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Old 09-29-2010, 10:53 AM   #406
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I think her ear ring says, "Heinz 57"?

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Old 09-29-2010, 11:14 AM   #407
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Cows are Cows and Cattle are Cattle.

BUT this is your RR and you can call them anything you want



Keep up the great work, It is much appreciated
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:22 AM   #408
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Cows are Cows and Cattle are Cattle.

BUT this is your RR and you can call them anything you want
Relax Francis... Just joking around! When was the last time you got to use Cowpoke or Wrangler in a sentence???
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:24 AM   #409
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Day 16 continued...


I was starting to wonder if we’d be camping out in the sage brush, when we got to Bannack state park.




Bummer! We just missed you. We were in Bannack on Thurs, July 22 (finishing up a 1,000 mile loop of MT) for the afternoon before heading back to Darby for West Fest for the weekend.

And why weren't you two at West Fest?

Enjoying your report, LitteWan! Good stuff!
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:25 AM   #410
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Relax Francis... Just joking around! When was the last time you got to use Cowpoke or Wrangler in a sentence???

Been a while as I was both when I was a lot younger


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Old 09-29-2010, 11:37 AM   #411
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I couldn't help but share this.

I bet you've never seen a cow Mooove like this before.


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Old 09-29-2010, 11:56 AM   #412
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Yikes!
Where did you guys come from??
I went to get another cup of coffee and now there's a bunch of new comments...



hi WOXOF - I always use cows=bovine like kleenex=facial tissue.

Cows + kleenex =




I like the Spanish version, but you can also hear it in english.


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Bummer! We just missed you. We were in Bannack on Thurs, July 22 (finishing up a 1,000 mile loop of MT) for the afternoon before heading back to Darby for West Fest for the weekend.

And why weren't you two at West Fest?

Enjoying your report, LitteWan! Good stuff!
Hi Tweetie! Thanks for checking in. Oh, man - I can't believe we didn't cross paths at Bannack! Darn. We spent too much time fooling around on Fleecer Ridge, I guess.
Was that the Montana 1000? BigWan and I talked about trying to make that.
I know, I know...we should have gone to West Fest.
But I'm kind of scared of new people and it sounded really crowded...

Social anxiety screws me again...



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Old 09-29-2010, 12:10 PM   #413
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Hi Tweetie! Thanks for checking in. Oh, man - I can't believe we didn't cross paths at Bannack! Darn. We spent too much time fooling around on Fleecer Ridge, I guess.
Was that the Montana 1000? BigWan and I talked about trying to make that.
I know, I know...we should have gone to West Fest.
But I'm kind of scared of new people and it sounded really crowded...

Social anxiety screws me again...

Social Anxiety is highly over rated. You really missed a good time.

Yep, the MT1000 was the week preceding WF. The boyfriend rode the CDT up from CO with a group of other 9x0 and I hitched a trailer ride up to meet them in Darby with my F650GS. We rode the entire week and then I slabbed it home with him.

In fact, we nearly stayed at the Soda Butte Campground on the way home the night of the grizz attacks. But, when I found out they had in room jacuzzis at the Yodeler Motel in Red Lodge, I was all over it.

Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your report. The links are cracking me up.
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:10 PM   #414
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Hi Questor!
I took a semester of tap dance for high school PE (!) so I really feel for those poor cows!

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I think her ear ring says, "Heinz 57"?

Hey larryboy, this one's for you...





Okay, back to the riding content!

Day 19 continued...







I was happy to see that there's some water for the animals...





Took a shortcut...














Back on the fast gravel!





See that little dust cloud up there?
That was pretty much the only vehicle we saw in the badlands.
He was a good rabbit...





More pronghorn.





They are so fast!





We were moving, too - so this shot’s a little blurry...




More two track















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Old 09-29-2010, 02:13 PM   #415
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Day 19 continued...



We had some thick, wiggly gravel coming into Farson.




Look!
I actually have some pertinent information about Farson in my notes:
(I got these from a pamphlet I read during ice cream).

Eden Valley (Farson + neighboring Eden)
rainfall: 7.45 inches
elevation: 6,700 feet
temp range: -55 to 95°F

average frost-free season: 60 days
population: aprox. 600
geology: fossil fishbeds and petrified wood forest are remnants of the vast Lake Gosiute, which covered the area long ago.


Well. I hope you history nerds are happy. Now I can't remember my phone number.



I don't think I've ever noticed Anti-Chaw ads before.
This was at the gas pump in Farson.





You can get fuel here, but more importantly - you can get ice cream!










Look at those prices! $2.25 for a single. And they’re huge!





They were out of mint chip
Instead, we got rocky road and moose mania.
We did cough up the extra 50 cents for waffle cones, so it was actually $2.75 (still a great deal).



Those cones were almost TOO big. I made matt eat most of mine and I still felt sick afterwards...


We followed our own route from Farson, back through the badlands.
As BigWan says, “wing-dinging it.”





Hola, vaca negra!





This little dude was so cute. I wish they wouldn’t freak out so much.
We slowed way down, but he still kept running...










We were surprised to see this ranch out in the middle of nowhere.











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Old 09-29-2010, 04:00 PM   #416
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Day 19 continued...












We enjoyed some fantastic riding and beautiful views - and we had the Great Divide Basin all to ourselves.




Along with the cows and little dudes, of course!





Shades of the TAT...




Ditto.




















The bike looks massive in this photo!



















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Old 09-29-2010, 06:50 PM   #417
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More two track



WOW!

I had to pause here a minute to contemplate how it would feel to stop, take off the helmet and look around. I love wide open spaces like this with no civilization in sight. Maybe it is because I have always lived in the middle of metropolis and I crave a different experience.


Double props to Matt for being able to handle that bike in difficult terrain with a passenger and luggage! Ya'll have gone to places few will dare solo and almost none have gone two up!!!




Hey Kelly when are you going to get your own bike and experience the thrill of twisting the throttle!?! I bet you would have a great time!

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Old 09-29-2010, 09:27 PM   #418
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I love wide open spaces like this with no civilization in sight.
Hey Kelly when are you going to get your own bike and experience the thrill of twisting the throttle!?! I bet you would have a great time!
Okay, first of all - you have got to do the TAT! Once you get away from Colorado and Moab, it's all desolate and wide open. LOTS of 2 track and no people.
I have tons of pics coming up in the TAT section - you'll see.
It's sweet of you to say those nice things, but believe me - BigWan and I are nothing special!


Re: getting my own bike - Haha, I was wondering when that was going to start again...
Here's a quote from last year's RR:

Matt's been working on this one. A couple of years ago, I got a TTR125LE for our 10th anniversary!
Oh, you didn't know? The traditional tenth year gift is "dirtbike." He had his work cut out for him - I can't even drive a stick-shift car.
He's a demanding teacher, though.
On my first trail ride there were water crossings, rocky riverbeds, sand, single track (almost fell down a ravine), and steep rutted declines.
Not exactly beginner friendly.

I was just starting to ride standing up when matt had a big crash (we had to cut the trip short to go to the ER) and it freaked me out. I haven't ridden my bike since.



I have ridden the TTR since I wrote that. And it's not quite as clean anymore, haha.
Even took it to Carnegie SVRA just before we left for the OBCDR in july, but there aren't many good places in the bay area for a super n00b.
Plus, I'm so hooked on the hard stuff that matt can do, I find it really frustrating to wreck constantly when I'm on my own! Spoiled and lazy.

Hey! As I was writing this, matt saw a Jeep commercial that looks like it was filmed on a Colorado pass from your report.
Hmmm. Black Bear?
Maybe. Not sure.

Take a look at this link.

Okay, so no more cracks about "when are you getting your own bike?"
I don't want Matt to kick me off
the 990!
Shhhh...
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:06 PM   #419
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Okay, so no more cracks about "when are you getting your own bike?"
I don't want Matt to kick me off
the 990!
Shhhh...

Tail waggin' the dog???





BTW: I like the pared down RR as much as I like the schmaltzy Kevin Bacon/Sound of Musical part.

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Old 09-29-2010, 10:25 PM   #420
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Um. Hi Nixels. I am smiling and nodding at you. (and backing away, slowly)

Day 19 continued...


The Great Divide Basin kept surprising us.
There were some stunning colorful cliffs that reminded us of Death Valley.




But, mostly it was just one great road after another. And the most spectacular skies...






Another shot of the endless road.





Sorry this one is blurry. It's too hard to use the zoom while we're moving, especially in the dirt.
I never freaking learn that.
(I'm leaving it in as a reminder to myself. maybe next time I won't forget)






More scary sliding turns!























Elk! These guys were so amazing. They were running next to us for a while.




I was able to get a short video of them. Wow, they were huge, too!
Crap. This video is super-washed out. It was so bright that day.
I should have corrected that in iMovie, but I'm too lazy to go back now.
Oh well, you get the idea...








This section of road was really hard to ride.
It had been churned up pretty badly and it was soft, loose and deep.
Matt thought they were trying to return it to nature or something.





Elk Ladies! I believe these would be "cows"




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