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Old 08-28-2009, 11:53 AM   #16
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I'm liking it! Hey, as a native Texan living in the Frozen North (but not nearly so Frozen as where you're headed), let me suggest y'all be prepared to pick up some cold weather gear along the way. You're starting pretty late in the season, and you're almost certain to ride through some snow and ice before you're done. You can do it, but be safe and be prepared, and keep posting updates!
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:07 PM   #17
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I'm liking it! Hey, as a native Texan living in the Frozen North (but not nearly so Frozen as where you're headed), let me suggest y'all be prepared to pick up some cold weather gear along the way. You're starting pretty late in the season, and you're almost certain to ride through some snow and ice before you're done. You can do it, but be safe and be prepared, and keep posting updates!
that's what I've been hearing! i don't know, we're going to be watching the weather really carefully. where abouts are you living up in the Frozen North?
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:08 PM   #18
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Day 11

Today was a bit different than the past couple that we've spent in the mountains. The scenery was so different and it was hot again! I got a bit spoiled riding at 60F. Anyway, we headed north from Montrose up Highway 50 towards Grand Junction, and we hit a milestone for this trip. We broke 75 mph for the first time this trip! Without any gear loaded on the bike, it's not such a big deal, but I was surprised with so much weight on the rig.





We then headed on and rode a particularly nice and mountainous section between Loma and Rangely. Beautiful and much cooler than earlier in the day. It was actually very steep in a few sections and I got stuck going about 20 mph.









We then headed northwest towards Vernal, Utah where we rode past a few places that had more than a few dinosaurs milling about...









While headed to a hotel for the night, we came across a really nice war memorial where we spent a few moments paying our respects. VFW Post 5560.



After checking in, I spotted a sweet ride across the street that begged to have its picture taken with our rig. Beautiful!





A great day! We head through Flaming Gorge tomorrow then onto Grand Tetons.

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Old 08-28-2009, 10:22 PM   #19
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:56 AM   #20
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Love it! Fantastic spirit for hanging in there despite the initial setback.

Looking forward to reading more!
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:01 AM   #21
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After checking in, I spotted a sweet ride across the street that begged to have its picture taken with our rig. Beautiful!



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I really like this photo.. Nice Job!
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:58 AM   #22
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(Ireland) lovin it, was surprised to see such a small tent in all that gear ..........
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:32 AM   #23
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Hey Matt and Kris. Enjoying your trip, website and photos. I see you're heading up through our mountainous backyard. If you have any trouble around the Calgary area send me a note and we'd be glad to help. Lots of resources. I hope you have a trouble-free trip through our parks and country. I dont think you'll encounter too much nasty weather this time of year but definitely prepare for sudden cold snaps.(originally from northwestern Alberta)
Have fun and yes, get a bigger tent!
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:07 PM   #24
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We live in SE BC, and it's the time of year when we have our fire-wood cut, because we know we'll soon be using it. Fall is a very beautiful time to ride, but the days are getting noticably shorter, & the mornings are cooler.

Question asked of previous arctic explorers : Do you plan on wintering over somewhere? Do you plan on riding the ice-road between Inuvic & Tuk? (open January - April)

I have a friend (an Ausie) who rode from Newfoundland to Vancouver in the dead of winter (Saskatoon for christmas). Full studded tires, many layers of clothing, he is also a very very tough cookie. So... it certainly can be done. but way up north... it get's dark up there!

Looking at your SPOT page, it looks like you're aimed to pass through our region (in Canal Flats, on HWY 93/95), and you're welcome to camp/shower.

Good luck & get a move on!
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:23 PM   #25
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Lovely pictures and quite the story so far! Best of luck on the remainder.
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:30 PM   #26
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that's what I've been hearing! i don't know, we're going to be watching the weather really carefully. where abouts are you living up in the Frozen North?
I'm in Minneapolis - so only 'frozen' from a lower 48 perspective. Take care, and I'll keep tracking the ride. Y'all already get kudos for tenacity. Keep having fun.
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:55 PM   #27
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:59 PM   #28
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Come to the "Hack" area of ADVrider...

Woooo...mightymatt43......I've been following you and wish you both the best of luck.


I strongly urge you to move your story to the "Hack" section of ADVriders as this is the more appropriate side where we all have sidecar adventures accumulated.

The groups there have tons of Urals and other makes to assist and recommend routes for you to take this time of year. You will also get immediate assists from all Uralistas as well as all others that ride sidecars....


Cheers....

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:25 PM   #29
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Love it! Fantastic spirit for hanging in there despite the initial setback.

Looking forward to reading more!
it's all part of the adventure. i do have to say that we're constantly grateful after every mile we travel north!
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:27 PM   #30
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(Ireland) lovin it, was surprised to see such a small tent in all that gear ..........
it's true, it's true. we packed too much stuff. but now we know and the next trip we'll be a bit more selective...
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