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Old 10-08-2010, 05:13 PM   #151
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Great Pictures - What A Trip!

Hi Roland:- I'm trying to get my trip to Vancouver together for next year.

You're trip has given me some good ideas for sight seeing. I'm

trying to convince Mad Mike to go with me. If you are talking with him or e-mailing him, give him a little push for me.

I wish I could do what you are doing....DON'T STOP

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Old 10-09-2010, 07:47 PM   #152
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I'm all caught up, and I think I need to move.

Those pictures are so stunning my jaw was dropping.

What camera are you using for these?
Thanks Ronnie!
Ya this camera is amazing.
I was always so impressed with Jean-Luc's pictures on his "Chasing Summer" thread & had found out it was a Panasonic Lumix he was using. So on my trip to San Francisco when I was to visit him I actually ordered the latest & greatest Lumix online for delivery to his place. Saved me quite a bit of money that way.
The Camera is a Panasonic LumixDmc-ZS7. It has a Wide Angle lense which was really important to me because too often that was a frustration with my previous camera. It's 12 Megapixel with a 16X Zoom, an awsome intelligent auto mode & of course image stabilization among many other features. Oh it also does Hi Def. video with stereo sound & full zoom capability in video mode.
Highly recommended
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:25 AM   #153
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Hi Roland:- I'm trying to get my trip to Vancouver together for next year.

You're trip has given me some good ideas for sight seeing. I'm

trying to convince Mad Mike to go with me. If you are talking with him or e-mailing him, give him a little push for me.

I wish I could do what you are doing....DON'T STOP

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Hi Don, I sure hope you make that trip BC is awsome!
I was planning to call Mike. I'll mention.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:02 AM   #154
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Wow, thanks for the tour Roland! I have got to get up there to British Columbia and do one of those circle routes someday.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:10 PM   #155
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Absolutely! Let me know when you want to go.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:35 PM   #156
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You know why I asked? I blew up the lens on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 this past weekend while chasing down a couple of FFs.




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Thanks Ronnie!
Ya this camera is amazing.
I was always so impressed with Jean-Luc's pictures on his "Chasing Summer" thread & had found out it was a Panasonic Lumix he was using. So on my trip to San Francisco when I was to visit him I actually ordered the latest & greatest Lumix online for delivery to his place. Saved me quite a bit of money that way.
The Camera is a Panasonic LumixDmc-ZS7. It has a Wide Angle lense which was really important to me because too often that was a frustration with my previous camera. It's 12 Megapixel with a 16X Zoom, an awsome intelligent auto mode & of course image stabilization among many other features. Oh it also does Hi Def. video with stereo sound & full zoom capability in video mode.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:06 AM   #157
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You know why I asked? I blew up the lens on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 this past weekend while chasing down a couple of FFs.
A/V 2000 had a good deal (for here) on my model last week ~ $439. I got it for $303US online, delivered, in the States.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:12 AM   #158
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Laugh Fly-ride 9. Rockin Rollin te b roamin Wyomin!!!

Back to Calgary.
This trip:
Heading south, toward Panama, well kinda /sorta.
Rockin Rollin ta be roamin Wyomin : Yellowstone, the Beartooth & Chief Joseph highways, Jackson Hole & the Grand Titons.

South Dakota: Sturgis & the Black Hills, Crazyhorse, Mount Rushmore, Custer State park & the Needles highway.
Colorado: Estes & Rocky mountain National Park.
Finish Denver.

Larry picked me up from the airport. Thanks much!
Got to work on Suzi right away. It is nice to have the opportunity to work in a tool equiped warm garage rather than in a parking lot or outside a storage unit. I still try to use only the tools I have on the bike.Then I know that I have what i need or will find out what I may need to aquire or replace. Well good thing, as some of my tools had fell out from under my seat. I'm sure from all the rough offroad in BC. I would need to replace them but at least for the moment I could use Larry's.

I had already preordered a new back tire & though this included installation I wanted to investigate why I had been losing air pressure, was it the tire or the damaged rim? I also wanted the experience of removing & reinstalling the back tire which i had never done, plus see if I could bang out some of the dents. Soapy water on the aired up tire determined the leak was via one of the 3 repairs. Not the rim.
Next I tried to see if I could remove the tire with just my tire irons. Futile!

OK, well I have a newly aquired Bead Breaker. Its hard plastic & looks like a wide bladed chisel. $15. Pretending like I'm doing this in the boonies I looked around for a suitable rock but found none. Did however find A nice medium sized ballpeen hammer in Larry's tool box. Well with a little experimentation for the technique required, the combination worked like a charm. With tire off, on inspection of the inside, I see 2" of nail protruding in from the sidewall. Hugh? Ya & I can see the point of the nail pointing through the outer sidewall. It's like it had come thru from the inside of the tire???
Well now i can see it was actually the other half of what must have been a 4" spike that had entered thru the base face of the tire. This must have remained after i had pulled out the other half when I discovered & repaired 3 holes on that Gostly morning in Virginia city. Ghosts do linger don't they? Well at least i don't have to worry about fixing it.
Next I used the hammer on the dented rim. Wow worked excellant! I better get one of these. I have more dents in the front rim that need attention. Now to remount the tire. No problem. But now the big?, will it air up with just my small electric pump? Previously when I had changed the front tire myself i could not get it to air up with my electric pump.I had to ride around Vegas on a wobbling around flat front tire looking for a high pressure compressor blast. Then on next trip I lost the front air and again it woud not air up & my pump burned out. I had to ride the flat front 22 miles on the twisty Pacific coast Hiway. Scary!

Well it all contributes to much needed experience. This is the experience I want before goin to Central America this winter. Well now I have a new pump which has been working well but will it set the bead on the tire? I have 2 back up plans if not. 1 is, I have brought a ratchet strap to wind around the tire to pressure the sidewalls out. #2 is lighter fluid to explode it out, heh heh ! Well it set just fine with the pump. Yay! But I'll just keep these other 2 methods available just in case.

Ha, so now I still have to go to the motorcycle shop & get the new tire installed & get the replacement tools for the ones lost. Larry gives me the beauty ballpeen hammer as a gift. Thanks Larry.

New tire is installed. I needed to purchase a new hex tool for the front axle, $54! Woh! Uh no! Went to Canadian Tire & for $0.65 cents assembled 1bolt, 2nuts, & with use of my new ballpean hammer , made my own. Got the rest of the replacement tools. Reassembled the bike, adjust & lube chain, set front tire pressure. Ready to Rock & Roll. er well if the bike would start! Did ultimtely but not easily. A friend just told me it may be due to the Ethanol in the gas. Try to avoid or use a stabilizer when I leave the bike for a few weeks. Good to know. Thank Bryan. I' also decided as the bike is approaching 3 years old I should replace the battery.

OK now I'm ready to Rock & Roll!
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:40 AM   #159
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Excited for once again having more experience under my belt. (Very much a part of the Adventure) It's Time to start my migration south.
Went back down through Glacier National Park via the Highway to the Sun.




Colour of glacial waters is such a spectacular clear green.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:51 AM   #160
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I`ll let the pictures below spew for themselves.






Saw Old Faithful. That was a blast.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:24 PM   #161
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Camped overnite on my way to Cody Wyoming


Loved these Bronze statues in Cody.




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From Cody went north on the Chief Joseph Highway. Rode in a cloud/fog & mist most of the way up. Finally got above it into the beautiful sunshine.
Here's the view from the top.

Comng down was awsome with tons of curves & switchbacks.


Next up: The most spectacular highway I have ever rode. The BearTooth Highway. Wow!!!








Beautiful & sunny at the Top. I wanted to ride down & north to Red Lodge Montana for lunch. It would have been below the cloud you see here. Well
when I got further down into the valley I got into the cloud which became fog, then mist, then drizzle, then full on rain. 2 miles from reaching Red Lodge & getting soaking wet, I decided on an abrubt about face & headed back for the sun. I ultimately would have been going back that way anyhow. Had one of my Tuna packs & a Cliff bar, on the Summit, in the Sun, nice!






That was amazing!!!
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Fantastic scenery! Was that Bear's tooth Route 212?
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Now heading south toward Jackson Hole was going back thru Yellowstone. This part i hadn't been thru yet.
Those Buffalo can charge. Yee!


Nice Buffalo!


The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone


Yup, that is Yellow Stone.


Got to Jackson late on friday nite ~ 10 o'clock. I start seeing No vacancy signs on all the Hotels/motels. Oh Shi!!! I didn't expect to be here this late but it probably would have been a good idea to have had a reservation considering it's Friday nite & I actually want to spend the weekend here. Well after an exhausting search i found a hotel with a vacancy. Now the matter was the price. The only other choice was to camp. Where? & no other towns close, it is cold & I'm tired.
Anyone who has been to Jackson would recognise these Elk Horn arches on all four corners of the Town Square.
Went to the Million $ Cowboy bar. Wow, super cool! Musta cost a Million to build. Great Band. Cool dancing. Love that 2 & 3 step stuff.
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Fantastic scenery! Was that Bear's tooth Route 212?
Yup. Shows on the pic with the GPS. Do you know of it?
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