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    Can't. Wait till you read the next update, Kevin.

    Wish we could send you some rain, Super8mm!

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    All's well that ends well. More here:

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55212

    I can report sunny pictures from the Nakusp, BC Hotsprings Rally. Off to do a seminar . . .

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    Wow, that was quick

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    It was! I love BMW riders!

    Sorry to be so long since our last update. We're getting close . . .

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55340

    More details next week!

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    Great to see u and Artys hit the Mil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST Paul View Post
    Great to see u and Artys hit the Mil.
    Thanks! It was the sweetest!

    More here:

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost...5&postcount=21

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    It is 370 miles from Chinook, Montana to Libby, Montana, usually an easy one-day ride. It is one million miles from Lone Tree, Iowa to the Red Mountain Mining District on the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado (the way Voni went). These two thoughts are related.

    It has been a while since we sent a greetings - last from Wyoming, Minnesota headed to Nakusp, British Columbia. Well, we eventually made it to Nakusp, and then onwards to Ouray, Colorado. And, at 10:50 a.m. on August 30 Voni logged her one-millionth mile riding BMW motorcycles. By prearrangement she was riding with our friend Ardys Kellerman who also reached her millionth mile on BMW motorcycles. This event made Voni and Ardys the first women ever to document a million miles on BMW motorcycles. We are celebrating.

    See: http://www.bmwmoa.org/news/general_i...it_one_million

    Now back to that ride from Chinook to Libby that should take a day or so. It took us 8 days but not for lack of trying. We were beset and beseiged by a series of mechanical problems in a string unmatched in any of our combined 1.73 million riding miles. First Voni stopped and told Paul that her odometer had quit. While checking the condition of the wheel speed sensors Paul found the rear wheel sensor damaged. He then figured out why when he found slop and wobble in the fit of the rear axle to the axle hub. The sloppy wheel had rubbed the wheel sensor and ruined it. In a feat of heroics Engle Motors in Kansas City obtained and got to us, the parts needed to fix the axle and bearings at exactly 24 hours from our first phone call to Engles. Paul fixed it in the motel parking lot but he did need to buy a small torch and a big (1-13/16 inch) wrench to pull this off.

    Exactly two days later, camped in the Lewis and Clark National Forrest the 50 day old battery in Voni's bike shot craps (slang for quit working well). We layed over another day in the woods while Paul rode to Great Falls to get another battery. The next day, while riding on US 2 west of Kalispell, Montana Paul's front wheel encountered a piece of wood. Voni thinks it was a 4x4 from a broken pallet. Paul thinks it was a log that fell off a logging truck but has deferred to Voni because she had more time to watch him hit it. After we stopped to discover the badly bent wheel and wonder why the tire didn't go flat, and to love tube type tires, and several other thoughts we rode about 1/4 mile to the only crossroads motel, gas station, and hardware store between Kalispell and Libby. Our distress messages on the Internet took about one hour to have the offer of a loaned wheel in Sandpoint, Idaho about 150 miles away. So the next day Voni rode to Sandpoint, picked up the wheel, and returned.

    The following morning we packaged Paul's wheel to send off to Woody's Wheel Works in Denver. But when Paul turned the key, his bike was totally electrically moribund, even though there were plenty of electrons in the battery. After some thinking, looking, fiddling, and testing we found a broken wire from the ignition switch. After taking apart a whole lot of the front of the bike Paul spliced the wire; Voni shipped the wheel; and, we rode off to Libby, arriving 7 days later than planned. Oh well.

    Since we had lots of time in the schedule we made it to Nakusp on time and had a wonderful time. We made an evening seminar presentation about life on the road and other motorcycle topics which was very well received. We love Canadian rallies.

    Then we meandered southward through Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. And thus arrived at Ouray to meet Ardys, so she and Voni could ride a "Million on the Million". We are spending about a week in Ouray riding the great locale, and will then head to a rally at the Sipapu Ski Area south of Taos, NM. Then home to the Adobe.

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    Montana has been rough on you guys this year. Here's hoping for better Big Sky luck in the future.
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    Greetings from the Adobe

    After a cool and wet two days at the rally at Sipapu, New Mexico the Sun came out and Sunday was a great day for riding toward the Adobe. The Saturday night ceremonies were especially fun since Tony Black had sent a messenger with Voni's BMW MOA One-Million Mile Award to the rally. Deb Lower and all of the rest of the MOA Ambassadors at the rally presented the BMW MOA award, and Marina Ackerson presented a special award from the Land of Enchantment BMW Riders, the rally hosts.


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    After a late start Sunday morning we stopped overnight to look for aliens at Roswell, New Mexico and arrived home Monday afternoon. The telephone company eventually dutifully took the phone off its vacation status but the Internet refused to cooperate. Yesterday they didn't get it fixed, but today, the third modem they tried actually decided to obtain an IP address and work. We might have guessed - this is the third year in a row that it took hands-on fiddling by one of their technicians to let us get email.

    The greatest discovery and surprise was that all three of our water catchement tanks are plumb full to brimming over. Having watched the weather part of the time we knew we had some rain and would have some water but didn't expect full tanks. Whoopeee!! The Ocotillo are fully covered with green leaves, meaning we got a bunch of rain recently. Our Deputy Sheriff neighbor Paul said he got 2.5 inches of rain. We probably got a bit more to fill the tanks.

    The Saturn started. The Exploder didn't. Bad battery! Three out of four of the left-behind BMWs started right up. Paul's K75RTP seems to have a battery that lacks electrons, even though it was on a maintenance charger. The battery was in that bike 4 years ago when he bought it so this comes as no huge surprise.

    We didn't have the power failure at the house until after it got dark Monday night. Then the fusable link at the transformer started to melt and the breeze blew sparks all over. Paul stood fire watch while Voni went to the Cowhead Ranch to call the power company since our phone wasn't on yet. By the time she got back in about 15 minutes our phone worked but the power was out. We watched the Moon rise, drinking red wine, until the power company guys showed up and restored the power. It's amazing it waited until we got home because if it hadn't nobody would have known the power was off because it was just our house.

    When the lack of the Internet caused us to twitch and shake a little bit Voni went down to the American Legion Post just south of us to download email and upload some photos.

    Now that the phone, electricity, water system, and Internet all work at the same time we are getting caught up on all those things folks need to do when they get home from four months on the road: buying batteries, ordering tires, ordering assorted motorcycle parts, shipping the wheel Paul borrowed when his was bent back to its owner, etc. Just normal getting home from summer vacation stuff.
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    Red wine and the sunset! Home!

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    With apologies, I'm finally getting caught up on pictures.

    This set from August 12 to arrival at Nakusp Hot Springs Rally, including highlights from hell week:

    http://s320.photobucket.com/albums/n...lly/?start=all



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    LOL! Priceless!

    And to think when I married him I had no idea I'd need a mechanic!

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