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Old 08-23-2011, 09:27 PM   #4216
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good news, bad news

the bad news first:

grey skies,



locked gates,



beavers,



restricted areas,



thick sticky MUD, (and worn knobs)



impenetrable (and wet) FOG,





burned out tail lights,



and more wet fog mud and cold riding.

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Old 08-23-2011, 09:33 PM   #4217
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the good news

we were having a blast!



just riding on forest service, and pipeline access roads, trying to piece together a route from tons of options, finding the connectors and getting to the next town / gas stop without having to backtrack, not quite knowing what we were getting into, but seeing some cool stuff along the way.





this was classic Mobius.



(The Olympic Flame)



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Old 08-23-2011, 09:38 PM   #4218
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and at the end of the day

we had this place to ourselves, .



unfortunately, while the campfire ban had been lifted, no one came out here and told us, or took down the signs, so we were kind of chilly.

We parked the bikes in the camp spot,



but set up the tent in the much nicer "day use" area.

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Old 08-23-2011, 09:46 PM   #4219
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we'd covered almost 150 miles



sat around for awhile, pretending that we had a campfire,



ate,



checked maps for routes,



but ultimately got so chilled, that we got up and went for walks and took pichers 'till we got tired, then we went to bed.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:52 PM   #4220
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Scenes from Emerson Lakes

campground.

















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Old 08-23-2011, 10:44 PM   #4221
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campground.
Those mosquitoes were horrible! Hear them buzzing your camera.

That lake looks fun to fly fish.

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Old 08-23-2011, 10:50 PM   #4222
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Those mosquitoes were horrible! Hear them buzzing your camera.

That lake looks fun to fly fish.

John
Actually, it was nearly silent, which is what I was trying to capture, but the video cam has an auto-gain, and when it is that quiet, it starts recording feedback. It sounds like insects, so I left it in, but in reality, it was DEAD quiet.

It was really a beautiful spot, despite the crappy weather and the campfire ban.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:26 AM   #4223
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Wednesday May 25th 2011 M7 day 13

Emerson Lakes campground to Evansburg , AB



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More of the same, 'till we'd had enough and called "uncle"
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:43 AM   #4224
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The day started

cold and wet. Again. I'd scouted what seemed to be an interesting connector road through the maze of pipeline access roads. Nice and curvy, up at elevation, through forest land.

Unfortunately, as soon as we got above about 3800ft, we were riding in the clouds.



the ground was soaked, and goggles would bead up as if it was raining, but it was just a heavy, dense fog... bordering on a mist. The chill permeated through every layer we'd wear. I was keeping an eye on the knobs... I knew that if they started to pack up, we'd have to turn around.



conditions deteriorated from there. We had about 30-40 miles of this. And we weren't sure if it went through, or if we'd have to backtrack.



Needless to say, our morale was taking a beating.



"words" were exchanged. The intercoms were turned off for a little while to cool down.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:46 AM   #4225
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Eventually,

we came to a gas facility, and it seemed we'd hit a dead end. We turned around, and saw this marking the road we'd just finished riding.



I scrolled around the GPS for a few minutes, and realized that we just needed to take the continuation of that road, and it would spit us out on the highway where we could get gas, hot coffee, and dry off.



Sure enough,

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Old 08-24-2011, 07:13 AM   #4226
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The next section

progressed from lower-elevation rolling hills,





to flatter prairie,



this is how we felt,



and when it came time to start thinking about where we were going to stop for the day, neither of us was in the mood to camp again with the weather looking like this:



so we took our chances in the one-horse, one-motel town of Evansburg, AB.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:18 AM   #4227
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The GPS had two motels listed

but we could only find this one:



It didn't look like much from the outside.

Or the inside. But we got a room, for pretty cheap, and sidled up to the bar. The people couldn't be nicer. The motel/liquorstore/restaurant owner was a motorcycle rider, and had us park our bikes out back next to his motor home. We had some grub at the bar, and hung out the evening drinking with locals, swapping stories, and having some good laughs. It was Stanley Cup playoffs, and was kind of a trip to be sitting in a Canadian bar watching hockey with the locals. Quite a hoot.

All in all, a pretty good day.

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Old 08-24-2011, 12:47 PM   #4228
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It was really a beautiful spot, despite the crappy weather and the campfire ban.
You mean, "Alleged campfire ban..."
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:00 PM   #4229
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:20 PM   #4230
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I can't believe I finally caught up.

Just in time for more!

Thanks for all the work you have put in to this. Its been awesome.
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