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Old 01-01-2012, 08:38 PM   #4441
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LDF! PLEASE TELL ME I DON'T NEED TASSLES!!

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trust me JD, you can leave those tassles behind. It's all a personal preference. I still don't get it ( although Im still hearing an ongoing rave about the aerodynamics)........

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Old 01-01-2012, 11:23 PM   #4442
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Some great M trips - spent most of the day reading. The editorial and pics is fantastic.
Great work. Looking forward to more.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:03 AM   #4443
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I pick up a couple of packs of honey roasted peanuts, 'cause I like honey roasted peanuts for snacks. I hand them to LDF and say "Hey, could you put these in my CamelBak for me?", and turn my back to face her.

As I do so, I feel a knot in my stomach. Just as she says "where's your CamelBak?" I say "SHIT!!!"



"It's back at the campsite, down at the beach."
i thought SOP was to lean the camelbak on the front wheel so as not to leave without it?
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:10 AM   #4444
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I pick up a couple of packs of honey roasted peanuts, 'cause I like honey roasted peanuts for snacks. I hand them to LDF and say "Hey, could you put these in my CamelBak for me?", and turn my back to face her.

As I do so, I feel a knot in my stomach. Just as she says "where's your CamelBak?" I say "SHIT!!!"



"It's back at the campsite, down at the beach."
Did that this summer, went to go watch the Space Shuttle launch and left without it. By the time I realized it it was impossible to go back, so $100 for a new bag and whatever crap I had in it was history.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:22 AM   #4445
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i thought SOP was to lean the camelbak on the front wheel so as not to leave without it?
YES! That IS the SOP. But because I sort of geared up to bring the bike up off the beach, and then packed, I never went back down there to police the camping area before leaving (which is also SOP), AND when LDF and I are riding together our usual SOP is to each ride in front of the other for a "loose strap, dangling crap" inspection, which for whatever reason we didn't do. I'm pretty sure either LDF or Dave would have noticed that I didn't have my camelbak if they'd ridden behind me for more than 5 seconds. Just goes to show you why developing routines and sticking to them is so important.

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...so $100 for a new bag and whatever crap I had in it was history.
If only it was just the bag and some peanuts. Inside was: my passport, and the two small bags on the belt contained the M9, and 3 lenses. Lets just say that leaving it behind was NOT an option.

This episode was my biggest (but not only) contribution in putting the 'Doh into the Tura I, thank you very much.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:16 AM   #4446
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If only it was just the bag and some peanuts. Inside was: my passport, and the two small bags on the belt contained the M9, and 3 lenses. Lets just say that leaving it behind was NOT an option.

This episode was my biggest (but not only) contribution in putting the 'Doh into the Tura I, thank you very much.
Ah, yes that would be an expensive and real PITA mistake not to go back. My problem is the roads were closed to two-way traffic for a few hours, and by then it was a safe bet that it would be gone.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:26 AM   #4447
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Back in Canol Flats

I was detecting the aroma of ethylene glycol near my engine. I had some moisture on my right boot, and my radiator fluid was a little low. I just figured it had overheated during my fantasy Dakar special stage, so I topped it off, bought a can of stop-leak and antifreeze just to be safe.

We'd squandered half the day, and only had 38 miles to show for it. We grabbed a bite, gassed up, and contemplated our options.



Our primary objective for M8 was to ride as much of the Tour of Idaho trail as we could. And while I had painstakingly routed as much dirt as I could to get to its northern terminus, we decided to hop on some pavement, bypassing a longer dirt loop of questionable quagmire potential, and make our way south, especially since we'd need to catch a ferry along the way.

Fortunately, it didn't suck.



and before long we were getting dirty again.

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Old 01-02-2012, 09:34 AM   #4448
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Inside was: my passport, and the two small bags on the belt contained the M9, and 3 lenses. Lets just say that leaving it behind was NOT an option.
YIKES! Yes, that was definitely worth the ride back.

I know the feeling. I was in the Army about a year and a half and was on may way back from leave (so I guess I was something like 20), I left a brand new Canon AE-1 on a bus-stop bench in Germany. Going back to get it was a complete waste of time - didn't even try - didn't even know HOW to get back to that bench. That camera was my pride and joy (my first big purchase at the PX). I was crushed.

Glad you were able to retrieve it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #4449
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Because of the radiator

LDF took point, and Dave rode sweep.

We were on St. Mary's FS road, and it was sweet.



We soon got to the cut-off for Gray Creek Pass road. I'm not sure this was the wisest course given the wet spot on the radiator, but hey, that's why it's called ADVenture rider, and not ComfortZone rider.



Besides, I had this guy covering my back, and while he looks all mild-mannered and such, he's a crack wrench, troubleshooter extraordinaire, and possesses a molecular knowledge of internal combustion engine additives second to none.



I wasn't worried. LDF, on the other hand, was a basket case*.

We started our climb over the pass:



*That's not a dig. It's her role. The voice of reason. The articulator of the worst-case scenario. The worrier. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:59 AM   #4450
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Nearly got run off

the road by this guy. Bow hunting season was in full swing.





It was nice riding, and not too steep, at least not yet.



from my position in the middle, I was able to get some nice shots of both of the others riding.





I have the TrailTech vapor, so I could monitor engine temps, and they were cool, and I'd stop every few miles and sniff. Seemed to be holding.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:07 AM   #4451
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Really enjoying the latest chapter...

of the Mobius saga. Some funny stuff and awesome pics. Keep it coming!
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:15 AM   #4452
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We started to climb in earnest.





Waiting for LDF & Dave around a switchback: You can still see a pocket of snow in the upper right corner.



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Old 01-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #4453
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Inside was: my passport, and the two small bags on the belt contained the M9, and 3 lenses. Lets just say that leaving it behind was NOT an option.
Is little details like this that really make a good RR that you can sink your teeth into. Sorry, Doc that you had to admit your Faux Pas (and your humanity ) before the whole ADVrider community, but it really does you and your RR credit. This is something very possible in the realm of International travel.
It is one of the reasons that I so love Berserker's Angola, Angola - a tale of “três cavaleiros” thread... (http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=659173&page=3) He admits in the RR that he rode 150km through the desert of Namibia without his passport and then had to backtrack, cross a river twice to get more fuel and then ride to re-join his mates.
(GREAT Read!! - 5x)

I am sure that Berserker more that anyone can appreciate “channeling Neduro” ! (classic!)

I am glad you found the camelback and your “booty” unscathed! We all need challenges like this occasionally to keep our ego in check.

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*That's not a dig. It's her role. The voice of reason. The articulator of the worst-case scenario. The worrier. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
I am thankful that LDF is there to act as your “guardian angel”! Great RR! You guys Rock!!

p.s.- geez doc, IR too!? You're raising the bar on photo equipment for "little bike" rides. I'm still thinking that the Lumix GF1 was additional weight...but nice! enjoy your work!
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #4454
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I wasn't worried. LDF, on the other hand, was a basket case*.

*That's not a dig. It's her role. The voice of reason. The articulator of the worst-case scenario. The worrier. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
Glad you clarified that.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:27 AM   #4455
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Near the top of the pass

I pulled off for a break. Here's Dave setting himself up for one of his moves. He's set his brain to remember nothing, and is re-locating some medication he needs to somewhere "safe". It's not as easy as you think pulling off these bone-head moves.



My engine temps were starting to rise, and I was getting that antifreeze smell again. On close inspection, I could see there was some steam coming off the right rad.

We let it cool to the point that I could refill, and we threw some stop-leak.





We'll see.
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