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Old 08-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #76
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Good ride Lappeman, I have a bad habit of packin on miles, and not taking breaks for photos. Would like to do this same run in a year (but probably 2...)

Be interested on total kms you put on, the sprockets and chain, they weren't brand new were they? Or did the trip eat the pads, sprockets, and chain up that much

I've been estimating my total cost I'd need for a quick 2 week trip, but hadn't considered those items until now really, thinking that new ones would make the whole run?

Good pics! Hope to see more!

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Chain and back sprocket weren't new but were pretty damn close, same with rear brake pads. I'm running a real heavy load and the rear sprocket was hooked pretty good. I didn't like the chain to begin with and the rear brake pads didn't fair very good in the Dalton mud. Rear tire was pretty worn after 8500kms, could've gone further but decided to change it there. Front still has life on it now after 11000kms.

I do the same thing...once I get going, I rarely stop...gotta get to the next stop...then the next...can't waste time
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:08 PM   #77
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Day 15...

Today started out cold but sunny! It never really warmed up that much. I made my way out of Edmonton and continued east. I took a photo, the only one of the day, of an old bridge just before coming into Saskatoon, SK. It is the old Borden Bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. Opened 1936 and built of reinforced concrete, it served Highway 16 until 1985. Pretty cool old bridge. When I went by, there was a couple of kids ripping across it on their dirt bikes...I almost thought about but only for a second

Old Borden Bridge over the North Saskatchewan River


My GPS took me thru downtown Saskatoon and I'm not quite sure why. It's never done that before and I had it on fastest route...that' definitely not the fastest It also didn't give me proper instructions at a critical moment and I ended up going the wrong route! I was really close to smashing the GPS on the pavement I should've known better and gone the route I have taken before!

I rolled into to Yorkton, SK and gassed up. Plan was to stay there again but as I thought about it, I decided against it. I have stayed there 3 times before and each time there's train horns all night long, loud cars and trucks cruising the main strips each night...just hasn't been any good to me, so back on the road heading east I went! Searching each small town until I found a nice little motel in Langenburg about 45 minutes east of Yorkton. This also puts me within 400kms of Winnipeg, so I can get in nice and early and relax So after 920kms today and no rain...why it doesn't rain on the return trip and not during the trip, I'll never know ...I'm moteling it and relaxing!
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:59 PM   #78
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Nice ride report. Too bad about all the rain. It must be nice to be getting close to home.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:12 PM   #79
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Nice ride report. Too bad about all the rain. It must be nice to be getting close to home.
In a way it is...I'm tired but I'm sure after I rest up, I'll be itching to head out again
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:44 PM   #80
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Since you had a lot of rain, I was wondering what tent you were using and if it kept you dry.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #81
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Since you had a lot of rain, I was wondering what tent you were using and if it kept you dry.
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Eureka Scenic Pass 2XT, easy and fast to setup and hasn't let me down in the rain. It's 4 years old now.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:54 PM   #82
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Day 16...

Okay, for those few of you that are still watching this thread, I am carrying it thru to the end!

Today started out like the last few days have, heavy fog, cold and wet Might as well be running in the rain but at least by noon it's clear and I can dry a bit! I had a ton of trouble staying awake and alert on the bike, so after many stops and rests, I managed to drag my self into Winnipeg just before noon.

There used to be hundreds of these grain elevators dotting the landscape across the Prairies. Now there's a lot less and very few of the old wooden ones exist


I stopped in at the relatives and had a nap, I was beat! Later, I visited more relatives and then stopped in at BackRoader's place. As I arrived there, I saw an open garage, bikes and people...awesome an ADV party It wasn't until about 30 steps up the driveway that I saw what was really going on...ADV Daycare I can't really explain it, you just have to look at this photo though to believe it



Mr and Mrs BackRoader treated me great with BBQ steak, potatoes and salad...and of course drinks Thank You for your hospitality!!

It was a short day today, only 400kms but it felt like 4000! After a short ride thru the rain back to my relatives, I passed out from exhaustion on the pullout.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:12 PM   #83
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Day 17...the final day



I am beat...I felt that I should've been home days ago...but once you get that far away from home, you have to come back.

I left Winnipeg at 6:30am, didn't even wake up the relatives when I left. A big thanks to them for letting me crash at their place last night!

I felt a lot better this morning after a good sleep but I still had to fight thru the dense wet fog, yet once again. After an hour or so, it finally burned off and gave way to blue skies!

I stopped for gas on the Kenora By-pass and pulled back out onto the highway. A few mile down the road, I noticed a few vehicles blocking my lane. As I slowed I could see a partially jackknifed transport, so I moved to the shoulder and saw a vehicle on it's side blocking the right side of the road. Moving to the left, I saw another vehicle sideways across the road blocking the left side. The whole highway was blocked...this is great I thought It was then that I noticed there was no police, ambulance or any authority figures around...this just happened I rode up and talked to the truck driver who thankfully said that there were no major injuries and that "no one died today"! The transport had not been involved but came to a screeching stop when it happened. I saw a young man sitting on the rockcut with a couple of people around him and an older gentleman sitting on the other side of the road with a few people. Everyone looked to be in good hands. I surveyed the scene and there was a van on it's side across the one lane and shoulder and a car sideways across the other lane and partial shoulder...in between was utter wreckage, I mean wheels were torn off these vehicles and parts of them where strewn across the whole highway...there was no way for a vehicle to get thru, although cars were going in both of the lanes on the other side to try and find away but no way they were going anywhere. There was just enough room to sqeeze a loaded KLR between the cars rear and the rockcut...and so I did...I didn't feel like being stuck there for hours when the police arrived! Further on up the road, there were 5 police cars, ambulance and rescue truck on their way to the scene...as soon as the last one passed me it stopped and closed the highway

I didn't take any photos of the wreck scene out of privacy respect for the people involved.

I continued on and ended up riding in a rain shower...again! I saw what I thought was a deer crossing the highway in front of me but it ended up being a large, long legged tan coloured wolf!! I've never seen a tan coloured wolf...seen lots of grey and black ones. By the time I got the camera out, he was gone.

I finally made Thunder Bay under darkening skies and thus the end of my journey had come! In short, I covered 13,797kms in 17 days, total moving time was 158 hours and 17 minutes and averaged 90km/hr...I hadn't realized just how much I had ridden until I checked the GPS...I think I'll sleep until next week now!

Thanks for following along!
Lappeman

I will be uploading more random photos from the trip as time allows...so stay tuned if you like
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:17 AM   #84
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Nice report man. Thanks for the adventure!!!
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:15 AM   #85
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Welcome home. A whirlwind tour for sure.
Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:58 AM   #86
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The end!

Excellent report Lappeman! I appreciate your efforts in writing and the pictures you took the time to post, even when you were dog tired. When we rode to Alaska in 08 I had that same feeling of knowing the trip was over but still had thousands of kilometers to cover before getting home. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:17 AM   #87
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Another great report Rob. Always like your storytelling. Get some sleep!

PS - that photo of Greg and Jim and your commentary just cracked me up!

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Old 08-12-2013, 09:54 AM   #88
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13,797kms in 17 days

Man, that's a steady pace for sure! When the weather is not fully cooperating, what else to do eh? Riiiddddeeee it out.

Good for you for completing the trip! Looking forward to more pics


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Old 08-12-2013, 04:45 PM   #89
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Nice report and photos Rob.
Impressive km's for sure. Too bad the weather sucked for most of it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:35 PM   #90
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My alarm, went off at 5am...I ignored it It was raining all night!

At 6:20am, I woke again. It had just stopped raining but threatened to dump more...I packed up everything wet again and set off down the greasy Dalton. The mud packed on quick and soon I was covered in mud up to my thighs. By 8:16am, the wet mud gave way to pavement again...I was done the Dalton!!

Muddy and glad to be finished
I rode the the Dalton last year and don't remember seeing it anywhere along the way. Where was this sign at on the Dalton?
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