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Old 07-06-2011, 11:03 PM   #16
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Oil jacks in Canada.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:20 PM   #17
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The 1000 after water on the road.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:35 PM   #18
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:41 PM   #19
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nice write up Cody!

I want a photo of you sporting full leathers in the 100 degree heat.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:29 PM   #20
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Nice! do you saddlebags always touch your exhaust like that or was it just loose?

Looks awesome so far dude! keep it up!
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:52 PM   #21
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nice! Do you saddlebags always touch your exhaust like that or was it just loose?
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:50 AM   #22
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Hey Cody....very nice trip...wish I could have done something like with my father and grandfather
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:21 PM   #23
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Day 3 in Canada has now come and gone. After riding through Saskatchewan and Alberta, we are staying the night about a quarter of a mile from Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, BC. I can't believe the amount of canola fields that are up here. Sometimes the landscape looks almost entirely yellow! I am still getting used to seeing the oil tanks in the middle of the landscape. I couldn't figure out why the tanks were there with no jacks near them, but I was lucky enough to meet a guy at our hotel that worked in energy and specifically those tanks! He explained that the tanks were typically filled with either water or gel that facilitates increased oil production...hmm now I know. I then casually asked about research into alternative energy and he being quick witted responded with "what alternative energy"...well played. Knowing that we weren't going to solve the world's energy problems in a hot tub after a few beers, my grandfather and I proceeded to continue getting to know the locals that were staying, of which almost all of them had jobs in energy.
I was talking to the locals about how I thought the currency names were hilarious and they agreed. Loonies and toonies sound more like cartoons than currency to me, but eh, what do I know. I have been sampling many of the local beers and have been sticking to the summer seasonals like the unfiltered wheats. Canadians make some excellent beer! I would try to bring some back, but I doubt I could fit another t-shirt on the 1000 much less a six pack.
Today has been rain all day and the forecast calls for rain the next several days. All the locals tell me this is unheard of as this is typically their dry season. Oh well, rain or shine, riding is riding and I am still enjoying every minute. We visited an antique car and farm equipment museum today right near Beaverlodge, AB. The place was great, although riding down gravel roads in Canada can be slick as GA clay. The front-end on the 1000 wanted to wander but I just stayed in it and she corrected. My grandfather did exceptionally well on that big Harley. A bike that is 3x the size of mine he managed that thing like a pro. On those gravel roads, I wouldn't have wanted to be on anything heavier than what I was already on much less a 2011 full dresser HD! We saw a barn full of antique autos that included some old Ford model A and model T machines. There were two highlights. The first was an old Honda Dream, which may have been the model featured in the famous "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" commercials, but I am not certain. There was also this contraption with a propeller on the back, snow skis on the front, and a Ford V8 powering it that was made in the 1930s. Believe it or not, this thing made it through 60,000 miles and 5 engines before it was retired. From looking at it you wouldn't even think it would run, but who would have guessed 60K, wow. There were many other pieces of old farm machinery that seperated grain and hay along with a dozen or so tractors still in operating condition. The people were wonderful. Turns out we went on the right day. They have a lunch every Friday and this Friday it was "Christmas in July", which meant turkey and all the fixins. It was great food and great conversation. There were many old folks there, I was their junior by at least 30 years in most cases but they wanted to hear all aboot our trip, where we had been, where we were going, etc. They all made fun of me because I apparently missed spotting the giant Beaver in BeaverLodge which I guess couldn't have been missed since I went right by it! Well, I guess I was too busy looking in the window at the local Honda dealership! After leaving these great folks, we made our way to Dawson Creek, which wasn't too far but the rain and wind kept us from going further. I better get back to finishing my local Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewing, but until next post, CHEERS!
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:28 PM   #25
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This Michelin Man was almost overlooked collecting dust for decades in the antique barn.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:32 PM   #27
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:48 PM   #28
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:52 PM   #29
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:35 PM   #30
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Nice work matey! Are you planning on riding up to Dead Horse as well?
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