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Old 09-10-2010, 01:02 PM   #241
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Still making a decent living with design and even selling paintings once in awhile...
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Make venison your favorite! This will be an easy one. Venison is good.
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what does norm delorme do for you that garmin doesn't? Most riders seem to have garmin and they all seem to fight with the machines. Does the delorme cooperate quicker than the garmin?
Well, BigWan is the GPS guy and he'll have to chime in later. And, to be fair, we haven't used the most up to date Garmin on the market, whatever that is.
We have used Garmins for marine navigation and our last couple of land GPS units were Garmins (but ancient ones). Compared to those things, the Delorme is much more reliable and intuitive to use. As I mentioned before, once he got the hang of it, Matt was able to reroute us on the fly - blasting down a dirt road or a rocky stretch (without slowing down).

That tells me: the buttons were easy to use, the screen was easy to see, the unit reacted quickly, and - maybe BigWan is a good multi-tasker.

Several times (on this trip) we ran into someone who had a Garmin GPS (a variety of people with a variety of units) and that person was almost always lost and/or Garmin wasn't even showing the trails. Maybe that was "user error," lack of Garmin maps, or something else, but...

Always, at the time when that person's Garmin showed nothing, Norman the Delorman was clearly showing at least one trail (usually more).

Again, the first week or so of this trip was a learning period with a steep curve. Matt was just getting used to the PN-60, the Delorme software, the freaking PC laptop... It was rough at first.

Garmin does outshine Delorme for street/highway stuff, though. By far.
Norm just sucks ass at finding stores and restaurants in town.

But to do it all again - we wouldn't hesitate to get another PN-60.
We wanted something that was great in the dirt and Norm is it.

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Old 09-10-2010, 01:13 PM   #242
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Day 10 continued...


We were so happy to get away from the highway and back into the woods.




More spectacular scenery and nice roads









We went up to a scenic overlook




It was covered in beautiful wildflowers




I love how the fields below look like patchwork quilts or abstract paintings




Trayce was able to get cell reception and call his wife.
Matt tried to get a signal with our piece of crap 2008 technology phone and got nothing. WTF?
Haha, at least he didnít need to call his wife.




Buy! Sell! Buy! Sell!




Whatís on the lunch menu?
Well, we have a lovely selection of busted up granola bars, scrounged from the bottom of the tank bag...
Smooshed. Melted. or Crumbled? I'll take "crumbled."




It was totally windy up on that overlook. My hair!
Matt says I look like that dog from the cartoons




Mmmmm...crumbly.




Trayce really wanted to go check out Mount Emily.
Matt was not so keen on the idea as it meant wasting gas (which we couldnít afford to do).
If we got separated and had to double back or any of that nonsense, weíd be screwed.
Matt and I decided to stay where we were and let Gravitycheck go do his thing
(he had the 2.5 gallons from Ron, vs. our 1 gallon and he usually got better mileage than we did).



There goes Trayce, off to Mount Emily...
(and he doesnít even know her)




There he is - that speck on the road. Zoom zoom!





Oh, when I saw this photo, I felt bad that we didnít go!
Poor headless Gravitycheck.




That looks like it was an interesting spot




A bigger quilt




And, heís back...



Trayce said he had a close call with another truck. I think it was a grader.
I don't like to recap other people's "incidents," but since he's not here...
He *may* have dropped the bike trying not to get killed by the grader.
Anyway, very sketchy. Once again, Iím glad we didnít lose Gravitycheck.


What would we do without the Voice of Reason?





I love that thing...
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:55 PM   #243
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What would we do without the Voice of Reason?





I love that thing...

You'd have Stupid Fun ! ! !
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:10 PM   #244
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Great report so far, read it all in one sitting that 1 min. video looks like yall travel fast!
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:52 PM   #245
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Great report so far, read it all in one sitting that 1 min. video looks like yall travel fast!
Thats what I thought. Do you guys go that fast and hard all the time or were you just showing off for the camera? I am truly envious of those bike handling skills. Oh yeah, Great Report. Keep it coming.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:00 PM   #246
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Great report LittleWan, Im loving it!

By the way, that "cows" vid you posted has become my favourite YouTube thing of the week, so thanks for that

Cant wait for more! Hope theres more "stupid" on the way

Although not too stupid... I highsided my Transalp near Seneca a few weeks before you were there

Anyway, ride safe!

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Old 09-10-2010, 06:39 PM   #247
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Buy! Sell! Buy! Sell!




Whatís on the lunch menu?
Well, we have a lovely selection of busted up granola bars, scrounged from the bottom of the tank bag...
Smooshed. Melted. or Crumbled? I'll take "crumbled."





Hahaha, thanks for the laugh after a hard day in my cubicle!


I think I would have gone with the melted... I'm a sucker for the salty snacks, especially on the trail.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:53 PM   #248
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Aww, we always have stupid fun!
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By the way, that "cows" vid you posted has become my favourite YouTube thing of the week, so thanks for that...
I highsided my Transalp near Seneca a few weeks before you were there
Haha, that cow music is catchy, isn't it? Sorry to hear about your highside. Those ruts are evil!
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Great report so far, read it all in one sitting that 1 min. video looks like yall travel fast!
With a name like that, look who's talking!

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Do you guys go that fast and hard all the time or were you just showing off for the camera? I am truly envious of those bike handling skills. Oh yeah, Great Report. Keep it coming.
Hey Charleetho - thanks! I had to think long and hard about how to answer this. Not only are our moms reading this report, but I don't want to sound like a douchebag...

BigWan/LittleWan family - Don't read this!

are they gone?

Okay,
If you guys are talking about the 1 minute video, where we are riding side by side with Trayce: Day 7 w/Gravitycheck...

Truthfully, that was kind of a laid-back pace for all of us (Gravitycheck included). Pretty relaxed and cruisin' along. Usually when I'm doing a hand-held video like that, we are going a typical speed. Maybe even slightly slower since I can only hold on with one hand and I'm always concerned about breaking the camera.

I think you're probably talking about the videos where BigWan and I are riding 2up, filmed by Trayce. The first one (dirt road with grass on either side) is "Day 7 m&k" and We were definitely hamming it up for the camera in that one! Matt was having a lot of fun tearing down that dirt road.

The second one on that page, "Day 7 mk1" (I would have used better names for these videos if I had been thinking about it!), where we are riding through sage brush and Trayce is showing off his shaky camera work... That was our regular pace. We didn't know he was going to be filming.

It really depends on the road conditions and Matt's moods. Sometimes we really haul the mail, and sometimes we just cruise. Most of the time it doesn't even feel that fast until we are sliding through the corners and it's hard to stop. That's kind of a wake up! We have some of that coming up in the next post! Trayce might even be worse than us, but we usually let him lead and never got video proof...

Matt says most of the blame goes to the bike. It has that notoriously "twitchy" throttle...

Anyway, it's just more of our stupidity.

Matt likes to ride fast and I like to ride with Matt.
I just turn off my brain for these trips and enjoy the ride.


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Old 09-10-2010, 07:35 PM   #249
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I think I would have gone with the melted... I'm a sucker for the salty snacks, especially on the trail.
Hi Oliver! Haha, yeah salty is good. Matt ate the smooshed and we shared the melted. Which was really just a generic version of smooshed.




Day 10 continued...


BigWan and I had our own close calls today. Worse than yesterday.
Itís that damn thick gravel.
Matt says sliding with the overloaded schoolbus is completely different than the fun sliding one gets on a little bike.
He loves to slide on his XRR, but itís not quite the same with 1100 lbs of KTM con wifey and the corresponding inertia.


When we were leaving that overlook near Mt. Emily, we almost ate it. Twice.




Thick gravel is slippery anyway, but BigWan was in a fast mood.
We had just passed a pickup truck and Matt was trying to get away from it (trying to be nice, so they wouldnít be stuck in our dust cloud).
Unfortunately, it was just before a curvy section and we got too much speed in a corner -
we were just sliding, sliding, sliding...
shit! shit! shit!

Whew! Made that corner!

Oh crap!
another one...still too much speed -
sliding, sliding, sliding...

shit! shit! shit!
Auuugghhh!


We ended up going up and over a 2.5 foot high gravel berm, and then partially up a hill, before we finally stopped.
I canít believe Matt kept us upright!


No crash! Woo hoo!
It was just like one of those runaway truck ramps:







Well, maybe not like that truck ramp...


Then, at the end of that road, it happened again.
Twisty road, thick gravel, going too fast (ahem)...

Swoosh - left
Swoosh- right
swoosh, swoosh, swoosh...
Wheeeee!

Uh Oh.

Then a terrifying 100 foot sideways slide right towards a ditch.

Sliding, sliding, sliding, sliding, sliding...
crapcrapcrapcrap!
then at the last second, Matt let off the brake and goosed it -
we popped up and away from the ditch.
KTM powers, activate!


GAH!
My heart was in my throat. Holy crap, that was close.

And we could see the pavement ahead - that had been the very last bit of gravel.

haha. Nice timing. Whereís that f**king voice of reason??





Here he is -- this photo shows him on the first bit of pavement (just after the evil gravel).




Okay, so now we were starving.
We got to Tollgate.





Hereís the gas pump. But they donít put gas in it anymore.
I had read that in a ride report, just before we left, and it was true (at least it was in the middle of July 2010).
They had gas in 5 gallon containers but it was probably pretty pricey.




We were just there for food. And beer.




It was good, too. Alaskan Amber Ale.





We also had salads, but they were too pathetic to show.





This is Dan. He was a spacey old hippie guy who was way into these flutes.
Dan was having a concert or something at Tollgate.
He was sweet, but a little out there...
He told us about this really groovy conversation he had with a wolf out at one of the campgrounds (Mottet).
Note: Matt reminds me that it was a 36 hour long conversation with a wolf...




The guy who runs the Tollgate Center was originally from California.
Didnít catch his name so Iíll call him Saratoga (his hometown).
Saratoga could barely tolerate Dan. Poor Dan.


There is food available in the minimart, but be forewarned - itís a bit pricey.
The whole caboodle (lunch, a box of mac and cheese, hamburger helper, marshmallows, cheetos and some weird mojito drinks) was $77!
Not including the fat tip that Saratoga pressured Trayce into leaving.
Whew. We canít afford the Toll...gate.


With our wallets a bit lighter, we headed off to find Jubilee Lake.
Matt and I didnít have room for all the groceries (even with the drinks in Trayceís topcase),
so I was holding a plastic bag full of cheetos and whatnot.
We figured it would be a quick, easy trip to the Lake. Ha.



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Old 09-11-2010, 12:03 AM   #250
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I was wondering what was at Tollgate, I've always blown right thru there without stopping.

Make crazy flute dude your favorite.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:09 AM   #251
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Art Degree?

You may have an art degree, but you certainly have earned a PHD in Journalism from your trips and recounting it to all of us that are waiting everyday for your post. I have enjoyed your trip reports more than any other reports and you should be writing for the motorcycle magazines. Thanks for the updates and have safe travels so we can keep riding on back with you!
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:58 AM   #252
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I'm usually with bigwan and keep my mouth shut & let the report carry on, but damn this is good stuff. Its the "pet characters" (norm, voice) that really bring it alive. I'm going to have to head that way simply to try to find one of those orange trinkets you made. They're awesome!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:28 AM   #253
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Make crazy flute dude your favorite.
Haha! Matt and I were laughing our asses off over that line! Poor Dan. We wasted a bunch of time this morning, trying to find something about Dan to link to. No joy. You'd be amazed at how many crazy flute dudes there are. Matt said, "WTF? how can there be so many guys named Dan who are into wolves and flutes??"
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...all of us that are waiting everyday for your post...
Oh, jthomas - thank you so much. I'm so glad you enjoy them!


All of you guys with the comments have such good timing. A few times now, I have wanted to quit this idiotic report.
I just feel like a horse's ass sometimes. Or worse.
(heh. I've always wanted to use that one!)

It's just weird to put stuff out there - for total strangers. It's like you guys are in my head and sometimes that realization makes me freak out a little.

But thank you all for the kind words and the positive feedback. It really helps me shake it off and continue on.



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I'm going to have to head that way simply to try to find one of those orange trinkets you made. They're awesome!!
Thanks, jlpred! I'm happy you like them. Silly, but fun. I know that 2 of them were found, but I haven't found out the fate of the other 2. I wanted to leave more, but had some technical difficulties with the rest of them and just mailed them home, unfinished.





Day 10 continued...


Okay, so trying to ride while holding a grocery bag full of Cheetos...
(and, as Trayce pointed out, ďThose are $7 Cheetos! Be careful!Ē)

What a colossally stupid idea. I still wanted to take pictures, too.
I did the best I could, holding on with no hands...


(Auntie Sha, that means I was gripping with my legs )




Itís so pretty up here



Beautiful woods



kind of...




Trying to snap a shot of Trayce, behind us. We tried to ride tandem for a while - these were dusty roads.
(haha, I was going to put a Three Amigos link, but Chevy Chase's name was Dusty Bottoms, not Dusty Roads. I'll save it for the TAT ).




I like this super tall tree








Itís hard to tell from this photo, but the road was starting to get rougher.
The mac and cheese box was poking a hole in the plastic bag.
Canít lose the $7 Cheetos!

We pulled over here so I could rearrange the groceries (hee. that sounds naughty!)




Wow, just in time, too. I needed to hang on for the next section...
'Cause, I...like...big...RUTS and I cannot lie!




Where in the f**k is this lake?!




Sigh. We had to stop so Gravitycheck could frolic in the meadow.
(whew. that was a hard clip to find)




Are we there yet?




Are we there yet?




Are we...? Uh oh.




We had to work a little to get around the gates with our ginormous bags.
It was a real pain.
We totally busted our butts getting to this Jubilee Lake, but itís going to be great, right?
This place is way out there!
I mean, itís so freaking hard to get to, we ought to have the place to ourselves, just like last night...









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I know that 3 of them were found, but I haven't found out the fate of the other 1.


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I know that 3 of them were found, but I haven't found out the fate of the other 1.
Fixed.



This morning, I posted and ran (my sister came to visit)...
So I'm getting the news kinda late (sorry LB).
But, look!


Wooo hoo!

I can't even tell you how happy this makes me!






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