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Old 08-09-2011, 08:02 AM   #691
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Like you guys, I remain suspicious of lakes although I grew up with them being all I had. I guess my first time at the ocean 'cured' me of any love for lakes. I congratulate you on putting your feet in. More than I may have been willing to do.

I have continued to enjoy your well written, interesting and well photographed narrative. I do feel a sense of sadness, however, that at least in a few places, service folks have seen fit to exploit your out of town-ness rather than go the extra mile to support your trip. I've had several experiences where, if the locals hadn't gone out of their way to see me up and running again, I'd have been badly stuck. Seems that spirit of helping travelers is now part of our quaint past.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:18 AM   #692
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I do believe in the goodness of people and the guys at Kickstart and Harley got us in right away at a price. It's hard times up here I think especially with the summer season being so short. We have no issues paying for services rendered, but prices that make no sense makes us wonder. But, here we are, still on the bikes and finishing the trip like we said we would. So, for the $$ spent maybe piece of mind was worth it?
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:26 AM   #693
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I do believe in the goodness of people and the guys at Kickstart and Harley got us in right away at a price. It's hard times up here I think especially with the summer season being so short. We have no issues paying for services rendered, but prices that make no sense makes us wonder. But, here we are, still on the bikes and finishing the trip like we said we would. So, for the $$ spent maybe piece of mind was worth it?
Hope you don't let it bother you too much that you had to pay $50 for the repairs. Sounds like a half hour minimum charge. It is how they feed themselves and like you said , they have a very short season to earn a living . We see $96 an hour labor rate often in the US Northeast...many thanks for the RR....is there an icon for envy ?
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:38 AM   #694
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I do believe in the goodness of people and the guys at Kickstart and Harley got us in right away at a price. It's hard times up here I think especially with the summer season being so short. We have no issues paying for services rendered, but prices that make no sense makes us wonder. But, here we are, still on the bikes and finishing the trip like we said we would. So, for the $$ spent maybe piece of mind was worth it?
I was thinking of them. My way of reading it was that you were overcharged for the work done. Most shops would have comped you the 10 minutes labor and wished you well rather than whacking you at a rate of $300 hr for what they did.

If you are happy, then I'm plum pleased to death.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:43 AM   #695
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I was thinking of them. My way of reading it was that you were overcharged for the work done. Most shops would have comped you the 10 minutes labor and wished you well rather than whacking you at a rate of $300 hr for what they did.

If you are happy, then I'm plum pleased to death.
agree...we are raising money for ACT and we are not the charity but 10 mins we think should have been comped along with well wishes. We even gave them one of our traveling cards so they would be able to see their shop on the BLOG. Oh well.....today we are in search of some fun roads with luggage off and try to make some cool riding videos.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:59 AM   #696
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Looking forward to seeing what next you post. Ride well.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:04 AM   #697
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My thoughts while at Homer Spit video

July 25th 2011

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Old 08-09-2011, 11:30 AM   #698
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]Having people as well following along all around the globe...
I know it says people from around the world following your travels, but think of the possibility of all of us following your travels around the world.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:33 AM   #699
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I know it says people from around the world following your travels, but think of the possibility of all of us following your travels around the world.
in our dreams...one day....one dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:25 PM   #700
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Hello from the Road.

Hello Soph9!

You may remember me well as the guy who bought your Rev´it Cayenne Pro jacket from you around 6 months ago at the Sumas border crossing.

I have been following your trip lightly from the road while on my own trip south, to Argentina.

I hope you find home well enough suited for you after your travels!

Your jacket will be put to use when my GF arrives in less then 2 weeks.

Enjoy yourself! (Maybe sell that house and take off around the world?)


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Old 08-09-2011, 01:42 PM   #701
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I like that Triumph hat you have on in the video, did the Triumph Dealer that supplied the Tigers sell you the hat?
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:20 PM   #702
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Tiger Riders

I have been subscribed to your ride report and enjoyed greatly your pictures and prose describing your ride. Great
Stuff.

Glad to see that you have enjoyed it also and overcame the problems you have encountered. That is what makes you ADV Riders!!

Ride Safe.

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Old 08-09-2011, 05:50 PM   #703
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I like that Triumph hat you have on in the video, did the Triumph Dealer that supplied the Tigers sell you the hat?
We got some hats and t shirts as gifts.
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #704
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Cheryl and Leslie, thanks for the fantastic report. Been in since the beginning and am sorry to see it end. Been a lot of work for you to post but a ton of people are enjoying it. Have been taking notes as we are going on this trip next year. Been following XC rider and others as well. A DVD would be awesome, sign me up for a copy!

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Old 08-09-2011, 10:07 PM   #705
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Our Day off

August 9th 2011

Sunrise over Loon Bay, not that great the sky was too clear.






Nice morning but got a little rain in the afternoon. I took a walk up the street to get my morning coffee while Cheryl slept in. We really had no plans today except to ride and explore a bit, and we did.





We headed towards Wells Gray on this road that turned into a really fun off road adventure to Canim Lake.


We shot some video but that will have to wait until we get home.








Quite rocky this 100 KM road was.





Took us around many lakes. There are many little and large lakes up here with camping type resorts.








Got some photos of Cheryl coming up the road









It was hot today. over 30 C or 90 F. We loosened up the jackets and opened all the vents. The Traverse suit works really well when you are up on the pegs.














Bikes back to be dusty and dirty again which meant we would need to stop in 100 Mile House at the local KTM shop and get some chain cleaner and lube. We ran out.




















The bikes felt so LIGHT with the panniers off.



Completely different feel to them. We only got to ride a little over 500 KM without luggage so the weight is all we know until today. These Tigers are really fun to ride with just the rider. Although they are still heavy bikes, we both felt they were as nibble as can be on all these rocks, sand, clay and hard pack roads.


Glad we got to ride the bikes almost "naked" on this gravel. Good info for the final review.

























Quite a bit of active logging in this region and signs to warn you about trucks.


























Motorcycles love this crap don't they?





Have no idea why this fake girl is up on this roof. Forgot to ask the owner of the little store we stopped in for pop and ice cream. What does this mean?














Heading back to Loon Bay via 100 Mile House























Got our chain cleaning stuff, after getting gas we did the deed. The chains are back to being clean and shiny with lube once again. Maybe Triumph should make this bike with a shaft?






Our little canoe trip out on the lake we took before dinner.












Loons make a lot of noise at night for some reason but they are sure good looking birds.



Yesterday and today I thought I could hear juvie Bald Eagles calling out. Sure enough on the canoe we found the nest, saw two juvies branching, calling out and we spotted both adults not far away from the nest.























The other adult was on the other side of the Bay



































Cool boat. We think the operator must have made it. Pretty quick little thing it even made a wake.



These little guys lead the way to the dock









So, leisurely day we had, took the bikes out for a fun ride for over 200 KM today. Got out on the lake, saw some wild life, Cheryl found a Geocache nearby, ate dinner, having smores and hanging out by the fire.


Tomorrow we are leaving our little sanctuary and most likely will spend one more night out and then home.
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