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Old 09-06-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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You Can't Motorcycle in a Buffalo Herd

But you can ride happy if you've a mind to! (apologies to Roger Miller)
My wife and I had been planning a 4 or 5 day trip to mark of 40th anniversary of married fun and games, but stuff got in the way, so we did a one day, 500km ride to Dry Island Buffalo Jump, on the Red Deer river south of Stettler, Alberta.

All good trips start with a good brekky - my semi-famous gluten free pancakes, and lots of coffee.



Got time for a pre-ride photo? Apparently I'm too impatient to wait for the timer



We headed south on HWY 21, but got stopped at some bridge construction at the Battle River - a pretty little valley worthy of a pic or three.





Mrs. FNR waiting for me to get on with it.



We were riding under the strangest sun we've ever seen - huge yellow ring around it. We sometimes see something like this in the dead of winter - maybe it was smoke from distant fires - although the wind was blowing hard out of the southeast, and the fires are to the west in BC???



Stopped for a coffee and pee in New Norway - not much happening there on a pre-long weekend friday.



We rode on in very light traffic but into that hard (30-40kph) headwind, so with two up, the fuel light went on just as we came to the Dry Island Provincial Park turnoff. 50 K there and back - hmmmm, better not. No better way to mess up an anniversary trip than to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere - so off to Trochu for lunch and gas.
Lunch was sadly very ordinary, complete with snarly server lady, and no one had premium gas, so we had to fill with Reg and pull the timing change plug.
Nothing photo worthy - let's get on with it!

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Old 09-06-2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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Dry Island Buffalo Jump

Half an hour East of Trochu (mostly slab with a bit of gravel at the end), you come to the gorge cut by the Red Deer River, and it's really the start of badlands topography that you see further south around Drumheller. The river is up against the far bank.



You come on it suddenly, travelling in rolling farmland, and it is really impressive - I hope the pictures give some idea.



You can sure see how a buffalo galloping off the edge would be well "tenderized" when it reached the bottom.



More pictures soon.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:12 PM   #3
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This is a unique environment that has been preserved. It's one of the few areas of prairie in Alberta that has never been cultivated or domestically grazed, so this is the land as it's been for thousands of years.



Some of the grasses and flowers.





Can you imagine chasing/herding, on foot, armed with a stone tipped spear or arrow, these dangerous and unpredictable animals, over a cliff??



I love these places that are simply preserved, without interpretive centers, souvenir stands selling made in (wherever) cow horn key chains, and "authentic" buffalo jerky. If you close your eyes, you can hear shouts of the hunters, the pounding hooves, smell the dust and the smoke.
I took a panorama of shots, from southwest to northwest.

















Don't go th way of he buffalo!!



A final shot of the grass and the wind, and we head for home. It was magical to have this place all to ourselves.



With the wind at our backs and the afternoon sun shining, it was a comfortable trip home. We stopped at the non-town of Nevis, because Mrs. FNR's grandparents homesteaded here, and this is where her father, aunts and uncles were born. This is the place, under the Content Bridge, that her (now 93 year old) aunt gleefully tells the family that she lost her virginity! (there goes the inheritance)



I suggested a re-enactment just after this shot - got the ADV salute - and she doesn't even vist the forum



Kept my helmet on so she couldn't hit me.



We headed for home, thankfully in the opposite direction of the rapidly increasing Labor Day weekend traffic.
Until we met these guys.



Children of the corn??? I love folk art!



We were home in time for pizza, and thought we picked a good way to celebrate our 40th year together.
Mrs.FNR had a bit of a sore neck on Saturday, I think from the wind buffeting. (buffeting on a KTM Adventure - who ever heard of such a thing?). She wears the dual sport style helmet because it's less claustrophobic, but it catches a lot of side wind. I'm trying to talk her into more of a street style, maybe the Scorpian transformer - anybody use one?

I hope you enjoyed our little trip - we did! Ride safe and often.
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I love these places that are simply preserved, without interpretive centers, souvenir stands selling made in (wherever) cow horn key chains, and "authentic" buffalo jerky.
I totally agree with this statement.

Thanks for sharing
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:59 AM   #6
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Great RR. Congrats on 40 years!! Your wife doesn't look like she could be legally married 20 years let alone 40!

Hopefully see you Wednesday - on the DRZ.
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Your wife doesn't look like she could be legally married 20 years let alone 40!
You just became her favorite person
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Nice way to celebrate 40 years together!

You gotta love the prairie coulees. Those are some of my favorite landscapes. Thanks for sharing.

PS: Any chance i can borrow your TDC bolt and crankshaft allen key?

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Any chance i can borrow your TDC bolt and crankshaft allen key?

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Any time. Are you going to Wed. tech nite?
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:12 AM   #11
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Looks like a wonderful way to spend your anniversary.
Watch that smurph guy, he's a terrible flirt.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:51 AM   #13
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Ouch!! I resemble that remark. :). I believe I'm just 'extra-extroverted'.
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Hmmm..
Pot?? - Kettle???
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Nice ride, thanks for the pics and the report
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