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Old 10-10-2014, 11:27 PM   #1
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Buck's Adventure Calgary to Panama

I am creating this Ride Report on behalf of my son, simply to document his ride on a KLR 650 from Calgary to Panama. Most will be snapshots of his tracks until I can get some photos from him during his ride. He has a computer packed on the back of his bike so I am hoping that he will check in every once in a while and comment on his ride.
His intention is to ride from Calgary to Panama over a 6 month time frame. He will be exploring as many back roads as possible but I think his general intentions are to ride down the coast to the Mexican border and then decide from there where he goes next.
Please feel free to make any comments, advice, warnings on dangerous roads, must see roads that he will be coming up on in the next day or two, etc etc.

The bike is packed and ready to roll.
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And Mom needs a few pics before he leaves......again.
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The adrenaline is pumping with the anticipation of the journey.
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Day 1 Calgary to south of Kananaskis Country

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He heads out of Calgary and hits the 1A Hwy west to Canmore. From there he takes the gravel road down the Spray Lakes area and eventually ends up on Hwy 40 in Kananaskis Country. from there he turns south on a secondary gravel road which will take him into the Crows Nest pass near Coleman, AB.
He stays the night, I am assuming, in a self made campground.

Day 2 Kananaskis Country to Hungry Horse Reservoir, Montana.
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Day 3 Hungry Horse Reservoir to Mt Spokane St Park
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Day 4 Mt Spokane St Park to Monitor, Washington??
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Day 5 Monitor, Washington to Capital Peak Park by Olympia, Washington
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And here is where he is parked for the night.
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Nobody has heard from him since he left so I sent him an email this aft. In it I told him that it was 20C and that he needs to turn around and bring the bike back because I need my riding fix. (We actually share the bike when he is home). Of course I ask him how he is liking his "backpacking on a motorbike" style of travelling.
He responds "I am alive and well. Im really lovin this. What a lifestyle. Been finding some killer roads too. Holy man there are some great ones down here. I have been living in the woods. All the campsites are closed which turns out is quite a blessing cause I can ride right around the gate and I get the place to myself:). I am short on time, sun is setting and still need to grab some groceries and then head into the hills. Starting to head south tomorrow towards Portland. btw bike is a whole lot less efficient with the gear. hit the reserve today at 330km then didn't get to a station till 351km. It was a little scary haha. Laid it down day 2 just on some grass cause of the tall kickstand. no damage at all and it was surprisingly easy to lift up. Later."

We had been measuring the mileage (kms) up here before he left. We had gotten anywhere from 360 to 380 before having to hit the reserve. As I told him before he left, if he runs out of gas in north America, it is only because of bad planning and lack of attention:).
So far so good. I sincerely hope he is still enjoying it as much on day 175 as he is on day 5.
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:33 PM   #2
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Day 6 Olympia, Washington to Seaside, Wash

Not sure why he did the reverse back to Seaside but he did find the 101 Hwy earlier today. Probably a nice ride along the ocean.
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Here is a close up of his last couple of hours today. For some reason he made a big circle ending up where he had been a few hours before.
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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Day 8 Seaside to Portland Ainsworth St Park

Day 7 - Day off to explore the beaches
Day 8 - Followed a few back roads up in the bush and ended up east of Portland along the Columbia River.
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