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Old 08-25-2013, 11:00 PM   #316
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Whoops, been gone all summer. In Ecuador (without bike ) and then in the Muskwa - Kechika.

Check out the pics though.



















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Old 08-26-2013, 11:49 AM   #317
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man ur life sucks! awesome photos
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:33 PM   #318
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wow nice. . cut your beard hippy just kidding. great stuff man.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:39 PM   #319
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I'm late to the game on this thread - but your first photo caught my attention as it is Tom's photo. Tom and I rode together a few times - a really great guy and a fantastic photographer.
Great photos you've put together!
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:38 PM   #320
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cut your beard hippy
Not a lot of razors out there in the bush. But unfortunately I've succumbed to "civilization" now...


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Tom and I rode together a few times - a really great guy and a fantastic photographer.
What a great opportunity. Tom has been a real inspiration to me. If you ever see him, pass on my regards.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:50 AM   #321
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Great RR, very beatiful locations!

Congrats for the baby
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:01 AM   #322
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Soooo....is this thread completely abandoned? I'd like to see what's left of all those abandoned mines up there.....
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:34 PM   #323
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Yes more please.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:42 PM   #324
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I really enjoyed thoroughly the video of you and your son.
I brought my wife in to watch it and she said it reminded her of me and my son---as I spent every waking moment with him when he was little.

I was so amazed at how he paid attention to every word you said---and he asked a lot of questions---which you so patiently answered----every one.

Your an awesome dad Crooked Creek.

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Old 11-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #325
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Soooo....is this thread completely abandoned? I'd like to see what's left of all those abandoned mines up there.....
Sorry, it seems that I have forgotten about it. It's been a busy fall. Between full time work, building a house, developing an acreage and a young family there hasn't been a lot of extra time... And I just got got back from Africa. But maybe over Christmas I'll get some time.


















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I really enjoyed thoroughly the video of you and your son.
Glad you enjoyed it, Mark. I made a decision before my kids were born that I would answer all of their questions the best I could. That was before I had an idea how many questions they were capable of asking . But kids only grow up once and I consider a privilege to be part of the process.
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awesome family there Crooked, so tell us more about Africa, the what, the why, and?
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awesome family there Crooked, so tell us more about Africa, the what, the why, and?
Well, that could be a long story, but I'm involved with a hospital, school, AIDS orphanage, child rescue center, and some other humanitarian work in West Africa. Was there to meet with local leaders and help develop a strategic plan.
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:49 AM   #328
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Awesome report. Being from South Australia which is sometimes referred to as the driest state in the driest continent your whole environment is an amazing dichotomy from where I ride. I'm curious as to what "Outfitters" do?
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Being from South Australia which is sometimes referred to as the driest state in the driest continent your whole environment is an amazing dichotomy from where I ride. I'm curious as to what "Outfitters" do?
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Yep, arid regions are a whole different animal. People sometimes wonder about the remoteness of rides like this, but when water is everywhere and fish are easy to catch, that sure helps. As long as you can stay warm.

Being an "outfitter" or a registered trapper are only ways to gain permission to build a cabin and live out in these areas. There is no private land to be owned. "Guide outfitters", as they refer to them in British Columbia, purchase exclusive rights to guide non-resident big game hunters in a specific area.

In my experience, many outfitters (especially in this region) are more hermits than hunters, but this gives them a way to earn a living and live in the wilderness.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #330
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Thumb Back in action.

So after a brief hiatus , let's resume.

We were here.

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But, at last, I arrived at my destination. Only been riding maybe 36 hours on 45 minutes of sleep
It had been quite the ride, and I was ready for a nap.

At last my destination was in view.



Pretty much as far away from pavement as you can get in BC.


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Eventually, I got on the right side of the lake and into camp.





I can't remember how long I slept, but I was fed well in the morning and hit the road again. I had no idea how far north I would get, but I was going to get as far as possible. Rick has said the last time he was up that far there was a few years ago, but he said it was possible on horseback at least.

So from Black Lake I headed back down to the Sturdee River Valley. That's the airstrip down below.



After the airstip the road is officially closed.






And it was about to get fun.



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