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Old 09-25-2007, 01:22 PM   #31
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Day 11, Wednesday September 5

Woke up kinda late (of course I didnt get back till half past two).

Bay View Hotel in the morning (no pretty receptionist in the morning )


took some backroads, most of which looked roughly like this


Wound my way up to the Bruce Peninsula, which is a pretty cool place.


Wow, that musta been a helluva storm that tossed that buoy up onto land .


Set up camp at Lands End Park. I do hate spending $25 to camp, but not so much as I hate spending 80 - 100 on an iffy hotel.



As I was setting up camp, I was sitting on the picnic table doing something, and this guy just climbs up right next to me and starts messing with my stuff.


Ballsy little fellow, him and his friends were running amuck all night.


I tried to get some pics of my bike and the sunset that night





Then a guy walking past volunteered to take one of me with the bike.



He was pretty cool, rode his FJR (i think, thats the yamaha right?) up from Quebec. He told me the story of his brother riding a Harley all the way to South America, then cracking his block, and riding it all the way back pissing oil. Well I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:36 PM   #32
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Great report!!! Keep it up and ride safe.
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:34 PM   #33
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I've been doing the college thing for like 6 years
UNCC??
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:13 PM   #34
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Yessir, why do you ask?
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:15 PM   #35
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GLad to see you make it to our northern brother. Have alot of fun and share alot of pictures.
Hey dave, are you the dave I met @ the Horizons Unlimited Meet.


How was singletrack hell?
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:09 PM   #36
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Damn!

I started to follow this thread and then got side tracked on another. If I would have been paying attention, you could have crashed here, and hung out or done whatever ( maintenance, beer, etc.). I'm an idiot! Sorry I missed you!

Enjoy the journey!
Ride Safe!!

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Old 09-28-2007, 08:56 PM   #37
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too bad - you drove right by my place when you went from London to Toronto.

I hope your brakes are working well now - when I had that kind of problem, the master cylinder was the culprit.
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Old 09-29-2007, 07:16 AM   #38
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Good read. Look for the ADV Tent Space List. You could have saved a butt-load of money so far on this trip. Ride Safe!
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:19 AM   #39
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Yep, what was wrong with the brakes? I looked it up in the thumper forum but couldn´t find your thread there.

I like your ride report very much so far, keep the pictures coming....
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:48 AM   #40
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Hey, that's my husband's old bike!
Sorry about the brakes :(

Fantastic trip and report!
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:35 PM   #41
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Uncc

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UNCC??...Yessir, why do you ask?
I'm a UNCC - College of Architecture - Grad from (gasp!) 1986.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:22 PM   #42
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yep that's me from horizons

I'm having some folks to my cabin in Saluda NC, wish you could make it.. Good to see you on the road and not burning you saddle bags anymore. Crestin that learning curve. I'm about ready to take off anytime myself.. Looking forward to your future post. I have 8832 miles on my april 27 2007 KLR today. How many miles have you logged on your trip so far? Happy trails...
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:50 PM   #43
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Yep, what was wrong with the brakes? I looked it up in the thumper forum but couldn´t find your thread there.

I like your ride report very much so far, keep the pictures coming....
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My bark busters were a tight fit, and when I crashed a couple times into the rock, I guess they bent a little bit, and I didnt notice. So when I released the brake lever, it wasnt going all the way out and I had brake pressure building up.

It was an easy fix once somebody told me. Makes me feel like an idiot though

***mini update***

I am in Sacramento now (had to drive thru the snow for 80 mother %$#@ing miles to get here). I am about to go try and find Squeeze Inn for a cheeseburger and then work my way over to the Pacific Coast Highway.

Anybody know a good shop in San Diego to get some work done before I hit Mexico???? (just maintenance stuff, nothing wrong with the bike)

I am about 42days and 8000+ miles into the trip.



I am having a hard time updating this thread (even just uploading my photos) often enough, so unless I find a cheap internet cafe in mexico, or a library that will let me use their computer for more than 30 minutes, I might have to leave it all till I get back. I will try to keep you guys updated though, and you can always check the pics to see where I am at even if their are no words.

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Old 10-06-2007, 04:49 PM   #44
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Day 12 Thursday September 6th

Wow, I am a whole month behind on this thread... its gonna take some doing to catch up.

I woke up this morning and decided to go ahead and take the ferry to Manitoula Island.

I got there kinda late, about 15 minutes before the ferry was supposed to leave.

Coming up on the the line of cars and RVs waiting to get on the ferry.


A guy was on riding his bicycle onto the ferry, gotta respect that.
Me and him were the last ones on.

Pretty good views from the boat as we went out into the water. I've never been where I cant see the shore, except in the ocean... come to think of it I dont think I've ever been out that far in the ocean! I guess these great lakes are kinda big.





The guys who worked on the boat pointed me in the direction of some rope to tie down the bike. I didnt really trust the flimsy pieces of rope they had, so I broke out a couple of my free BMW tie down straps, kept the bike nice and safe. Its a strange feeling putting my bike into another vehicle. Pretty cool though.



I guess it felt more like an actual adventure to be strapping the bike down on a ferry in a foreign country.



Got off the ferry and rode around Manitoula Island, which was pretty cool, but there wasnt really much there (which I guess is why its cool). Mostly looked like this.



this is what the island is like, and this is how you get around for a few months without buying any maps (also a lot of getting lost is invovled, but thats half the fun now isnt it )




this was a really pretty view. Strawberry Channel or something, didnt come out so great in the photo though.



I rode across this little bridge onto the mainland, and looked for some fun roads.

I found one and went down it. A really rough dirt/mud/rock road. Then it just turned into double track with low trees all around. It didnt look like it was going anywhere, so I turned around.

On the way out two guys in a pickup are headed the opposite direction. I wave them down and ask them where the road goes. The passenger says it goes to his property, which is where the double track started. He asks if I am looking for a place to camp. I wasnt really, its kinda early, but hey Canada is getting expensive, so I tell him yes.

He says I probably dont want to camp here (the driver is going to be hunting bear tonight), but he tells me about a spot down the road, near a dam or something. I thank him and set off to find it.

His directions were easy enough to follow, and I find this place.


He told me to camp down the river a bit, where there was some sand, but it was right by the water, and there were all kinds of signs about drastically changing water level without warning, so I was kinda paranoid.

I found a fire ring up higher, closer to the dam, and set up camp.
this section seemed difficult when I did it (Colorado taught me that this was a very good road, not very rocky at all)


problem


solution


water at most dams is pumped from the bottom, so its nice and cold. Gotta keep the beer cold.


As I was finishing setting up camp, the pickup guy drove in and we chatted for a bit, he was a cool guy, I think he was from Michigan or something.

the sun setting behind these trees was more beautiful than my camera can capture.



Got a little fire going


It rained on and off that night, but my tent kept me dry. It was nice to not have to pay to sleep at night, especially in Canada where everything is so damn expensive.
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:57 PM   #45
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Day 13 Friday September 7

In my journal I decided to blame it being the 13th day of my journey and a friday.

It was all wet in the morning.


And it was all wet all the way to the US border.


And it was a driving stinging rain that hurt through my jacket for a hundred miles or so of the upper peninsula of Michigan.

This was a nice shot though, it was really really windy here.


And it was wet and miserable all the way to Bruce Crossing, MI. Which I doubt you will find on any map, but they did have a hotel for like $27 WITH tax, which I gladly took, even though it smelled a little.

Not sure why I took this pic, but I think I was missing skin from parts of my hands, what from being all wet and cold and gloved for 10 hours +.


So I went to sleep warm at least.
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