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Old 04-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #3046
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Spanish lessons

I studied Spanish in Xela (Quetzaltenango) back in '96. The prices for a week long home stay and one-on-one 5 hours a day instruction are still extremely cheap ($155). Several afternoon excursions were included in that fee as well along with three meals a day. Great value, interesting and lots of fun.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:58 PM   #3047
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Almost 400k on the big Katoom today. Great for the soul. Managed to get in some great sushi in Okotoks for lunch too.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:52 PM   #3048
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You need no knowledge of house building to help, just a strong back! The houses as you know are cinder block and metal roofs.
I've built 2 houses in Guatemala and you are needed to mix concrete on the ground and carry it in 5 gal pails, shovel sand and dirt and carry blocks....its actually a lot of fun because you live with or near the families and interact at a community level you do not see while riding or being a tourist. You know my age and if I can do it you can
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Let me know the details about how to help. Maybe my boss would let me take the time off to go down and help. I think it would be a great experience and very fun. My return trip from Xela to the border I did some rather remote trail riding and it amazed me where many of Guat's population lives. They were spread out everywhere all over the mountain ranges. Actually quite similar to just above that area in Mexico where they live pretty much in isolation at the tops of mountains growing coffee. Understandably I felt out of place. The vibe turns when you get into these locations because they don't see many outsiders, let alone one thundering up the mountain on a disturbingly loud motorcycle. The one night I camped on a switch back turn and woke up to a horse trotting by. Later while getting up in my tent to a stranger looking through the vent at me. haha. I couldn't talk to him much but you can tell he was friendly. Huge smile on his face. haha. I laughed. He liked my moto.

That was in these mountains:

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=15.529...num=1&t=h&z=12

The Guat side was in here across these ranges:

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=15.257...num=1&t=h&z=11

Roads riding along ridges, down the valley, up the next ridges. Stunning views and very fun riding.

Actually I think here is where I camped:



https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=15.615...num=1&t=h&z=11





I thought I saw Durden (Tyler) on Macleod today. Then I realized his bike was way too clean and he was riding way too slow. I think he's been MIA since having a baby though.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:07 PM   #3049
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Rode out to kananaskis today west of Millerville until I hit the barricade to Mcclean Creek, regarding Durden..I was going to help him with a valve check this spring but have not heard from him. Just did a valve check and shim change on the 2003 KLR I bought for Hannes from Belgium, he arrives on May 5th for a 3 month tour of Canada and Alaska.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:14 PM   #3050
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http://www.tourofidaho.com/TID.htm

Tour of Idaho. Has anybody completed this?

I think this will be my "big" dual sport trip of the season. Probably go with one or two other friends all on 650's.

It's actually a competition! How fun is this! Haha, keeps you pushing hard to complete the challenges!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:16 AM   #3051
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http://www.tourofidaho.com/TID.htm

Tour of Idaho. Has anybody completed this?

I think this will be my "big" dual sport trip of the season. Probably go with one or two other friends all on 650's.

It's actually a competition! How fun is this! Haha, keeps you pushing hard to complete the challenges!
That looks like a blast!
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:18 PM   #3052
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I think this will be my "big" dual sport trip of the season. Probably go with one or two other friends all on 650's.
Just don't tell Martin @ motorcycleJazz that you're doing it on a dual sport... he tends to rant about how the T1 is not a dual sport route.

I have done a few sections of the T1, but not the entire route - the first couple of days between the UT border and Arco are fantastic. Oxford Ridge and Big Southern Butte were the highlights for me:
http://adsmc.informe.com/forum/ride-...-id-t1494.html
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:33 AM   #3053
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Just don't tell Martin @ motorcycleJazz that you're doing it on a dual sport... he tends to rant about how the T1 is not a dual sport route.

I have done a few sections of the T1, but not the entire route - the first couple of days between the UT border and Arco are fantastic. Oxford Ridge and Big Southern Butte were the highlights for me:
http://adsmc.informe.com/forum/ride-...-id-t1494.html

They seem to make big promises that I'm willing to test and see if it's true. I believe they say the lower T1 section is supposed to be the most technical..

I've looked into it a bit and they say very technical, no picture taken because it's so technical, etc. Yet I have yet to see any pictures of anything overly technical. Guess you have to do it to find out!

I firmly believe in bare minimal route planning / research so I'll probably download the tracks and give it a go. Before some people fly off the handle, please be aware route planning and trip readyness are two different things. Generally look for tracks, and gas stops. That's all I need to know. 400-500km with my gas tank allows some flexibility.


Got out again this weekend! Good times. Before the snow got heavy we had some amazing riding. Ran into some existing snow drifts and very deep, dense snow in areas that slowed us down a bit, but all in all a fantastic 60km day.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #3054
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Hey hey boys, sorry I've been MIA, you're absolutely right Shibby, work and the new family member has kept me busy the fast few months. However, today I fired the bike up and got out for a quick pre-season loop around the NW. I'm needing to do some riding this season. Figured I'd drop in and see what people have planned for rides, good timing.

I was actually going to be joining a group two weekends ago, doing a loop down south 80% offroad through Chain Lakes and Indian Graves, not sure if anyone else was planning on going (found out through a buddy about it)? However, in typical Alberta fashion it had to snow and get cold as hell. I've never been down that way and was looking forward to it. I'll repost here once its rescheduled. My ride is uncomfortably clean.

Cal - I'd still love to do the valves, let me know a weekend day that would work, I'd supply to garage, tools and beer. Anyone else interested in checking their GS we could make it a wrench day. Just PM me.

Love the snow riding, had my little XL out the other winter, lots of great riding when the mud is frozen:


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Old 04-22-2013, 10:19 PM   #3055
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Durden! I just re-read your Alaska trip. Oohhhh the memories. Such a good time... when are we going again. Lol! My KTM hasn't seen Alaska yet. :)
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:20 PM   #3056
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Durden! I just re-read your Alaska trip. Oohhhh the memories. Such a good time... when are we going again. Lol! My KTM hasn't seen Alaska yet. :)
Ahh sleeping in my tent because there was a sock on the doorknob, memories
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #3057
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Great shot.

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Old 04-24-2013, 08:02 AM   #3058
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I like that to, but get those feet on the pegs! haha.

Looks like a blast though.

If warm weather comes I'd be looking to do an dual sport trip one of these weekends through the lower elevations down south around Fernie. Poke around on back roads and see how bad the snow is. I think most should be good to form a few small loops and exploration.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:23 PM   #3059
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Anyone want to join a ride up the waiprous trunk road to sundre? Sunday april 28. 11:00 at Cochrane tim hortons meet up. Maybe exploring on some side trails.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:34 PM   #3060
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That's a great ride, should be decent conditions, unfortunately I cant make a full day commitment, so I'm unfortunately out, but should be a good day. I assume you're slabbing it back on 22?

If you go north of the Sundre turnoff, before the Caronline turnoff there are some oil roads that snake through, around burnstick lake, over James River and reconnect at the highway where Bearberry is, not a bad detour, but makes for a long day.
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