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Old 06-23-2008, 10:22 PM   #31
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What a nice story. Crossing the central US on Highway 2, the Highline, is really an odyssey. Then when you get into Montana and camp next to Tom, I can almost smell the air. Big Sky country.

It's rare that the impression of steepness is captured in an image, but you've got it here:



Thanks for the ride report. Too bad I couldn't catch you to say "hi" on the way through Minnesota.
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:24 AM   #32
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Travis
bloody nice work Travis - this last line above summed you up for me.

I was telling my wife about our RR - your youth betrayed by your insightfulness and delightful writing style.

You're welcome in our spare room anytime.

thanks for taking us along for the ride

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Old 06-24-2008, 03:29 AM   #33
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Top report, well done I believe Zzr ron is coming to Australia shortly where a few of the locals, me included, are hoping to hook up with him for a ride..... and a steak, by the looks of things!!
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:48 AM   #34
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You have a very enjoyable writing style. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:53 AM   #35
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Great report and pics. Not sure about all that rain - takes the edge off
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:33 AM   #36
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Great ride report! The prairie is beautiful, but after a while it can grow old... I try to take a different route each time I cross to change it up a little - last summer I skirted the Montana border, sticking to Saskatchewan all the way (mostly gravel with some intermittent hard top) - there is definitely some beautiful country out there!

Enjoyed the photos and commentary, and looking forward to the next one.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:44 AM   #37
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Very nice! The first report of many, I hope!
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:37 AM   #38
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"This I'm turning into a personal tradition. Basically I pamper myself on the last meal, find some classy establishment, walk in caked in bugs with two weeks of growth on my face, and plop myself down for a gourmet meal."

Yeah! I'm stealing that Idea

Loved the report! looking forward to reading more in the future.

Did you prefer the Sask' Manitoba route across the prairies, or the one dipping down into the States? Or was there much difference either way?
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:12 PM   #39
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I was reading your report last night and saw you went through Minot. My dad had mentioned he met a loaded up red KLR with no windshield west of Minot. He was on a red '04 KLR with aluminum panniers wearing a blue Aerostich jacket.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:16 PM   #40
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First off, thanks to all of you for your positive comments. I think I needed to write this out even if nobody were to read it. It was a good way to go back and figure out what the heck happened for the past two weeks.

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Did you prefer the Sask' Manitoba route across the prairies, or the one dipping down into the States? Or was there much difference either way?
I liked the one in the States better. It was not as fast-paced as I found the #1 through Alberta especially, and overall, it was nicer scenery, in my opinion. I met up with somebody along the road, I forget where, but they echoed my thoughts that the #2 Highway across the States is a real gem.

FTS, I agree with the fact that a person should take different routes over the prairies. It's tough enough as it is without becoming redundant.

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I was reading your report last night and saw you went through Minot. My dad had mentioned he met a loaded up red KLR with no windshield west of Minot. He was on a red '04 KLR with aluminum panniers wearing a blue Aerostich jacket.
That was me! I thought they were Mermite cans, but I saw him. It was good to see another KLR out there enjoying that day. It was a beautiful one.

Thanks again, all.

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Old 06-24-2008, 06:43 PM   #41
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kick arse report with great pics
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:17 PM   #42
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I thought they were Mermite cans, but I saw him. It was good to see another KLR out there enjoying that day. It was a beautiful one.
Yup, they're Mermites.

You're report was a good read...thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:03 PM   #43
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Those KLRs are made for the snow.
First day of ownership a few years ago.
Nice write up and sounds like many adventures
lie ahead. Enjoy them!
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:07 AM   #44
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Good stuff, thanks for sharing your ride.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:30 AM   #45
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Hi Travis! I was wondering how you were...sounds like a great trip over all....

I don't think your chain wear was from changing sprockets, I change mine back and forth all the time. It's probably that dry chain lube you were using. (I've got 37k on my stock KLR chain as you know).

If you decide you want to keep using that windshield in inclement weather, mail the one mount back to me, and I'll make you a new one.

Oh and Travis...it's raining!!!!!!
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