you are with the lens. And your brevity is masterful. Bravo.



    But this photo in particular ...I could look at it for hours on end.



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  12. Motojournalism

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    Back to the ride report, back to the great plains and uninterupted horizons.




    I've slept a little past dawn this morning next to the river. The tent and sleeping bag are a bit damp, so I hang them to dry in the warming sun.



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    Crossing the next border

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    Looks like the RCMP have good riding jackets, I think this was in Oxbow Saskatchewan.

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    It's a lovely sweet smell, the seas of wheat waving in the sun.

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    Preserved as though nothing has changed. How long can things stay this way?


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    These fascinated me on a childhood trip to the prairies. Kind of skeletal and beastly, slowly pecking at the earth.

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    Can anybody identify these? I don't think they're deer, at least as I know them. They run wild in the plains.


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    Road matainance is basic out here. Cut up the bad spots, spread some tar, chuck some gravel. Let the cars press it down.

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    Hang on, that ain't flat...

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    Big Muddy Badlands, carved out of the landscape.


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    I've got to admit surprise, Saskatchewan is gorgeous.

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    Many of these grain elevators used to have "POOL" painted on the side, but have since been covered-up. What happened? I think it was a wheat pool, how did that work?


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    A classic road-trip view

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/3961486320/" title="Way out West-1230213 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2530/3961486320_ee21a39409_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="Way out West-1230213" /></a>



    By the last light I find a road leading to a campground that's been closed for the season. There's absolutley nowhere to sneak the bike past the gate. I camoflauge the red KLR behind a stop sign and set-up for the night, happy to be at home anywhere, with my tent.

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  13. no

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    They're antelope. What a gorgeous trip. :lurk
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  14. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    They are actually called Prong Horn Antelopes.:thumb

    The report and photos were outstanding..........Glad to see that you became adventurious and was able to get the broken bolt out of the head.
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  15. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Next year I am Canada bound.

    I was thinking of heading for James Bay, but maybe instead explore Ontario for a while.

    KLR, open road(?) and a tent. What more does one need?

    Gonna be in the area (Ontario) next year? About July(ish)?

    Great report, GREAT photos. Looking foreward to more.:clap
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  16. Motojournalism

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    Antelope! Cool, I didn't think they would be anything so exotic :D
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  17. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    No idea where I'll be come July :dunno
    Might be back in Montreal for work, might be practicing my spanish somewhere, Ojal√° que si...

    If you haven't been out there yet, I'd recommend checking out Nova Scotia and even Newfoundland if you have time!
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  18. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    TWEEZERS?!?!?

    :huh

    The motorcycle Gods have smiled upon you, buddy. If it was me they'd be pulling the engine out of the frame right now. Right about the time the rain started and the bridge washed out.
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  19. cbennett5199

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    Pictures - amazing :clap


    Words - amazing :clap
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  20. Tallboy

    Tallboy hiding in the tallgrass

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    Truly beautiful scenery - thanks for dragging us along for the ride! :clap
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