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Old 07-14-2013, 09:33 AM   #16
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:37 AM   #17
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Looks stupid.

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Old 07-14-2013, 09:42 AM   #18
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:18 AM   #19
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Big bikes - (there's plenty of big bike bashing on ADV. looking forward to some of the "good" kind! )

Colorado -

battle damage -


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Old 07-14-2013, 10:46 AM   #20
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Oh yeah! I've been waiting for another CannonTrek report.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:27 AM   #21
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #22
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Well, let's get this thing on the road. We had to ride two days to get to the starting point of the Trek track. Since we had people joining from different places in our home region, we decided to meet up in a small town in Iowa.

Four of us left Wisconsin together and headed out as a group while two others rode individually.



Crossing the Mississippi River into Iowa - the first step in heading west.


Since the first day wasn't a long one, we stopped and checked out the motorcycle museum at Anamosa.


One of Steve McQueen's bikes.


A very rare bike in a very unusual configuration.






Our group of four arrived at the motel to find Terry (4-s-hsky) and Dan (verMXR) already there.


When I plan these trips I try to schedule gas and lodging in small towns along the way, They still have one story (inexpensive) motels that allow easy access, gas stops are not too crowded, and security can be a bit better.


Terry contemplating what is ahead.


Dan, Erik, and Adam talking bikes.


The local restaurants were closed so we had to search for other options. We ended up in a tavern in the small downtown area where we were able to enjoy some cardboard pizzas and beer.

This particular bar had one of two or three certified snooker tables in all of Iowa. Before long, some of our crew were soon learning and enjoying the game. Snooker is a variation of a cue sports game and turned out to be a lot of fun.


Speaking of fun, these CannonTreks generally focus on long and sometimes difficult rides. In the course of this pursuit, we like to have a little fun as we go. Seems like we are pretty good about making friends with the locals and engaging them in our antics as well. It didn't take long for this Led Zeppelin listening cowgirl from the State of Washington to join in.
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:01 PM   #23
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:14 PM   #24
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Stunning photos, can't wait to see the rest!
Mountains make pictures look so much better.

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Been waiting for this one!
Hope you enjoy it. We sure had fun.

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I may as well leave my camera home next time

paged through my shots and they are all pretty much crap!


Can't wait to see where we went!
Boomer is referring to knowing he was on the track, but not knowing where the heck the track was. I'll publish some maps as we go to clear it all up.

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big bikes on the prowl........nice.

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Been looking forward to another Cannon ride report!

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Wow great pictures
We owe a lot to the background scenery.

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Looks like a nice easy trail ride! Can't wait to see the rest.
Should be fun.

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A timely Report. One ST and 2 GSA's are leaving SFL on Friday for 12 days in CO and beyond. Looking forward to another one of your excellent Reports Cannonshot.
Thanks! I hope the report proves helpful. Big bikes are fun!

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Very nice, I need to get me one of those adv bikes!
Big bikes are fun . . . but heavy.

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Looks stupid.

Motorcycles are dangerous.
Yes Brad. I think it has been clearly demonstrated that motorcycles aren't for everyone.

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Big bikes - (there's plenty of big bike bashing on ADV. looking forward to some of the "good" kind! )

Colorado -

battle damage -


Sounds great!
Count me IN.
I think you'll get a kick out of some of this stuff.

Glad to see you following along.

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Did you sign your waiver?
Brad refers to the hold harmless agreement I have participants sign on the CannonTreks. Although this is not a commercial venture and no fees are involved, I like to have people sign to acknowledge that they are responsible for the stupid stuff they might do - not me.

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Old 07-14-2013, 12:44 PM   #25
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Have been keeping my eyes open for a new CannonTrek. Wish I could have joined but sure looking forward to another amazing report. Thanks for taking us along again Bryan.
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:56 PM   #26
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all the bikes look over loaded!!
wish i was along for the meyhem
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:45 PM   #27
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We said good-bye to our fine accommodations in Iowa. Time to get to the start point.




It looks worse than it is.








To break up the long run to Colorado, I scheduled a stop at the Bailey Yard. The Bailey Yard is the world's largest railroad classification yard. I reported on it in the past on my Pony Express ride.

You can go up in this tower at the visitor center to get a view of things.




This is a locomotive repair facility.




This is one of the humps they use for gravity car sorting. There are two humps in the yard and they sort about 3,000 cars a day. Cars are cut loose on top of the hump and computers direct them onto the appropriate track as they build trains.




Some general facts about this 8 mile long yard. By the way, I couldn't get enough of it into a panographic picture to make it worthwhile. Look up North Platte, NE on Google Earth and check it out for yourself. Look west of town in sattelite view.

2850 acres
315 miles of track
985 switches
2600 employees (round the clock operations)
155 trains per day (60 manifest, 70 coal, 6 grain/ore, 4 local, 15 intermodal/auto)

Car repair facility repairs an average of 50 cars daily. Can repair 18-20 cars/hour.

10,000 pairs of wheels replaced annually. They can replace the wheels on a car in a little over 10 minutes without ever taking the car out of a train. They just jack it up and swap out the wheels.

They repair/prepare 75 reefer cars per day.

300 locomotives are serviced every day.
750 locomotives are repaired in the repair facility each month.

They pump 14 million gallons of diesel into locomotives every month.

Pit stop for locomotives. Everything from sand to servicing toilets.


Tourists.


The boys were talking about putting together a team.








I reported on Julesburg in the past. Some interesting stories about the town.



Ben checking out the artwork on the back of an RV.


Air temps on the pavement were a little warm. I think it was running about 100 degrees that afternoon. In the same area on the way home it was running 106 degrees.


For much of the trip there were storms nearby. Most of them we missed.




Pulled into our motel near the start of our track near Monument. Missed some hellacious rain.


It became daily routine to do repairs or modifications on a couple of the big KTMs. I'm not sure what today's involved. I think it was aux light wiring repair and a pre-filter installation on boomer's 950. Went well.




A good day with a lot of miles and some entertaining side trips.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #28
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Have been keeping my eyes open for a new CannonTrek. Wish I could have joined but sure looking forward to another amazing report. Thanks for taking us along again Bryan.
Thanks for following along. There will be more CannonTreks of both the big and small bike variety.

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all the bikes look over loaded!!
wish i was along for the meyhem


Thanks for following along. Mayhem in the future for sure.

The bikes look worse than they are. A lot of it is bulky but lightweight camping gear.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:52 PM   #29
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:04 PM   #30
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2850 acres
315 miles of track
985 switches
2600 employees (round the clock operations)
155 trains per day (60 manifest, 70 coal, 6 grain/ore, 4 local, 15 intermodal/auto)

Car repair facility repairs an average of 50 cars daily. Can repair 18-20 cars/hour.

10,000 pairs of wheels replaced annually. They can replace the wheels on a car in a little over 10 minutes without ever taking the car out of a train. They just jack it up and swap out the wheels.

They repair/prepare 75 reefer cars per day.

300 locomotives are serviced every day.
750 locomotives are repaired in the repair facility each month.

They pump 14 million gallons of diesel into locomotives every month.

WOW! That's impressive!! And I didn't know there was locomotive yard like this. Thanks for sharing the information!

14 million gallons of diesel a month!? Assuming it's non-hwy diesel at NC rate of $3.30 that's $46,200,000.00 a month!!
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