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Old 09-06-2012, 10:45 AM   #241
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I think I may have figured out what is wearing out those K60s so quickly!
Aww, Man.

I know you're just teasing, ROAD DAMAGE...
but Matt's actually really sweet about sharing his food with me.


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Hmm. More like "KOA is a load of Krap"

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Thanks, Ladybug!!
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Plus, gotta keep representing the Big Dirty Bikes.
I'm just glad someone's reading this stuff!

More critter pics to come! flowers, too.
I'm trying hard to get to the rally...


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My lovely wife kind of does the opposite, she'll insist on not getting her own ice cream then proceed to eat most of mine. . I think BigWan had the right tactic...
Matt saw this and said "YES! dvwalker gets it! "
I have no idea what he's talking about.



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are you sure thats not Sam?
No, I'm pretty sure that Idahosam is on the road...
(are you back yet? )



I love that Sam the Sheepdog cartoon. Hi Sam, Hi Ralph.
I used one of those clips in summer of stupid - matt said I looked like the sheepdog with that hair



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Do you two lose weight on these trips? Looks like a lot of physical activity.
Is that another fat joke?

No, I think you're being serious. Yeah, we actually lose weight on these long rides.
Mostly because we don't eat that much.
I mean, when we do eat, it's all crap (ice cream, fast food)...


But, typically we have coffee and oatmeal for breakfast
jerky/trail mix/energy bar for lunch
and some kind of one-pot Glorp (® by Questor) for dinner.


Not a lot of calorie burn on the easy roads, but single track and f'ed up trails take a lot of work.
Picking up the bike and ATGATT hiking are exhausting.

You'll see, once we get to Idaho and BC...





OK - speaking of that...gotta get this RR moving!






Day 18: 7/9/12
Garden City, UT to Grassy Lake Rd, WY 253 miles





Time to load up the tractor!





The entire trip so far had focused on the UTBDR.
Now that it was over, we didn’t even know where to go.

Our primary destination was the KLIM rally in Rigby, ID.
But that didn’t start for days.


Originally, we had hoped to squeeze in a visit to Colorado.
Leave the UTBDR in Monticello, UT (via the TAT);
run over to the San Juans and do the Alpine Loop,
then get back on the trail in Moab.
But, having wasted so many days in Salina, we had run out of time.


Now we had 3 days. Not enough for Colorado, but a lot of time to kill.


We decided to check out Yellowstone National Park.
Touristy + crowded, yes. Pavement, yes.
But neither one of us had been there before,
so we decided to dig deep and make the visit.


(serenity now)


hey, who’s the ho?






Oui oui





We stopped at Broulim’s supermarket in Montpelier and cuddled the bear.
Afterwards, I wondered how many other people had held his hand.
Eww.






Have you ever seen such an extensive taffy selection in a supermarket?
I thought it was weird.





Nice to be off the slab.












Caribou forest





I took a photo of this bug because his eyes were so interesting.
He seemed like the bitey type, so it had to be quick.


Oooh. hair looks gross when it's so close like that. Sorry.








We were supposed to be in the forest all day, but Norm wanted us to go look at Freedom, WY for some reason.

I took a photo of the old gas pumps while Matt looked at the tracks.
It would have been an additional 40 miles to get back in the dirt so we just went with it.






OK, Norm. OK.






Giant Chicken





Between the fast gravel and the slab, we got great mileage today.
45 mpg!!
I think that was a record.





It was another warm day.





We tried a Java Monster for the first time.
You’ll be seeing a lot more of those cans!













hey, we’re back in Idaho!





















I think Matt pulled up our CDT tracks for this bit...
I had been hoping to see the Squirrel Cemetery again, but we were already past it.






Finally, back in the dirt.
Targhee Forest.
I think we went through 3 forests today...












Grassy Lake Reservoir (wave to rider914 )





There was a great spot, right on the lake - with a table and everything.
Matt really wanted to stop and camp.
I was not enthused.
Last time we stayed here, the mosquitoes were voracious.


But then this guy almost changed my mind.
So cute!
Probably full of fleas and plague, but still. Adorable.





But while we were talking about it, the mozzies found us.
I counted 7 or 8 of them on my jacket and we were gone...



Home of the Rockefeller squirrels
(too lazy to look for that link, but it’s in the summer of stupid)





We rode around, looking for a good camping spot.
There are 8 nice spots along Grassy Lake Road, but they’re spaced out.
We saw 8 and 7 were open, but tried to get closer to Yellowstone.
Matt was hoping for a water spigot, too...

We rode further down...these things are REALLY spread out...
Where the heck is 6?




So, 6 and 5 were filled... Crap. and it was getting late.
We had already passed 2 cars. Did they take 7 and/or 8?
Do we try for 4? Or go back to 7.

Motherbrother!

We decided to go back to 7.
It was still open!

Look! A bathroom all to ourselves. It was awesome.





Two tables for all our crap!
One was brand new.





Nice soft grass for the tent...





We could hear the stream, too. Nice.
Unfortunately, when we pulled out the water pump, it was broken.

Monkeyfighter! we’re screwed.
No water?

Luckily, Matt was able to fix it.





Unfortunately, water also equals mosquitoes.
I had a little pile of these by the time dinner was over.





This seemed like the place to break out our forest supplies.
It’s only 30% DEET, but it works pretty well.
We sprayed our sun hats with poison and I think it helped.





Dinner.
Onion, bell pepper, chicken, rice in a tortilla.





Norman



Norm was smoking something today. Look at the max speed!!


Sorry that was light on the linkies - I'm hell bent on getting to the KLIM rally as soon as possible...


stay tuned...
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #242
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beautiful country up that way. Tourists
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:52 PM   #243
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Matt looks like a slightly stunned groom at a surprise wedding.

Pretty good mileage at 427 miles per hour.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:53 PM   #244
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Monster!

Ahh, those Monster coffee drinks are addictive, for some reason more so while on long rides! Great ride so far! I just finished the WABDR with 2 friends last month, looking forward to seeing it through your creative lens.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #245
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Ah...Counter Assault bear spray Paul and the others were giving me crap on our big Forever West copycat ride last year. I wouldn't go to sleep in my tent without my Bear knife and spray, even if it gave me a false sense of security, lol. Did you guys see any bears on this ride? Have you ever had any confrontations? I guess they can run 40mph...holy crap.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #246
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Tourists
You said it!!

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Matt looks like a slightly stunned groom at a surprise wedding.

I'm not going to over-think that one!

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Ahh, those Monster coffee drinks are addictive, for some reason more so while on long rides! Great ride so far! I just finished the WABDR with 2 friends last month, looking forward to seeing it through your creative lens.

Yeah, we got hooked on the coffee ones.
Java Monster, Starbucks Doubleshot, Rockstar Roasted...
They stopped working after a while.
So in BC, we moved on to RedBull...




Wow, 2012 was the year of the WABDR! OK, hang in there...


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Did you guys see any bears on this ride?
Bear knife? That sounds sadly inadequate (short).

We saw one bear on this ride, but not until we were on the Washington/Oregon border.
He was a big 'un, too. Jamming across the road.
In 2010 we were way more freaked out about bears (those people had just been killed in Montana).
This time we were probably a little too nonchalant
.
We had the spray in the tent a couple times, but most of the time we left it hanging on the bike.


I really think of it as People Spray.


We've seen a few bears over the years, but always on the trail (Oregon, Montana).
They're usually running away. Thankfully, haven't had them come into camp.

Actually, Matt was just riding in Stonyford last month and he saw a bear.
It was probably displaced by the fires...








Day 19: 7/10/12
Grassy Lake Rd to Yellowstone National Park 144 miles






Oh man.
Those mosquitoes were hungry last night.

As soon as we finished dinner, we had to make a run for the tent.
Even then, they were banging on the outside, trying to get in.



The next morning, Matt brought me breakfast in tent.
He said it was pretty bad, and that I would be happier eating inside.
Best. husband. ever.




After breakfast, I tried to venture out.
Ooh. It was pretty bad.
I got dressed in the bathroom
Then had to make a run for the bike once Matt had it packed up.
Is the coast clear?



Pole Cat Creek. Last time we saw a muskrat swimming here.






Didn’t stop this time...
gotta get to Yellowstone before it gets too crowded.






Motherbrother!

(serenity now)





Thanks, Ken Burns






This ranger was nice. He liked the bike.
He said there was a good chance we could find a camping spot at Lewis Lake.
Other choices were Norris or Indian Creek.







We went with Lewis Lake.






Got a spot! Number 11, maybe? Not a great one.






We set up camp and then went to explore.
Saw a couple of these Continental Divide signs, always covered in people.






The only thing on our must-see list was Old Faithful.
I know there's more to see, but we have very limited patience.
The parking lot was packed.

(serenity now)






Once in a lifetime, right?







Oh yeah. Once in a lifetime.






The next “showing” was almost an hour away.

Monkey fighter!

(serenity now)



Matt broke out the computer and we finished watching last night’s movie.
There’s too much glare, you can’t see it...
Any guesses?
You know we only screen the finest in cinematic masterpieces...




(I couldn’t remember. Had to go look it up.)
oh, riiiight. Take your stinking paws off me!





You know you’ve been on the road too long when the pea gravel starts looking pretty comfy...
It looked like a good spot for a nap.







Is it time?







Taking photos with the rest of the crowd - baaaaaah baaaaaaah.







Thar she blows!






some GIF action







Look at all the flippin' people!






Can’t believe we’ve been sitting here for over an hour...
(serenity now)






Ta dah!






Afterwards, we went into the visitors center.
Ahhh, air conditioning.
Found a theater showing an informational film...













Afterwards, we downed a Starbucks doubleshot energy drink
and wandered around the displays.
Safety third!







I took photos for you guys. I didn't really read anything, I told matt I'd do it later during the ride report.







Lots of pretty colors.






I took this one for the Death Valley fans!






Poor muskrat.
(sorry, Ladybug)







These were neat.






the one on the far right:






Saw some pretty pools in real life, but didn't get pics.







And we’re moving...




That was probably something interesting but there was no way we were going to stop.
We had just passed a huge line of cars and RVs...
(don't tell me - I don't even want to know)



We did the Firehole Lake Drive
(oh man, there's a link I wanna use soooo badly. but I can't...)













Firehole Lake
(must. resist.)













Stopped to look at some falls. Gibbon Falls, according to the sign.





The problem with this place is all the mucking tourists.
People think they’re so clever when they comment on our gear:

Is it snowing?
Aren’t you hot? (said with a big smirk)
Do you plan on crashing?






(serenity now!)






Right about here, Matt said “Son of a biscuit, we didn’t put the rain fly on the tent!”
Gah!






Nothing we could do about it now...
(serenity now)






Stop thinking about a wet sleeping bag.






Stop thinking about a wet pillow.






Stop thinking about wet clothes.






Cars were pulled over and people were running around in the road here.
Maybe for the bison?






By this time, we were in a hurry to get back to camp.
I had visions of our soaking wet stuff, Matt was sick of following slow RVs and tourists.
Then this wacky thing happened -


OMG - water started falling from the sky!!



Everyone freaked out and dropped their speeds down to about 12 miles per hour...





(SERENITY FLIPPING NOW!)



But when we got back to the tent, everything was dry as a bone.
It hadn’t rained a drop at Lewis Lake.
Whew.


In fact, it was HOT. Really hot.
oh well.


Guess who our camp neighbors were?
Yep.
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Definitely of the Hole variety.


No need for details, right?
 Anyone who has camped in a National Park campground
(in the middle of summer) probably understands.


(serenity now)







Shoot, forgot to use my blurry map for today!
the pink shows places we stopped (or at least slowed for photos)






Since we did such a sucky job of covering Yellowstone you might like to see more:


Dave6253 took AMAZING photos of Yellowstone on his last ride - here.
Prepare to be dazzled!

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Old 09-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #247
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holy crap norm

haha, norm is ridiculous. 427mph. I think he wanted BigWan to slow down.
The report is fantastic by the way!
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:16 PM   #248
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That brings back memories!

They had a tractor in the play area.






Hmm. You know what that means...
Tractor pic!





I used to drive one exactly like that back in the 80's, It ran great but was really dangerous to crank up. I saw two different peoples wrist get sprang ed really bad. I don't know, but that just doesn't look like that is how that word would be spelled. sprang ed? Anyway, the tractor was already ancient, and we would all cringe and draw straws deciding who would be the unlucky person who had to crank the farm all lol. I bet that tractor is still running on some farm somewhere, and still messing people's wrists up. lol
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Ah...Counter Assault bear spray Paul and the others were giving me crap on our big Forever West copycat ride last year. I wouldn't go to sleep in my tent without my Bear knife and spray, even if it gave me a false sense of security, lol. Did you guys see any bears on this ride? Have you ever had any confrontations? I guess they can run 40mph...holy crap.
We use Counter Assault while hiking the PCT and have never used it, but when a bear is on his hind legs huffing and grunting, dropping down to false charge at 0400......it's a bit nerve racking knowing the only defense you have is a giant bottle of spicy perfume. But that's mainly in the Yosemite area!
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Laugh Thank you for my morning laugh...

...while looking at the pics of the tourists I felt my anxiety level rising but by the end of the post I was laughing and back to being calm with all of the "serenity now" prayers. I visited Yellowstone back in 1974 and again in 1979, totally different place than now. Also Yosemite, last time there was as a child in 1972. Too many people now. Maybe a winter visit is in order. Have tried to get to Yellowstone twice on snowmobiles but both times park was closed due to not enough snow, in March, both times, different years.
Thanks for sharing.
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I don't know what is worse, bear encounters or Ass Family encounters.

The problem is there's no repellant for Ass Family.
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I don't know what is worse, bear encounters or Ass Family encounters.

The problem is there's no repellant for Ass Family.

I've heard pepper spray will also work for this annoying pest.

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serenity now
yup, felt the exactly the same way. Now you can cross old faithful and YS off your bucket list. I think that area would have a completely different vibe during winter when most of the tourists have gone home and you can tour the park on a snow mobile.
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Hey guys,
this is gonna be a short one.
My hands are killing me and I'm only about a 1/4 of the way through
the KLIM rally stuff.
The video is taking forever.





Waving at the commenters real quick -

Thanks for the tractor story, alcanrider, glad you enjoyed the pics!

I see that sion got out his red pencil for you...
Thanks, sion!

sierrasommets - hiking might be different, but I feel like BigWan and I are way more likely to get killed by oncoming traffic than by bears.
We have close calls with pickups/quads/bikes all the time...

hey redog, with the voice of reason AND serenity now, you can do anything! Give Yellowstone a try this winter.


Double chuckles for scottmac and MTrider16!!


Yeah, dvwalker, I'm glad we went to Jellystone, but I wouldn't do it again.
I don't have a bucket list, but I know what you mean...

Hi Ryan!







Day 20-21: 7/11 - 7/12/12
Yellowstone NP to Mountain River Ranch, ID
something like 160 miles





Not much to say about Day 20, so I’ll just post some quick photos.



Leek’s Marina







Father of the Elk (I like this story, so I’m posting the sign again)







Nice bathrooms here.







The Tetons!







Pulled over to read the sign this time.







Mt. Moran and The Black Dike






























Quick trip to Jackson for fuel






Woo hoo! All that pavement (and slow driving) was good for something!
49 mpg!! This is definitely a record.







I think I took photos of this same stuff last time we were in Jackson






















We had some heavy rain and the bike started being weird.
It switched to Kilometers out of nowhere.
Kinda went back and forth between Km and Miles for a while.
Very strange.






Back in Idaho again!







It was raining off and on so we decided to get a room.
Bathing would be nice with all the socializing coming up.
Time for some laundry, too.






Day 21 started off with some tire photos...

They have somewhere around 1200 miles on 'em











Not a very exciting fire truck, but I took a photo for Bob anyway...






I don’t know what kind of cologne the guy in front of us was wearing,
but he was choking us at 50 mph!
(I think someone's working on his own Ass Family/Bear Repellent...)






Yay! Here we are, Mountain River Ranch...
That's not the right entrance, but we didn't know it...






We were such early birds, we even beat the KLIM trucks...




And....done!

Tomorrow - Captain saveaho and the start of the KLIM Adventure Summit!


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