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Old 03-19-2006, 03:26 PM   #1
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A Prairie Riding Season

Hey all,

Here's a quick summary of some of my trips from last summer. I don't take the time to take a lot of pictures and when I do the quality is usually pretty shitty anyway. Seeing that these trips are in the prairies, please excuse the lack of hills, mountains, turns in roads, breathtaking scenery, etc.

In and around the Lauder sandhills:

Road Closed.....well how bad could it be ??

It was extremely tempting to "just give 'er", but earlier in the day when the wind was strong, you could literally see white caps on the water. Maybe on someone else's bike I'd cross this road.

Future Dakar Racer

He was making the V-twin noises pretty well

In the sandhills:

If you look close there's an ADVrider salute in there

Smart ass cows:

At the Race Track:

The big KTM did pretty well at the track even on the stock scorpions. If you want to attract attention to yourself at a racetrack, don't bring a factory racebike, bring a 950 Adventure.

After riding for a few months, you forget how tall this bike really is. Until I saw it next to a sportbike I didn't realize how tall it really is .

Riding Mountain Park:

This was my first camping trip with the bike and everything went pretty smooth. It was an early May trip and I was the only one in the campground, works for me. Please excuse crappy pics.

Well, the trip went almost smoothly.....except for this minor mishap before I even left. The night before I left I was testing how the bike handled with the panniers and all the gear on it...

I like to call this pic "Oh fuck, right, I've got the panniers on"

Luckily, my wife didn't really care, and I learnt an important lesson and only damaged my own property.

Crazy Harley Gang that Wanted to ride with me:

Nice folks but they both have shifty eyes....

Coming Back From a 2-up Road Trip

Just a short trip with my wife. She loves the speeds possible on the interstates. Here we are coming back across the border smuggling Italian shoes and Glock 36's.

The Winnipeg City Floodway:

This is basically a huge ditch that runs around the city and diverts water from the Red River so the city isn't under water. It provides some decent riding.

At the floodway gates:

Going to the Trap Range in Style:

Because I'm a little bit of a redneck and didn't want to have to take my truck out to the trap range, here's my shotgun transport.

Somewhere in the Whiteshell:

Rain gear time, dem der clouds is black:

Riding some pipeline access trails

My Buddy:

Nothing to do with bikes but he's damn cute. Quinn at about 3 months old:

Duck Mountains:

A great campsite (nobody else there) and awesome riding. Lots of single track with maybe a little too much mud for the big KTM. Unfortunatly, I don't have any pics of some of the real good trails because I was busy riding and not pic shooting.

Lake Manitoba on the ride out:

Here's my other mishap of the season. On the way out, just before a gas stop, I gave her some throttle and was going slightly faster than the speed limit . It turns out that from my piss poor job of tying my gear down and the wind load from the slightly elevated speeds, all the gear tied down up top shifted back. Of course my tent was on the bottom and went right in the way of the exhaust flow. After a few minutes of this the exhaust melted a hole right through the entire tent......fuck.

I discovered this at the gas stop and just decided to go on. Upon arriving at the campsite, I discovered this:

The only thing useable was the $2 ground tarp. I made the best lean-to I could and almost had myself convinced it would work....if it didn't rain.

My backup plan if it were to rain was to either break into a seasonal trailer or sleep in the shitter, neither a great plan. After several sips of scotch , a big fire and a big pot of chili, things looked alright again.

On the way home from this trip I stopped at the enormous mountain named after our site owner:

With Baldy Mountain being 2730 ft. I couldn't stop for long as the oxygen was in extremely short supply at this extreme elevation.

2730 ft.....for a prairie boy that's almost time to rejet !

A cool old abandoned drive in:

That's some of the highlights of my season. This year I hope to take way more pictures and see some of the more isolated areas of the country.

See y'all later,

2005 KTM 950S

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Old 03-19-2006, 03:32 PM   #2
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:51 PM   #3
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Looks like some fantastic riding out there.
Can't wait to come check out the bike for myself...
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:04 AM   #4
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Actually you have some great pictures there. I like this one.


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Old 04-04-2008, 03:41 AM   #5
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certainly are some great pics

These are the best days
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:46 AM   #6
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i like this pic

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Old 04-04-2008, 04:50 AM   #7
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Looks good... let the riding season begin
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:07 AM   #8
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Nice bike, report, and pics!
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