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Old 06-14-2008, 08:56 PM   #46
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Great ride report Mark!! It sure was great riding with you for that little bit. I just got back after a 1000 mile round trip on the T.W.T.
Now I can say I'm the second person who has completed this route, after the legendary Bigdog!
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Old 06-14-2008, 09:08 PM   #47
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Great ride report Mark!! It sure was great riding with you for that little bit. I just got back after a 1000 mile round trip on the T.W.T.
Now I can say I'm the second person who has completed this route, after the legendary Bigdog!
Hey Chadd,
Thanks for the great ride chadd !!!!

I have just finished editing the video and am watching it right now to make sure
it's OK------I'm multi--tasking

PM me your address and I'll send you a copy tomorrow---it turned out great. A lot of great footage of you.


I swore you gave me your address--but I can't find it.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:28 PM   #48
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:24 AM   #49
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On Home

Below is what I had to go thru--and detour around to get here after all the flooding.
I guess there was a easier way--but I didn't like that way.
There was a big Hog (Harley) chapter get together here a while back Helen told me.
Several hundred Hogs were going to ascend on Helen's store.
Seems a little water was over the road and they never arrived.


I can only imagine how much relentless rain it took to do this--I barely missed
the bad weather.









Moonshine is only about 110 miles form my house---took me about 5 hours to get home.
More water--and more things to see--things so close to my house
on the Road Less Traveled.
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:33 AM   #50
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Another one of my rants


Another Big Dog Rant is coming--get ready !!

Route 50 in Illinois
You can see the new highway to the left of the old in this picture.
I rode the old highway as much as I could--it was falling apart and had grass growing up
between the cracks. I puttered along about 40 mph in honor of the "ole' road".
Wishing I could click the heels of my Alpinstars together and go back in time to relish
travel on the old road waving at each oncoming vehicle and stopping to help anyone that
needed it.
Gladly following slowly behind a farm tractor, cause it was more important for
him to get where he was going.
Hanging my head out the window of dads 53 Buick.
Waiting patiently for the tubes in radio to warm up






I knew it was coming--the end of the road---and the end of an era.
A time when life was much less hectic--when you only needed 40 horsepower to get from
one place to another. This was a beautiful old bridge--there was nothing wrong with the bridge,
as I'm sure it would hold up 3 freight trains. It was built with union labor---skilled men working hard
and making enough money to support their family while their wives took care of things at home and
watched after all their kids------feeding them when they were hungry--and whipping their tales when they
were bad. They worked an 8 hour shift and then sent home to be with their families.

The new bridge in contrast was an ugly thing--no character at all--built from some far away out of state
contractor working their men for 12 hours or more a day---with wages that will only support 1/3 of
the money needed to support their families. Mom is working too----nobody to watch after the little ones
and spank their tales when they were bad---or hug them when they needed a hug.
Then they end up with faces that looked like they fell in their grandpas tackle box----dumb looks on
their faces---and wearing shorts that are in desperate need of being pulled up to where they should be and their underwear hanging out.




I sadly poked my way home slowly---this ride was over.
In the yard was my loving wife Debi and my dog and buddy JoJo.

They were glad to see me---and I was glad to see them.
We all three sat in the yard on the picnic table and had a nice cold
glass of homemade lemonade--yep JoJo too--and I promised to take my wife to
Moonshine for a burger.
I told her they were good--but not as good as yours honey
This prompted her to make me a homemade burger.
A homemade burger and cold glass of lemonade.
Come here JoJo let's play
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:44 AM   #51
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I told her they were good--but not as good as yours of course
wise man.
great report, BD. if i ever get east of the rockies, i'll look you up...
but i still have a lot of the western states left to explore, so it's not happening anytime soon.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:55 AM   #52
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No rant here, just plain spoken poetic truth.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:31 AM   #53
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Klr 650

Hey BD, KLR 650's are Great. I loved my 99 and the 08 is even better.

They go places you think they won't then will cruise all day at 70 down the highway in comfort.
Mark just sent you a Email on my summer plans.

Have fun before our time runs out, Roger
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:37 PM   #54
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Oh I know this feeling.... Nice, real nice it's always better to get out of the house and ride.




I didn't even know you had a KLR (2 wheeled CJ5) Keep it coming guys.
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:55 PM   #55
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Gooseberry admission

You don't have to pay at Gooseberry unless you go well into the park (down by the lake or camping). You missed a free opportunity to explore great trails around those falls as well as a very nice nature center. The ranger was probably concerned about you stopping on the narrow bridge that carries a lot of traffic including commercial traffic and many RVs.

The dock in Superior might predate taconite processing. Instead, I think it was used to load raw iron ore. The iron ore is mined in Minnesota and now they process it locally into taconite which is more efficient to ship to steel plants.
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:19 PM   #56
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Wonderful report and pictures.

I hope to ride the T W A T in August.
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:55 PM   #57
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Hey Big Dog,

Great report on the TWT!! You know, I've lived in Wisconsin all my life and reports like yours serve as a reminder of sorts of how good I got it. Its so easy to think the grass is greener elsewhere. Not that it would diminish my desire to ride the TAT though!

By the way I just read the latest AMA mag and who's article should appear within those pages but BIG DOGS ride out west!! MOST EXCELLENT! Your in the big time now, maybe even competition for Peter Egan??? How about a segment on the Outdoor Channel??

Ride on!

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Old 06-15-2008, 06:01 PM   #58
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Great ride report Mark!! It sure was great riding with you for that little bit. I just got back after a 1000 mile round trip on the T.W.T.
Now I can say I'm the second person who has completed this route, after the legendary Bigdog!
Chad, I got into Clam Lake (Enduraid) Friday PM after a 580-mile day on the KLR from Omaha. Heard you had been there the day before. We tried to do the Dead Horse trails on Saturday, but after Jim had to help me out of a mud hole I decided to bail. Would have been better on the Husky 250. Today I rode to my in-law's place near Superior. Nice route through the Chequamegon Nat'l Forest up to 13 then west. I'm gonna explore the Ashland district of the Chequamegon (northeast of Iron River) in more detail sometime this week.
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Old 06-15-2008, 07:08 PM   #59
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Chad, I got into Clam Lake (Enduraid) Friday PM after a 580-mile day on the KLR from Omaha. Heard you had been there the day before. We tried to do the Dead Horse trails on Saturday, but after Jim had to help me out of a mud hole I decided to bail. Would have been better on the Husky 250. Today I rode to my in-law's place near Superior. Nice route through the Chequamegon Nat'l Forest up to 13 then west. I'm gonna explore the Ashland district of the Chequamegon (northeast of Iron River) in more detail sometime this week.
We were there on Friday also, must have just missed you! We talked about staying the night but ended up pushing on. The Dead Horse Trail crosses my route quite a few times, and it didn't look too bad from the little bit I could see, but I'm glad we didn't try it loaded down.
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I just read the latest AMA mag and who's article should appear within those pages but BIG DOGS ride out west!!
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