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Old 07-26-2012, 10:57 AM   #91
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Crooked;
Can you elaborate a bit more on the Military Surplus ECWCS gear? Is this summer or winter gear (insulated?). How did you find the sizing - to size, fits big or small, how was sleeve/leg length for motorcycle use? Do you recall which vendor you dealt with? Ideally I'd like to find some waterproof (Gortex) gear to throw over my motorcycle armored gear. Thanks. Congrats on the new daughter!

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:22 AM   #92
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Can you elaborate a bit more on the Military Surplus ECWCS gear? Is this summer or winter gear (insulated?). How did you find the sizing - to size, fits big or small, how was sleeve/leg length for motorcycle use? Do you recall which vendor you dealt with? Ideally I'd like to find some waterproof (Gortex) gear to throw over my motorcycle armored gear. Thanks. Congrats on the new daughter!

Cheers Garry
It is considered winter gear (ECWCS = Extended Cold Weather Clothing System) but is just a shell. The parka has a Nylon liner, the pants don't. They don't get brittle in the cold (I've used them down to 30 below), which is nice. Sizing is accurate as they come not just in sm/md/lg, but short/reg/long as well. If you're borderline, go for a size "longer", especially if you'll be mostly using them on the bike. See chart here.

The Gen I stuff (which I have) is supposedly not as breathable as the newer Gore-tex, but if you're wearing it over layers, I don't think it matters much. I bought mine from this guy on Ebay, but he doesn't have any for sale right now. There are lots to be had on Ebay though, and dozens of vendors online.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:26 PM   #93
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I have a set of Marmot GoreTex pants and jacket that work very well as an over-layer in colder weather wet stuff, but they sure as hell didn't cost what your surplus gear did (more like about 15X), they DO get crispy in cold weather (bought 'em for skiing), and they certainly aren't such a cool camo pattern! I don't think you're cheap, just smart. Sometimes I fall into that "if it ain't name brand it ain't shit" trap and feel like such a TOOL. There's a very good chance that your surplus gear was actually made by Marmot, Mountain Hardware, Lowe Alpine, Dakine, etc. Sheesh.


Is the new baby sleeping through the night yet? I would have had more kids if it hadn't been for the sleep deprivation phase, man that almost killed me. Hang in there, man!



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Old 07-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #94
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Is the new baby sleeping through the night yet?
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............no.


But we are down to 3 times a night now. One of the best things about breast feeding is that I can't do it . I think my angelic wife has slept through the night about 4 times in the last 5 years. I'm up helping as much as I can though.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:19 PM   #95
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Thanks for the input on the rain gear fellows, much appreciated. As you say cheap for Gortex, even at the new price!

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:11 PM   #96
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Eek Oops

Ok, I be back to the RR ASAP, but some of you may remember me mentioning earlier that I hadn't cleaned my air filter in a while...









Turns out, I should have .




Been riding like this for at least the last 4000km.




Won't make that mistake again, but I can't wait to see how much more power I have now . On my way back to Tumbler Ridge tomorrow night...
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:53 AM   #97
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Arghhhh!!!! Flipping mice! Those things are amazing, the places they can get into. A friend took his car to the mechanic once because it was running very poorly, no power, chugging at low RPM, etc. When he picked it up that evening there was a gallon ZipLock baggie filled to bursting with dog chow sitting on the car seat. WTF?? The service guy said "That was in your air cleaner compartment. We just cleaned it out and put a new filter in and it runs perfectly." He kept the car in his garage next to a 50 pound bag of dog food. I wonder how many trips between the dog chow sack and air cleaner it took for those teensy little mice to fill that compartment up? We have a farm here in Virginia and have endless issues with mice; they will even chew the plastic covering off your wiring. Not good. I made the mistake of storing my beer brewing stuff with some left-over grain near my ski boots once and ended up with both boots nearly filled with grain. That was a lot of trips for those little buggers! Luckily they were too enthralled with the grain to chew on the boot linings. Hopefully your little pals didn't tear anything else up for materials to make their nest.



You know I was just kidding about the sleeping through the night thing. My kids are 26 and 29 now and I still remember the sleep depravation phase. Ughhh. I got caught once sleeping with earplugs screwed in and it took YEARS to get over that indescretion! I tell you, women are a lot tougher than most men I've known. If men had to have the babies there sure as hell wouldn't be 7 billion of us on the planet. I'd do it once and say WHOA that's enough of that crap!!

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Old 07-27-2012, 08:47 AM   #98
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What kind of map bag is that on your handlebars/tank? Or is that just a homemade ziploc thingy?
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Arghhhh!!!! Flipping mice!
Yeah, I lost cylinder #5 in my car last winter at 40 below. I feared the worst, but it turned out that a furry friend had just chewed the injector wire. Soldered it up, a little tape and good to go.

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What kind of map bag is that on your handlebars/tank? Or is that just a homemade ziploc thingy?
It's a SealLine map case, for canoeing/kayaking. It was an impulse purchase on the way out and one of my best. The d-rings happened to be the perfect distance apart to slip over my mirror mounts. Blocks the wind as well.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:35 AM   #100
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:04 PM   #101
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The MOST enjoyable R.R. You have a very understanding family - you're a lucky man.
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More pictures! This is not acceptable.
Let me know if you guys can see this:



If this works I got a few more for ya.
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If this works I got a few more for ya.

I can see it just fine
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:33 PM   #104
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Cool2 Interlude: Tumbler Ridge expanded

So when we left off, I was enjoying a 45 minute night's sleep at a gas plant somewhere in the Pine Pass...on asphalt...with no sleeping pad...in a broken tent...with the fly off...in the rain.

But unfortunately, someone exceeded their internet bandwith for the month uploading pictures for you fine folks and now I a reliving the dial up days. I didn't even know i had a limit. But, while we're waiting for them to un-throttle me, I thought I'd show you where I went yesterday (since these pics were already online.)

I retraced my first part of my trip, checking out a few spots I wasn't able to then.

Got a picture of the metropolis of Elmworth this time:




Took a look at Stoney Lake (right before the Wapiti FSR on the Heritage Highway/Boundary Road.) There fishing is supposed to be amazing here.




Then took a detour down the Honeymoon Creek and a couple other roads to ascend Mount Clifford.










The road dead ends at a well site, but there is an ATV trail that goes right into the Alpine tundra. I tried to climb the first big hill twice, but ended up going over backwards each time at the lip and sliding back down. I think I could have made it if I unloaded, but I had places to be.




Places like Mount Hermann.




You can ride right to the top of this gem, which is accessed via Mast Creek FSR. I went in the scenic way via the Wolverine FSR.






The trail was good enough to drive a truck.




































After using up all my film (jk), I head back down the mountain and down the Mast Creek FSR to the Murray FSR.




I was heading south this time, to Monkman Provincial Park, and Kinuseo Falls.


























The reason for this little jaunt is on the roof of my buddy's Hilux.

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