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Old 08-06-2010, 11:21 PM   #31
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Sorry to threadjack, Ro.. er, Larryboy. Your audience awaits more of your magic!

I hardly took any pictures and I showed all of the video I'm going to...short and sweet this time.






Let's see, we had an awesome time soaking in the hot springs late into the night. Much fine food and drink was consumed. Nicky showed his who-who to Andy and a "small" debate developed(clothing optional place).

In the morning we split into small groups of similar bikes. Jim and myself went together, Andy and Nancy had this hairbrained idea of riding to the top of White Mountain..thru Yosemite and home to Fremont in one day..I talked them out of that and now they'll have to tell us where they went and what they did, Ben and Nicky started out together.

Andy let us take his new 800GS for a short spin. I really like it over the 990 I rode last summer, smooth snappy power on the 800. Thanks Andy!! :nice


Let's go SFKLR guy!!




We went up to Barcroft Station at 12,500 feet, both bikes did just fine!!




We were just in time for a lecture on the effects of wildfire on bighorn sheep, I really liked the talk and Jim liked this gal with pink earings and a full white beard.




We went down to the Patriarch Grove for lunch. I was feeling a little bit woozy from the altitude. Funny to see our snacks swelled up.




Jim met a guy with some Husky dogs, made me miss my old Husky.

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Old 08-06-2010, 11:45 PM   #32
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I don't know why I took a pic of Rob disrobing.

At least he had the common decency to have some pants on under his pants.





One of the things I noticed this year (our 3rd annual trip!) was how I took the scenery for granted. Not that I didn't love it as much it's more in how I took it in. Jim was agog - as I was the first time - and I kinda said "Yeah, it's breathtaking, but I'll just sit here and take another deep breath and take it all in.



The sky was beautiful - and at night the Milky Way felt like it was close enough to touch.

The moon was bright as Rob's Baja headlight and I slept without the rainfly and saw everything through the moonroof.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:14 AM   #33
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:27 AM   #34
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Nicky showed his who-who to Andy
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I don't know why I took a pic of Rob disrobing.

Clearly, more information is needed here! :ymca


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I guess a Day Trip doesn't deserve moderating because nobody will stir any shit here?

Always willing to oblige!





oh.....yes.......looks like a fun trip!
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:24 AM   #35
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Ben and I went along up to the main road to the station and I quit before the pavement ran out. I got there a little before 11:00, relaxed for a while and then took a few pix.



That lake bed was pretty much due south and the altitude was around 8,000 ft. Very nice - hot in the sun, perfect in the shade.

I sat, read, slept and wandered around this high altitude campsite.

I was on vacation, so I just relaxed and took it easy.

Ragbuffoon


Ben came and got me around 1:30 and we headed back down the mountain. He's a patient fucker, that's for sure. I rode those curves with way too much care - my tire probably would have held, but I didn't have much faith.

We stopped in a Mexican place for lunch in Bishop. Took about 1/2 hour to get our food. The "guacamole" was made of equal parts diced avocado, jalapeno, onions and tomatoes. Not mashed up or anything.

The burrito kinda was a bomb that kept exploding for a day.

We skipped the train museum because it was hot as shit and we were tired. Maybe I'll just go down to Bishop and see that old iron.





We stopped off here because Ben thought it's good to know where he's headed. No GPS for us! Just a few roadsigns and some good coffee to guide us.



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Old 08-07-2010, 02:03 PM   #36
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What a great sign find.

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Old 08-07-2010, 02:07 PM   #37
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Whick one is the king, the misfit, the freak and the renegade?

Is there a story?


If not, make one up for us.
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:05 PM   #38
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Whick one is the king, the misfit, the freak and the renegade?

Is there a story?


If not, make one up for us.

It seemed like we had some very different catagories as far as people went. If it weren't for motorcycles I highly doubt any of us would have met in this life. The middle song in the video is by Juliette Lewis and talks about these things, I traded the freak in place of the word 'bomb' as the last song is the very newest tune by the Smashing Pumpkins titled 'Freak'.

In short, I could put each of us into one of those definitions...I won't though, we can pick our own.




Psst, I just picked up some new video editing software today. It's time to take it to another level or get rid of the video cam.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:05 PM   #39
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It seemed like we had some very different catagories as far as people went. If it weren't for motorcycles I highly doubt any of us would have met in this life.


Not the first time and probably not the last time that has happened.

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Old 08-07-2010, 07:38 PM   #40
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Whick one is the king, the misfit, the freak and the renegade?

Is there a story?


If not, make one up for us.
You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a king, a freak, a misfit, and a renegade. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.

/breakfast club


Honestly, sitting in a hot springs in the high desert, beverage of choice in hand, staring up at the milky way with shooting stars every 10 minutes, after riding our trusty steeds to previously unknown places, we were all kings.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:40 PM   #41
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You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a king, a freak, a misfit, and a renegade. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.

/breakfast club


Honestly, sitting in a hot springs in the high desert, beverage of choice in hand, staring up at the milky way with shooting stars every 10 minutes, after riding our trusty steeds to previously unknown places, we were all kings.

awesome.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:29 PM   #42
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Seems like a good idea

Not that there's anything wrong with it...........









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Old 08-08-2010, 09:10 AM   #43
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I guess larryboy's lost in editing land.

In the middle of the night, I awoke to the sound of a metal piece hitting the ground. Like a coffee mug or something. I was wide awake and sitting still, trying to determine what it was. As I sat there, a light shown from Ben's direction and a canine shape showed through my tent wall as the culprit skulked off.

Jim and I got out of our tents, and Ben reported that a dog had been prowling the table, knocking my coffee mug onto the ground. He said the dog circled back and was at the table again, when he turned on his flashlight.

I guess we were the popular campsite - the birds came in the morning and picked at the scraps from our poorly cleaned dinner from Saturday night.

Then this little furry critter came by looking for a meal and some human kindness.



Jim broke out cheese and milk for our friend to stave off starvation for another day.



And the furball returned the favor by helping Jim with his airmattress deflation.



Once the power of the pussy wore off, we headed West towards home at about 8:00 a.m.

Gassing up, Ben and I decided to take the Tioga Pass with Jim since it's the easiest route across. My bald tire hadn't grown any new tread in the desert air.

After a long wait at the gate, Jim bought a Nat'l. Parks pass - and the kind folks let all three bikes go through on it.

Jim's awe was apparent by his swiveling neck. And we stopped often to get shots, then move on. I kinda felt like I was riding with an American version of Lu Fei.



I tried to get us to Andy's favorite burger joint outside the park, but my memory was off - it was 15 miles outside the park, not five.

Jim wisely split off and retraced his route 10 miles to visit Hetch Hetchy reservoir while Ben and I went on to our burger place.

Next time I think I'll continue on another 4 miles to a different place - they might be a little faster on the food delivery.

Then home through the valley heat.
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:17 PM   #44
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We had seen Ben on his way to the top, but he had his game face on and kept going.

Making the turn down Wyman Canyon Jim was all smiles and thumbs up!!




We stopped for a break after a little stream crossing and could hear birds chirping up in the cliffs above us.




It's not a very good picture, but there is a California Condor sitting on the cliff. He's just under the lower power line, the dark figure...a king among birds.




I'd been jumping the bike a few times and broke a saddle bag strap.




After a quick repair we dipped into Nevada and the Fish Lake Valley for gas. I had a couple of waypoints for a secret place, but it was pretty hot and we had such a nice camp waiting for us I didn't take the time to find the place. I'll seek it out in November on my Death Valley trip.




There isn't another way thru the White Mountains back to Benton, so pavement was the only option. I got a great picture of SFKLR with Boundary Peak at over 13,000 feet in the background.




One time that I rode thru here we got into a swarm of bees, thousands of them. We pulled into a gas station and I got a kid from Texas to help me brush them off of me. It was on my mind as I'm mildly allergic to bee stings.






We got back to camp and I deep fried a hen. I tried making some biscuits in the boiling oil, but I don't think I had it hot enough and they were a little too oily to eat. Looking at the stars for us city dwellers is a real treat as we can't see the heavens in town.
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I'd been jumping the bike a few times and broke a saddle bag strap.





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