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    Great ride! I'm jealous.

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    Missed you in Yachats...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian408 View Post
    Missed you in Yachats...
    Maybe we passed each other. I saw two yellow 12GS' along the way.

    Jim

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    Day nine of seventeen, and arguably the most beautiful, in scenery and weather.

    The day started in 55 degree weather, and ended in 78 degree weather. Sunny with wispy clouds all day; simply gorgeous!

    The sky!

    The view we were greeted to at the hotel;


    As we headed up to Jasper 60 miles from our hotel, we had a taste of things to come.

    Just one of hundreds of great views for the dayÔÇÖs ride.


    In Jasper we were treated to a good breakfast, and stunning mountain vistas.

    After entering the park it only got better.


    Awesome glacier.

    A little closer.

    Zoom to the top.



    Another glacier with the bikes in view.



    I love the ice, and the immense amounts hanging precariously.




    Kermit was looking up, and landed down! LOL



    For the 50th time Kermit waiting (patiently) for me to take more pictures.


    The mountains with glaciers nearly all had lakes below them.


    The lakes were all a cool blue/green from the glacial run-off. They were simply beautiful in their unique color.






    I loved how the green of the trees, the blue of the sky, and the whites and earth tones of the mountains complimented each other.



    A shot of Kermit upright.


    There were numerous waterfalls.


    A close-up. Most of the waterfalls were from glacial run-off.

    continued...

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    At the end of the day we had a nice track.


    Not a lot of miles, but the best of the trip so far!

    Jim

    PS No KermitÔÇÖs were hurt in the making of these pictures.

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    big adventure

    Thanks, Jim.

    The tree kill is from the Mountain Pine Beetle, which has now spread from B.C. into Alberta. Our winters haven't been cold enough recently to kill them off.

    I see your top speed keeps creeping up!

    Rinty

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimVonBaden1 View Post
    Maybe we passed each other. I saw two yellow 12GS' along the way.

    Jim
    Was on my GSA...but maybe

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    Day 10, July 20, 2008.

    Not much happened today. We left Calgary, and rode nearly 600 miles to Pembina, ND where we promptly got a room.

    Just slabbing for the whole day, and then 100 miles of 2 lane slab.





    Along the way my GPS wire broke, which I promptly fixed, and then Kermit lost an FF50 bulb, also fixed quickly, and so far the only mechanical issues, knock on wood.



    Most of the day was about just miles, and though the area was far from exciting, the weather was great, and the views expansive.




    At one point I found myself at 50K miles on my bike Odometer. Picture worthy.




    In the end we are in a hotel in Pembina, ND, and awaiting a great ride tomorrow back into Canada.

    Jim

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    Thanks for the report! Great ride... but you missed Utah...

    Be well... Ara & Spirit

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    Thanks Guys! The trip is hardly epic, but has been great for my soul, which needed some healing...

    Day 11, Back into Canada

    Up and early at 6, or was it 7? Kermit and I headed out towards breakfast. I told him to stop at the first McDonalds he saw for a quick and easy. He took me literally. Little did I know there are no McDonalds in all of North Dakota Kermit rode, and rode and rode, for 216 miles, tank to tank, forcing him to stop eventually for lack of gas.

    Now I like to ride distance like the rest of you, but I rarely like 3 hours on one stretch! (NO, I am not Iron Butt material, though Kermit apparently is!)

    After fueling at nearly empty, emptying a very full bladder, drinking a large bottle of water, and eating 4 mini-burritos for breakfast, we were on our way again


    Pretty much the whole day this is all we saw!




    We saw these crops in Canada and the US for the last couple days and were wondering if anyone could tell us what they were?

    Oh, and sometimes they were in Purple, for Tina I imagine, since she is the queen! LOL


    Lunch at SandyÔÇÖs roadside was especially good in GepettoÔÇÖs roadside Adirondack wood working shop.


    Finally we found the Super 8 in Kenora, ON, and a nice place it is on the lake.

    Some shots from the balcony:




    In the end, not a lot of miles, but good ones, and now we start the last push past the Great Lakes. Expect some good pictures from this part!

    Not bad for a wimpy day!

    Jim

    PS For you ADV fans, I thought you might find this amusing




    PPS Kermit is a great leader and riding companion, but I do love to tease!

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    The yellow crops are Canola, the purple are Flax.

    Enjoy your trip.

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    Great ride report.
    I am SOOOOOOOOO jealous

    Be safe!

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    Day Twelve, July 22, 2008.

    From Kenora to Thunder Bay Ontario Canada. The ride was uneventful, and it was perfect weather. The roads were good, except the ever-present construction, and the views were nice, if not spectacular.



    A purple flower for a friend.


    A cool sea plane display reminiscent of the show ÔÇ£Sky KingÔÇØ.



    Even if it isnÔÇÖt, it is a very cool display, and fits the culture of the area.


    Along the route we found the Beaver Post, all about beavers, I like that!


    Purple beaver stuff for Tina and Kielley.



    We also crossed the last time zone and are back in Eastern Standard time.



    I love the historical perspective on Canada.




    You think the GPS was full of lakes, you should see the real ones. Water everywhere.

    Along the way I noticed I have a few specific positions that save my back and hands:


    The usual riding position, good for about half an hour.



    Then the feet on the rear pegs, hands normal.



    Then my forearms on the grips, throttle lock locked, and feet normal.



    This one is the ultimate for me, and typically covers 50%+ of my riding time. Forearms on the grips, throttle locked, and feet on the rear pegs with my chest on the tank. I can do this forever with no pain at all.

    We stopped at the usual Super 8 motel and found ourselves joined by a bunch of bikes from Arkansas, Michigan and Washington.



    In the end, a short riding day, but a good one.


    Tomorrow we start over the Great lakes. I did a similar part last year, but we will get them all this year.

    Stay tuned

    Jim

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    Jim - I am enjoying the travelogue - ride safe and keep us posted on your progress, Bob

    PS - what was the problem with the GPS?

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    Hi Bob,

    No GPS issues, capt me not reading it right!

    Day Thirteen, from Thunder Bay to Sault St Marie (The Soo) Not a lot of miles, just over 200, but some great views of Lake Superior.


    Simply stunning, and it never gets dull.


    We left thunder Bay, great name for a place! After that we headed out along the lake. The views were great and never ending!


    Who can name this guy?


    But, as they say, there are two seasons in Canada, Winter and Construction. We saw no winter, but plenty of construction! This one only had us held up for twenty minutes!



    There were thousands of these stuck to my windscreen and headlight cover!


    Nasty!



    When we first started Kermit wasnÔÇÖt much into pictures, but he sure is now, and very good at it too!

    There really was no end to the great views!






    This is just one of the attractions along the lake! If you stopped at them all you would never get anywhere, though you would probably be OK with that!





    Near the Soo I found a great place to illegally park and get a picture.



    You have to love modern electronics. Anyone care to decipher how many miles this is?


    Jim

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