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Old 09-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #181
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What the...?

Nixels!

Okay, let me get some riding content in here, real quick.
and then I'll deal with the rest of you...commenters.




Day 8 continued...


It was after noon by the time we were dressed again and ready to go.




As we were leaving, we got another nice view of the river




Back on the trail




Pretty, pretty!
The scenery was nice, too (awww...)




It was funny to stop so much. Is this how normal people ride?
My knee (and Matt's butt) were enjoying all the extra breaks.





I’m sure you’re sick of seeing us now...




more beautiful Oregon dirt





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Old 09-06-2010, 12:46 PM   #182
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Man's got his protection hidin' his hardware, but there's LittleWan singin' Castanets.

Okay, Nixels...



Haha - I had to call BigWan over - "Matt, what in the f**k is Nixels trying to say...?"
At first he said, "Kel, what do I always tell you? Just smile and nod..."

But he couldn't figure it out either.
Then we watched the video with the sound WAY up (that castanet lady is a crack up, by the way).

Okay, got it!


Oh, and thanks for getting me in trouble with BigWan
("hey, Nixels is right...I didn't notice that before!")


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The picture below looked fine and respectable until you did this to it and then it made me about spit coffee all over my computer. (Good Job )
Thanks, ladybug i do what I can!


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PN-60...one thing i found... if you on-the-fly make a route and it fails... delete it. leaving it on the device can corrupt any means of routing again.

i had the same thing with the lens not closing happen... and recently switched from a Canon SD870 to the Lumix TS2 which i love.
Hi kaia - great to hear from you! That's interesting, we didn't have any on-the-fly routes fail. The PN-60 itself was great - our issues were with the Topo 9 software. Hopefully there's a patch or something (haven't checked since we got home).

Thanks for the camera info! I've been dealing with the sticky lens for over a year now. It mostly happens when we're riding with other people. And I just flick the side of the lens with my finger (Or I can tap it against my helmet if we're moving and I need to hold on). I'm sure that it won't work forever, so The Lumix TS2 sounds like our best bet.
This post from isaac004 was also helpful ("A father and son trip down the great divide"). He loves his TS1.
I wish the TS2 took AA batteries (like our Canon), but I guess you can't have it all.


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then I got to that spot and recognized it fron Lion BR's great RR. Did you have smaller creek crossings further south?

Did you cross the Malhuer Twice? There's another crossing at Malhuer ford Which I thought you would have crossed before you got to this point.
Hi xymo - I only make note of crossings if they're kind of big or if I have a photo for some reason. But we had a few little ones down south.
The main crossing (Crane Crossing) is coming up. It's the second crossing when you go South to North.
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The first crossing where you took a bath is called the Malheur Ford and the second is called Crane Crossing.
Thanks, larryboy! Fixed it, above.
Did Lion cross the Malheur? I thought he turned and went towards Sisters. I can't remember...


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cold now - warm then?!
hi wachs! Isn't that oregon? HOT cold HOT rain HOT snow RAIN


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Old 09-06-2010, 12:54 PM   #183
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I’m sure you’re sick of seeing us now...


No way! You two are inspiring me to ride more and push just a little bit harder. Keep it up!
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Old 09-06-2010, 03:49 PM   #184
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Okay, Nixels...



[COLOR=DarkOrange]Haha - I had to call BigWan over - "Matt, what in the f**k is Nixels trying to say...?"
At first he said, "Kel, what do I always tell you? Just smile and nod..."

But he couldn't figure it out either.
Then we watched the video with the sound WAY up (that castanet lady is a crack up, by the way).

Okay, got it!


Oh, and thanks for getting me in trouble with BigWan
("hey, Nixels is right...I didn't notice that before!")
We're all adults here. :augi

I can't imagine BigWan being shocked since he took the picture.

I like her better when she walks away.

PS:

This shot should be on the Front Page.

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Old 09-06-2010, 08:03 PM   #185
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You two are inspiring me to ride more and push just a little bit harder. Keep it up!
Thanks, never mind! Just remember - "Make rocks (or mud or sand) your favorite!"

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We're all adults here.
Well.....
in theory. Maybe.


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Old 09-06-2010, 08:30 PM   #186
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Day 8 continued...



So, we were blasting along when we came to another water crossing...





Oh, wait a minute...This is the one we were looking for!
The North Fork









Umm. Is it just me, or does it look kinda deep?
Matt said we could do it 2up just fine, but I was feeling a little jumpy.

They (matt and the bike) were better off without me...so I waded across.




I know, I know. Sigh. Let the ADV insults begin...
(“nice sundress,” “that billowy skirt is going to get caught in the chain,” “your vagina is showing,” etc...)
Well, at least I actually have a vagina.





Of course, matt was right...




Trayce, too.




All right. It was no big deal. I’m just a chickenshit.




Back on the trail...
More glorious dirt









Back into the forest.
Here’s a few seconds of Gravitycheck...











At one point, Norm wanted us to go down here (on the left, where the little trees are).




The trail (523) was way overgrown. Hello - baby trees!
In the past, Matt and I would have tried it anyway.
(“well, if this is the trail...”)
And we would have plowed our way right into some shit.

But with the Voice of Reason in our ear, we found another route.




Hey, this common sense thing is pretty nice!





Unfortunately, somewhere around our detour, the Garmin and the Delorme disagreed.

Trayce said to go one way, Norm said to go the other.
Neither of us (BW or LW) can remember what happened, but the end result was that we missed Table Rock lookout. Crap!


Trayce isn’t here so we’ll blame it on the Garmin!





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Old 09-06-2010, 08:38 PM   #187
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I'm back and caught up on the summer of stupid!!


I watched the sheep video three times.


The first crossing where you took a bath is called the Malheur Ford and the second is called Crane Crossing.


My ass doesn't have skin left and I can't sit in this chair any longer, but I just had to check in and see how your trip is going!!

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Old 09-06-2010, 09:19 PM   #188
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I'm back and caught up on the summer of stupid!!


I watched the sheep video three times.


The first crossing where you took a bath is called the Malheur Ford and the second is called Crane Crossing.


My ass doesn't have skin left and I can't sit in this chair any longer, but I just had to check in and see how your trip is going!!
Yay! Welcome back!
I knew you would know that stuff.
Oh, matt reminds me that he knew, I just never asked.
Apparently I missed some signs (he was probably standing up)...


Sheep video x3?

Can't wait to hear all about your ride
(when you're rested up)



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Old 09-06-2010, 09:46 PM   #189
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I'm back and caught up on the summer of stupid!!


I watched the sheep video three times.


The first crossing where you took a bath is called the Malheur Ford and the second is called Crane Crossing.


My ass doesn't have skin left and I can't sit in this chair any longer, but I just had to check in and see how your trip is going!!

Rob, Thanks for the info, I got way confused about it too. Hope you had a great trip, please post up a link to the RR
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:43 PM   #190
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BigWan and LittleWan.

Loving the RR. Goes to show Adventure starts when you are making other plans but if you keep smiling you can make it all fun! Lots of laughs and best use of smilies that I have ever seen!

Thanks for sharing.

Oh, and the "pink" blocks for editing photos just makes it worse!!!
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #191
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Hi guys,
sorry I'm late. I had to attend an awards ceremony this morning...

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Loving the RR.
Thanks for sharing.
Oh, and the "pink" blocks for editing photos just makes it worse!!!
Hi pyrate! thank you, and I'm so glad you like the edited photo!

Okay, where were we? Jeeeze. Still on Day 8?


Day 8 continued....



It was really pretty as we headed towards Unity













Going into town




Uh oh. Is the gas station?




Whew, no, there’s a new one.




The woman at the store said that 10,000 BMWs were coming through Unity, on their way to the rally.
Her main observation was that “they’re all old!”



Don’t get mad at me - she said it!



Got fuel




Took pics




We decided to eat at the cafe down the street








checked out the menu




This is when I knew I had to do a ride report...
Trayce was so into the food pics - it was cute






I don’t blame him, though. These burgers were really good. Yum!




While we were eating, a BMW guy came in and got a diet coke.
He glanced over at us - and quickly told the waitress, “I’ll take that outside.’”
Wow, he could smell us from there?


Or maybe somebody needs to work on his people skills...



(okay, you Beemers - don't freak out on me. Just smile more and wave a little)
(we were snubbed** again and again by guys on BMWs so I'm just making a few digs to assuage my hurt feelings )


** just on the pavement - we love you Marty and Gus
you'll meet Marty and Gus in colorado.


Edit to add this from page 15 (for those of you who aren't caught up yet):


Hi Ladybug oops, I forgot you ride a BMW. hope I didn't hurt your feelings either...
Maybe I should take the Beemer jabs out...
But, you know the type - those guys with the big, clean, chromey machines; wearing the black suits...too cool for school.
Too good to wave.
Ah, I'm leaving 'em in
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:24 AM   #192
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Just got caught up with this RR. Love your style LittleWan
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:59 AM   #193
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Great report! Any chance you could post or send some tracks? I'm scouting routes for Mobius' re-entry into the lower 48 next year and from the looks of it, you guys ferreted out some of the tasty ... well played.


I gotta say, when we hit the snow drifts, I flip to the topo maps and check the elevation of the road ahead. We've never made it higher than 400ft in elevation beyond that first drift before the road became impassable -- meaning the snow is higher than 2 ft. deep all the way across the path so we turned around, not we plowed ahead until we buried the bikes, and then went all Fitzcarraldo. YOU GUYS ARE NUTS! I love it!
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okay, you Beemers - don't freak out on me. Just smile more and wave a little)
(we were snubbed** again and again by guys on BMWs so I'm just making a few digs to assuage my hurt feelings )


LittleWan

They/we are not all like that believe me, many of us old beemer type wave at anything not bolted down!!

Use my ole coaching technique:

"Kiss'em in the ear before you kick'em in the ass" better idea, let Matt do the honors

Off to Half Dome, looking forward to more RR on our return.
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:35 PM   #195
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Great report! Any chance you could post or send some tracks? I'm scouting routes for Mobius' re-entry into the lower 48 next year and from the looks of it, you guys ferreted out some of the tasty ... well played.


I gotta say, when we hit the snow drifts, I flip to the topo maps and check the elevation of the road ahead. We've never made it higher than 400ft in elevation beyond that first drift before the road became impassable -- meaning the snow is higher than 2 ft. deep all the way across the path so we turned around, not we plowed ahead until we buried the bikes, and then went all Fitzcarraldo. YOU GUYS ARE NUTS! I love it!
Hey DR. Rock
Thanks for checking in

Well, our actual tracks from the ride are kind of a mess. They're still sitting in Norm and we haven't cleaned them up at all.

However, we just used tracks that we got from larryboy, and ADV.
I'm pretty sure these are the ones:



The Pacific Crest Quest from R-dubb We did Day 6 and Day 7 on this ride.
(gpx link at the bottom of that first post)

Oregon Back Country Discovery Route, again from R-dubb Our gpx files came from larryboy, but I think he was using these tracks.
Larryboy, correct me if I'm wrong...

We went up Crane Mountain by accident, just trying to "connect the dots." It shouldn't be hard to route yourself onto that trail...
When the GPS tracks stop - just take the steep, loose, LEFT up the mountain!

more OBCDR track info here


CD ride from BigDog Including the optional Fleecer Ridge tracks.

We had some issues getting to Lava Mountain, but it was probably us.
Someone who knows how to plan can map out a better route from the CDT to Lava Mountain to Fleecer Ridge and then back on the trail.
BigWan and I did a crap job of it.

Oh, that reminds me - we did detour off the CDT tracks to go to Farson, WY. Totally worth it.
Our ride through the Great Divide Basin was spectacular!
I read about Farson here



TAT west - Well, I'm pretty sure that you're good on TAT tracks...


Since you are scouting routes, I'll also mention
This new ride from BigDog, just in case you haven't seen it.
Sounds pretty promising...the Tour of Idaho is all the rage these days.

Edited
to thank NOTAR_520 for the Tour of Idaho link!

I know with all that talk of "no big bikes," Matt is itching to get out there!


As far as the snow - Yeah... it's just that same ol' "Tyranny of the Trail."
It gets us every time!
Unless the Voice of Reason is around...



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