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Old 06-27-2009, 09:27 PM   #31
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Donna,

I enjoyed meeting you guys and sharing stories...Glad to here you're going back to ride one of the orange bikes...Since we shared times at the Bearcat, I've checked out some of your pics and reports...Have to say, nice work on the pics and fun stories as well....Look forward to seeing you both down the road...


Little Sally is a keeper..

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Bill, the pleasure was most certainly ours! What a delightful stay at the lodge! How much better can it get, with a gourmet meal, gorgeous surroundings, a late night serenade and the most amazing beds ever! What a treat.

The Bobcats were exotic, but this little guy stole my heart and apparently Bill's lap!



Part of the beauty of motorcycle touring, for me, is meeting fellow inmates on the roads. It is truly one of the perks of the sport.

I hope to return to the lodge in the near future and test ride one of those sexy KTMs as I attempt to follow JW through the back country.

Great tale Bill...hope the ride home was remarkable! I am still working at sorting nearly 500 photos, but oh what an incredible journey!
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:39 AM   #32
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I'll get to the bearcat story later in the RR....It completely slipped my mind that the plane shared the same name as the lodge...
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:48 PM   #33
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You hanging with Awesome Bill from Dawsonville?

Oregon is indeed an awesome place to ride....Glad I'm only a couple days East...Can't wait to spend more time there>>>>
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:44 AM   #34
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Headed East from the Bearcat..........

All good things must come to an end. So it was for my stay at the Bearcat...The good thing is, I get to ride with Steve for a couple days on the way home..He's en route to Colorado, so I figured to tag along on my way back to Nebraska..




Last supper at the lodge included Hutch's Wifes world famous rhubarb pie. It was the second time on this trip I had the pleasure of this prize dish....In fact, Darrell pictured on the right, had threatened to eat the whole pie....Seems he had a score to settle with JW over not getting a piece of the first pie...Darrell, a retired Professional Cowboy/Bull rider looked as though he meant business..Had it not been for his good nature and cowboy way, I'm sure we'd still be thinking about, and not tasting that sweet pie...In the end he shared, although he did get the biggest piece...


”Thanks Darrell I'm looking forward to sharing some time on the trail with you next time I'm out”



Also pictured behind Darrell, lurking in the shadows is Kurt from Blackdog Cycle Works... www.BlackDogCW.com


Kurt was visiting the lodge on his way home to Northern Idaho...Kurt's heavily farkeled GS made things a little more balanced out in front of the lodge...My GS had been looking pretty out of place with all those Katooms...



My Big Dog ready to head east.......


Loaded for Bear....This couple stopped by for a tour the morning we were leaving...THey had shipped the bike over from the UK, and were enjoying a 4 month ride in the US...




Fog in the Valley on the last morning...





Steve and I have breakfast and wait for the fog to clear.....I had a back tire waiting for me at Happy Trail in Boise and need to get a quick turn if we are going to make it half-way across Idaho today....




On the ride to Boise, the weather was perfect, but by the time we made it to Nysaa, Oregon it was starting to warm up....Sitting in a construction zone, I notice a couple riders behind us...Looked like Dad, on an xr 650l and Son, on a KLR 250.... Anybody recognize those two?



John talking KTM with Steve....John rides a nice Black 950....."Is the whole world switching to KTM"?

We roll into Happy Trail around 1330 MST, and Kurt and the boys had the tire...By the time I got the bike unloaded and the wheel off, John was ready to pop on the new tire...In the air-conditioned shade of the shop we Gotr Done and where back out the door by 1420 MST...Nice Job, and thanks.....


Out front at Happy Trail we spotted this cool TW......

With things heating up on the Blue Turf in Boise, we stop and get a late lunch....After lunch we push on to Twin Falls, Idaho for the night.....



Could of been the afternoon heat affecting my vision, but does anyone recognize this guy from "Silence of the Lambs"?

The Best Western had nice up front parking, and as an added bonus, a Hardly parked there for photo ops....

Actually we met the gentleman who owned the Harley....Tom, from Washington was heading to Boulder to pick up his bride...He was planning on making it to Colorado the next day...



The breakfast spread was the best, and Zahara a nice lady from Bosnia made sure it stayed that way....The scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy were fresh and delicious....


I have to throw this picture in.....This is some of the gear I was moving from my room back out to the bike....Pretty amazed how much stuff fits on that bike....

Just after breakfast we run into Tom with the Road King...He decides to tag along with us for a while, since we're all heading East....Our goal for the day was Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and his was Boulder, so we said fine.....

Ended up loosing Tom after the first gas stop...His rig lost a fuel pump and he ended up having to get a tow truck....Bummer for Tom...



Lunch break in Rock Springs Wyoming....THings were starting to heat up by the time we got to the Rock....A check of the map, a bite to eat, and we were back on the road headed south on 191 toward Flaming River Gorge and Vernal UT...



The ride south was thru some high country with big wide open views...Here, I hiked around to another ridge to get these shots.....Kinda dumb/what the frick was I thinking, because at 8,200 feet above sea level wearing all my riding gear, I was not exactly dressed for hiking....I need to get one of those SPOT things...


Can you see him now?


Finally back to the bike....Raising my arm so the air can flow into my lungs a little easier.....


On the descent into Vernal, Utah...



From Vernal we continue east past the Dinosaur National Monument...Sorry no time for pics...Then we stop in the town of Dinosaur, Colorado for a quick drink and a break... Does it look like we're having fun?

"No Steve, you can't ride my GS"


Home for the night in Steamboat Springs, Colorado......Rabbit Ears Pass is a Land Mark on the way to Walden, Colorado...The motel is nice....I stayed one night last year and liked the sign...The rooms are ok too...



Town was kinda dead the night we stopped...This Brew Pub, Magnolia Something or other, two blocks from the Rabbit Ears, had what we needed..Beer and Food....


Fish taco.....MMMMM.....Dark Beer......MMMMMMMM....Preppy Boy Waiter.....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...



Stay tuned for Sunrise on Rabbit Ears Pass and the last day......


Last day on the road, another 680 miles or so and we can stick a fork in this trip....It'll be done....

To do this I decide to get an early start....The motel computer rings my room at 0400hrs....My plan is to be on the road by 0500...Sunrise is at 0538, so I figure it will be getting light around 0500...



I climb the pass and get to the top of rabbit ears.......the picture tells the story.....Time is 0514hrs...All my days in the military, I always hated getting up early, but also always enjoyed seeing the sun come up....

Being able to see the sun rise over the rocky mountains is a special treat...I try to keep riding, but find myself stopping on every other curve to soak in the view.....



Down on the flat headed toward Walden, Colorado, I snag one more shot of the fog laying in the valley below Rabbit Ears.....

The ride to Walden was uneventful...The early morning calm makes for some fast traveling....I get to Walden in record time and top off gas, then continue toward Laramie...

Its 0603hrs as I roll out of Walden, I'm pretty much the only one on the road, so when I see a white ford explorer in the distance coming toward me, I check my speed.73 in a 55, know sweat, hold that speed...As the white explorer gets closer, I can see it has nothing on top, probably not a cop...

Ever have that feeling you're about to meet Johnnie Law?..At that moment, as the white explorer came toward me, I had that feeling...My focus was on him, as his was on me..At about an 1/8 of a mile his lights in the grill and on the dash came on...Sheeeeit, It's the Sheriff..I'm slowing as I pass him. Then for some reason I just smile and wave as he goes by...When I was waving he was up against the glass of his windshield trying to see if I looked like someone he wanted to meet....Lucky for me, he didn't think i was worth meeting.......He kept going and I backed it down for a couple miles....

Actually I stopped and snagged this shot.....



In the Sheriff's Zone....








I make quick time to Laramie and take a break to check for leaks on the pass with ole Abe Lincoln in the background...



Not long after Abe, I pass thru Cheyenne and cross the state line.....I'm home, but still have another 400miles till I'm home....For those not Familiar with the above sign...The guy on the horse is Buffalo Bill... "I'll buy you a beer if you can name the Horse he is on"....Its not Beemer...



First gas stop in Nebraska in about 10 days....I meet Jim...He's all smiles, headed east on his Harley...Started out the day in Cheyenne and headed to Chicago...He spent a career working for the University of Illinois, and after 30 years bought himself this bike....His favorite beer changes, and he likes dark beer sometimes...His most memorable ride on a bike was some 30 years ago when he road the Beartooth Highway from the Northeast gate of Yellowstone to Red Lodge...It was a windy day from the south, don't think I would trade my beemer for that Harley.....You go Jim...



Next stop on the road to check for leaks was this field full of noxious weeds....this is what happens when the prairie is plowed and it doesn't get farmed....Bunch of weeds....



Since I haven't found any naked girls or pigs that could sing, I'll talk about the bearcat...



I started out the ride looking for Bearcats...What I found was a Valley in Oregon called Bear Valley, where a couple Bobcats Live....The combination of the two ended up being the Bearcat.....For those looking for a real Bearcat, or one with wings I hope you find it....



With the miles on the clock, it was time to unpack my stuff and get back to mowing the lawn...



When I rolled in the driveway, Buffalo Roy was waiting......



Nothing like a cold beer with a good friend after a long ride....


The End....

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Old 06-29-2009, 02:00 PM   #35
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Greetings from the Bear Cats

So Bill,

Happy to hear you made it home safe. Sounds like your trip was fantastic! I hope you get a chance to make it out here again this summer. We've been slammed here at the lodge with BMW rally. Our group from G&G Cycle in Albany and Gaggle of Canadians from Kamloops have kept Carol and Ivy busy in the kitchen, and me busy with rescues. Kurt Forget will be coming up the 9th-11th with his Black Dog Cycle Works travel road show. They make the coolest shit for KTM's I've ever seen! Check them out at blackdogcw.com I installed his new skid plate titanium rear sprocket, HID lights and KAOKO throttle lock on the old 990 Bad Girl and it's off to the races! See you in the funny papers.


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Old 06-29-2009, 07:13 PM   #36
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I doubt you'd be doing better with dancing girls and helicopter rides.....

"Keep the greasy side down"..
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So Bill,

Happy to hear you made it home safe. Sounds like your trip was fantastic! I hope you get a chance to make it out here again this summer. We've been slammed here at the lodge with BMW rally. Our group from G&G Cycle in Albany and Gaggle of Canadians from Kamloops have kept Carol and Ivy busy in the kitchen, and me busy with rescues. Kurt Forget will be coming up the 9th-11th with his Black Dog Cycle Works travel road show. They make the coolest shit for KTM's I've ever seen! Check them out at blackdogcw.com I installed his new skid plate titanium rear sprocket, HID lights and KAOKO throttle lock on the old 990 Bad Girl and it's off to the races! See you in the funny papers.


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Old 07-01-2009, 12:49 PM   #37
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Still working thru learning the camera's capabilities, but yes, I would buy it again..

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I was thinking about a Canon G10 to take with me on the bike. I don't like having all my DSLR stuff along for the ride.

The G10 seems to be have high reviews from what I've seen.

Would you buy it again if you could do it over, or would you pick something else?
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:30 PM   #38
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Your photography skills never cease to amaze me.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:31 PM   #39
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Thanks Bro......I remember some pretty nice work from your ride report to the west last year too....

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Old 07-01-2009, 08:25 PM   #40
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Well done my friend. Didn't even know you were going.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:51 AM   #41
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I didn't know it either...The trip came up quick, before I could think of a dumb excuse for not going, I was half-way across Idaho...At that point it was easier to keep going than to turn around...

"Sometimes its Good to be a Slow Thinker"



You and the General should try this place some time when you fly to OR for work...A little side trip and a day of riding the Orange might be good...

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Old 07-04-2009, 08:43 AM   #42
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:49 PM   #43
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Awesome RR! See ya in Ceresco!
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:20 AM   #44
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Thanks man....You bringing the date?
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:04 AM   #45
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The lodge sure was an amazing place to hang out, I don't think I spent more than 5 mins sober while inside To be able to go out for a day of killer riding, come back to gourmet meal, watch JW play the blues, and drink tequila till I pass out was something I won't ever forget It was great to meet you Bill, maybe I'll catch you again out there sometime

Hey Man,

Sent your partner some pics of u 2.....He's supposed to share....

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