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Old 07-30-2004, 09:52 PM   #8
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Location: East of Sacramento
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We had our second major mechanical problem the next day when Duanes R80 cylinder stud pulled out of the motor block causing him to truck it home. We were all sorry to see Duane leave the ride.
Although we didnt have a set schedule or time table, a few of us wanted to make it at least to New Mexico within the 2 weeks including the 2500+- trip to and from Sacramento. The first few days had put us behind schedule mainly due to mechanical delays and trying to stay on trail while staying out of the no motor zone and impassible terrain. We averaged about 150 miles the first 3 days, but had anticipated doing about 300. The pace would pick up later.

The maps were great, but did have a few errors that also caused delays. This is where the GPS really came in handy to let us know we were off course.

Still in Montana, here's a shot heading south towards Lima.

And another image traversing the high plains of Montana near the continental divide.

This is the day we met up with 3 KTM950s and a KLR near Wise River M. They were from Texas that were also headed for New Mexico on the Great Divide. This image was taken on a mountain pass in the Beaverhead National Forest

Shortly thereafter we were back in the high plains of the Big Sky Country. The dirt roads were getting smoother and faster

But I was so sad that my hairhead was getting dirty

The scenery kept changing. On our way into Lima we headed into a few canyons

More to follow---------

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