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Escape from DC
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2012, 05:55:36 pm »
Gorgeous day in Yellowstone today, heading... somewhere, not sure yet. Beartooth Pass tomorrow.

Just had a few days in Buffalo WY, got to offload most of the gear - wow, it's like riding a WR450 after being used to the fully loaded weight.

Speaking of which, it took a bit of getting used to. It was a bit intimidating at first. The first time I went on a dirt road was in Iowa, and it was pretty loosey-goosey - felt like it wouldn't take much to get away from me. Mind you, this was on stock bridgestones at 42 psi, I've always had more dirty tires on it previously. Next dirt road was in the Black Hills, felt much  better so I think I'm getting used to the weight/tires.

I was out this way a few years ago and visited Devils Tower. It was a bit boring, the midday sun and clear blue skies don't make for great photos. I was going to skip it this time but after doing a loop through the Black Hills I was heading north and could see storm clouds over the tower - so thought it might be worth another try...
 
So here's my Ansell Adams impression... and of course the mandatory "I woz here" pic ;-)





Trevor
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2012, 09:27:08 am »
Awesome! Are you going to try any of the Back Country Discovery routes while you're out that way?

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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2012, 09:41:44 am »
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2012, 12:18:41 pm »
Dropping the load for a ride when on a trip is always enlightening. It's like going from a pack-mule back to a race horse. S
 
Sounds like you're enjoying yourself and taht's what counts!
 
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« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2012, 12:57:15 pm »
Awesome! Are you going to try any of the Back Country Discovery routes while you're out that way?

Chris
Chris, don't know about them, will have to look them up...
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2012, 03:01:28 pm »
There are 3 that I know of; more are in development:

Oregon:  http://www.oohva.org/Back%20Country/BCDRmain.html

Utah: http://www.utbdr.com/

Washington: http://www.wabdr.com/

There is also the Continental Divide Route - lots of info on advrider: http://www.bigdogadventures.com/CD.htm

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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2012, 04:07:11 pm »
Thanks Chris, some of the Oregon ones look doable... should be there in a week or two.

Trevor

There are 3 that I know of; more are in development:

Oregon:  http://www.oohva.org/Back%20Country/BCDRmain.html

Utah: http://www.utbdr.com/

Washington: http://www.wabdr.com/

There is also the Continental Divide Route - lots of info on advrider: http://www.bigdogadventures.com/CD.htm

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« Reply #37 on: September 30, 2012, 01:30:44 pm »
Hi all, been a while, been suffering from "riders block" - that's like writer's block because of too much riding  :D

In Canada now after having spent some time in Yellowstone and north through Montana. I spent time with an ecologist friend of mine in Yellowstone, went on some field trips with her and a park ranger who'd been there 30 years. It was great hearing about the changes he's seen in the park over that time, particularly since the wolves were reintroduced in 1995. I was hoping to get some good pictures and had rented a 500mm lens for the occasion... but it was so smokey from the fires just south of the park that it was hard to get anything good. Also the wolves and grizzleys didn't come out to play for me. Here's a couple...









(I thought the crowd was more interesting than Old Faithful!)

After Yellowstone I headed up to Bigfork Montana to stay with friends for a few days. Here I was introduced to the "Saketome" sushi restaurant, where the chef was delicious and the food was attractive (or should that be the other way round? anyway, both were tasty...). Highly recommended if you ever get up that way.





From there it was on to Calgary - which is where my problems started. I rolled into my host's driveway - having never met in person, just on the internet - barely able to stop myself throwing up inside my helmet. That would have been a nice how-do-you-do! I kept it contained but was not a very good guest... went to bed with some ibuprofen and vomited a few times during the night.

Next day I felt somewhat better so continued to Banff, where I had another night with bad kidney pain - no puking this time though. The next day I  went to the ER pain. Turns out I have kidney stones, bloody painful. In the 2 days since then I've only been able to make 200 miles before the ibuprofen stops working... taking more doesn't help. I have stronger drugs but can't ride when on them. My insurance won't cover treatment here (only ER) so have to get back to the US for that. Should be there tomorrow. I'll head to Seattle where I have somewhere to stay, and find a hospital to fix me up.

If you want to track me you can go here - I'm set up on Spotwalla, which seems better than the findmespot version...

http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=547f50400b7b587fe

I couldn't get to Banff and then NOT ride the Icefields Parkway, so continued north to Jasper...



How could I NOT go to Jasper - that's where the end of the rainbow is!





The bike has been perfect, 5000 miles on the trip so far, will replace the rear tire in Seattle and head south - once my kidney is fixed!

Trevor
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #38 on: September 30, 2012, 01:59:32 pm »
Wishing you the best. Find good care, then take it easy for just a bit. 
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #39 on: September 30, 2012, 02:40:00 pm »
Having had two stones, both left and right, I can't fathom being able to ride! Morphine and codeine were the only things that worked until I passed the stones. Amazing how something so small can hurt so bad. Take a few days off as this will sap any energy you have. Good luck!

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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #40 on: September 30, 2012, 03:43:29 pm »
Best wishes on getting well fast. Been there and it is not a pleasant experience.
Nice pics, especially  the hot Chica.. ::012:: 
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« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2012, 04:29:26 pm »
Best wishes on getting well fast. Been there and it is not a pleasant experience.
Nice pics, especially  the hot Chica.. ::012::

Typical... The "art" pictures taken with multi-thousand-dollar equipment, are not as good as a hot chick taken with an iPhone ;-)
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #42 on: September 30, 2012, 04:37:55 pm »
Hope your feeling better :exclaim:
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #43 on: September 30, 2012, 05:10:20 pm »
Best wishes on getting well fast. Been there and it is not a pleasant experience.
Nice pics, especially  the hot Chica.. ::012::

Pretty sure I know "your type" now.  Obviously the hot blond, food service worker.  I won't tell Kasey you're having someone else serve you.

Glad you checked in.  I've been wondering where you were.  I too am amazed you can ride with the stones.  The people I've known with stones got carted away by ambulance.  You're one tough Aussie.   

I've been riding your old stompin' grounds lately.  Squirrel Gap two weeks ago, Dolly Sods today.  Just not the same without you here to tell me you saw my tracks in the gravel. 

Hope you get the stones taken care of with no further stories to tell.
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Re: Escape from DC
« Reply #44 on: September 30, 2012, 05:43:33 pm »
Thanks for the update DC.  ::012::

Personally I think the photo's taken with the 10000's of dollars worth of equipment were great, considering what you had to work with.

Next time take the good gear into the restaurant.  ::024::

Hope the pain Passes soon, I have only had that once and I would be tossing up about the next phase myself.  ::025::

 

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