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Old 10-14-2012, 08:14 AM   #541
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That's an overnighter, for sure

I've done that route on a little bike (Beta 525) and cannot imagine doing it two-up, let alone all in one day. In fact, my trip was shorter as I started and ended in North Vancouver (did the Duffy to Lillooett) and the ride left me very stiff.

You folks are starting to look super human. Unbelievable!


ps: By the way, for anyone crazy enough to follow in your tracks but having a more limited fuel range, there is usually fuel available at Gold Bridge or Bralorne.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:39 AM   #542
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Laugh Very good!

(LittleWan said) Aww, thanks you guys!
Us dirt pillions rarely get enough credit, so I appreciate the kind words!


Believe me, I know all about the "Power of the Pillion!"


I could make us crash any time, any place!



That just cracks me up. So true.
Watching the two of you ride is fascinating. You move like one person. You and Matt are the poster kids for controlled chaos in the dirt. In the words of Mario Andretti: "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough".

Really appreciate the time and effort, and willingness to share that drives your ride reports. Great fun.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:18 PM   #543
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BUT QUIT MAKING IT LOOK SO #!*& EASY
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #544
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Enough lurking (new and kind of shy) I'm sitting here drooling like a school boy seeing his first booby. Bigwan is an animal (Bigwanimal) and you must be crazy glued or duct taped to his back, maybe velcro for the quick step offs. The 2up, pics and especially the videos are epic and you keep me coming back for more. I'm saving summer of stupid for another read until this one is complete. Thanks for the ADVenture.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:56 AM   #545
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Woah!

Does that have a roundabout/turnaround at the end? Big enough to drive a truck in, turn round, and come out?
If so that's a pretty awesome mine, it has laddered upshafts that go up about 100' into other mines too, I left the climbing to others though.



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Old 10-15-2012, 04:02 PM   #546
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I've done that route on a little bike (Beta 525) and cannot imagine doing it two-up, let alone all in one day. In fact, my trip was shorter as I started and ended in North Vancouver (did the Duffy to Lillooett) and the ride left me very stiff.

You folks are starting to look super human. Unbelievable!


ps: By the way, for anyone crazy enough to follow in your tracks but having a more limited fuel range, there is usually fuel available at Gold Bridge or Bralorne.
Thanks, j2beers!
Don't forget, we had been riding dirt almost every day for the last month or so.
One gets used to the long days, I think.
great fuel info, too! thanks.

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BUT QUIT MAKING IT LOOK SO #!*& EASY
hey dustyrider, hi Knightwork -
I'm a little burned out at this point, so I appreciate that you guys are hanging in there!
thanks for reading!


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Enough lurking (new and kind of shy) I'm sitting here drooling like a school boy seeing his first booby. Bigwan is an animal (Bigwanimal) and you must be crazy glued or duct taped to his back, maybe velcro for the quick step offs. The 2up, pics and especially the videos are epic and you keep me coming back for more. I'm saving summer of stupid for another read until this one is complete. Thanks for the ADVenture.
You're welcome, sibyib!
Nice to see you de-lurk - thanks!
Oh, I hope you aren't disappointed by the summer of stupid -
that trip was pre-GoPro, so there's not much video.
SoS is a long report, but this ride (Gettin' Dirty) is far better.





OK, sierrasommets -
how in the world can this RR be the only thing you've ever posted in?
especially when you've been a member since 2009!






Sigh.
I've hit the wall with this report.
Iím always super sad when a good riding day is over,
and our Mad Radek days were the best of the trip.
Itís hard to get going again, but Iíd better just dive back in...






Days 39-40: 7/30-7/31/12
Man Cave lay days.





Slept late and then had breakfast at Rickyís.
Chorizo Bennies for Matt and Radek, a veggie omelet for me.
Of course, I forgot the camera.
sorry, no pics.



When we got back to the cave, I started in on some laundry.

No pics of that either, so here are some bike ones...

Our 908 had about 2300 miles on it at this point.
It has some life left, but enough to do the WABDR?





rally front looks okay.








Radekís bike needed a new clutch. So the guys worked on that...
























They finished up while I was putting stuff in the dryer I guess.



Matt patched our rear tube.
Patch kit is looking bad.






















Radek had a old stock mirror he said we could have.
So, bye crappy mirror!







I was actually sad to see it go. I liked being able to see behind us.
Matt said I could glue it to the back of my glove...
Uh, no.









Had a nice dinner at a square plate restaurant.
This was the most picturesque meal of our whole trip...
so, of course, I forgot to take photos of the food...








The next day we did more hanging out.
Lica was coming over to help Radek do a valve adjustment,
so Matt was able to help prep for that.














A local shop had a shim kit in stock, so we went to pick it up.

Saw the batcycle (or at least a replica).
Didnít have my camera, of course (I know, I know ),
but it looked just like this.




We werenít feeling great about that 908.
575 miles for the WABDR, plus another 200 miles to Walla Walla...
Radek had an old MT21 that he said we could have.
Better?

Not sure...






Hereís our old 908.






Close up.






One more for the pile.







Hereís Lica, ready to do some wrenching.







Checking out the shim kit...







Ready to work!








Radek picked out some lovely beer for the evening.
Rickardís White.
Oh, I see here that itís actually the same beer as Blue Moon.
He actually had a whole Rickard's assortment, but the white is the only one I took a photo of.














And, pizza.
I didnít get there early enough...
it was tasty!







Matt and I got to just hang out and ďsupervise.Ē

While Lica and Radek did the valve adjustment...







Getting it buttoned up...







Done!

Celebratory photo.
I think theyíre just humoring me, but, whatevs.







The rest of the evening was spent looking at pics and video from the Traverse.
Good times!








Okay, I know this was pretty lame.
Like I said, I have another post for you guys but I'm still working on it.


In the meantime, you can watch this (it didn't quite fit with my laundry theme, but you'll probably enjoy it anyway. )

Dirty equipment public service announcement.




or, have some Mameshiba...









see you in a bit...


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Old 10-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #547
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I'm a little burned out at this point, so I appreciate that you guys are hanging in there!
thanks for reading!
Anyone reading you guys reports could understand why so all I'll say is you should take some tiny gram of comfort in knowing that while we are home in beds, eating home cooked meals at night, we will never remember a one of them years from now while you'll have all the memories of your trip both good and bad. I'd trade a solid memorable moment any day for a forgettable one.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:08 PM   #548
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The best thing about doing R.R.s is being able to read them later yourself. Better than any photo book, and you get to remember things that you forgot over time.

Thanks for doing such a great job. We'll be patient. It's worth the wait.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:41 PM   #549
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Thanks, Kingsized!
I appreciate that.

Itís not the riding thatís difficult about these trips - I love each and every day on the trail, the crappier, the better
(for exactly the reasons you mention).


But, itís the writing of the report that kills me!
Trying to make this into a coherent story...
The uploading of the photos and organizing my thoughts...thatís the hard stuff.


But I get what you're saying.
We're very lucky we even got to have such an incredible ride.
Yes. Most def.




p.s. Thanks for the support, hobbes!
These long reports just take lots of energy.
I picked up a cold or something last week and I'm just wiped out.
Gotta put my head down and power through it...









Day 41: 8/1/12
Man Cave to spooky hot spring 58 miles






I was worried that we were overstaying our welcome,
but Radek said it was fine.
Doing some riding and working on his bike - for him it was like being on vacation!





Cold pizza for breakfast and more bike stuff.

Testing out our suspension...
Everyone who sees us ride 2up is convinced that we must have the best set up.







With Radekís tools, Matt was able to straighten out my peg hanger...






And give back the one we borrowed from Radek (at the KLIM rally)







Thanks, Radek!








Misc. bike pics...
Worky worky.







New pre-filter for Radek's air cleaner.







Hope he remembers where these go...







Naked bike.








Radek had some extra in-line filters, so Matt put one in for the auxiliary tank.














And, Radek doesnít use the stock blinkers anymore, so we got a replacement for our broken one
(now broken again ).






Haha, some day weíll have to move to these...
Radek's are smaller and harder to trash.







Around 4:30 we finally got our shit together.
OK, Radek weíll get out of your hair...


Considering what an amazing visit we had with Radek,
I did a crap job of documenting our goodbye.
No pics at all!
Gah!

There were hugs and handshakes all around.

He said that he and his girlfriend were going to be in Hood River, OR over the weekend
and we should stop by after the WABDR.
(Unfortunately, we blew our border crossing and it put us in Hood River a day late).



Anyway.
Thanks so much for everything, SeŮor Canimal!

We had a mind-blowing tour of BC, a super fun stay in the Man Cave,
and it was fantastic to ride with you again!!



Iíll use this photo from China Head as our goodbye...
This is more fitting than some photo in the garage...








Radek recommended that we stop by a local hot spring.
He said it was really great and worth a visit.
Matt and I totally suck at doing hot springs, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Following Radekís directions, we went past this lake.






The thing that kills me about BC is there are cool waterfalls everywhere.
This was just along some boring gravel road.







Another view of the lake.














it was a wednesday afternoon, so we didnít see much traffic.







The road went through some logging stuff, but there wasnít anyone around.
Here's the turn off to the hot spring...















I think this road is actually closed.
There had been an avalanche, apparently.
looking up the mountain...
(I donít know if you can tell, but thereís still snow under all that debris)







Looking back the way we came...







Here we are!







Nothing says ďWelcomeĒ like some shotgun shells!







The site was deserted and on a weekday, we didnít expect to have company.
But, I have to say, this place creeped me out!







There was garbage everywhere -
and the fun kind, like used condoms, old wads of kleenex, bullets, broken glass, etc...
I just put on my blinders and pretended not to notice.







Weíre here for the hot tubs, right?
OK, letís check Ďem out...








There were 3 tubs, with varying temps.







This top one was the hottest.







The lower one was the coolest.








The middle one was juuuust right!







Awww, man. I had used up all my KLIM stickers, otherwise this would have been the perfect place to put one.








Once I got over the creepy vibe (zombies or the infected. Your choice),
I could appreciate the tubs.
There was even a convenient bench for changing.




The water, ipod, lighter, and towel were ours...
Block out the rest.
Thatís what I did.
(I didn't even take pics of all the underwear I found scattered around. Oh hai! )




Heh.
This cracked me up!
Can you read it? "Another construction from the province of BC"







OK, put that camera away!







I liked the decorative touches.







Yes.





Some thoughtful folks had left candles everywhere.
When they were lit and scattered around, it was really pretty.
(don't think about zombies, don't think about zombies)




After a nice soak, we had dinner.







And a fire.







And we didnít get killed by a psycho or attacked by zombies.
It was a pretty great night.








Tomorrow - BC really knows how to say, "Smell ya later!"


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Old 10-15-2012, 10:35 PM   #550
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[QUOTE=LittleWan;19826031]Thanks, Kingsized!
I appreciate that.

Itís not the riding thatís difficult about these trips - I love each and every day on the trail, the crappier, the better
(for exactly the reasons you mention).


But, itís the writing of the report that kills me!
Trying to make this into a coherent story...
The uploading of the photos and organizing my thoughts...thatís the hard stuff.


But I get what you're saying.
We're very lucky we even got to have such an incredible ride.
Yes. Most def.




p.s. Thanks for the support, hobbes!
These long reports just take lots of energy.
I picked up a cold or something last week and I'm just wiped out.
Gotta put my head down and power through it...


Thanks for pushing through this report - really enjoying it a lot especially the BC parts.
I know the pain you are going through - I am still working on mine - might even finish this year.
Take your time and I know it will turn out great!

And hats off to Radek for showing you the cool stuff.
I hope to do some of that when I get a chance to go back - question to Radek - do you think a KLR with an old guy attached can make it up those big climbs like Poison mountain?

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Old 10-16-2012, 05:30 AM   #551
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:35 AM   #552
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Thanks, zeegman! Thanks, bigdon!


Itís not just me, itís the computer, too...
We lost an internal fan, so that sucker gets hot.
Canít do anything to fix it until this report is over.

We're having all kinds of issues.
Last night my entire Lightroom catalogue (all the photos) disappeared.
Matt got it back, but it was a scare.
gotta finish this thing asap.




By the way - Mike, I donít expect Radek will be back to this RR -
Heís busy getting ready for the Baja 1000. Solo on his 990!


Go, Radek!









Day 42: 8/2/12
Clear Creek to Osoyoos, BC 250 miles







We started the day with another soak.
Ahhhhh.






You know you camp too much when this looks good -
a hose with running creek water.
Nice shower! (Oh hai, thatís someone elseís bathing suit )







Last night the river was so loud, it was a built-in white noise machine.








A couple times I swore I heard something rustling in the bushes, but Iím sure it was just my imagination...







The road dead ends, so weíll be going out the same way we came in.
I tried to take more pics as we were leaving...








That was some avalanche!





























This little guy was pretty cool!







Still no one at the logging sites...














Look at that gorgeous turquoise water!
















Weíre really going to miss BC.
These great roads, and not another person around...







Not to mention, incredible waterfalls everywhere you look...






OK, you guys - when we get to the WABDR and weíre a little underwhelmed...
Youíll understand, right?







I mean, look at what we encountered in BC...






Something beautiful around every turn...





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Old 10-16-2012, 09:12 AM   #553
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But, it’s the writing of the report that kills me!
Trying to make this into a coherent story...
The uploading of the photos and organizing my thoughts...that’s the hard stuff.

I just wanted to stop in and tell you how much I enjoy reading your ride reports. Thanks for all of your hard work!
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:16 AM   #554
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Awesome last few posts, LittleOne!!




Hot springs must have felt great!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:28 AM   #555
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Thumb I really enjoy your RR's...

...like anyone else who gets drawn into them. They're AWESOME! and yes a lot of work. Thank you for the effort.
I thought maybe the lighter on the bench was yours, You know like maybe a doobie or something while hot-tubbing.
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