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Old 08-16-2012, 07:53 AM   #61
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Reality check

I rode into Lincoln at 7pm. I tapped the Casino/wifi hotspot for internet and some tacos. I closed the place at 10pm, threw my sleeping bag on the ground, and made some promises to the Gods for holding off with the rain.

I got out of the camp ground at 6:30...gassed up and oiled my chain by 7am when the casino opened. It was fully raining outside by 7:30. How's that for timing.

Need I say it, "Luck Beats Good".

So I interneted and had breakfasted, and was ready to ride at 9am. I put my rain pants and electric shirt on. I was as ready as I'd ever be.

Yesterday it was 90 degrees, today it was 55 and didn't get as high as 60. I started the bike and plugged the electrics in. The DR has enough juice for the 5 amps draw. I could feel the heat.

As I pulled out on the road, I do this little move where I stand up for my seat pad to swing under me. Without thinking about it, that stand up move unplugged the electrics.

I froze my ass off for the hour going over the pass to Helena. I did think to myself that ....just imagine how cold I'd be without the electrics. When I stopped at MD's in Helena, I noticed the dis-connect.

I did ride out of the rain. While I was having coffee, I talked to a gal employee as I took off my rain pants. I told here it was done raining. She laughed at me. No, I said "seriously, I check the radar and the rain was north of here". She said, "Remember this is Montana".

The skies were still angry....
From July 28, 2012


But there was hope with some brighter spots.
From July 28, 2012


It was like this for the next 150 miles before I broke out into the sunshine.
From July 28, 2012


I rode thru Ennis Id....
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There was much less smoke so the mountains were clearer.....but further south the smoke got worse as the fires must be acting up again.
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Not 5 miles out of Helena I ran into a rain squall. It could have been worse, but I certainly remember her wise words. "Remember, this is Montana".

Well, it was still cold, but now I had the electrics on. Now it wasn't so bad. I was going south....where was that warm air from a day ago. I ran into it about a 150 miles south of Helena.

I came down a hill out of Island Lakes and the temps went from 60 to 85 in about 20 miles.

By the time I got to Ashton (where I'd stayed on the trip north), I was getting hungry. I remembered that Mexican Cafe and pulled in.
From July 28, 2012


Two for one, oil at the Pronto Parts store, and Mex food next door.

While eating, I noticed the fatigue in my body. I decided to call an end to the day's riding and rest up.....and get some reports out.
A 'Macho Burrito' with Carnitas.....mummmm
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As I pulled into the hotel/campground, I had to run the gauntlet of these cruiser guys
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Nice guys on real nice bikes.....
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I'm feeling like a tiger this morning, and will meet a 'maggot from Afton Wy. We'll ride some of the Grey's River Road out of Alpine Wy. Gotta get some dirt in.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:21 PM   #62
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That limey with the southbound kanuks was probably trying to teach them
to hold their two fingers together for the proper limey ADV salute.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:50 PM   #63
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I'm really enjoying your ride RatMan-----I had 3 of those DR350's----those were and still are great bikes----I think they were instrumental in starting the dualsport thing.

I'm really sympathizing with you on the cost of motels and camping. Just didn't seem that long ago I could camp in a state park for $4.

Now that I'm retired and will be staying out more you can spend some big bucks real quick. I don't ride my 950 KTM much at all anymore--but when I do I can run thru $40 worth of fuel thru that gas hog in a day easy.

Luvin my little 250 70mpg bike so much better-------much cheaper to operate and goes on nastier terrain so much easier.

Seems you doing just fine without one of those navigational devil boxes-------keep it up Ratman---you write a good story and so neat you ran into some good folks to ride with.

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Old 08-17-2012, 10:04 AM   #64
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That limey with the southbound kanuks was probably trying to teach them
to hold their two fingers together for the proper limey ADV salute.
Yeah, he was a funny guy for the 10 minutes that we talked, prsdrat.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #65
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It's good to see you here, BigDog. I'm loving the small bike concept...and envious of your 70mpg.

Let me take a moment to thank you for documenting the trail for us late bloomers. I wouldn't have been able to complete the ride without Pat And Mike and their GPSs running your and Cannonshots GPX files.

Tip for the day.....start thinking about tubeless tires.

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I'm really enjoying your ride RatMan-----I had 3 of those DR350's----those were and still are great bikes----I think they were instrumental in starting the dualsport thing.

I'm really sympathizing with you on the cost of motels and camping. Just didn't seem that long ago I could camp in a state park for $4.

Now that I'm retired and will be staying out more you can spend some big bucks real quick. I don't ride my 950 KTM much at all anymore--but when I do I can run thru $40 worth of fuel thru that gas hog in a day easy.

Luvin my little 250 70mpg bike so much better-------much cheaper to operate and goes on nastier terrain so much easier.

Seems you doing just fine without one of those navigational devil boxes-------keep it up Ratman---you write a good story and so neat you ran into some good folks to ride with.

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Old 08-17-2012, 11:44 AM   #66
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Back to Westcliffe today

I'm in Rangely Co at a coffee shop. Looks like I have another 300+ miles to do today.
From July 28, 2012


I was escorted thru Grey's River road by Stuart and Adam riding an XR600 (remember those ). Adam's in front.
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We drank from a pure water spring that Adam showed me.
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Sturat is my connection with the Honda Sabre List who lives in Afton Wy. Thanks' Stuart.
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Grey's River is a great 80 mile road where water flows west till you get to the middle of it then it drys up and soon you start picking up a stream that flows east. It's a great ride...don't miss it.

Flowing West...
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Flowing East
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I keep adding oil in the top faster than it blows out the back. The old DR is still kicking ass. The tire is wearing like iron....still see some tread. I think the chain will last the ride as well.
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I just had a rider here at the coffee shop tell me that I should ride the Baxter trail down to Fruta. Damn, I hate to miss that, but I'm homesick. Gotta get back to my sweety.

We'll be heading out to Bonneville and the BUB Speed Trials next week.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:41 PM   #67
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I just had a rider here at the coffee shop tell me that I should ride the Baxter trail down to Fruta. Damn, I hate to miss that, but I'm homesick. Gotta get back to my sweety.
I'm sure he was talking about Baxter pass------that is an awesome pass road you never hear anyone talk about. The navigation thru there is tricky---very tricky---and there are at least 4 old ghost towns out there where there's not much left of anything. There will be nothing but you and the dirt road out there. Nobody lives anywhere near that pass.

Fruita, Colorado-----me and Dingweeds where there about a week and a half ago !!!!!!

Yes--when it does fell good to be back home Ratman.

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Old 08-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #68
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Great trip report, Pete. I'm glad you alerted me to it. I've been only following a few reports in my subscriptions and not trolling the new reports. I would have missed it.
It's a small world, isn't it. Imagine running into Vermin He sounds just like himself. This trip is pretty epic, even for you.

I still have trouble just going to sleep at the edge of the road like you do. I know you have tried to train me, but the lesson just won't take. It must be all that space out west. makes it seem natural.

You're still on the road, so I'll be watching for the last installments.

Say "Hi!" to L.D. for me when you see him.

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:37 PM   #69
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Great RR ratman - thanks for showing us the pics, the routes and the EATS!
Hope to get out to the CDR one day myself. Peace.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:49 AM   #70
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Great job on the report! Looks like you folks had a lot of fun & did it up the right way. Thanks for taking the time to take us along.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:44 PM   #71
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Great ride and RR Pete, sure glad you are back safe and sound.

See you at Sipapu

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:13 PM   #72
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Homeward bound

Thanks for coming along, Gale, TB, Waywardson, and KLRMonkey.

I got back to my big Honda and trailer Friday. Cleaned up at LDs and then got on the road around 11am. I'm in Cortez at 5pm......riding a bit further tonight.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:21 PM   #73
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Mac and I made it back to Alabama. Was great to meet up with you, Mike and Pat .Thanks for allowing us to tag along.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:19 AM   #74
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Mac and I made it back to Alabama. Was great to meet up with you, Mike and Pat .Thanks for allowing us to tag along.
Good on you, Gary and Mac (not Max). I just got back, this morning, myself. I rode all night so as to cross the desert at '0 dark 30'. It was still a 100 degrees at 2:30am. Scheesh!

We'll have to ride together again when we can stay longer.

I'm glad you made it home.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:45 PM   #75
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I'm sure he was talking about Baxter pass------
Fruita, Colorado-----me and Dingweeds where there about a week and a half ago !!!!!!

Yes--when it does fell good to be back home Ratman.

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Yes, that's it Baxter Pass, of course. I chose to skip it....but I see that you have an RR up that will no doubt include it. Cool.

Yes, now that I'm home it does feel good.
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