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Old 12-02-2012, 07:16 AM   #46
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Excellent report! I have an '09 KLR that I love. My KLR buddies kid me about carrying too much stuff, LIKE A SPARE CLUTCH CABLE! I figure it's cheap insurance. The KLR just plugs along, nothing flashy, but at the end of the day you smile...
One question though, why didn't you put more aggressive tires on as it seems most of your riding was on gravel/dirt?

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I had a spare cable, I thought it was brought along, but it got left at home!

As for the tires. The front tire was one that was in my shed, and I thought I might as well use it up before it goes stale.
I think it was given to me,but its not the same one ZZrRon gave me this spring(saving that for later)
The rear tires, I buy them according to price. The cheaper tires are the ones I use, and seldom knobbies on the back. They wear out too fast. I can handle the back end skipping out a bit......(front not so much)
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:19 AM   #47
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a little oil on that cable will make a lot of difference.
yea its straining at an awkward angle. I did sparay some chain lube up into it once.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:10 AM   #48
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We left the Cypress and headed south, to connect onto Hwy 13...we had to navigate some zig-zag backroads to get there,well we did'nt have to, but we chose to get there on a shortcut....popped out at Eastend.



Starting to get into the Badlands type of geography in Southern Saskatchewan...


Apollo 13. No its just a grain bin. We found our way out to the hwy....

someone had pioneered this route before us....





Small town rural saskatchewan....





KLR's rolling east....

Lonely quiet roads with a big sky......

Art.....

Bygone times......


We turn south towards Willow Bunch....


shadows getting long...day is fading away....

We will be stopping before the rainclouds, I know just the place.....

Groovy gravel roads.....


At willow bunch we turn east again....


The large Butte in the center of the photo will be our stopping place for tonight...

Just about run out of daylight, but we made it....


How much is a campsite? why its free of course! Thorne gets right onto task with the tent, I get the stove and food going. We got the routine down, no words need to be spoken, it just happens....
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:52 AM   #49
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The next morning we have the oatmeal and tea and coffee as the sun comes up.A nice big blue sky and we are out in the middle of nowhere so to speak.



After breakfast we head out on the backroads......notice the small AM/FM radio...handy for weather info...

Instead of riding the pavement we take the gravel route down to Big beaver

looking back to the Butte as we exit Big Muddy Valley

Rural backroads


We stop at the historic general store. Last time I was here it was closed, so it was nice to go inside and talk to the guy who runs it.

We bought some food and other stuff at the store, then headed east on highway 18. This is a nice mellow road in this part of Saskatchewan.


I used to dread crossing the prairies, but now find it not bad at all. Its part of the journey, and by finding interesting routes to travel it becomes an adventure.....
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #50
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You sure get around on that KLR. Loved the vice grips foot clutch.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:06 AM   #51
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Very well done.

Reminds me to pick up some spare parts over the winter.

Clutch lever, spare shifter (already done), and the pesky clutch cable.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:08 AM   #52
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You sure get around on that KLR. Loved the vice grips foot clutch.
yes. next time I go buy your place I will drop in for a visit. I have been wanting to each time but never did......
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #53
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Love the RR great seeing Canada from the KLR perspective. Makes me want to get our and do it one more time.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:42 AM   #54
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We continued on hwy 18......until we got to 6.


This is busy part of the country.

some yard art. My poor photo does'nt show the Riders flag very well.....

We headed north for a bit....then onto 13 hwy

This is the flat lands. I spent some time out this way a while ago, when the recession slapped me down. Took a while to get used to the geography here.....

Chugging along...thinking about home, the long ride, the places we had been(and are yet to go) and sometimes not thinking at all. Allowing the rythm of the engine to set your mind into a state of just being there, smelling the fresh cut hay, and the cooler fall air against areas of exposed skin.......

Stop for a break...Trail ride,,,yea. Thats what this is....

a snack. some crackers & vegetables we got at the store....

We eat good. Life is good on the road.....

The grass fires near Winnepeg....
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:08 AM   #55
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We made it into Winnipeg and stayed at Justins place again, the same place we stopped on our way west a month or so ago. We were going to set up the tent, but it was much cooler with a change in the weather coming so we slept in the house. We could feel the draw of home, and both really wanted to get back after being out on the road.

We headed out in the morning up the Whiteshell route, but part ways up we saw the dark rain clouds and decided that we could turn to the south and avoid the rain by taking the main highway. Along the way we saw the unique grain bin home.

You now the riding season and summer is winding when you pull into the highway rest stop and Zacks Burger bus is gone for the season.

We met some riders out for the day. One of them was on this nice bike. The other bike was having some issues so they pulled in to see what they could do. Just then the clouds were threatening, and If I recall, the reason we pulled in here was to put our rain suits on...
We got back on the highway and it began to rain, we rode all the way back to our basecamp in Ontario in the wet(no photos).

Its been a good run. Thanks for tuning in, and I hope you("s) enjoyed it.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:20 AM   #56
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Wow - What a great ride. I recognized a few pics as I was out there in middle of Aug.
You have to love the mountain riding & scenery.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #57
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We made it into Winnipeg ...
Its been a good run. Thanks for tuning in, and I hope you("s) enjoyed it.
Hecto! A hell of a ride report! Thank you!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:50 PM   #58
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Just finally finished this report. Well done!!

All the time I am reading it the voice of that fellow who narrated "Alone in the Wilderness" seemed to be the one in my head. He was a resourceful person also. If you have never seen it, look for it, as I am sure you would appreciate the type of fellow he was. Here is a link to some info http://www.aloneinthewilderness.com/index.html

It was funny but we also got caught at that same location looking for gas at Orion. When we were there the fellow was home. From Orion we followed the same route you did on the Wildcat road / Elkhorn / Gap rd etc.

Did you do this run in the fall of 2012? We also rode out to BC last week of Aug and forst week of Sept, but did not see a drop of rain
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:58 PM   #59
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We did the east leg in June. & the West segment in Aug/Sept. I really enjoyed the Cypress- Gap- Big Muddy part on the way home. It's not over just cause you left the mountains eh.
The gas seller is always home they said in Orion, but for some reason he was MIA. We got rinsed off pretty good a few times....(test out the rain gear)
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We did the east leg in June. & the West segment in Aug/Sept. I really enjoyed the Cypress- Gap- Big Muddy part on the way home. It's not over just cause you left the mountains eh.
The gas seller is always home they said in Orion, but for some reason he was MIA. We got rinsed off pretty good a few times....(test out the rain gear)
It was the fall of 2009 when we went thru Orion. Have made 3 big trips out west in Sept in the last 4 years and have only ridden in rain once and that was going through Rogers Pass for a couple hours this past trip.

Just reading your Yukon trip report now and I could almost match all of your pictures perfectly from the Tintina trench to the ferries up the Dempster. We did not spend as much time as you did in places and thinking maybe we should have


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