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Old 07-24-2011, 09:46 PM   #46
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Great report. Hope you stay safe keep it up with the pics!!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:39 PM   #47
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Keep us posted John, looking forward to seeing you in the fall.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:25 PM   #48
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Hey John, thanks for sharing your trip!! Wish I was with ya buddy!!! We're at Tim and Sherry's house (he's doing well considering the neck brace!) We head on down toward Colorado tomorrow. Have fun and keep 'er coming!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:32 PM   #49
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Today is the first day, of the adventure. We will cross the Canadian border, but not before a little adventure. Fist thing this morning I get the bike packed and add a set of tires that I plan on changing around Watson Lake. It must have been just a few pounds more than I need because once moved the bike the kick stand broke on me. Opps, now what? I pick the bike up and get it started when the normal morning thing happens; a biker walks over and wants to talk about the Sportster. I put on my best face and try to sound normal, I’m not a morning person and after dropping my bike it only gets worse. He finally leaves and I’m able to ride off to meet Rich at the fairgrounds, where I Lean the bike against a pole and relay the bad morning blues. We wasn’t sure what to do, and thought if nothing else I’d just ride the bike and find a prop every stop until we found a welder. Being Sunday I know that it won’t happen today. During service that morning I talk to Eric and he has the level headed approach of just finding the maintenance dept. Wow !, why didn’t I think of that. The maintenance shop had everything we needed, to rebuild the kick stand. It’s ironic how much thought and engineering went into the suspension, handle bar layout, swing arm design and fuel cell placement, but it was the kick stand that could use a bit more Viagra.









Our next piece of adventure was getting into Canada. About 13 years ago I was denied entry, because of a DWI I had gotten in 1996, so I was yellow tagged and had to go in the main office. They asked about the reason I was denied entry, I told them and was asked if there was anything else I was arrested for, of course not. So after about 15min the dude came back and wasn’t real happy, so to the interrogation I go. I have a bit of a jaded past, and some history with violence among others. I had for gotten about that stuff, but the records hadn’t and he had a list. Funny thing is the DWI had gone off my record. The more questions he asked the more frustrated he got, he could not believe I didn’t know the dates of anything that happened. I finally told him those years were a blur as I really wasn’t sober more than a few hours a week, and had a salvation moment in 98 when my life changed and I was a different guy. So back behind the curtain he went. I was there for 1.5 hrs and after a lot of prayer he allowed me through and made some notes on my record to help me in the future, but warned that I would have to go in and discuss my entry every time I crossed in to Canada. We’ll see how it goes when I cross back in from Alaska.




The scenery was intoxicating, all the way along Canada I am blessed to be here and after the long wait it seems surreal to be here in the Canadian Cascades. The ride has more beauty than can really be taken in and we ride until after dark. Finally stopping in Cache Creek at 10:30pm and finding the 49 dollar special, which turned out to be a nice clean big room. Score!













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Old 07-25-2011, 11:47 PM   #50
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:36 AM   #51
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How'd you like that ESAB? I've heard they are butter smooth.


Think the "hair" helped or hurt the entry discussions?
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:47 AM   #52
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hair couldn't have hurt as I got in and it had to be worded just so in order for that to happen. So what is ESAB?
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:50 AM   #53
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hair couldn't have hurt as I got in and it had to be worded just so in order for that to happen. So what is ESAB?

Cool. Yellow welding box in the picture is an ESAB, kind of rare around here.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:51 AM   #54
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I feel your pains John...

Yeeea man been through the ringer gett'n in m'self...
But anyway now that that's all paast...IT IS BEAUTIFUL aint it!!! YeeeHaaa
Glad the kickstand failed on ya now....easy fix at the right time. Now it won't bite ya on up the line.
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:16 AM   #55
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See you on the road

Leaving in the morning for Inuvik. I'll probably see ya on the road. Have a safe ride.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:51 AM   #56
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Im in old boy...I take it the 'ol man is fly'n back to get the GS later...?
Or'd he trade it on Moms new Hog?
No flying back as such... I drove down on the 23rd and picked it up... 1000 miles in 16 hours... :) WITH wife and kids in the truck!!! (Oh, and don't forget that stupid little Chihuhua)

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Old 07-26-2011, 12:37 PM   #57
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Sooo I'm assuming Tims alright now John...And back with the group?
Good riding area to eh. Hopefullt Tims enjoying it again!
I was kinda wondering how the 690KTM flew off the road into the ditch,all in good time.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:06 PM   #58
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Signing on.

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Old 07-26-2011, 02:48 PM   #59
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I'm planning a trip like this

It's great to see you and your mom and dad on this trip. You might remember me, Jack from Greenville Texas, Kings Kruizers. I am the guy with the bum leg. 2012 is gonna be my year. I have been off the bike since October 2011. Can't wait to get back on 2 or 3 wheels, and your trip is giving me inspiration to hurry things up a bit. I have surgery on my leg in about 6 weeks, then another 5 months of healing.......then look out.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #60
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Cool2 Update on Tim...

Tim is doing good considering. He has a broken Vertebrae (the C6) in his neck, lots of bruising and will be off the bikes for a few weeks. The KTM looks worse than he does. Praise God he had all that gear on that he did and those guys weren't very far behind him.

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