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Old 10-27-2012, 07:19 AM   #5941
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I have stayed at the Northern Lites Motel and found it to be an excellent place with really interesting owners. I know they are closed for the winter . I saw the photo in yesterdays Sudbury Star and it shows signifgant damage. I really hope the damage is repaired to the road and that the business can recover.

I have always enjoyed travelling in that area and would hate to see the Motel closed, John and Maureen are good folks and very bike friendly business, We need to encourage good folks like them to succeed.

Good luck to all the people of Wawa as the rebuild and recover from storm. I know Finndian has his shop and family in that area, I wish you well.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:00 AM   #5942
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I suspect the damage to the motel is to great to recover. I just hope they get a fair deal from insurance so they can walk away comfortably.

Here's a shot of the railway station yard, parking lot and street in front of the big bear hotel in hawk junction. This really shows how much rain came down in a short time.


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Old 10-27-2012, 11:51 AM   #5943
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Gord, save that sauna

GORD make sure you do your best to save your sauna................. i want to drink some beer in it next spring.

i hope you did not get any damage to your shop or home(s).


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Old 10-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #5944
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Hi there Gord

I am truly sorry to hear the Northern Lites is probably a total loss. I just read on the Sault Star the article about the flood and saw the photo gallery. I saw a quote from Mo and she says she is dealing with the insurance. I like you hope they get a settlement that will allow them to start over,

My sincere best wishes to all as you dig out from this mess, Please let your friends and family know we are including you in our prayers.

Please say hi to the Parkers from grateful guests,
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:43 PM   #5945
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Moab Bound!!

First off, hope all you stuff is okay Finndian!! Good luck with the clean up! What a mess!

So here I sit in North Platte, Nebraska, waiting for the Winnipeg gang to show up. Made good time getting here, 1632kms in 15hours and 45 minutes. Waded thru the herds of deer down to Duluth in the dark...amazing I didn't smoke one! They were everywhere. Inbetween the deer it snowed but nothing major. Sunny most of the day and above zero.

Going to get dinner soon if the guys don't show and hope to make Moab tomorrow late afternoon

Hope to have a report going Monday night.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:25 PM   #5946
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First off, hope all you stuff is okay Finndian!! ...
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...Hope to have a report going Monday night.
Tickled you've made it so far south.!!!
Looking forward to more of the adventure.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:10 PM   #5947
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I have stayed at the Northern Lites Motel and found it to be an excellent place with really interesting owners. I know they are closed for the winter . I saw the photo in yesterdays Sudbury Star and it shows signifgant damage. I really hope the damage is repaired to the road and that the business can recover.

I have always enjoyed travelling in that area and would hate to see the Motel closed, John and Maureen are good folks and very bike friendly business, We need to encourage good folks like them to succeed.

Good luck to all the people of Wawa as the rebuild and recover from storm. I know Finndian has his shop and family in that area, I wish you well.
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Very nice place and friendly owners. Sure hope they survive this.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:38 PM   #5948
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Made it to North Platte.... met up with Rob.... all is good.

Looks like we cut a good break with the weather...should be good going over the hill tomorrow.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:32 AM   #5949
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Mo has put a little update on her web site about the flood.

http://www.nlmotel.com/flood.htm


Hope the rest of you guys make out ok up there.

Cheers, Todd
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:48 AM   #5950
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wow. I am stunned by the flood pictures. I hope the sauna does'nt sustain too much damage. Gord I saw the work you did trying to preserve your shoreline, it looks like the water is gonna do some more damage there.

When I was out in Sask, during the floods the force of the water was amazing.

new homes getting flooded during construction

flat ground, water has nowhere to go

trying to ride to Regina

After the water went down. Some poor guy from BC, found his car in Roche Percee. It was still there months later, maybe left as a testament to the power of Mother Nature.

Moab riders: have a good trip, wish I was going too. Snow here this morning.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:04 PM   #5951
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When I was out in Sask, during the floods the force of the water was amazing.

trying to ride to Regina
Perhaps there's a grain of truth in the "Pirates of Saskatchewan" song.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:38 PM   #5952
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Moab...

Made it! Sunny and 16c here today, sunny and 22c for the next 4 days forcasted

Had Moab pizza tonight and gearing up for riding tomorrow! Gonna be awesome

Glenwood Canyon near the turn off to Aspen Colorado


Me along the Colorado river about 20kms from Moab


La Sal Mountains along Moab


Riding photos tomorrow...I swear
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #5953
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Moab Day one...

Woke up to an awesome day and the bikes were still in the parking lot Everyone dressed warm...too warm, it warmed up quickly to low 20c and the layers came off once we reached Picture Rock. We took some photos and did a quick loop around the big rock, that's when BackRoader decided to take a nap on the rocks Uprighting his bike, we found that it was fine and BackRoader said he was fine too, so we carried on. We were on Kane Creek Rim Overlook road and the road was quickly becoming a cow trail. I pushed on ahead thru the deep sand and onto some Slick Rock Hills trying to find the route to the overlook. I quickly realized that we were not going to get Mark96's KLR down a rocky hill and back up, so we turned around and headed for another area. The scenery was so spetacular where we were that it didn't matter if we made it or not

BackRoader napping on the rocks


2whlrider on Kane Canyon Rim road


Mark96 on same road


We crossed the highway and went up to an overlook in the hills near La Sal. After that we wound our way down thru Browns Hole road and back around over to hwy 46 where whe again left the road in search of a route thru to hwy 191 that leads back up to Moab. Not long after starting this road, we quickly got into a bad area of wash on a hill. I scoped out further up and the road was non-existant, so we started down. It was almost more than BackRoader and Mark96 could handle, so they ended up walking and pushing their bikes down. After some tense moments we were back on the highway and heading up another road that looped back around to the town of La Sal. At this point, 2whlrider was on reserve and refilling his bike with spare gas and BackRoader was low on gas. We biked up highway 191 back to Moab where BackRoader and 2whlrider headed to the hotel pool and Mark96 and I headed up to Sand Flats road and to Slickrock. At Slickrock we took photos of the old Lions Back jeep climb and then headed to what we at first thought was Baby Lions Back but turned out to be the Start of Hells Revenge. It was a nice climb up and then down. Heading to the Slickrock bike trail, we stumbled on the real Baby's Lion Back. It was much steeper and my bike wanted to wheelie but I managed to keep the front end down and crested the top. Once back down we headed to Slickrock and ran it a bit and then took in the spectacular scenery and the sunny warm weather before heading back to the hotel.

Getting into trouble


Looking down from the starting hill on Hells Revenge


On top Hells Revenge start


Mark96 at the bottom of Babys Lions Back


On top of Baby Lions Back


Awesome first day, can't wait to see what tomorrow holds
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:16 PM   #5954
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Woke up to an awesome day...
Awesome first day, can't wait to see what tomorrow holds
Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

I may be in the neighbourhood in a few days, hoping to leave the 'Peg this week enroute Victoria; drop me a PM as to whereabouts of your hotel. :-)
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:32 AM   #5955
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Good stuff Rob!
I have to do Moab someday. Soon.
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