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Old 06-21-2013, 08:35 AM   #3286
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What floor are you working on in the tower downtown? You might need hip waders if you are on any of the lower ones.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #3287
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Update: S.E. Calgary water just shut down as Bonnybrook treatment plant just went under! If you are in the area fill up bottles and the tub asap.
I'm fairly certain Bonnybrook is a WWTP (Waste Water). Not fresh.

Not sure how that affects things.

Yup, went by Costco because I needed gas for the weekend. I bet it was a 45 minute line-up for gas. F-that.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #3288
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A quick, cheezy dual sport ride report:

Got off to a bad start on day one. Kept running into snow 5-10km from the trucks.



It was ok with us. The views we kept running into were worth it.





This hill was probably the longest, steepest decent I've ever been on. I've gone for miles in Colorado, but nothing this relenting. It kept going on, and on, and on. Eventually getting into some downed trees and overgrown trail that hasn't been used in years. We were in a "going down, never coming back up" situation where we didn't know if we could connect the dots between our maps.




Eventually it dropped us out onto a small drainage creek.



Getting back onto the trail on the other side was a bit of a relief. It was still overgrown, the constant decent was done.



Few more creeks along the way. Some with wet logs. Good times. The 650R loves logs from a stop. Quick stab of the clutch and the front goes over.



More creeks.



Shortly after that picture the trail stopped. We didn't know which way to go as it turned into washed out river, thick bush and a few small meadows. Eventually stopping because of slow progress, I wandered into the bush on foot with my GPS to see if I could map a bush wacking track to a trail we knew was only a few hundred meters away. After a few passes I found a pretty relaxed ride over. Tight, with some downed trees and soft spots, but we got through. The 650R had a fit when I stalled it after setting the skid plate down on a log. Because the hole was so large on the other side I knew I didn't have momentum to get across. It was about a knee high log, that wasn't the problem. It had a deep hole just prior to the log, a large dip on the other side, then trees. It had to go up, over, then compile a 90' turn at the same time. Old girl (or moreso myself,) just couldn't get it right. I banged on the plate, momentum moving forward, and then the rear wheel lifted off the ground and I couldn't go further. After stopping on the skidplate I pushed forward with legs and arms. Nadda. The pig showed her weight.

Because of all the walking, I was pretty beat at this point. Calling on a buddy to help me push the pig over the tree. During the push I slipped again and let the old girl stall. This old girl has been between my legs for more than a few miles, I knew even with the TM-40 she wasn't going to start up happily. I made this worse by a few half assed failed attemps at the "650R clearout/ kick".

Eventually, she sprung to life as if nothing was wrong. At that point the only thing wrong was I was hot, and my leg very tired. The funny thing is that quick BRAPP!!! to life, and you don't care.

Dropped the clutch, popped out of the hole, and the ride was on again!

We finished our bushwacking with some minor "threading" through the trees, popping out on a lightly used quad trail. We were so glad to get some speed we ripped down the trail, rolling the drops into the rivers and powering out the other sides. I love that feeling of getting somewhere and enjoying the energy, sweat, and possibly pain required to get there. I swear that's why I ride.



The next "morning" after lunch, we hit up a few viewpoints. The weather was great, even got to enjoy a twisty section of pavement to get those chicken stripes worn off..



Making our way up to a mine.



With some detours (ours saws aren't that big!)...





Adventure Spelunking.





After our cooling down adventure in the mine, we got back on it, riding up to some hot springs, then touring the back country into the mountains again.



At one point it turned into a stream.



And of course, because all adventures require some "change of plans"



We hit snow.... Now, because after a few beers, some good junk food, and crappy T.v' shows, our early "morning" departure had us fighting with time, and because of those ill prepared, gas levels.

We had decisions to make. Do we attempt to go over the pass, or do we back track, get gas, and ride 4-5 hours of pavement.

It went back and forth a bit, eventually deciding to go to a nearby lake and see if any campers with sell some gas. After two failed attempts at two campgrounds, we decided to slab it. Turning around was painful for me. The other route is nothing short of amazing, and the duration is much shorter, and gravel / dirt. It doesn't happen like that often.

As we were leaving we pass one last campground. The three bikes sped by, when my buddy and I stopped. We knew there was hope!. Thankfully for us, an extremely nice elderly couple said we could take a gallon of his generator gas. You can't understand how happy I was!

After catching the other guys and turning them around, we topped off the small gas tanks and headed east, back into the mountains.

Soon, coming to my favourite, lake.



It doesn't start to show here because how cameras work, but at this point it was getting to show it's time of day. In the mountains, that doesn't mean you have long. I decided to put the hammer down and make some time. If the proposed pass wasn't open, we'll be adding hours to our time. Keep in mind it's about 9:15, Sunday night, and we're ours away from the trucks, which are then hours back to the city, and I had to load my bike on my trailer and drive another 30 min or so to get home. I'm showing my age here, but I knew it was getting late. (My old man syndrome). Wasn't panicking, but just figuring an extra 30 min here, often turns into 3 hours later. Been here a few times to know that. Being that our group is pretty chill, we all knew this was the case, but it was the was it was. The ride has been spectacular up and till then. Not much a few hours riding in the dark can't dampen.

After holding the throttle solid at nearly 100-105km/hr sustained speeds over some fairly rocky and bumpy dirt road, things started to pick up and the next thing I know we're railing a super fun roller coaster. Tipping it in around corners and bringing the back end out. Another thing the 650R just loves to do.

There's always time to stop for a silly picture



After this, things started getting dark. We called the pass and went for it. The previous year I ran into 20' high slab of snow still from avy season. My hopes were high for this year though. At the very top there was a section of washed out road, but definitely nothing to be concerned about. We splashed upstream through the water. Because my buddy had chicken on his mind (long story), he put the pass on me and blasted down the trail. He knew gas (and 7-11) was not too far away and we were starting our decent.


Ariving in the small town, darkness soon fell. After eating and getting some gas, we suited up (I even put my rain gear on because it was cold!), and hit the highway. We had about a 50 minute slab ride back to the trucks. Time? Now 11:30.

The slab ride was entertaining at least. Three bikes with ridiculous brightness, one that couldn't dim his lights, and the fourth. The KTM headlight that might as well be a candle. I sat back, flipped up the HID, and riding adjacent to the Squadron that couldn't dim, he simply turned his light off, and the KTM followed all of us. The other guy scouted out deer (or in this case, Elk).

We loaded up with bikes, energy drinks, and beef jerky, and settled in for the truck ride back. Weekend adventures don't last forever. Always have mixed feelings about the ride home.

I got home and in bed at 4:30. Up at 5:30 to go to work. One of the best Monday's of my life.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:17 AM   #3289
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My wife just texted me with a report that the Grocery stores were in full-on apocalypse hoarding mode. Shelves were emptying fast. Toilet paper and goods that float were in hot demand! Apparently during an apocalypse ribs are not a hot item, so they should be on-sale by Monday.

Not to make light of anyone's personal disaster, but the behavior of the masses can be bizarre!

Do yourselves a favor and stay home,don't go shopping.

Update: S.E. Calgary water just shut down as Bonnybrook treatment plant just went under! If you are in the area fill up bottles and the tub asap.
I heard the same behavior in Mardaloop yesterday. Up in Aspen Hills things were business as usually, nobody was getting crazy trying to buy out the local Safeway or gas station.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #3290
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The Superstore in the nw was sold out of lots of stuff. It is about 700 ft higher elevation than the river. Just saying.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:32 PM   #3291
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Maybe part of the panic is the spread of rumors over social media.
People see a twit about water and assume that it's fact based so they freak.
The picture of the saddledome full of water and the rumor of it being flooded
to the first boxes is another one that anyone with any sense wouldn't believe
but it keeps circulating.

We've got an evolving situation on the Red Deer River but there's little mention on the news.
The river was forecast to crest about supper time last night but now they're
talking about supper time tonight. The volume out of the Dickson dam is 400m/s
below 2005 level from what the city of Red Deer is saying.
Here's hoping Drumheller has enough time and resources to get the dikes built
storng.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:44 AM   #3292
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Great pics, I went down to the 22x boat launch on my bicycle this morning to check it out, pretty devestating flood. The river was at least a foot over the parking lot there
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:08 PM   #3293
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Looks awesome. Where was this? Castle then into the Flathead basin?

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A quick, cheezy dual sport ride report:

Got off to a bad start on day one. Kept running into snow 5-10km from the trucks.



It was ok with us. The views we kept running into were worth it.





This hill was probably the longest, steepest decent I've ever been on. I've gone for miles in Colorado, but nothing this relenting. It kept going on, and on, and on. Eventually getting into some downed trees and overgrown trail that hasn't been used in years. We were in a "going down, never coming back up" situation where we didn't know if we could connect the dots between our maps.




Eventually it dropped us out onto a small drainage creek.



Getting back onto the trail on the other side was a bit of a relief. It was still overgrown, the constant decent was done.



Few more creeks along the way. Some with wet logs. Good times. The 650R loves logs from a stop. Quick stab of the clutch and the front goes over.



More creeks.



Shortly after that picture the trail stopped. We didn't know which way to go as it turned into washed out river, thick bush and a few small meadows. Eventually stopping because of slow progress, I wandered into the bush on foot with my GPS to see if I could map a bush wacking track to a trail we knew was only a few hundred meters away. After a few passes I found a pretty relaxed ride over. Tight, with some downed trees and soft spots, but we got through. The 650R had a fit when I stalled it after setting the skid plate down on a log. Because the hole was so large on the other side I knew I didn't have momentum to get across. It was about a knee high log, that wasn't the problem. It had a deep hole just prior to the log, a large dip on the other side, then trees. It had to go up, over, then compile a 90' turn at the same time. Old girl (or moreso myself,) just couldn't get it right. I banged on the plate, momentum moving forward, and then the rear wheel lifted off the ground and I couldn't go further. After stopping on the skidplate I pushed forward with legs and arms. Nadda. The pig showed her weight.

Because of all the walking, I was pretty beat at this point. Calling on a buddy to help me push the pig over the tree. During the push I slipped again and let the old girl stall. This old girl has been between my legs for more than a few miles, I knew even with the TM-40 she wasn't going to start up happily. I made this worse by a few half assed failed attemps at the "650R clearout/ kick".

Eventually, she sprung to life as if nothing was wrong. At that point the only thing wrong was I was hot, and my leg very tired. The funny thing is that quick BRAPP!!! to life, and you don't care.

Dropped the clutch, popped out of the hole, and the ride was on again!

We finished our bushwacking with some minor "threading" through the trees, popping out on a lightly used quad trail. We were so glad to get some speed we ripped down the trail, rolling the drops into the rivers and powering out the other sides. I love that feeling of getting somewhere and enjoying the energy, sweat, and possibly pain required to get there. I swear that's why I ride.



The next "morning" after lunch, we hit up a few viewpoints. The weather was great, even got to enjoy a twisty section of pavement to get those chicken stripes worn off..



Making our way up to a mine.



With some detours (ours saws aren't that big!)...





Adventure Spelunking.





After our cooling down adventure in the mine, we got back on it, riding up to some hot springs, then touring the back country into the mountains again.



At one point it turned into a stream.



And of course, because all adventures require some "change of plans"



We hit snow.... Now, because after a few beers, some good junk food, and crappy T.v' shows, our early "morning" departure had us fighting with time, and because of those ill prepared, gas levels.

We had decisions to make. Do we attempt to go over the pass, or do we back track, get gas, and ride 4-5 hours of pavement.

It went back and forth a bit, eventually deciding to go to a nearby lake and see if any campers with sell some gas. After two failed attempts at two campgrounds, we decided to slab it. Turning around was painful for me. The other route is nothing short of amazing, and the duration is much shorter, and gravel / dirt. It doesn't happen like that often.

As we were leaving we pass one last campground. The three bikes sped by, when my buddy and I stopped. We knew there was hope!. Thankfully for us, an extremely nice elderly couple said we could take a gallon of his generator gas. You can't understand how happy I was!

After catching the other guys and turning them around, we topped off the small gas tanks and headed east, back into the mountains.

Soon, coming to my favourite, lake.



It doesn't start to show here because how cameras work, but at this point it was getting to show it's time of day. In the mountains, that doesn't mean you have long. I decided to put the hammer down and make some time. If the proposed pass wasn't open, we'll be adding hours to our time. Keep in mind it's about 9:15, Sunday night, and we're ours away from the trucks, which are then hours back to the city, and I had to load my bike on my trailer and drive another 30 min or so to get home. I'm showing my age here, but I knew it was getting late. (My old man syndrome). Wasn't panicking, but just figuring an extra 30 min here, often turns into 3 hours later. Been here a few times to know that. Being that our group is pretty chill, we all knew this was the case, but it was the was it was. The ride has been spectacular up and till then. Not much a few hours riding in the dark can't dampen.

After holding the throttle solid at nearly 100-105km/hr sustained speeds over some fairly rocky and bumpy dirt road, things started to pick up and the next thing I know we're railing a super fun roller coaster. Tipping it in around corners and bringing the back end out. Another thing the 650R just loves to do.

There's always time to stop for a silly picture



After this, things started getting dark. We called the pass and went for it. The previous year I ran into 20' high slab of snow still from avy season. My hopes were high for this year though. At the very top there was a section of washed out road, but definitely nothing to be concerned about. We splashed upstream through the water. Because my buddy had chicken on his mind (long story), he put the pass on me and blasted down the trail. He knew gas (and 7-11) was not too far away and we were starting our decent.


Ariving in the small town, darkness soon fell. After eating and getting some gas, we suited up (I even put my rain gear on because it was cold!), and hit the highway. We had about a 50 minute slab ride back to the trucks. Time? Now 11:30.

The slab ride was entertaining at least. Three bikes with ridiculous brightness, one that couldn't dim his lights, and the fourth. The KTM headlight that might as well be a candle. I sat back, flipped up the HID, and riding adjacent to the Squadron that couldn't dim, he simply turned his light off, and the KTM followed all of us. The other guy scouted out deer (or in this case, Elk).

We loaded up with bikes, energy drinks, and beef jerky, and settled in for the truck ride back. Weekend adventures don't last forever. Always have mixed feelings about the ride home.

I got home and in bed at 4:30. Up at 5:30 to go to work. One of the best Monday's of my life.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:56 AM   #3294
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Looks awesome. Where was this? Castle then into the Flathead basin?

Yup, for day 1. Started in Blairemore

Day 2 was in the Lizard range.

Sulpher Creek Pass is open other then some minor road washout. Big bike friendly.

Top of the world is not open yet. Few more weeks.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:03 PM   #3295
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Wow, I gotta get out that way!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:31 PM   #3296
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I have to get out to Victoria more often! I love the west coast. It really has been too long.

As for our riding, there is quite a bit, and VERY few people ride it.




On another note. Anybody doing any Montana Shipping Outlet runs?

I have some car parts (and likely motorcycle parts) I wouldn't mind ordering.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:30 AM   #3297
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hello,

just arrived back in town... hope everyone managed to stay dry


Aluminum Welding?

i am in need of a small triangle support bracket welded on, one side 3 inches, other side 2.5 inches.

i have phone a few fabrication shops, but they say maybe in two weeks..
i was kinda hoping much sooner then that?

any suggestions? back yard ali welders around?

thank you
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:58 AM   #3298
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Aluminum Welding?
http://www.trillionindustries.com/
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:25 AM   #3299
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hello,

just arrived back in town... hope everyone managed to stay dry


Aluminum Welding?

i am in need of a small triangle support bracket welded on, one side 3 inches, other side 2.5 inches.

i have phone a few fabrication shops, but they say maybe in two weeks..
i was kinda hoping much sooner then that?

any suggestions? back yard ali welders around?

thank you
I have a tig and would be happy to weld it. Tonight or tomorrow would work best.

Email me at wes at weshill dot com

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:48 AM   #3300
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firstly i hope everyone stayed dry and safe and didn't lose anything too valuable

secondly i am looking for people to ride with, two of my buddies sold out, one even sold his moto to buy a new couch. hes definitely off the the christmas card list

based in canmore work 2 weeks on 2 off, ride a drz. prefer offroad.

i have a couple of off road routes i am investigating one loop around elkford.
and elkford to harrison lake all offroad.

it would be good to connect with some like minded riders.

colin
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