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    Super Huge Bummer

    We are in Whitehorse and were planning on making it to the Cassiar tomorrow. Latest report is that it is closed due to fires around Good Hope Lake. Other parts of Hwy 37 are closed due to flooding. Looks like we will not hit Hyder, but may go the Alcan and back track to Banff and Nakusp.
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    We've been fighting tough winds from Iowa to Montana. Tomorrow may be the worst yet. And now flooding. We'll have to keep checking for updates.

    Safe travels to you both!

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    Thumbs up The Day Of The Flashing Snowflake

    Spent most of the day riding in the rain watching the snowflake flash on my dashboard. Added to the fun was a stiff head wind. We were not deterred. I slipped into my Gerbing like it was a willing woman's warm embrace and all was well. The good news??? The Cassiar is open. Good news indeed since they evidently had over an inch of snow in Watson Lake last night and the summits between us and Fort Nelson are the scene of the second coming of the ice age. We had to follow a pilot car on the Cassiar for 45 miles through smoke and some open flame along the road; it is a big fire. Three black bear sightings and a fox later and we stopped in Dease Lake for the night. Again we are in a motel; a concession Annie made since it is 38 degrees and everything we have is either damp or wet. The pub next door is having steak night and it was good, as was the Kokanee. Also learned another valuable lesson concerning the language barrier between us Amerikans and the Canucks. When their road side sign says, "Caution Loose Gravel" it really means, "Look out, we just put down ten inches of freshly graded garden soil." Hyder tomorrow.
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    Warmest hugs, you two! That's what motels are made for!

    Say hi to Carolyn at Boundary Gifts and Dee at the Grandview in Hyder for us.

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    Great riding:)

    I may get that way too someday soon, but not this year again, as Texas and beyond becons my travel this year, going towards PA Rally. Any Texas tips for the Coast down there. I'll probably hit between C.Christi and Galveston, heading East. I know ya'll left it far behind, but its your home Paul/Voni. I know I suffer the heat of the South this year, but I have little options and will enjoy it, never seeing the Coast of Texas. No Hurricanes, please! Happy Trails way North and see ya'll in PA..Randy

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    TX is BIG! Our adobe if further away from Dallas than we were when we lived in Kansas! Haven't spent any time on the coast. Yet. So you'll have to tell us what's to watch out for

    Enjoy! Today was our first warm day in ages. Sunshine and 70 in Havre, MT.

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    We are in Hyder. The ride from Dease Lake was in the rain the entire way with temps generally in the mid-40s; about what you should inspect in coastal BC. Saw about a dozen black bears along the way and some were unwilling to move out of the way.

    Caroline sends her best and says she needs to see you and you need to get your posterior to Hyder. She has a new shop about an 1/8th mile and across the street from her old location. She also wants to tell you about her recent participation in a wet t-shirt contest.

    We are at the Grandview and Dee also sends her best and is excited at the prospect of seeing you again soon.

    Prince George tomorrow.
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    Funny temps. this year:)

    You wanna hear funny! Central Cal is getting SNOW and rains and only 65 for highs this week!!! JUNE is normally 85-100 out for here. Tioga Pass through Yosemite will open "way late" into July, as 700+ inches of white fell there this year and skiing at many resorts are skiing 'till late into July. Wow! Snow in June here is not way out of line, but lots of snow IS and its happening this last two days above 7000' and our region, that covers a lot of territory. Our favorite pass rides are all over 9000'...Paul/Voni coming this way, CA should/could look much like your beloved Alaska riding this year, if you venture into the Sierra's... Texas in my near future Randy

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    sTrange! weather!

    Today is the first day we've stuck to our riding plan. We've had to change every other day due to weather!

    But today! made it all worthwhile.

    Gorgeous mountains, overflowing streams, curves and that way too big and blue Montana sky with huge fluffy clouds.

    Why I ride!

    And then the chain fell off Paul's bike. . .

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    Hope Paul was his usual resourceful self and got it back together.
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    Chain off, wow!

    Don't hear that everyday and its a known to happen phenom, for all us long timers with a few chains in our past and present. More please; tell us how that went and just where the chain ended up? Were you following our watching as Paul just got smaller in your mirror? I hope the chain just threw out the back, lying in wait for its owner to retrieve. Those pesky master links can be on Pauls mind about now, if he uses them! Best regards on that and enjoy Montana, one great state indeed. CA Mountains promise to keep you smiling too, if/when you make this area again, as the high country is exceptionally white this year, rivers, waterfalls flowing at Max. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    sTrange! weather!


    And then the chain fell off Paul's bike. . .

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    Seems to me he bought a new one a while back!

    He had a feeling!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DARRYL CAINEY View Post
    Seems to me he bought a new one a while back!

    He had a feeling!
    I am not stranded beside the road between Browning and East Glacier, Montana because I had a spare chain with me. I had a spare chain with me because Voni asked me if I had a spare master link for my chain and I didn't so I bought a spare chain - two days before the $%^&* chain fell off my bike. The chain was new when I bought the bike and I had about 5K miles on it. We had stopped in Sturgis, SD because my face shield broke and I needed a new one. Standing at the counter Voni asked if I had a master link. I didn't so bought a whole spare chain since we are headed to Hyder. And less than 48 hours later the rascal spit it out onto the road.

    Voni was behind me. She went back and got the chain while I started unloading stuff to get the new chain installed. It fractured the plastic countershaft cover a bit but it is still semi-usable. It also cut a wire to a sensor which I fixed.

    My '97 Funduro spit one chain in 50K miles, and I replaced that with a chain with rivet type master link. I have now safety wired the clip on the chain/link I just put on, and stopped and bought two spare master links, so it ought to stay put for a while.
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    Voni, your great savior:)

    Behind all us great guys is a greater woman. Thanks for the update Paul on chain life on the road. I've been so fortunate in all my years to never lose a master link and throw chains, but know they can be helpful and an enemy too. Carrying an extra chain is added weight in the baggage area, but a valuable item when in need! Thanks Voni for keeping Paul in action, with your reminders. Randy

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    Hope your travels this week take you thru Jasper Park. Although BC is damp and chilly at the moment, the ride thru Jasper and Kooteney Parks today was awe inspiring. We've met several riders headed to Hyder; should be a good gathering.
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