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Title: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 27, 2014, 10:54:10 PM
Hi everyone, here I am again!
I will be packing a few weeks worth in just today's date, but afterwards it should appear normal (at least time wise)
As for my title……. Do you like it?? I hope you get the joke :lol3

Tomorrow is the day!! Yippee!!
Even though I loved spending the winter in Fairbanks, just hopping back on the bike to ride is really what it's all about.
I have to admit though, baring my soul here, that for just a few seconds here and there, I almost didn't want to go.
I was nervous as hell getting on my trial ride today. Would I still remember how to ride?? I know that sounds silly, it's only been 5 1/2 months, but still……:huh The fact that I rode for nearly 18 months seemed to have no bearing on how apprehensive I was.
But I did it, and Spirit ran great!!! The new tank bags work great and other than a few minor little corrections, i.e. mirrors and rear brake angle, I'm set to go.

The yard-sale went great!! I sold everything of value and made some money. Then last night after having cleaned up (made multiple runs to the dump/free stuff site), I decided that it was now or never, I had no more time left to wait. I tackled the job of tie-dyeing my two white long sleeve shirts.
Well the youtube video made it seem easy……….:evil:eek1
I think my shirts were too thick so I just muddled on.
One shirt I rinsed out too early (I also didn't tie it but squirted it :D ), the other one, I have to admit, came out pretty great!!

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Hmmm, my peace sign looks like the open road :lol3

But here is the rather weird thing!!!!! this photo is of the back, which I kept separate from the front and just tied it up haphazardly adding color here and there.
The result is just amazing!!! What do you see?????? (nope I'm not a psychiatrist :D )

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I was blown away! I'll tell you later what I see!!

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I had also made a tool bag real quick before selling my sewing machine at the yard sale.

Today I rode to Darrin to bring him back his burner (which I left at home!!!! :huh ) and hung out for a bit talking bikes with him and Jennifer. He was also gracious enough to keep a box for me (filled with Christmas postcards and such) and will send it to me whenI get back to Kauai.

So tomorrow I am riding to Tok, and kicking back at Eagle's Claw until Mark and the others arrive.
Still have some cleaning up to do and fixing the little things on Spirit.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 27, 2014, 10:59:31 PM
Dust to Dawson????
What was I thinking?  LOL!
Thursday I was very proud of myself if I may say so, but let me not get ahead of myself.

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Remember what the place looked like when I moved in?

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This is how it is now.

I finally left Fairbanks on Tuesday morning, happy yet apprehensive to be on the road again.
It seemed just like 2 years ago when I left Port Townsend to go on my ride-about, and like that day, I had trouble parking my bike. I couldn’t figure out why, I had a new shock spring a new tire and no more weight than last time.
I figured that the fact that I ended up with a 130/80/17 tire instead of my usual 14/90/17 might have has something to do with it. The tire is so much smaller! I must have lost at least 1½ inches in height.
It’s only while I was riding that I realized why; I had never adjusted the shock thingy, it was still on 1!
I figured I’d change that as soon as I park somewhere.

Part of me was rather disgusted by the huge drybag on the back of my bike. I really had wanted to have a smaller pack on the back.
But then I saw these guys parked in front of the North Pole MacD
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I didn’t feel too bad now!

The road to Tok started out warm, some clouds in the sky
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But as soon as I got closer to Tok, it got colder and colder. Boy was I missing my heated grips!!! I stopped at a park to have a Lara bar for lunch
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Spirit looked good!!

I adjusted the shock and went on to Tok.
Halfway there I started shivering, I should have worn my sweater under my jacket!
My new drybag had one more con (other than being huge) namely inaccessibility!
My straps kept it secure, but the only way to get into the bag is to unstrap and unroll it. My other drybag opened from the side, so I could stuff a sweater on the end in case I needed it
The one good thing about being cold is not getting sleepy :D
Finally I arrived at Tok, and  after a hot cup of coffee and thawing out at Fast Eddies, I headed to Eagle’s Claw.

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It was pouring and I decided to take cover under the umbrella and wait for Vanessa to show me where to pitch my tent. When I stopped raining I walked around for a while taking pictures of her campground.

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She converted an old ambulance into a place to sleep I’m sure the folks in here were nice and dry

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A toilet with a stone heart in it

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Her kitchen is simple but functional, it even comes with a stove to warm up the cold well water she supplies in huge blue jugs

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This is definitely the cutest sponge holder I’ve ever seen

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This is the inside of one of the cabins

A young girl from Idaho on a trip by herself in her car stopped by a little while later and we got to talking about being on the road. It was the first time she was out by herself, and even though she loved it she was happy to be heading home again.
Vanessa arrived a little while later and showed me where I could camp and she started the sauna before leaving again to go to a meeting.

As it was still drizzling I decided to test out my new tarp
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Definitely big enough for my tent and Spirit

I took a nice long rest in the sauna and really got toasty warm again, it was awesome!
A few more people showed up at the camping, among them a couple from Germany who had work visas for the winter in Canada, and had worked at a ski resort. They were also heading to the D2D.
I had a rough night that night, not only did it pour all night, but ffI was freezing my butt off, again! My $175 “insulated” Nemo sleeping pad sucked all the heat out of me during the night. I couldn’t believe it. Now I was really regretting getting rid of my nice warm comfy, albeit huge, Mountain Alps sleeping pad. I pretty much tossed and turned all night, trying to stay warm.
The next morning I decided to go into town and find something to put between me and the pad. The insulating blanket from Walmart was no help either.
Before I left a sweet couple on a GS showed up, and I called Vanessa to see if there was room at the overflow for them, as the other sites all had reserved signs on them.
She said they could, so I had some nice neighbors.
I decided to walk to town as Spirit was so nicely tucked under the tarp.

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Purple flowers were everywhere

I went to a few stores looking for something, and I almost ended up with 2 foam insulated kitchen rugs before I struck gold at a health food store. They had one foam sleeping pad!! Only $12.95! Yippee!!
I walked back to the campground and put it on top of the other pad. Yep, very warm and comfy now!
After relaxing and reading a while people started pouring into the campground, all riders heading to the D2D. Within hours there was not an empty spot in sight.
The area I was camped at was the overflow group area, and a whole bunch of beer and liquor drinking  rowdy guys took over my nice and quiet spot. Oh well, I knew that would happen.
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Only once did I have to ask for one of the guys to please fire up the BBQ pit away from my tent. I told him I did not want to be bear bait, seeing as the smell of meat burning would probably stick to my tent.
He kinda grumbled but then complied and put it on the other end of the clearing. Phew!! I don’t think he would have done it if I had said that I was vegetarian and just couldn’t stand the smell of burning flesh.

I finally met Mark (AKDuc) that night, I am guessing the two of us were the only vegetarians there :D, and he introduced me to Emily, a girl from Anchorage.
The two of us decided to ride to Dawson together.
Cubdriver was there as well, so it was nice to know at least 2 people in the bunch.
Vanessa showed up to collect the camping fee from everyone and as I handed her my $10 for both nights she told me it had been taken care of already.
Turned out that Mark had paid for my camping. I tired to pay him back but he wouldn’t take it. :raabia
I hopped around just a bit talking to Marl and Dick, and some other people, and retired into the sauna for a bit, before heading off to bed.
One memorable thing was that Dick was saying that one of the guys there didn’t look to good, and that he might be having heart troubles.
He was right and before long an ambulance showed up and took him to the hospital.

I slept soooo much better that night. It was still cold and I tossed some heating pouches (hand warmers) into my sleeping bag, but I was no longer loosing body heat through the pad. It also stayed dry that night! Awesome!
The next morning the whole camp was up and packing, and as usual I was one of the last ones do ne. I really had to get back into the swing of packing. Emily had gone for breakfast at fast Eddies and I told her I’d meet her there.
Right before heading out I thought I’d check my oil, it seemed just a tad low, so I put a bit more in. I got my gear on and started the engine. What the heck????!!!!!!
A loud roaring sound hit my ears. Then I remembered hearing it before. I looked down and saw……….. no oil cap! Ahhhh, this is the second time I’ve done this, putting the cap on lightly until I closed the oil bottle (just so nothing would fall into the engine), and then forgetting to tighten it. The last time was in Pasadena at my in-laws. Luckily I had not even left and the cap was right there on the ground, still, what a mess those few seconds made!

Finally I left, Mark was still there and we said till later.
I did have to stop by Napa to get a clip for my little jack. I had misplaced my other one.
Emily thank goodness was still at Fast Eddies and the both of us left for Dawson.
There were quite a few bikers sharing the road with us, but once in a while we had an open view.

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After a little while I realized that it was not as warm as it had seemed, and I was getting chilly again. But seeing as the weather forecast was warm and sunny I thought I’d just hold on a while.
So much for weather forecasts!!! It started pouring on us the closer to Chicken we got. I pulled over as it felt like my water-proof riding pants were not exactly waterproof. As I put on my raingear (boy was I ever happy I had kept it), Emily walked up to me and said that she felt that she was just not ready mentally to go to Dawson. She said that skill wise she could probably do the dirt road but that she was just lacking the will and energy that morning.
Part of me had taken comfort in knowing that if one or the other dropped her bike at least we’d have each other to get it up. Now it seemed I was on the road by myself. I told her it was all right, that she should always listen to her gut.
So she turned around and went back home and I set off in the rain.
Not too much later the pavement ended and mud started………..
I have to admit that I was scared as hell!! I don’t do well in mud.
Occasionally I felt the bike slipping and my heat would stop at those moments.
Then I saw the sign to old Chicken which Mark told me was a must see, but the sign also said 2.5 miles. There was no way I was willing to ride 5 miles in mud just to see an old town. I rode into the gas station at the intersection and had a cup of warm coffee, while listening to my internal debate. Part of me wanted to forget going to Dawson and just turn around and hit the safe pavement. The other part of me figured that I needed to learn how to ride mud, and that there would be more people on this road, even though I had left last. As I was standing under the awning watching it rain and drinking my nice warm coffee, a few guys showed up on their bikes. I asked one of them what the trick of mud riding was, I told them my partner had just bailed and I wasn’t used to riding mud.
Then one guy asked if I wanted to ride with them, and I happily agreed!
After the first guy rode off, the other guy told me to go next. I stayed about 15 feet behind the first guy and literally went where he went. Before he had told me, “Just plan where you go and just rev through it!” Well it would be the planning that would get me in trouble!!!!
The first half hour was the most nerve wrecking, after that I started feeling just a bit more confident. Still, there were moments that I almost lost control of Spirit, one was when we came up to a group that was really going slow, and I learned that going slow in mud is not a good idea. I just barely held it together and as soon as we could (after a huge RV passed) we hit the throttle and passed the whole group.
Phew!! Yep, soooo much easier. Another time was when I saw the guy in front of me all of a sudden hit really thick mud and his rear end was just swinging left and right. A split second later Spirit started to do the same thing. All I could think of was keep going don’t fall, keep going don’t fall…….. I made it!
By the time we hit the border I was spent!!! Mentally and physically.
We had been plowing past everyone we met on the road, going 50 mph in areas that I would have never dreamed of being able to go 50.
The border guard asked the guys a bunch of question, how long will you be here, do you have a job, how much money? I was hoping he wouldn’t ask me all those questions as well. As he came to me the riders we passes showed up, and he just said going to the same place as those guys? And I could truthfully say Yes!! I didn’t have to say how long I was planning on staying in Canada :D
He then told me to move so there would be room for others, which I gladly did. I was in Canada!

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I look like a chipmunk! My cheek-pads are a tad snug

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I took some pictures of the top of the world and rode of toward Dawson.

I was happy the worst was over…………
Hmmmm, I was told that the road after the border was in great shape……….
I think my heart just about fell in my boots, more mud????
After riding a while longer I noticed that Spirit was overheating. Yikes, what now?
Then I started thinking that maybe she couldn’t cool off because of all the mud and maybe the radiator was muddy too.
I pulled over as soon as I could

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Sniff, so much for my nice clean and new looking Spirit

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Yep, the radiator was covered in mud, about ½ an inch thick!!

It took me a while to get it off by poking sticks through the grid jabbing the clay-like substance loose. Then I used my water bottles to splash water on the now better-looking radiator.
That helped and she no longer heated up.
I stayed close to the guys while riding to Dawson, and before I knew it we hit pavement!! I guess maybe one of these days I will like riding the dirt as much as I like riding the pavement, but that day is not yet!

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Finally there!!

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Dawson City in the distance

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I was the last one aboard the ferry!

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 27, 2014, 10:59:54 PM
As I rode into Dawson I realized that I had not a clue as where to go, so I just followed the person in front of me. Which was luckily the right thing to do as he rode straight up to the Tripple J? Hotel
I had heard one of the guys at Vanessa’s place mention that they had a hose there, and the only thing I could think of then was getting the mud of Spirit.
There was a line, but I happily joined them, and before too long I got to put the hose on her. I can’t say that it helped much, but at least the huge clumps of mud fell off and I figured I could do the rest later.
It had started raining again and I had to go find a place to camp.
There was a place near the airport I heard, but then someone local told me that past the bridge on the right were two campgrounds that might still have space available.
I really didn’t want to pay for a campground, but I was too wet, hungry and tired to care. The first one was filled up, but the second one next door still had space available.
It was called the Bonanza. I had to laugh and remembered that I always loved that show growing up. I found myself humming that little TV melody.
I got a spot right next to Walter who owns the ceramic coating business.
The Campground also had showers and a Laundromat. It also had a pressure hose for washing Spirit, perfect!!
It wasn’t too expensive either, only $14, so I couldn’t complain, but I knew that I couldn’t afford to do this every night. I would never make it to Labrador that way.

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I pitched my tent and strung a line to hang up my muddy raingear.

Then off to the shower I went.
I had been able to pay with American dollars, and she had given me $6 Canadian back. The one dollar coin is called a loony!!
Anyway, it’s a loony for a shower so I jumped in and put the coin in the slot. Nice hot water was pouring down on me, heaven!!! After shampooing my hair I put in conditioner, and got myself all soaped up when clunck……. The water stopped…….
Here I was soaking wet and no water to rinse off.
I could have sworn she told me the slower was 10 minutes!!! Turns out you only get three minutes for a loony, and I was out of loonies.
My little towel was not big enough to wrap around me, so I quickly dried off the soap, and put my clean clothes on. The laundry was next door, and the machine that changed bills to coins as well. I got myself another 5 loonies.
As I was there I saw a sign saying the cutoff time for starting a new load was 8:30. Looking at the clock I saw it was 8:32. Sh…t!!!
So I ran in the shower stall, got my dirty clothes and put them in the washer. I looked around me for the soap machine, no soap.
There was a guy doing laundry and he told me the soap was in the office, but she was closed now. He was very sweet and handed me one of those soap balls to put in the machine. After the laundry got started I got back in the shower and got the conditioner out of my hair and the soap of my body.
Then I had to figure out where to get more Canadian money as I had not enough left to dry my clothes. There was a lady in front of the Laundromat who traded me a Canadian fiver for a US one. It was 10 by the time I was done and back in my tent.
After heating up some dinner and eating it, I crawled into my sleeping bag and crashed, or at least tried to. Looked like I would need my earplugs one more time, as there was an RV or something across the road making a bunch of noise. Then I did sleep.
I pretty much spend all Friday morning cleaning Spirit at the carwash site, and cleaning the bags in the bathroom. Afterward I rode to town to find a bank. I changed my $316 into Canadian and ended up with $335. That was kinda cool.
I also found the library and tried for half an hour to cancel my car insurance at Geico. Those suckers have set it up in such a way that you have to call them!! Crap, I didn’t have phone that worked in Canada, and my Canadian cell phone it turns out, no longer has a working sim card.
I guess until I get one I’ll just have to keep paying for a car I no longer have.
I also tired to upload my photos to photobucket, but the internet in Dawson was just too slow.
I found Mark’s campsite but no Mark, and as I didn’t really know anyone, nor knew what some of the ADVers that had gone to Dawson looked like, I went back to the campsite to relax and have dinner.
It had been a nice and sunny day, and all my washed gear was dry!

I had not purchased a banquet dinner as I found $20 a bit much for a potato and some salad, but around 8 I went back to town to see where the meeting was. A tourist gave me directions to where everyone was, as I had no idea where the banquet would be held.
I took a few pics on the way

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Masonic temple

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The road was lined with bikes

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Spirit right in front

As I got there I found Mark, and also saw Dave S again whom I had met in Spokane at the start of my year on the road. He didn’t have a place to stay yet, so I told hime about my camp site, and that he was more than welcome to share it.
I sat next to Mark while the prize drawing went on, but I felt really out of touch and disconnected from all the happenings around me.
I did enquire about a road I wanted to ride, but no one knew about it or had ridden it.
After the banquet was done the games started in front of the Motel.
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I think I was on of the few in riding gear as most stayed in town and walked there

One race was called the slow race, and the slowest person would win
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Mark was number 8 and he had to show everyone what to do before the “race” started

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Off they went!

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in another race you were blinded with a hood, and had to go straight toward a plate on the ground listening to the audience tell you when to stop.
The goal was to stop as close as possible to the plate

After that were slaloms, and then guys had to partner up with a gal on the back. She had the job of biting into a hanging hot dog. Yeah, rather gross as they didn’t change the dog at each attempt. I wondered if they had vegie dogs.

The games ended right at midnight when people stood in line to get their D2D sticker. I couldn’t believe I had made it that late, as I was falling asleep around 9.

Luckily the sweet couple from Vanessa’s camp ground was there to talk to, and also on guy from Whitehorse who talked about obesity, diet, cancer, sunblock and all the ways to get sick from food etc. Very interesting fellow, but I hope he goes back on the diet he was so enthusiastic about, because he was getting a tad heavy too.

I couldn’t find Dave S to say goodbye, so I followed Mark to his campsite, he gave me one of the blue D2D stickers.
We said goodbye, and I rode back to the campground.
I was so eager to get my sticker on my fender, that I didn’t even bother to look at what it said. As a result I have two of the same lines stuck underneath each other. Awwww, why hadn’t I waited till the morning when I was a tad more awake?
I slept very well that night.
It rained during the night, but it stopped early in the morning.
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Looks like it was finally summer! The Fireweed is starting to bloom

I took my sweet time packing up, and headed to town to get paper towels and fill up the gas tank.
One really good thing about Canada, they have dark chocolate Bounty!!! Yippee!!
Finally it was time to head south, and boy, this time I did not take the chance to get cold, so I wore my really nice thick woolen sweater which made me overheat while in town, but which turned out to be awesome while riding!
As I no longer had heated grips, I ended up putting my woolen handmade mittens inside my too large leather mittens form last year. The result was some nice toasty hands!! The only drawback was that I couldn’t take any photos while riding this way, so my right hand ended up wearing the leather glove I had bought in Fairbanks at the BMW dealer not as warm, but ok.

The road toward Carmack was very quiet, only a few cars heading the opposite way, and a handful of bikers.
I took a break at a rest stop on the side of the road.
While eating my Bounty I noticed lots of “wild life”

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This shot turned out better than I had hoped!!

The road got even quieter afterward, and after I took another break in a small town I realized that I wouldn’t make it to Carmack, I was just too tired.
I then realized that I really hadn’t been able to take a day off in a really long time.
First work, then fixing Spirit on time, then cleaning the garage and having a yardsale, and finally the fun but tiring trek to Tok and Dawson.
I was due for some R&R!!
I kept riding for a little while longer when I noticed a small dirt road veering off the left, a minute later that same road popped up again, a loop!!
I slowed down and spun my bike around to go back and check it out. It was a short easy dirt road, but no place to camp, until I was almost back to the main road. There it was, the perfect spot!! Close enough to the road in case I ran into trouble, but hidden enough for some solitude.
The place felt perfect!
I pitched my tent up and charged my solar battery as the sun was shining bright

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I was a happy camper!!!
Only once in a while a car would pass, but other than that it was really quiet.
As I lied in my tent relaxing listening to the birds chipper away, I realized that this was it, riding and enjoying doing nothing, total bliss!!
I am trying now to live each day to the fullest, not caring if or when I run out of money or what to do when that happens, I will face it then, right now, I am happy and content.
And while lying there, being content, I realized something else!
I was not worried about whether or not I was allowed to camp here, I had finally gotten to a point of I don’t care, and no longer felt guilty or imagined someone coming up to me and tell me to pack it and leave.
I have no words to describe the lightness that comes with being this way.

The next day I decided to stay there, it was Sunday after all, and the chance of Telus being closed on Sunday was to big for me to ride to White Horse.
I spent the day reading, knitting and……….. I actually drew something!
I had been carrying this little faux leather bound sketchbook with me for months, planning on drawing a lot. Now I want to see if I can make myself sketch something little once a day. Today’s sketch took me way too long, shows you how out of touch I am. But all in all it didn’t come out half bad.

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I also typed up my RR up to now and ate heartily all day :D

I really did not want to go to White Horse to begin with, but I think my dad will appreciate being able to call me once in a while.
I also wanted to get another canister of gas for my stove.
The bummer is that when I’m done I have to go North again to Carmack, as I really wanted to ride the road to Ross and then Watson Lake

I got up at 8 this morning, having slept great!!
I took a while eating breakfast and packing, and was out of there by 11.
The road to White Horse was quiet and beautiful!

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[COLOR="Lime"][SIZE="5"]I did have one exciting moment!!!!
I saw a grizzly bear right on the road !![/SIZE][/COLOR]
As I road toward it it just stood there and looked at me, did not move at all, so I slowed down just a tad, I didn’t want to hit him/her.
I veered left, the bear did the same, I veered right and he followed my move. Meanwhile I was like 20 feet away, punching my brakes as I really did not wan to crash into a grizzly. At about 10 feet the bear turned and ran down the slope!! I past him/her within feet!! Absolutely gorgeous animal, shiny brown coat and what movements, I could see the muscles ripple under the fur.
No time to take a picture though, had to keep my hands on the handlebars for that one!!

I am in White Horse now, it too me hours to set up my new sim card, the internet is so slow, and I kept running into trouble.
It’s almost 8 now and the camping store is closed. I am going to have to camp nearby and come back in the morning, as I am low on fuel for my stove. Bummer!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 27, 2014, 11:01:49 PM
After my last post at Starbucks I headed back to my tent (hoping it was still there).
I had marked how many miles exactly it was from the intersection so I would find it again. Glad I did cause I would have rode right past it :D

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Yep having a green tent comes in handy

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I cooked dinner while enjoying the fact that I actually had a houseplant for a while

I packed as much as I could (which really wasn’t much as I was tired) and went to bed hoping it would not rain during the night.
I slept like a rock and in the morning was woken by a shining sun.
It looked like it was going to be a very nice day.
I took my sweet time cooking breakfast and breaking camp, but was sure I’d be out of there by 10.
Why is it every time I am sure of something, something else happens?
Anyway, it was nothing major, or at least I hope it won’t be, but upon checking my tire pressure I noticed that the front was just a tad low, but the back didn’t show any pressure at all! I looked at the tire, but it looked fine, not flat or anything. I decided to get my green slime air compressor and look at the pressure that way as I figured my tire gauge bit the dust. Same thing, 5psi. I had a flat and didn’t even know about it. I had felt that Spirit seemed to pull a tad more, but I thought it was because of all the weight. I plugged the green slime in my 12 volt and blew up my tire.
I thought I’d better keep an eye on it and keep checking the pressure every so often.
This is the first time I had a 130/80/17, as I had mentioned before, and I guess pne of the pros on this tire is that you can ride it without any air in it!!

I also notice that the passenger footrest mount was missing a bolt. Must have rattled loose at some point. Luckily I had a whole bin of odds and ends, including a bolt that fit.

I finally took off at 10:30 and headed to Carmacks. Boy did Spirit ever ride a lot better!!! What a difference a full tire makes LOL!

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I got to Carmacks at around 12:30 and was able to finally talk to my Dad.
It made all the hassle of going out of my way to go to White Horse worth it.
The fact that I now had 2 full cans of gas for my stove helped too, even though I didn’t find much of any kind of food for the road, as the only health food store was now gone.
A big part of me was nervous about setting out to do a 425 Km dirt road, but I had heard it was a gorgeous road, so I felt I just had to ride it, nerves or not. My only hope was that the nice weather would dry out any mud there might have been.
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The road started out very promising and I enjoyed having the next miles paved

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Everywhere along the route were burnt areas, and if I had not worked for a long time, I would have stopped and made camp among all the other Morell pickers, and made some money. As it was I just couldn’t do it, I had just finished with work and the thought of doing it again just didn’t sit well with me, I wanted to be free for a while, money or not.

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I pulled over for a little rest and a quick snack, and couldn’t help but take a pic ot the mountain in between the shrubs

I also found some insulated winter gloves at the side of the road. It looked like they had been there a while, but the inside looked immaculate, never worn, as if they fell off someone’s snow mobile in the winter.
They fit me, so I decided to keep them and see how warm they were after they dried.

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Seeing as the day was sunny, charging my GoalZero Sherpa 50 battery seemed like a good idea

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This road just seemed like heaven to me, it was gorgeous beyond words, pictured don’t do it justice!

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Before I knew it I had arrived at the town of Faro, the end of the paved road!

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So far the road was just slightly damp, but very well packed with an occasional wet area.

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It was a gorgeous road though!

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Crossed over a bridge with a spectacular view, so I made a U-ey and parked the bike.
It was a pretty deep gorge!!

The one thing that was both annoying and a blessing were the heavy trucks barreling a tremendous speed down the road. I’m sure they helped to pack the mud down nice and tight, but the drivers could care less about other traffic I think….


I got to the turn off for Ross River, the last place to get gas.
I kept riding and ended up at the river where a ferry was waiting. Wait a second??? Did I miss the gas station? I knew that the ferry took you to the road heading into the North West Territories.
I turned around and asked a lady pushing a stroller down the road whre the gas station was. I had gone right past it! In my defense it wasn’t an ordinary gas station though. There was a fence with two huge metal tanks like on the back of a truck but stationary, with a wall that had the pumps mounted on them.
There was a note saying please fill up first and then go into the grocery store to pay for your gas. How nice!!!
I have to admit that I find the gas prices here in Canada staggering!! $1.50 or more per liter, which is about $6 a gallon.
I did notice though that ever since I filled up Spirit’s tire I had way better mileage, about 50 to 53 Mpg, not bad for a 685 cc
After enjoying Ross River, a cute little town with very nice people who kept asking me questions,

Once back on the road, I had a choice, back track 10 miles and hit Hwy 4 then make a left, another 10 to 15 miles, or go down the short cut, only about 7 miles. Hmmm, the entrance of the short cut was scary!! Deep ruts with mud, but it had some dry groves too, so I thought I’d chance it. I’m glad I did, as that was the worst part of the whole road!
The short cut was beautiful!!

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After no time at all I hit the main dirt road (untreated secondary Hwy)

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I rode for a while enjoying the really well packed gravel road, looking for a place to make camp.
Occasionally I saw a spot that could have worked, but I held out for something better, a place with a view!
After abut half an hour I barreled past a pullout.
Screechhhhhhhhh, well, as much as I dare to brake on gravel.
I came to a full stop and turned around, that spot would be awesome if there was room for a tent!
I rode Spirit up the little hill to the lookout, and saw that it was just the most prefect place!! In one word, Awesome!!

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I parked Spirit and pitched my tent, the only con about the place was the amount of bugs, gnats really, no mosquitos thankfully!

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I was in heaven, a perfect place, nice and quiet, and maybe one car every few hours.
I ate and went to bed, blissfully at peace.

The night had been cold and windy but other than waking up a 4 having to use the bathroom, I slept like a baby.

The next day turned out to be hot and sunny. Did I mention hot???
I can’t remember the last time I was this warm. Sitting in the tent in my bikini enjoying each little breeze that blows through. There is no shade in this spot, but I didn’t care. I finally had a chance to take a baby-wipe bath without freezing my butt off!
I hung my shirts out in the wind to freshen up a little, and worked on Spirit. Looks like I need to re-bleed the brakes, they still feel sluggish like they have an airpocket in them.
I did change the Moose handguards, I had them on wrong so they didn’t break the wind at all. Hopefully they will now.
The rest of the day I filled with reading, taking pictures of flowers, typing my RR, and knitting.
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Wow! Look! It’s as if the flower has a rib cage

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I love my little roomy vestibule!

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Freshening up my shirts

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There are blue ones

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and pink ones

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some gorgeous wild roses

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even very orange trippy moss on rocks

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I can’t get enough of my view!!

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 27, 2014, 11:02:06 PM
After a good meal I decided to crash early

I woke up around 7, made a cup of instant coffee, and oatmeal, and packed up.
I was out of there by 9:30

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As I was packing up my tent though, I noticed a few of these right under my tent wall. What the heck is this? I saw lots of these spit looking things on Vancouver island as well.

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I am starting to really like my tent. I can pack everything while the outer shell is still up, which will keep me dry in the rain, and bug free.
Then I quickly break down the rest and leave.

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One last look……

I rode for a few hours and mostly the road looked like this:
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Once in a while a break would come with a bit better view, but all in all it was very smooth and relaxing

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I stopped at an outlook, and saw a bird in the tree, as I was taking a picture it flew straight toward me!!
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The he landed on the trash can observing me

I gave him a few sesame seeds, and hopped back on Spirit.

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What a cool little log cabin this had been!

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sometimes the road took my breath away

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For those of you who are X-men fans!!

Unfortunately after this sign the road went down hill!!
I have discovered that you can actually shimmy your bike’s butt when going over wash board to fast!!
I did not like this part, it felt as if my teeth were gonna fall out, but around 70 km it wasn’t too bad.

At one point a sign came up that said road construction. I ended up following this truck, glad he didn’t dump any more water than he did.
After I passed him I wondered if that was all as far as the construction went, boy, did I ever wish that had been the case………….

Have you ever found yourself crying without knowing it????
I had to stop at the stop sign that a young girl was holding. She asked me just you?? I answered” Yep!” The I asked her how the road ahead was, she said it’s nice and soft, ??????? I figured I’d misheard her.
She let me go after radioing that a woman on a motorcycle by herself was coming.

The second I hit the dirt I about shit my pants, it was soft!!!! And how!
I hit the throttle telling myself you can do this!! One of those heavy rollers past me and I swerved to the left figuring that the road must be a tad more solid after that thing rolled over the dirt. Yeah, not really, but I was doing fine, until….
The dirt turned into upturned mud, with tire-tracks going left and right and up and down, with piles of mud here and there. Before I knew it I was about 6 inches deep in mud. Spirit’s rear end was sliding left and right and left and right for what seemed like forever. I was terrified and in my mind already saw myself flying over the handlebars while Spirit slid sideways. A construction worker heading toward me in a truck saw what was going on, and he pulled way over to the side to give me room to get out of the mud. I kept hitting the throttle tears streaming down my face, but unwilling to give in to my fear or ease off on the throttle, that would have ended disastrously! After a while the road got better and I hit some regular soft dirt before hitting gravel again. I don’t know if I breathed that whole time, I was so shaken up but kept on going. After a while it looked like the construction area was over and done with, and I was on a regular gravel road again.
I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t wipe, I made it!!!

You know, things do happen for a reason. I had been bummed that my ride over the top of the world had been one through mud and rain, but thinking backwards, if I hadn’t gone through that, there was no way in hell I would have made it through this! I am sending lots of thank yous to the guys that invited me to ride with them on that muddy road to Dawson City. I owe you more than you know!!

Before long the views turned nice again, and I took some more pictures (I had stopped shaking by then)
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I made it to Watson Lake, and of course the first thing I saw where the famous signs

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I stopped at the visitor center and asked for directions to primitive campsites. Well, the most primitive one was at Watson Lake, so I headed that way.
I also found out where I could take a shower :D

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Flowers outside the visitor center

I found the camp site and pitched my tent between the mosquitos, and then grabbed some clean clothes and went back to town.
After a wonderful shower at the recreation center, I sat down to use their free internet. Yeah, it was free for half an hour!

So I decided to find another place with wifi, and ended up at Andrea’s restaurant.
I decided to splurge for once, and ordered a Greek salad and potato skins.
It was wonderful!
I figured once in a while I shouldn’t worry about money and spending it, and that turned out to be rather serendipitous! While eating I checked my Paypal Acount and saw that I had received a wonderful donation from katoom916!
Thank you soo much!!! This salad was on you!!

I’m about to head back to the campsite, number 39 is my spot, and hopefully will sleep soundly.
Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Fort Nelson and then North into the North West Territories for just a little while. There is a road (number 7 that turns in to 1 and then 35) that loops around and I end up in Alberta.
From then it shouldn’t take me too long to get to JustJeff in LacLaBiche.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on June 28, 2014, 11:00:52 PM
But here is the rather weird thing!!!!! this photo is of the back, which I kept separate from the front and just tied it up haphazardly adding color here and there.
The result is just amazing!!! What do you see?????? (nope I'm not a psychiatrist :D )

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I was blown away! I'll tell you later what I see!!

Hey, great to see you back on the road! Pay attention to that shirt.  My son's marrying in August, the lady's mother does "soul portraits", very much like that image.  Not an accident.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 29, 2014, 08:07:59 PM
Why do I even stay in campgrounds?
After paying $12 to spend the night in mosquito zone, I also ended up having to sleep with my earplugs in as some of the neighbors thought it was okay to play rock & Roll  music till 1 in the morning.
Needless to say after a tiring day (mud and all) I ended up with hardly any sleep.
The next morning I was disoriented and sluggish and got out of there pretty late.
Still I figured, it stays light long, so I can just take my time and ride longer.
I swung by Watson Lake tourist info again to fill up my warted bottles and met 2 guys on motorbikes heading to Dawson City. They asked me how far it was as they thought they could do it in one day. I guessed about 500 or more miles (it was 605) and told them it was a bit much for one day. I suggested the route I had just taken, warning them about the short construction nightmare. It would save miles, but I don't think they were interested.
They took some pictures and a lady took one with all of us. I gave them my ADV name and hope they'll remember it so they can post the pic.
I talked to my Dad for a while and headed out. About 5 miles later it popped into my head that I hadn't tied down the stainless steel water bottle on my passenger foot peg, I looked down, and sure enough, nothing there! Sh…..t!
I turned around with the hopes that it was lying in the parking lot of the info center. Right as I got there I saw something shiny and utterly flat un the highway surrounded by a puddle of water. :cry :cry :cry
I really loved that bottle, it held a lot of water!
So here I went trying to find another bottle that would hold water. Neither the grocery store nor the sport/tourist store had any nalgene bottles. I did find another stainless steel one for $10, not as big but close.
Got it filled up with water and finally was able to leave Watson Lake.
Once I started riding I got over my sad and frustrated mood of forgetting to tie up my bottle and having to buy a new one.
I think the reason why it frustrates me so much is that I am on a tight budget, and having to spend cash on something I really didn't need if I had had it together just frustrates me. I know people say that money doesn't buy happiness, but I do think having it puts you at ease. Still, I have to continually tell myself not to worry and that everything will be just fine. To be in the now and to quit worrying about what might or might not be. Some days that actually sinks in, other days not as much.

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My first photo opportunity put a smile on my face

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Yay!! Finally in Bison country!

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Took a quick break to eat a Lara bar it the river, but there were too many bugs around to relax

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Another bear!! I finally got my share of bears

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Now this little bugger was determined to find out what was in the truck, it wouldn't budge. I rode up and he just looked at me, not going a foot away from the truck.

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Just beautiful!

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Aww, lots of baby ones too

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I'm letting the pictures do the talking, I was just riding

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I'm guessing it was loosing it's winter coat, either that or they always look so shabby

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I was getting tired even though it was still early. I really am a person that needs a goof night rest!
I was riding through Muncho lake provincial park now, and everywhere it said campsite full. Tuesday will be Canada day, so it's a really long weekend with lots of folks camping.
Even Liard Hotsprings was filled up, so I didn't even bother stopping for a soak. Not my idea of fun to jump into a hot spring with tons of others in it.

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The views were just amazing!

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It's a pretty cool feeling riding that class to a lake, I don't know why, but I find it soothing and exciting at the same time.

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After a little while I had to admit that I was beat, I needed a place to crash. 
I kept my eyes open for a little dirt road veering off, but there was nothing, until I saw a grown in road making a sharp turn to the right. It was going up pretty steep but I had ridden harder stuff so I went for it not knowing were it would end.
Haha, I didn't have to go too far to find out. The road stopped all of a sudden, like it was never meant to go anywhere, or had utterly gotten overgrown.
It was perfect!

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I was high above the traffic and had another great view.
It was perfect timing too, as no sooner had I pitched my tent and gotten my junk inside when it started to rain!
I was very happy that I could finally relax and go to sleep.
There were some interesting flowers in my tent, but one was of a dried up yellow flower that now had something like and Avatar, hair end thingy

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Wonder if these gave James Cameron the idea for the Avator way of connecting ??? :lol3

I warmed up a carton of of soup and crashed!!
Slept like a log and woke up around 5 am just to turn around and leap a few more hours.
It had rained for a while that night but not when I woke up.
I relaxed and read for a while thinking I'd break camp in a little when it started raining again

No biggy, I was more than happy to stay put for a day.
Around noon the sun came out and made the inside of the tent into a sauna!! All that heat and moisture contained in a tent was a tad more then I bargained for and I started packing my stuff.
It felt good to be rested
I was out of there a little past 1 and happy to be riding again toward Fort Nelson.

Not too long after I had left I saw my first male moose close up!!!
I was ecstatic!! Finally a moose!!

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I think he got a little annoyed with me, as I was creeping closer and closer, so he turned around and walked away.

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Saw a couple on a bike, with an MSR tent like mine (or close) tied on the back (I recognized the green bag)
The license plate was foreign, maybe German??

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I gassed up in Toad River and bought a sticker saying Alaskan Hwy and it had a drawing of a huge mosquito on it, LOL.
The gas price there was staggering, not to mention that Spirit started stuttering not too long after. Diluted gas???
I hope not.
Almost exactly 100 miles after Toad River I saw the turn off to Yellow Knife and Fort Liard.
I needed to go to Fort Nelson first though to get a map and to fuel up.
The visitor information center was right as I got into Fort Nelson. What an awesome place!!!
You can hand out and use their wifi for free, have a cup of coffee on the house and just relax!!
That is exactly what I am doing now :D

In a few I will go and find a gas station, and then turn around to head toward Hwy 77 into the North West Territories.
The weather forecast is rain for tomorrow, so Maybe I'll just camp for a day until the sun comes out. The forecast for Yellow knife is lots of sun.
Afterward I'll head to LacLaBiche in the hopes that my brothers fancy shock will be there.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on June 29, 2014, 09:18:39 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
 :mol: :mol: :mol:

What MSR tent do you have?
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 01, 2014, 12:57:20 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap:
 :mol: :mol: :mol:

What MSR tent do you have?
MSR Hubbahubba with shed. I love it! did make a window in it though, can't stand not to see outside
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 01, 2014, 12:57:59 AM
Last night was I night I'll never forget!! My first real encounter with a bear!!
But…… let me backtrack just a little

Left Fort Nelson pretty late, but as I had a late start i didn't mind.
Got back to the turnoff to Fort Liard in no time

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The first part of it was paved, so the riding was smooth.

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pretty awesome bridge

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I kept riding for a while, but realized that I was getting tired.
I kept looking for a little niche to park my tent, but nothing felt right
One spot really appealed to me, on a little ledge near the river, the trouble was I would have to ride though a muddy dip that might be more than a dip in the morning if it rained, so I exed that idea.
A few more areas looked promising but were too sandy or wet.
Then I saw a nice flat area that looked perfect. there were a few more places like it down the road as if more people could camp there.
I pitched my tent and made dinner, it felt like a good spot.
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The amount of bugs was surreal though!!

I checked to see if by any chance I had reception, and sure enough, that cell tower that I passed saying something about peace and for your use, must have been put there for travelers. Awesome!
A little while later I went outside to brush my teeth and in the corner of my eye I saw movement.
Hiding behind the bushes staring at me with a curious look on his face was a big black bear.
Well, of course that first thing was I froze… could not believe my eyes. A bear, here???
Ahhhh, what do I do? oh yeah, noise, they don't like noise.
So here I was hollering you bear, go, shoo, go!! He looked at me as if I was crazy and walked hesitantly toward me.
My foghorn! Where did I put it? In the tent! so I ducked into the tent to grab it. While I had done that he had come to me even closer and was now a mere 15 feet or so away. I pushed the bottom on the foghorn to scare him away, nothing happened!!! Not a peep. What the??????
I then ducked back in the tent and got the bike keys, started Spirit up and revved the engine while hinting the horn.
Yeah, he didn't like that at all and veered away from me. I revved a little harder and honked a tad longer and he bolted across the road into the bushes. I left the engine running a tad longer, just to make sure he didn't come back.
Phew!!! A little nerve wrecking. Later everyone tells me a black bear? ah, no worries they are really shy and scare easy. Well, he didn't look shy to me!
I got to wondering if he was looking for food, and if he could smell through the Pelicans.
So I got out the brake fluid and dabbed some on the pelicans here and there (away front he stickers!) hoping to disguise the food smell. The I tied a knot in the tank hose in case the bear came back and thumped over the bike, I didn't want the gas to spill! I also put the little jack on the other side so Spirit would be harder to push over, and went to bed.
I heard a few noises, but nothing major. I did smell some stinky stuff though, but was too tired to care and fell asleep.

Nothing happened at night and I woke up after a good nights rest.
It had rained just a little during the night, so the tent was wet.
Wondering if the bear might be back at some pint, I decided to break camp and head to Fort Simpson.
I had Pm'd MitchG to see if I could pitch my tent up at his place.
I packed up pretty fast and dried my tent with my REI towel, took a picture of where I saw the bear, and left

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he was standing just to the left of the hedge

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Glad to be heading North. The scenery was not very exciting though.

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I made to to NWT!!

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The road turned into dirt once I was in NWT, and for the next few hundred kilometers I rode on hard packed and squarely gravel.

I stopped in Fort Liard to gas up. It's a small town and I met an older couple on a gold wing heading to Alaska.
They didn't have much on them, but he said the only way he was able to get the wife to go was if they would stay in motels.

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I finally started seeing some hills again!

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Around three I was starving, no idea why all of a sudden I was so hungry, so I stopped and got out the stove and heated up some Tasty Bite Indian food. Now I only have one left, sniff!

I felt rejuvenated and hopped back on the bike.
An hour later I hit the intersection to Fort Simpson. 

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Pavement again, yippee!! I think I rattled enough for one day.

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Half an hour later I got to the Ferry into Fort Simpson

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Fort Simpson in the distance.

Mitch met me at the visitors center and drove me around the island for a while.
He also noticed that my rear brake disk was history!! some huge groves were carved into the outside of the disk. The inside was still smooth. What the??? how was that possible?

Turns out that putting used disc pads from another bike might not have been the best of ideas.
I still have my old brake pads, so I'll put them on for the time being.
Looks like now I have to order a new brake disc and have it shipped to Jeff
I am so glad for the donations I have received in the last few days. It's like you all knew something was gonna happen!!!

Well, here I am now, and it's almost midnight. I am going to crash!!

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 01, 2014, 11:28:13 AM
Was I ever tired yesterday, hanging in there by a thread!
Now that I've had a good nights sleep (bug free) I feel so much better.
I went outside to take a look at my disc (rotor) and pads and saw that one of the pads was totally worn down to metal!
No wonder it scored the rotor!! How is that possible? When Jim shipped me a new brake caliper it had still tons of pad on the brake. Could it have just dislodged itself from the metal?
I wonder if a ton of mud got stuck in between from the "top of the world ride"?
Needless to say now I know why the scoring.
Looked online and boy those things are pricey!! $230!
JettnJim offered to send me one of his.  :shog:, but I start feeling that there not enough time in my life to make it up to him!!!   :gerg:

Mitch is a cool guy who has the good fortune of having a job that he really loves.
We were talking about that yesterday and it is so true that if you do something you love then your job is not just a job but something that is part of who you are. It's like living like you're retired, even though you're not, he was saying.
Most people once they retire start doing gardening or whatever, and finally enjoying their time. If they had done gardening as their job in life, they would have enjoyed their work more.

I can see in reality that that could be true, but I've just never found something that I enjoy doing more than a few times and then not get tired of it. LOL, must be my restless nature……
But that's what my journey is all about, finding the thing I love doing most, other than riding camping and knitting  :Hap1:
I'm going to put my other brake ad on it today, and hope it will last till I get to Jeff's place.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Bernie on July 02, 2014, 02:40:03 AM
 :thumb: :thumb:

Thanks for coming back N G
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on July 02, 2014, 01:21:29 PM
Rotor shipped out to JustJeff in LacLaBiche today!!!  :clap:  :claps:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 04, 2014, 11:52:13 PM
I'm back in Fort Simpson!
I can tell you that not sleeping for two nights in a row is not something that I can do!!! :sleep: :sleep: :sleep:

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Little way cabin for the stranded motorist in the winter, a place to get out of the cold. It had a barrel stove to burn wood in and some funky wood benches to keep you off the floor.

Mitch and I took turns driving and even the first night I had some problems keeping  my eyes open, but we stopped a lot and drank coffee so I made it till daylight. Then because we arrived a tad early we parked at a rest stop for an hour or so for some shuteye. I could't sleep, bummer!
We ran around Edmonton pretty much all day, picking up stuff, including new brake pads and chain lube, picked up the jet skies and trailer, and stopped by Costco for a box of Lara bars. I was bummed to find out that the Canadian Costco does not carry Tasty Bite  :'(

Finally by around 5 we headed back to Fort Simpson.
Barely an hour out of Edmonton we got hit by a heavy storm. Hail the size of golfballs (luckily not rock hard but sludgy) was smashing down on the car and the window. I thought for sure the window was going to crack, and the roof totally dent.
Afterward it turned into a torrential downpour, where you I barely see in front of me! I'm glad that I'd lived on Kauai for so many years, and had gotten used to rainstorms like that.
The rain lasted a while and for short periods it only drizzled or stopped, but after a while it picked back up again and it basically kept raining non stop.
We kept drinking coffee and taking stops, stretching out legs (Mitch smoking) and me running to the bathroom thanks to the coffee, but by three AM I didn't dare climbing behind the wheel again, I was done for. It might have worked if I had put toothpicks between my eyelids  :Hap1:but seeing as that seemed rather painful I opted out of that solution.
Mitch got a room at a Quality Inn in High Level (amazing place by the way with an awesome shower and heavenly beds) and we both conked out. Well, I know I conked out the second my head hit my pillow, Mitch checked the news for a while.
I slept like a log, trying to make up for lost sleep I suppose, but 6 hours later the alarm went off and we had to hit the road again (after I insisted that I needed to try the nice looking shower  :smiler:)
I travel, without a shower, so every opportunity I get to actually take one, I got to grab.
It was still a bit drizzly and we stopped at he Esso to gas up.
The Esso has this amazing salad in the cooler! It's Kale and cranberries, sunflower seeds, shredded broccoli and other things topped with a poppyseed dressing. Just GOOOOOOODDDD!!
Once we got back on the dirt my heart sank a bit!!! It looked just like the Top of the World Hwy!!! Slick and slippery! I would have to ride that tomorrow?? 200 km of it?? Ahhhh.
I kept hoping the rain would stop or at least  have not hit the part near Fort Simpson, but nope, it was muddy everywhere, and it kept raining.
We stopped at one point to see if we could find Morels, but the only ones we found were old and utterly soggy! I think the rain ruined what was left of them.
We did stop at a waterfall.

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What an amazing amount of water!!! The mud creating variegated colors.

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Yeah, the van wasn't exactly the cleanest place after heaps of coffee and candies!

We hopped back on the ferry and got home around 8 PM
I cooked dinner real fast as I was hungry and am now fighting to keep my eyes open long enough to post my RR  :sleep: :sleep: :sleep: :sleep:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 07, 2014, 06:28:08 PM
I'm in Yellowknife!!
Let me go back a few days….
Saturday afternoon Mitch took the two jet skis to the river

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He backed the van up to the water, and I held the rope so it wouldn't float away (strong current!)

After he parked the van, he walked in the river (Brrrr, water cold!!) and started it.
Within seconds I hollered at him to stop, something sounded awfully wrong!!
Sure enough, the jet ski has this reverse start so what happened was that the ski was too close to the edge of the river, and it sucked gravel water through and damaged some plastic thingy )forgot what it was called).
So bummer, no jet fun that day. He had pre-ordered a stainless steel one, as every said that this would happen.
I basically relaxed the rest of the day and got a bit further on catching up on my blog (still not done though :( )
Packed most of my stuff that night, so I might leave early.

I left Mitch's place in Fort Simpson around noon on Sunday  basically cause I couldn't fall asleep (which I finally did) and ended up sleeping late. That was fine with me as I was hoping the mud to be drier the later it was.
As it turned out the road was perfect!!! The mud was solid dirt and the gravel punched in pretty good.

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Sambaa Deh falls, didn't hike down as I couldn't tell whether it would stay dry or not

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The air was pretty hazy and smokey


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Bridge before Fort Providence

I made it to Fort Providence in no time.
As I was tired I decided to find a place to pitch the tent early. I wanted to relax and go to bed early.

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Found a secluded dirt road, near a gravel pitch.

Within seconds of stopping I was inundated wit bugs.
I frantically pitched my tent hoping to escape them

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No such luck!!!

Got the inner tent in and hid out in there until I could face them again.
The noise was horrendous, Ten Buffalo could have surrounded me (or bears) and I would not have heard a thing!!

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There were wild strawberries everywhere, and very sweet!! I wanted to pick a bunch but the bugs were just too much.
I thought I'd wait till it got colder and then pick some, but as I went to sleep at around 11, it was still warm, and now the mosquitos where there as well. I decided to go to sleep instead.
Slept long and late!!
It got too hot in the tent, basically forcing me to move and pack up.
Put my bug jacket on, even though it makes me hot, and blurs my vision, and got to work packing Spirit.
I was done in no time, and even skipped breakfast as my vestibule was riddled with bugs.

I stopped along the road to get rid of the trash when I found I had a hurt passenger

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His tail had gotten stuck in my umbrella :(

I let him go and rode off toward Yellowknife.
Well…….. the road there was rather boring only as I was nearing Yellowknife did the scenery change.

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Sand on the side of the road, like there were dunes!

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Yeahhh, can't see the lake in the photo, it was very hazy

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For a second it looked like New Mexico, Utah or Arizona

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Stopped at the visitor center to find out where the health food store was…….. there isn't one!!! :cry

So Here I am at McD for internet. I did find a Chinese store that had some That vegetarian curry. And nearby is a grocery store that I've been told carries a few health food things.

I'm not sure if I want to try a paid campsite for tonight, or if I'll head back ways and find somewhere along the road.
It depends on the camp ground and if I can get away from the RVs
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: nvklr on July 07, 2014, 07:07:47 PM
Once again following along.  Thank you for taking time to keep up your ride report! :claps:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 10, 2014, 12:23:40 AM
Well!!! I make a lousy tourist!
I did find the yarn shop and bought a couple of skeins of green (JettnJim's request) and I did find some very tasty Indian snacks at "your independent grocery," but other than that I just didn't feel like hanging around Yellowknife.
Then I thought. "Let's just stay at the campground here and explore Yellowknife tomorrow when I'm not so hot and tired.
Somehow I missed the sign to the campground and then decided I'd just find a spot to camp not too far out.

A few miles later I slowed down as I neared yet another milestone.
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It's official, I've done 40,000 miles since I left Washington! Cool!

Twenty mile outside of Yellowknife I saw a dirt road veer off to the left. I followed it and it dead-ended at 2 gates, none of which looked like they had been opened in years.
After parking Spirit I was getting ready for the barrage of bugs, but wow! Wonder over wonder, none came!!
You have no idea how weird that was. Weird but wonderful.

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I pitched my tent to the side just in case someone drove up to go through the gate. The sun was a red smokey blob in the sky, as the forrest fires still were going on.

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Amazing how strong ants are! This little fellow was pulling a dead fly across the rocky ground

Went to bed exhausted and woke up in the middle of the night by the sound of pouring rain. Ahhhh, I love the sound of rain on my tent.
I turned around and fell promptly back asleep

The next morning it was still raining and I decided to just wait and see what happened. Other than raining not much! So, "R&R day" it was! I even dozed at some point, and that says something, I normally can't nap.
Went to bed around 10 and woke up at 5 AM.
I smelled smoke, and how. Of course the first thing I thought, hmmm I wonder if there is a forest fire nearby and the road is closed, so no one knows I'm here. I listened for traffic, but it was eerily quiet.
I figured that no one is normally on the road at 5 AM.
I tried to go back to sleep, but is was way too smokey, so I packed up (yep my wet tent too). It was 7 AM by then.

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The rising sun was red again, too bd it didn't really show very well in the photo

Luckily I did hear a truck here and there pass on the road so I knew the road wasn't closed.
Because it was so smokey I had no desire to go back to Yellowknife and opted to just head to High Level.
I had PMed Agplant at tent space, if I could pitch my tent in his yard on my was through High Level, and got lucky in that he actually checked his messages a day later :D

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smokey horizon

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The bridge at Edzo river

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Too bad it came out fuzzy

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Lots of buffalo on the road that morning!

I kept riding and found myself yawning a lot. I am no early riser, that's for sure!!
I made it to Fort Providence and gassed up. That place is expensive!!
They did have free wifi so I checked my messages to see if Al replied, he had. Yippee, I would have a place to pitch my tent without having to look for it. And no worries about bears D
I was filling my tires with air at the pump when I heard this guy holler, excuse me ma'am!! He was holding my water bag that I had left in the diner! Wow, he had run all the way across the muddy parking lot to bring it to me. I told him he just saved my life!! IN a sense he did, as my Spot dangles from my camel pack.

I got back on the road , and before I knew it I got to the bridge.

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I didn't get that view coming from the other side, so I stopped and took a pic.

As I hit the turnoff to High Level there was a huge sign saying,

"Road may be closed due to forest fires"
Ah, great! I hoped that this wouldn't be the case

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Got lucky, the road was open but it was smokey and it looked like they just got the fire contained

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As I got to the NWT/Alberta border I stopped at the tourist info, and had a cup of coffee. As I was sitting there it started pouring like there was no tomorrow. Later on it started hailing as well!! Boy what strange weather for July!
I think I spend more than an hour there, staying dry. Afterward it cleared up pretty good, but still I put on my rain gear and hit the road again. This time I had a Canada map that the owner of the info place got out of his truck and gave to me. He was very impressed that I did this ride all by myself :D

I got to High Level at 6, and went straight to the Esso for another one of those delicious salads!
I texted Al, and he came shortly after to show me where he and his family lived.

More later, my eyes are falling shut!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: hotshot on July 10, 2014, 06:45:29 PM
NG thanks for your reports.  :biker_h4h1:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 12, 2014, 12:57:01 AM
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I just had to take a pic of these pretty clouds

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Following Al to his house in High Level

I had a great but short stay at Al's (Agplant). While his wife Melanie was in town we talked bike and travel stuff, but once she was back and I noticed that she crocheted, the talk switched to creative stuff  haphap
So I sat and knitted while Melanie crocheted, and we talked about family and other things.
I had pitched the tent in their yard, and it was very comfy!! They have a really nice and quiet yard.

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complete with strawberry patch  behind me.

Al had to go to work early and Melanie shortly after, but they let me use the kitchen to fix my oatmeal and finish packing.
I left fairly late that morning, as the tent was still wet.
Once I got packed I hit the road, it was drizzling unfortunately, but I was hopeful it would dry up fairly soon.

The beginning of Hwy 88 to Red Earth and then Slave Lake was a tad dull.
I did see these things in the fields, but have no clue as to what they are. I'm hoping someone can enlighten me

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They are about 6 to 7 foot high

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After Red Earth however the scenery turned way nice, rolling hills and a few curves does much to improve one's riding!

Once the rain let up I parked Spirit on the side of the road. sat down and had a snack.

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These yellow shrubs where all along the road, making the scenery very sunny and lively, and putting me in a way more cheerful mood

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Mixed in was some clover

While sitting there eating my snacks and looking at the flowers I realized that I was positively getting addicted to these!:
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They are made with just corn flower, oil and salt, no cheese or anything, yet they taste totally cheesy!

Of course, one of the things that happens when riding down a not too challenging road, is that one looks at the speedometer more often, to see how far one got.
As I looked down I was a few miles away from this

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I just had to slow down and then stop right as I hit this number

I hopped back on the road after a while until these amazing flowers caught my eye (more like the color caught my eye)
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Side view

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top view

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I just love clover!

After a while I found myself getting tired again and automatically started looking out for a good spot to camp.
Then I decided on a whim that maybe it might be nice to stay at a camp ground for a change, and grab a shower.
Looking at the map I saw one near Slave Lake. I found it easily. It was a fancy road, and even saw a deer in the bushes.
Once I actually got to the entrance the place looks just too fancy!
RVs everywhere, kids running about and huge building for showers. Yikes! Something tells me this is not a $12 camp ground!
LOL, it wasn't but truthfully it was not as much as I would have guessed, namely $24.
Still I wasn't willing to spend that much for a small piece of dirt to pitch my tent, and probably not even get much sleep with all them folks about!

I turned around and spent the next hour trying to find a place to crash. Some of the roads I got on were just too muddy and I found Spirit doing the old tail swinging again. I really am not comfortable with that feeling!

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Lesser Slave Lake, there was an awesome day park, and I was very tempted to sneak Spirit into one of the little hiking trails and hide there. The gate closed at 11. Yeah, I really didn't fancy getting caught and having to break camp up again, so I left

Finally I rode through Slave Lake and headed toward Lac La Biche.
About half an hour later (after a few wrong roads) I saw a steep dirt road veer off to the right. I drove past it not wanting to deal with steep mud, but then I turned around, maybe there would be a spot right on the top with a view.
I walked up the hill first to see how thick the mud was, not too bad! And yes!! a gorgeous spot on the top.
So even though I was tired and didn't need the challenge I decided to go for it and rode up the steep hill.
Spirit made it easy!!!
The only thing wrong with the location was the amount of garbage people left lying around! Why do folks do this???

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I pitched the tent in no time and crawled in. It was bear country but I decided to just be aware but not to worry too much.
It was a very cold night!!
I woke early, 7 actually, and the tent was covered in dew and condensation. I turned around and went back to sleep for an hour.

Yeah, in no time at all my tent turned into a sauna!! It was time to pack up!
The ride toward Lac La Biche was pleasant and quick

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lots of yellow fields, which Jeff says is probably Canola

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Stopped at the visitor Bureau in LLB and according to my GPS I was parked in the water! Sorry, blurry!

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I sat outside for a while enjoying the scenery and the fresh air

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And the birds

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And some more of those amazingly beautiful blue dragonflies

Tomorrow Jeff and I are going to Edmonton (wasn't I just there with Mitch???) to get a new rear tire for Spirit.
The 130/80 is just too small. I have a hard time parking and believe it or not, but that tire is almost worn out!!! I've only done 2,500 miles since Fairbanks. I've never had a tire go bald on me that fast before.
I wonder if it spins a lot more because it is so much smaller……
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 14, 2014, 12:43:29 AM
I had fun today! Went ATVing  :smiler: More later.

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Saw a fox walking in the yard

Yesterday, Saturday, Jeff and I drove to Edmonton to pick up the Shinko that he found at Alberta Cycle.

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Stopped to take some pictures of these tiger lilies

When we got there we looked around to see if maybe…….. they had a 130/90/17. The one he put on hold was a 140/80/17.
Lo and behold!! They did, Jeff found it. I was happy, the 90 is taller and so much easier to slide your hand in when pushing the tube valve through the rim hole.

We walked around the store for a while looking at bikes and goodies.
Then because Jeff paid for my Shinko, I told him I'd take him out for lunch at Guru, and indian restaurant.
LOL, he had never had Indian food.

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I think it hit the spot!!
The food was awesome, and we almost finished the whole order. (Ended up with a tiny doggie bag)

We stopped at a few other places, including on the highway to take a photo of this mosque,

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and got back to Lac La Biche around 8
Jeff asked if I was interested in going for an ATV ride on Sunday, I said sure, sounds like fun.

When I got up this morning he was at his neighbor's picking up an ATV for me to use.
I took a quick cruise around the yard to try it out.
Then Jeff took me on a trip around the property, which I later found out was so that he could gauge how well I could ride the ATV.   :Hap1:

It was good to have a few obstacles to run over before we set out, because the road (Hmmmm, don't think I can call it that) was quite a challenge here and there!  haphap
I'm just going to post a bunch of pics:

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Following Jeff

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Lots of those little blue dragon flies

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It's amazing how a beaver can fell a huge tree!

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Stopped at a beaver dam

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dragonfly in flight

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A little too much light, but Jeff is in really deep water there!! He had to back up as the ATV started floating!

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Tomorrow I'm going to replace the tire, change the oil, clean the air filter and maybe figure out why my heated grips don't work.
The Shock is not here yet, my brother sent if off the day I got to Lac La Biche…….
According to DHL it just left Cincinnati. Yeah, we'll see when it gets here…..
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on July 14, 2014, 03:51:28 PM
:banana: WoooHooo great  four wheeling you did!!!
Jeff's an ALRIGHT dude! :deal:  :thumb:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 14, 2014, 06:22:30 PM
I've got pain in muscles I didn't know existed!! Yep, ATVing is good for arm development!  :Hap1:

Changed the oil today, and again had some metal slivers in it, not too much like at the beginning of my trip a few years ago, but still some. Mostly aluminum, but a couple of tiny slivers looked like either bearing or stainless steel (bolt?) There were only a couple and about 2mm in size. I'm just hoping that these were wedged somewhere that I didn't get to when cleaning the engine after cracking it open and replacing the worn out bearings. I never did remove the electric copper coils (stator?) so maybe they were wedged in there. Still, she sounds and runs good so I'm not going to worry.

Afterhaving changed the oil, I loosened up the rotor bolts and the axle before lifting her up and putting a frying pot  :smiler: underneath her.

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Who would have thought such a pot could have a double use??

I removed the rear wheel and one of the bolts attached to the links. Took out the shock bolts and then took the shock out.
As I looked at the shock I thought "What the???????"

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I was baffled at first until a small piece broke off………. I had never seen dirt accumulate like that before.
I'm guessing the red stuff is shock oil, which really shouldn't be leaking out like that though….

As I had to take the plastic covers off to get to the shock I figured that my air filter would probably like a cleaning as I'd been riding through a lot of dirt and dust.
I took the screw out and removed the cover, then noticed a small strip of plastic that had slid down and wedged against the frame. Whoa! isn't that supposed to be attached to the air box cover?

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Never thought I'd see that! Well, nothing some plastic glue or duct tape can't fix!

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Yeah, she looks like this again : :eek7: So much for my silent hope that I would not have to work on her for a few months.

I had put the new tire in the sun for a few hours, and started to remove the little 80 off the rim.
I am very thankful that I didn't have a real flat tire along the way, i.e. a nail or so.
This little bugger was hell to get off!! Had to use Jeff's C-clamp to squeeze the bead down. Even then it took me quite a while to get it off.
Putting the 90 on was a piece of cake!!! So much more room to work with. Had the valve in the rim hole is just seconds. I think it took me half an hour last time to get it in while I had the 80 on it, and ended up with bruised knuckles and fingers to boot.
Yep, I am so happy to have been able to find a 90!!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 16, 2014, 12:29:59 AM
The now Ohlins shock arrived today!!!!
It is awesome!   :banana:

Other than a few minor glitches the shock fits beautifully, and as far as I can tell, without having had a chance to ride it yet, works great too. I haven't even messed with the settings yet!

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The old and the new just so you can compare the difference. The dampener is the little black ring on the bottom, and the spring preload adjuster is the one on the top, kept in place with a similar ring that needs to be loosened first when adjusting.

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close-up of the dampener and the difference in the bottom mount.

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The top is different too! I removed the spacers and foam bumpers so you can see the heim-end (like a ball bearing)

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That is sooo cool!

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It was really a shame to put such a nice and shiny shock in a dirty bike, but after hours of trying to get the clay off everything, she still looks absolutely dirty!!

The only thing that was missing in the box was the Ohlins sticker that I was to stick on my bike!
haha, I guess my brother forgot to put it in.
Thanks Stan, I love it!!!  :wings:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on July 16, 2014, 09:38:04 AM
That is suweeeeet!  :bugey: good on Stan for hooking you up!  :mol:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 18, 2014, 05:21:31 PM
I am in Big River after having slept about 12 hrs straight! (Well sort of)

I loved my stay with Just Jeff, I could have easily stayed longer! LOL  :Hap1:
Jeff is a really sweet guy who surprised me after coming home from work, with veggie cheese and my favorite Veginaise mayo. I cooked dinner a few nights and he got a taste of meatless life. :smiler:
The Ohlins shock was awesome, but unfortunately I had to leave it with Jeff, as unfortunately the main R&D guy that put the shock together forgot to put the 7.4 KG spring on it. Jeff and I were baffled for a while, trying to figure out what was going on. Well good to know that even the guys in Taiwan are human and can make a mistake  haphap
So Stan my brother is sending Jeff the correct spring, and Jeff will mail it to me once I figure out where I will be.
Jeff had designed a spacer to go under the spring on his KLR, and he put it on mine.
Basically what it does is that the spring has a way higher compression now. Amazing!!! i"m way high up and done bottom out. back to tiptoeing though! Even with a full load!
So I decided to leave Thursday even though I could have hung out till Monday for the now spring to arrive. But I figured if I wanted to make it to Quebec in about a month time (to maybe meet up with Jettn Jim) I would have to mosey on…
Jeff told me about Meadow Lake provincial park, and suggested taking Hwy 950.
I was on the road by 9

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This picture is for Jeff who did not quite believe me that my RPM is only 4200 at 65 miles an hour (98kmp)

I rode into Saskatchewan and decided to take a picture of Alberta too, as I had missed the sign entering from NWT
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Yep, now I am in Saskatchewan

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Route 950
I easily found the turnoff to go to Meadow Lake provincial park. Right as I got onto the gravel I realized that my tire pressure was just way to high! I was going all over the place. I stopped and lowered it to 25 psi to see if it made a difference. In those few minutes I had 2 trucks stop and ask if I needed help, how sweet  :smiler:
I hopped back on and continued.
15 half an hour later, Spirit really started squirreling, what the??????
I hopped back off and immediately saw what was going on. I was standing ankle deep in gravely sand! Yikes.
Just by looking at it you can't tell. Someone had just grated this road!! Wonder if it was that huge weird tractor looking thing I saw?
I lowered the pressure down to 15 and decided to keep going on (I kinda debated turning around I have to admit)
While I was lowering the pressure another truck stopped and a guy came out offering to help. I told him what I was doing, and of course there came the usual questions, where was I from and where was I going. He kept on saying I don't believe it, by yourself? This whole way? He kept shaking his head, but was really sweet and gave me a map of the park and told me how much more of this sand I had to endure. He said even his little truck was going all over the place. He said bye and drove off, me I hopped back on hoping the ride would be easier now.
It helped just a little but not much. I basically kept riding on parts of the road that looked the hardest, and occasionally hit really soft groves. It was no fun!
On top of that I saw a bear at the side of the road, now would be a really wrong time to crash! Luckily it took one look at Spirit and ran.
There were maybe 4 or 5 times that I almost dropped her but didn't. Phew!

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I finally hit this, oil treated, yippee!!

For my brake I stopped at a day park at a lake (can't remember the name) and had a bite to eat
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I decided to forego my idea of going all the way north on this road, and took the turn off to Goodsoil.
I was already getting tired and figured I'd set up camp early

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Lots of farms on the road, which I thought might make it a bit of a challenge to find a spot to pitch my tent
After a little while I saw a sign dead end road…. Bingo, that might work.
I rode down there a bit, but it was getting very hairy! Deep sand ruts, yikes, nope, not my cup of tea….
I managed to turn around in the sand and rode back to the road.
Right before I got there I saw a meadow on the left with an old run down shed. Perfect!
Away from the eye, unless you came down the road, and close enough to the road that even if it rained I could easily make it.
I did have to ride through a ditch of sort, but it was dry.

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I love the high grass, it keeps the mosquitos out!

It was mosquito heaven there, so I quickly pitched the tent, tossed my junk in there and crawled in myself.
I lit some incense to keep the bug aways and got ready for the night.
As soon as I had gotten myself settled, it started raining. Talk about perfect timing!
It rained all night, sometimes heavy sometimes light. I fell asleep at 8 but woke up at midnight with one thought on my mind, I rode through a ditch to get where I was! Of course then I started worrying about how to get back on the road if the ditch filled up with water. I finally convinced myself that worrying did no good and that I would just have to find out in the morning. I slept till 9! I did dream about someone walking around my tent though, but I couldn't talk or move, it was weird.

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Cute little fellow!

There was no rain in the morning and as I peeked outside it looked like it might be a nice sunny day. The weather forecast for Beauval and Flin Flon was rain rain rain. Crap!
I decided to ride to Green Lake and find out if they knew what the road was like up in Beauval.
Luckily I bumped into a Harley guy who called his friend in Beauval to see what the road was like. It had been raining up there too.
I decided then and there that I was going to head toward Prince Albert and take the road through Prince Albert National Park to avoid going through the city, and then head North to Flin Flon.
Don't ask me why I want to go there, I don't know myself! Still if the forecast keeps being tons of rain in Flin Flon I might just chance my mind, and stay where the sun is  klrt3

I made it to Big River and am drinking some decaf while typing up my report at the Esso gas station which has a cute little diner

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They have lots of good stuff to eat if you're a meat eater, I did see a Greek salad on the menu too though :D
Well, it's 4 PM and I am off again, spent too much time typing up my report!!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on July 18, 2014, 06:19:33 PM
..... But I figured if I wanted to make it to Quebec in about a month time (to maybe meet up with Jettn Jim) I would have to mosey on…...


I love your time frames!   :thumb:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 21, 2014, 04:54:42 PM
This ride report is proof of how diligent I am in keeping up with it! I actually have to pay here at the library in The Pass to use the internet. $1 per half hour!
But as I am a firm patron of the library system I figured I’d help.

Where did I leave off??
Oh yeah, I left Big River heading to Meadow Lake Provincial Park.

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Big River, it reminded me of one of my nicest costumes I’d made, that required 14 yards of fabric. It was one of those “Scarlet O’Hara” dresses

The weather was nice and I was glad not to be riding in rain again, kinda had enough of rain for a while.
Pretty soon I got to the shortcut to the park, which turned into a dirt road, Hmmm, the Harley guy said it was paved.

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It looked pretty dry so l kept riding.

Yeahhhhhhh, I had to stop and lower the tire pressure.  It wasn’t all that dry in places, and in other places it was super dry and sandy. I don’t like sand, have I mentioned that before??

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After a while it turned pretty good and before I knew it I hit pavement again.
The pay booth was not too much further.
The lady at the booth asked if I planned to stay, and I said no, just passing through on my way to Flin Flon. She let me pass without paying a fee.
The road itself was nice, but not spectacular though. I pulled over at a campground to inflate the tires again. I so love my green slime inflator!!


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Gorgeous view before the end of the road

After about 40 minutes of easy riding I came to Meadow Lake Town.
What a shock! After being in nature all of a sudden I was in touristville!!!
There were little shops and restaurants, cafes with chairs and tables outside, very cozy! This was really a high-end resort!
Kinda got lost cause my GPS didn’t see any of this, so I asked for direction back to the Hwy.
I was curious about camping prices so at the little exit booth I asked how much the overflow was to pitch a tent for the night. Not as bad as I had thought, but with the entrance fee it would have cost me $25, so I opted not to.

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I parked right in front of this deer, and it just looked at me!

Pretty soon I hit Hwy 2 (I think) and headed North to Weywatkin, the last place to gas up the Harley guy told me, before I got to La Ronge.
By now it was pretty late and I was tiring
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The sun was fast on its way down, and I really don’t like riding at night, not only that, I discovered to my dismay that only one setting of my headlight works.
Seeing as I painted over the little drawing I don’t know if I now have my regular or my brights on. I have the top part of the button pressed down.

I kept turning in little side roads and one after the other turned too muddy or sandy, and almost all of them had bear poop on the tracks. Hmmm, nope, so not going to stay here!

I was hoping to find a spot with trees, so I could have some shade, and put up my tarp in case it rained
Then I saw a little tent sign with the letter 2 Km underneath.
I kept my fingers crossed that this place wouldn’t charge an arm and a leg.
Two Km later I saw the turn off…………
?????
This is a campground? I rode Spirit around the little loop and saw 2 open spaces between the trees, and 2 toilets. No sign anywhere about having to pay!! Yippee!!
One of the open spaces had a teepee frame on it, so I picked that one.

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My tent fit right inside of it, and I fixed my tarp over it just in case.

Pretty soon a car showed up with a canoe on the top, and the guy picked the other empty spot. My did would be happy I had a fellow camper and was not all alone.
After I finished setting up it was dark, and I cooked my dinner quickly as I was hungry to the max!
Then I checked my cell phone. I had reception!!! Awesome!

Around midnight I crashed, and I slept like a log.
I vaguely heard the canoe guy leave early in the morning, but I fell right back asleep again.
As I had such a nice spot I decided to stay for a day.  It rained on and off, and I spend the day knitting (again) and reading.

Started on Brain Sanderson’s Way of Kings, pretty awesome book so far! I now the sequel is out, but probably not yet on e-format at the library.

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I walked around when the rain stopped and saw why there were sooooo many mosquitos at the campground

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Interesting little (actually pretty big) bug in the tent
I packed up everything I didn’t need and put it in my cases.  According to the weather forecast it was gong to be sunny the next day.
I woke early and packed up the rest. I wouldn’t say it was sunny, but it was dry.

When I got to Weywatkin I found the gas station, but it turned out that the pump was no longer in use. Shucks! I would have to go to La Ronge now to gas up.
Luckily it was only 20 miles further than the turnoff to Hwy 165 that headed to Flin Flon.

I got to La Ronge a couple of hours later and filled up my gas tank. It took me a while to get out of there as people kept coming up to talk to me and ask me where I was going and where I was from. Finally I said my goodbyes and  rode away.
They had a huge grocery story in town I was told so I headed there in search of some almond milk. It was closed on Sunday! Bummer.
I turned around and headed back to the gas station to get some paper towels and fill up my water canteens.

As I headed to Hwy 165 I was both nervous and happy. At least I didn’t totally ex out the route I wanted to take. I hoped that the road would be dry.
As I turned off unto 165 I was happy to see that the road was in really good shape. l kept my fingers crossed.

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I just had to take a pic of Spirit and the open road!
The speed limit was 80 Km an hour and I kept it at 70 pretty much, until the road got tricky. Again I stopped to let the air out of the tires, down to 20 Psi
I thanked my lucky starts that it had been dry for a little while, cause I saw what this road would have looked like when wet! There had been some heavy cars that left their tracks and I pretty much kept Spirit riding over their tire tracks, which were about a foot wide. Left and right of the nicely flattened area the dirt was sometimes a foot high, but mostly about half a foot of mud, gravel or sand, depending on how wet it was.
Occasionally I had to fight to keep Spirit upright as the tracks crisscrossed, but other than that it was really easy.

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Hit another easy stretch

After about 100 Km (really short road) I hit pavement again.
Stopped again to put air in.
I kept on noticing oil on my bottle and the frame, and I couldn’t figure out where it came from.
I figured as I had spilled some on my engine guard that it must be flying off it and unto the frame. I really should not have assumed and looked, but I’ll tell you later why I was leaking oil. I did check the oil level and it was good.
The weather was really nice, even though my android weather told me rain, rain, rain  in Flin Flon and surrounding areas. I am so not going to look at that thing again!!!
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The road to Fin Flon reminded my of a patchwork quilt!

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The closer I got there the more rocks I saw. This was exactly like going to Yellowknife!

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It was very pretty driving by all that water.

I was in Flin Flon before I knew it, and nowhere did I see a sign saying Welcome to Manitoba! Sniff

I did find the tourist info center and got a map of Manitoba. The kid didn’t know anything about camping or which routes where the nicest, so I left to crass the road and go into Walmart for some almond milk.
They had just closed!! Oh well, I still had one little 8 ounce carton.
They also had camping in Flin Flon, but camping right in town just doesn’t do it for me, even though I would have like a shower.
I headed South toward The Pass, looking for a place to camp. Another campground was also $25, nope!
After a while I noticed a sign saying  picnic area, and I turned off into the dirt road.
I was really a short road and ended up at the lake.
There were no tables or anything, so it didn’t look like a picnic area, but boy did it look like the perfect camping spot!
I decided to just pitch my tent and if I got booted out, so be it!

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It was the perfect spot, and even better was the fact that there were hardly any bugs!!

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View from my tent door

I was really comfy and happy there, the sound of the water lapping was very soothing and not having to swat away mosquitos in my tent was just awesome!
After cooking dinner and eating I walked around a bit. There was a hill behind my tent and I walked up it


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The sun was setting and I got a pretty nice shot of the sunset

I slept like a rock and woke around 8, but really 9 Manitoba time.
I took it easy and made pancakes, but before too long it got too hot. There was not a cloud in the sky!! Amazing!
I did my morning check for Spirit, checked the oil, still good but a little lower….. so I added a little.
Check the tire pressure, both good, and waxed the chain.
Then I looked at the oily frame and water bottle again. I had just wiped those yesterday!
Then I saw why!!  “#*^%oghlfjb32)!lgrrrhidssht*&%!!!”
My stupidity is going to kill Spirit one of these days, if it hasn’t done so already!
I could have cried!!!
Dimwit I told myself! I had totally forgotten to reconnect the fat hose that goes from the engine to the airbox, and oil had been leaking out of there.
I took it of and checked the inside. The part that had been hanging out was dirty with oil and sand, but the inside near the engine was just oily, and I could not detect any griddy stuff. Maybe the pressure coming out of it stopped dirt from going into my engine. I sure was hoping so, but what worried me was the fact that it had rained with that hose out. I can only hope that because it was kind of under the seat somewhat, that no water got into it.
I cleaned up the inside of the hose with paper towel, and put it back on.
Maybe just to make sure I’ll change the oil in The Pass if they have a Walmart or Canadian Tire that sells Rotella-T

I left around 11 Manitoba time, and headed for the pass.
The road was pretty boring, but still nice.
The pass is a nice size town but I still had no reception. Then a lady told me, yep, Telus has no service here. Shucks!!
I found this library and figured I’d type up my report first and the pay for the internet to upload the pics and my report.
An hour later, paid for internet and I couldn’t upload the pictures. The guy at the library was a jerk, didn’t even offer to return the dollar.
Went back to McD and uploaded everything there.
No Walmart or Canadian tire here, not sure if I can find Rotella-T here.

I’m gonna head south and see if I can bypass Winnipeg.




Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on July 21, 2014, 07:28:48 PM
Flin FLon the only town in the world named after a fictional character,   I slept for free at the campground in town as I had met the postman and his wife who worked there at a bar one RAINY night, great couple.  She gave me a key to the washroom and I left it under a rock near the office. Actually it was raining SO hard that I just threw my bag on the bathroom floor and slept right there!  :bugey: Quite a sight I was to the ol' men coming in for their morning seat time, good thing I had lost my smell in the accident.  :winker:

"The town's name is taken from the lead character in a paperback novel, The Sunless City by J. E. Preston Muddock. Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin piloted a submarine through a bottomless lake where he passed into a strange underground world through a hole lined with gold. A copy of the book was allegedly found and read by prospector Tom Creighton.

When Tom Creighton discovered a high-grade exposure of copper, he thought of the book and called it Flin Flon's mine, and the town that developed around the mine adopted the name.

The character of "Flinty", as he is locally known, is of such importance to the identity of the city that the local Chamber of Commerce commissioned the minting of a $3.00 coin which was considered legal tender amongst locally participating retailers during the year following its issue. A statue representing Flinty was designed by cartoonist Al Capp and is one of the points of interest of the city. In 1978, the National Film Board of Canada produced the short documentary Canada Vignettes: Flin Flon about the origin of the city's name."
Flinty here near the Campground...
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HUGE underground mines are under the city the size of football fields. Mining still being the main employment there: "Today, Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited (now known as HudBay Minerals Inc.), is still the major employer in the area and mining is at the heart of the economy."

If you go East out of town on 10 toward the Cranberry Lakes and Cranberry  Portage you can see the Worlds Largest Tipi:
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Then take a left onto hwy 39 for a ways past many more lakes, then scoot down hwy 6 which will spit Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis BIG WATERS! And lotsa great Walleye to eat!  :drooler:

North of Winnipeg you can start cutting across to the East and Southeast missing the greater part of town.
I loved that ride up there!  :claps:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 23, 2014, 04:17:47 PM
..... But I figured if I wanted to make it to Quebec in about a month time (to maybe meet up with Jettn Jim) I would have to mosey on…...


I love your time frames!   :thumb:
Haha, yep, I don't like to hurry!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 23, 2014, 04:20:05 PM
I just spend two blissful days at a beautiful and free campground half hour north of Mafeking on the lake.
It was just gorgeous and peaceful!

My ride from The Pas was uneventful, and I rode for quite a while. Funny how thoughts pop up in your head if there is nothing to do other than riding, especially if the scenery is really not that captivating.
I've even had total strangers talking to me, and suggesting I write a book about my travels. To me it would just seem like a boring book, but it seems many disagree. Maybe I should take a go at it and see if I can even write anything logical  :Hap1:

It was getting late as I had spent way too much time in The Pas, and again I started going down little roads, but nothing felt right to me.
I almost pitched my tent in an acceptable spot, but the mosquitos were bad. I had to pee, and my butt looks horrendous now! I envy guys!!  haphap
Somehow I felt that I needed to keep going, that I shouldn't settle for something less than I found so far.
The road all of a sudden got really bad, they were redoing the tar, and had made the sand wet. It was now thick almost hard mud with lots of groves. No fun! Glad it was only a short while.
On the map there was a small icon of a tent way north of Mafeking, and I thought I'd just pay for a campsite and take a shower. When I finally got there I was stunned. It was awesome!!

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Not a soul in sight

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No idea what flowers these will become

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Had a dragonfly land on my sleeve and stayed there for a long time, until I accidentally dropped my camera on him, oops! Was trying to take a really close shot and it slipped out of my hands.

I spend the day dong nothings, like knitting, Finished Spanky's hat, drawing, reading, eating and relaxing. Even though I love riding and seeing beautiful things and surroundings, I love pitching my tent and doing nothing the most.
LOL, probably not something a lot of people do when traveling. Everybody seems to be on the go all the time, it sounds exhausting!

I was debating staying another day at the campground when the crew came to clean the bathroom and mow the yard. I decided that maybe I should just mosey on. One of the crewmen was also a rider, and he gave me some info on routes to take. He shared his cherries with me, which was really sweet. He said he was jeoulous and would love to find himself a girlfriend just like me. I didn't quite know what to say to that! :eek1
I told him that he would one day, seemed to be the only thing appropriate.

I took my sweet time and must have gotten another 20 or so mosquito bites. I look like I have contracted the chickenpox!!
Trying not to scratch is quite a challenge!

After having packed up and saying but to the crew i headed for Swan River.
Along the road were tents,

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I am guessing these are the beehive tents too, even though they look way different than the other ones in Alberta.

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The only bummer right now is the there is no Telus service here in Manitoba!! I looked for one of those cheap go phones at a gas station or supermarket, but I guess it's not as common as in the US.
Looks like I wil be able to have reception once I am north of Winnipeg.

Well, this is all for today folks, till later, I am heading to Duck Mountain….
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 25, 2014, 07:32:47 PM
NG, I can't tell you how fascinated I am with this part of your ride report. Almost 40 years ago I had thoughts of riding this very same area. My plan was to go north from Winnipeg to Flin Flon, then stay as far north as possible while heading west until I connected up with the road to Yellowknife. Really, who wouldn't want to ride to a place with a name like Flin Flon. Never did make that ride but 20+ years ago I did head up to Thompson, Manatoba. Weather turned bad just north of Moosehorn and I decided to head west instead. A very nice couple let me use an empty house trailer to stay dry that night. He owned one of a very few tow trucks between Winnipeg and Thompson so did a pretty good business with it. That's about 250 miles. I did spend a night in my tent on a very nice small lake in Riding Mt. park.
Did you know that that area is the garter snake capitol of the world? I remember seeing as many as 20 dead ones in the road per mile. Years later I saw a film about all the snakes in that region, millions of them. Just like in that Indiana Jones movie.
Yours is the only ride report I've ever read from that part of Canada. Years ago I did read one about riding up to Yellowknife. I remember one of the photos was of a very dusty road with a sign saying "Dust Free Passing Zone, 25 Miles"
Enjoy your adventure and keep up the posts. YJ
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 26, 2014, 04:00:15 PM
NG, I can't tell you how fascinated I am with this part of your ride report. Almost 40 years ago I had thoughts of riding this very same area. My plan was to go north from Winnipeg to Flin Flon, then stay as far north as possible while heading west until I connected up with the road to Yellowknife. Really, who wouldn't want to ride to a place with a name like Flin Flon. Never did make that ride but 20+ years ago I did head up to Thompson, Manatoba. Weather turned bad just north of Moosehorn and I decided to head west instead. A very nice couple let me use an empty house trailer to stay dry that night. He owned one of a very few tow trucks between Winnipeg and Thompson so did a pretty good business with it. That's about 250 miles. I did spend a night in my tent on a very nice small lake in Riding Mt. park.
Did you know that that area is the garter snake capitol of the world? I remember seeing as many as 20 dead ones in the road per mile. Years later I saw a film about all the snakes in that region, millions of them. Just like in that Indiana Jones movie.
Yours is the only ride report I've ever read from that part of Canada. Years ago I did read one about riding up to Yellowknife. I remember one of the photos was of a very dusty road with a sign saying "Dust Free Passing Zone, 25 Miles"
Enjoy your adventure and keep up the posts. YJ
Thanks Yellow Jacket, I'm glad I'm posting something about the area you like!!  :smiler:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 26, 2014, 04:02:28 PM
I'm in Gimli now, and no, I did not just get eaten by the dwarf!  :Hap1: (I think only Lord of the Rings fans will get this joke!)

Anyways, after posting my last RR, I walked back outside to find the heat just blasting me!

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Just to show how warm it was, the asphalt was melting!

I headed to Duck Mountain, and hit the dirt fairly soon
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It was real easy riding though, nice and solid with not much gravel.
All in all I found the road not too impressive, I had hoped to see more hills and such, but other than a slow incline at times I did not realize I was on a mountain.
The area definitely draws a lot of locals in the summer. There was a huge campground with swimming area in the lake, a playground and such, even a boat ramp.

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I didn't stay long as I just wasn't feeling it.
The road through Duck Mountain PP was rather short, and before I knew it I had gone through it.
The last 10 miles or so were freshly grated! I discovered that a certain speed lets you go through that stuff without too much wobble, so I kept plowing on. I've got to get better at riding it!!
One of these days I'd like to ride the Himalayas, and that's really gnarly roads, so I'd better toughen up!!

I stopped at a small gas station on my way east (I think it was in Dauphin) where I got some gas and batteries. I got a shock to find out that in Manitoba the tax is 13% The owner of the gas station, and Indian feller, felt sorry for me, and gave me the batteries for free! Awwwww. We had been talking for a while about my trip and where I was going, and he figured I had to be low on funds.

I kept riding for a while but it was getting darker.
All of a sudden in the corner of my eye, I saw a little gravel road going up and disappearing. I made a quick U-ey and rode up it. It was a gravel pit, or should I say gravel mountain!
I kept riding on the grass around the mountain of gravel and behind it was the perfect camping spot!!

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There was a little broken down storage shed or so behind it, with some odds and ends furniture strewn all over the place.
Left and right of the grassy field where barbed wire fences with cows behind them. I felt really safe there so I pitched my tent in the high grass, which is quite a feat really!
I loved my little spot!

I fell asleep in no time and slept really well.
The nice thing about having no time frame is that I can do whatever I want to do, and I didn't want to pack up and move again, so I stayed. Not having shade is a bit of a drag, but that day was really windy, so I sat outside most of the day (and got sunburned) and relaxed.

As I am rather trigger-happy as far as the camera is concerned and decided to snoop around and see what I could find that might be picture worthy.
It's amazing the wealth of beauty one can find in a wild grassy field!

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It's funny how I am so used to seeing things at large, but really looking into the little things in life, the things not seen unless really looking, those things are just as amazing as the highest mountain tops and the biggest lakes.
There is so much beauty in the small things, not only that, but every little thing, be it a bug or a small flower, it feels as if I've discovered something never seen by anyone else. Which is both true and silly. Of course people have seen a grasshopper or a nettle flower, but it is also true that nobody will have seen that particular one!
So I really enjoy looking at the world up close, as well as from far away.

I spend a really blissful day there and was ready for another day on the road the next morning when I woke up.
It was drizzling a little so I took my time packing. After a little while the tent dried (there was lots of wind) and the sun came out.
Once back on the road I headed East again. I needed a shower (baby wipes help, but not where your hair is concerned).

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As I was riding through Manitoba Narrows, I saw a touristy spot with a store and a huge camping area.
I stopped in the store and asked the guy there if there was a laundromat, and the owner of the store let me use the one in the camp ground.
The washing machine was only a loony and a half!!! Awesome, but best of all, there was a shower in the ladies bathroom!!
And not a coin one, just a normal shower. Yippee!!! I tossed my dirty clothes in the machine and took a nice leisurely shower!! Once clean I scrubbed my jacket, as it was no longer high vis yellow!!!
I spent a long time there, as the dryer did not work too del, and required more coins than the washing machine did.
Still at around 5 my jacket, mu clothes and I were clean!
I had also purchased a bunch of snacks at the store while waiting, so that way I felt I gave them at least some of my money :D
I hit the road again and was aiming for lake Winnepeg.

As I got to the lake I realized that this might not have been a bright idea. This was a very touristy and populated area!
I wnt on some dirt roads leading to the lake, but there were no camping signs everywhere!
At one spot I stopped to take a picture, it was beautiful there

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I walked through the grass to take another shot, and got assaulted by bugs!!!
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I closed my helmet really quickly as I didn't want them in my face.
You can imagine how fast I got out of there!!

I stopped at one camp ground, but it was expensive and too crowded. I didn't realize that it was Friday…..
As I kept going south on 222 toward Gimli I noticed another sign saying Camp Morton Provincial park.
Turns out that the office was back 2 km, and already closed as it was late.
I stopped to ask someone how much the camp ground was, and was told $17. I decided to just stay there.
But now I faced the question where to stay, as the list of sites still available was from the day before.

I got really lucky then, as campsites 9-12 were already taken by a big family gathering, but 9 was still empty as those friends never made it. I was offered to take their spot!
That was so sweet.
Kate made a run to Sobeys and asked if anyone needed something.
I asked if she could pick me up some tofu, and handed her some money.

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I pitched my tent and made some dinner.

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Fran is the gal who offered the spot to me (in orange shirt), and Kate is the young girl to the left.
Later on we all played a dominoes game (involving trains) It was cool, and I won the second game (beginners luck I guess).

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Thousands of dragon flies hovering in the night sky

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close up of a bug, the same kind that were on my helmet earlier. Fran told me they only live 24 hrs and don't have a mouth!
Now what would the purpose of their lives be? To live and not eat? Are they only some other bugs food? Very odd!

I went to bed around 11 but had a tough time ring to sleep as a girl started screaming at the top of her lungs, and her dad was cussing at her telling her to stop.
Then he hopped in the truck and left!!!! She screamed even louder for about half an hour. I felt like calling the cops, but had no cell phone reception. She fell asleep after a while, and the dad returned.
I think she was mentally challenged, as her sounds were high pitched and didn't sound like a language at all, as if she couldn't talk.
Still, what a way for a dad to react to a situation like that! (I am guessing it was a dad, if it was a nurse or so, or camp leader, well, I'd have his ass fired!!!)
After she quieted down (it was midnight by then, some campers showed up and pitched their tent next to mine, making a lot of noise and then decided to make a fire and drink.  :eek7:
I put some earplugs in and went to sleep!

Today I decided to go into town and find some internet.
I headed to Gimli (which is really a touristy place) and took a bunch of pictures.

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This one was definitely my favorite!

There was a little tent site with booths selling all kinds of stuff
This one made me laugh!!!  haphap

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Hopefully tonight will be quieter, and tomorrow I'm heading to Sellkirk, as I have been told it has a health food store.
Afterward Ontario!!
Yep I am getting closer to Labrador!!

Before I end, I want to say (again) to John S (Arrghhh can't remember who you are on here :cry ) thank you soooo much for another donation. You are spoiling me!! Glad to know that I'll definitely make it to Labrador now, it will fill my tank quite a few times!  :smiler: (Hondo, we need a heart smiley!!!)
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 27, 2014, 08:41:50 PM
I didn't get very far today  :Hap1:
Fran and Rick invited me to stay at their place for a night and get a shower etc.
I figured as I still have a ways before it's mid August (trying to meet up with Jettn Jim in Quebec at some point) I would be able to just take my time.

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There was a little trail to the beach from the campground

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The beach itself was very pretty and the sand soft. In Hawaii the beach is more grainy because of all the small coral pieces.

The gang was having fun while cooking dinner, one of the things was making little animals

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I made the giraffe!! It's like lego's, but the legs and neck are little plastic strips you fold into a triangle lengthways

The clouds turned very dark, and before I knew it rain came down hard!!! We all huddled under the motorhome awning, but that didn't do much good.
I crawled back into my tent as soon as it eased off a bit and grabbed my Nook to read.
It was a stormy night, and the lake sounded like a rough ocean with the waves crashing on the shore.
I have to admit that I missed that sound!!! It was so soothing to hear, but the wind on top of that was pretty deafening.
I slept like a log!! (always do when it's stormy) and woke up fairly early.

Was packed up and out of there by 10
The ride to their house was short but it was a nice ride along the coast line

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I got myself situated in the camper, which is awesome ( a little home to myself) and went to the local market with Fran.
There were little craft, and produce booths. It wasn't a large market and we didn't spend much time there, but it was neat meeting some local folks.
When we got back to the house Fran took me for a walk around the yard

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I can't help it, I just love Lilies!!

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Doesn't that look like a little bitty cauliflower in the center??

Then Fran and I went for a short ATV ride around the property.

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A genetically correct tin man hanging from a tree, I think his name was Wilson?? LOL : :Hap1:

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I loved this old stove. I bet cooking on this thing was pretty easy, but I'm guessing your legs would get pretty hot while standing there stirring away.

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You can't tell by the photo, but the little pansy is not bigger than your thumbnail!!

I can take my time tomorrow, as I will be visiting an Earth house at noon.
Rick and I got to talking about houses and I told him I really wanted a Hobbit home. He then mentioned there being one only a few miles away, where he did the Electrical wiring.
The home is off the grid, and only has solar for electric and windows for heating in the winter.
Can't wait to see it!!
After that I'm heading toward Sellkirk, where there is a health food store. Running low on Tasty Bites again!
I can't believe how close I am getting to Quebec and Labrador!!
Still, Ontario and Quebec are pretty huge!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Yellow Jacket on July 27, 2014, 09:09:19 PM
When you mentioned Selkirk earlier I thought you were talking about Selkirk Ont., near Niagara Falls. Couldn't figure out how you would get there in one day. Finally figured out there is a Selkirk Man. as well.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on July 28, 2014, 01:14:29 AM
Many thanks for the reports!  I really appreciate 'em.

I'm super interested in the Earth House, we built an Earthship greenhouse here (NM) and it's been fantastic.  I can't help but think such ideas would pay off up north as well.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 28, 2014, 10:33:12 AM
When you mentioned Selkirk earlier I thought you were talking about Selkirk Ont., near Niagara Falls. Couldn't figure out how you would get there in one day. Finally figured out there is a Selkirk Man. as well.
That's funny!! I didn't know. Yep, I do not have a flying carpet!  :Hap1:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 28, 2014, 10:34:00 AM
Many thanks for the reports!  I really appreciate 'em.

I'm super interested in the Earth House, we built an Earthship greenhouse here (NM) and it's been fantastic.  I can't help but think such ideas would pay off up north as well.
I'll post pics if they let me!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 29, 2014, 02:54:50 PM
I'm in Kenora Ontario right now after an eventful yesterday  :smiler:

Slept in as I had some trouble with mosquitos during the night, LOL, pesky little buggers!
Fran had made some fried green tomatoes in the morning, I had to think of that movie. She cooks outside in the summer so the house doesn't heat up so much. Quite clever! It tasted really good!
Around noon we left to go see the earth house.
It was really close by, which makes it double so funny that I had even mentioned what my future house would look like.
As we turned into their driveway other than their sheds, you could only see a big grassy hill, and an antenna  haphap

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As we walked around the other side the front of the building came into view

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As you can see, it is still a work in progress as they are doing everything their selves (other than the electric) That's Rick in the foreground
The dogs heard us coming and we hoped that we hadn't woken up the baby.

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Once you walked into the covered "porch" area, you could feel how hot is was in there. In the winter that would be wonderful!
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If it got too hot, there were vents in the ceiling you could open up

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A very huge Hibiscus

I didn't take too many pics as I felt it was a little too intrusive. The house was very nice, but there were things I would not do in my place, like a concrete floor.
I'm sticking with my dome plan so far, and other than the dome being built out of three layers of brick with tar in between the layers, and the 4 support walls out of brick, everything else in the house will be out of wood.
It's good to dream right???  :Hap1:

I said goodbye to the young woman who showed us the place, to Fran and Rick, and rode toward Selkirk.
As I arrived I happened to see a Safeway there, I decided to stop (gut feeling) and see if by any chance they sold Tasty Bites. The health food store Grandma Carol's didn't.
They didn't have Tasty Bite, but they did have lots of other similar meals

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I was in heaven!!

They also had a RedBox, and after a quick google, Yep I had reception again, I found out that Kenora also had a RedBox.
I got two movies, one of them "Winter's Tale" and looked forward to a nice movie night in my tent

I bumped into Fran and Rick again, and told them I had found what I had been looking for.
Finally I hit the road again.
The scenery changed, and no longer was I only on straight roads, there were actually some curves here and there!!

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I found an awesome spot at the lake and I had just finished pitching my tent, when an official looking truck appeared……

Crap! I walked up to the rangers and said, it's okay to camp here right??
Both their heads shook no. LOL
We got to talking and asked them where a good legal spot would be. Of course they mentioned the obnoxiously loud and full campground in town, but I told them that there was no way I would ever be able to fall asleep there, and that I was looking for some wilderness camping.
The guy told me that for a "more personalized experience" I could continue for another 14 kilometers and be out of the park, where there were dirt roads that I could go on and camp. LOL, I had to laugh about his phrasing.
I told them I'd be finished in half an hour and they said okay.

It took me indeed half an hour to pack back up, and I was soaked through by that time as it was really hot, in the nineties!

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Once back on the road it was only a few kilometers to get into Ontario!! 14 km??? The guy was a tad off.
I kept riding for a while until a dirt road beckoned me. I swung on it and in no time got to a nice cozy spot

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There was a sandy track that looked like some ATVs had been riding on.

I had my tent up in a jiffy, eager to try out my new meals and kicking back watching a movie.

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Looked like I had parked myself smack-dab in the middle of a huge blueberry field!!
Hmmmm, bears might definitely be around!!

The new food was very spicy!! Had to add a few raisins in the meal and eat some chocolate afterward to quench the burning!! LOL
I packed up all my food, and crawled in the tent to watch my movies. It was heavenly!!
I slept great and woke up around 8.
It's weird, years ago I was a bit of a Keanu Reeves fan, and for some odd reason the last week or so he's been in my dreams.
Then it dawned on me this morning that he grew in Ontario. LOL, what the subconscious mind doesn't drag up in ones dreams!!!
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A shot from the other side

I was out of there by 10 and headed to Kenora to return the movies to RedBox.

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I was really enjoying the few curves here and there

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As I rode into Kenora I noticed a huge white tent in the distance, not sure what it was.
I found the tourist info and got myself a map of Ontario.
Ha, Dryden was like a stone's throw away. Oh well, I guess I won't be meeting DrydenRider54, as he is out of town till Thursday, unless I find some awesome spot to hang out for a couple of days.  :smiler:
I found Safeway and returned the DVDs. I also found aMcD and used their internet. Too bad hardly any of them have electric plugs, so I hope it will be sunny so I can charge my laptop again.
It's almost three and I'm going to hit the road again, but not before saying Thank you sooooo much Geoffrey for putting quite a few full tanks into my Paypal account!!
I'm pretty sure that now I'll actually make it to Newfoundland!!
I'm so glad for everyone's help, you are all making my dream come true!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on July 29, 2014, 10:14:47 PM
Wow, that is a really cool Earthship!  Thay have the right idea.  Concrete floors are great for thermal mass, but... is that a KLR topic?  :puzzled:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 02, 2014, 08:10:12 AM
It's Saturday morning almost 8, and I am actually awake, and sitting in a real bed at Finndian's girlfriend's house in Wawa.
I had a great few days since I last posted, so here it goes.
After leaving Kenora I discovered that Dryden is not exactly a stone's throw from Kenora : :Hap1:

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The road was getting more interesting and had some twists and turns and ups and downs. I did miss that!

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I eventually got to Dryden, after having gotten poured on, and took a picture of the downtown sign, just so I could show Dryden-Rider-54 that I'd been there.
I parked at a little rest stop just at the edge of Dryden to lube my chain and to check my tire pressure, there were beautiful flowers planted there, still wet from the rain. I couldn't help but take some pics of them.

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After leaving Dryden I was just cruising along when out of the corner of my eye I noticed a street sign
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I had to make a U-ey and take a pic. My son's name is Travis, and I'd been missing him.so seeing a street with his name on it was kinda cool. I figured he'd get a kick out of it.

I kept riding for a while and decided at one pint that I'd had enough and wanted to crash. Of course when you are looking for a place to stealth camp, it might take a while at times. I kept turning in here and there, but nothing looked right. I even checked out a few rest stops with tables and such, but all specifically said no camping.
The at the last rest stop road work was going on and they had detoured the entrance. Once I got there I rode up the hill and saw a wonderful little spot. It was late and a few other folks had the same idea as me and had made camp there as well.

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I pitched my tent near a table right next to the river and after a quick dinner fell right asleep.

The next morning (I did not get thrown out!) I discovered why the river was that loud!!

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just a few yards from where I was camped!

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There was even a second one, but hard to see through all the bushes and trees.

Because I had plenty of time before meeting Jettn Jim, I decided to hand there for a day and relax.
There were a lot of folks stopping by that day to see the little waterfall. Towards the end of the day the thought of maybe spending my night in my hammock and hide between the trees, entered my mind.
So I broke camp and set up my hammock so I wouldn't be visible, and also hid Spirit in between the trees.

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Not sure if that had been a smart idea!! There were so many mosquitos there that they made me miserable, and I had just lost my repellent. The night turned out to be really cold, high forties and I was really cold in my hammock, as it doesn't have one of those down blankets suspended underneath. I even had my little foam pad in the hammock.
It took a while but I finally fell asleep, woke up in the middle of the night cold, and fell asleep again later.

Yep, hammocks just aren't comfortable for me. I think they are great when it is warm, and when I absolutely can't pitch my tent.
I crawled out fairly early and broke camp in the middle of a sunny patch so I wouldn't get bitten too much.
It took me still more than an hour to get ready, basically because I dragged everything in the sun before packing up.
I was glad to be on the road again, away from those pesky little buggers.

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Crossed yet another time zone!!

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I was nearing Thunder Bay, and rode the scenic route past Kakabeka Falls. I had been there with my kids years ago when they were little, (touring for three weeks in an SUV camping all the way).

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I spent a while in Thunder bay buying more food for the road and mosquito repellent, even found Off botanicals, a lotion with Eucalyptus oil and no Deet! I also had to get a phone top up card, as my bank had put a hold on my account because I'd forgotten to mention that I was going to Canada.
Thunder Bay was a tad too crowded for me, so I hurried on out of there.

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I found another little rest stop, and cooked dinner there. I was really hungry and figured that this way I could just pitch my tent somewhere and crash without having to haul my cooking gear out.
I was tempted to stay there as it was quiet and remote, but I had wanted to put a few more miles on, so I could meet up with Finndian in Wawa at a decent time the next day.

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It was getting darker, and my camera takes odd pixels pics when it gets darker.

I ran into another rest stop at the lake, and noticed another camper there as well. There were no signs there that I couldn't camp, so I pitched my tent in a remote corner next to the water. It had gotten dark by now and as soon as I was done, it started raining as well. Boy, talk about perfect timing!!
I slept like a baby with the sound of the rain and the lapping of small waves agains the shore.

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The morning sun looked awesome on the lake

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Tent view from the lake

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The sun was right in my lens, so it looks a little weird but still cool

I left fairly early, but had to pack a wet tent as the dew and the rain make both sides wet! I figured I'd put it up at Finndian's place.
The road toward Wawa was awesome! I even saw a sign to some falls and even though it said boardwalk closed due to painting I went there anyways. There was no painter there and the ropes had been removed, so I went down the boardwalk anyway.

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It was worth the little hike and ignoring the signs :D

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I stopped at a rest stop to eat some chips I had bought earlier and rest a bit.
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Amazing to see Fireweed all the way here as well. If you look closely you'll see I even got a bee in the pic

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I'm guessing there are beavers in the area!

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I made it to Wawa and found Finndian's work place (after my GPS sent me somewhere else), he had given me the address. Turns out his shop has ATV, skidoos, and a couple of used bikes. Awesome!
I asked if I could borrow an oil pan so I could change moil, and he gave me one.
Changed my oil in no time and to my delight discovered an absolutely clean oil filter!!! not a sliver or grain of dirt in it!! I don't think I've ever had the filter this clean when changing my oil! I was so happy to see that!!

Gord (Finndian) closed his shop at five and we went over to his girlfriend Mary-Ann. She rides as well, and it is always great to meet another woman who rides!! His mom came over later with his youngest daughter and we had a very nice dinner together. His mom is quite a traveler herself, so here we were, a bunch of nomads sitting at the table.
Mary-Ann and I spend a while talking about riding and life, it's funny how many things we had in common. She is a do-it-herselfer too. :Hap1:

I took a nice bath and crashed in her son's bed who wasn't there.
I slept great but woke u early (forgot to lose curtains) I'm glad though, cause now i could do my ride report before I leave.
Gord and Mary-Ann are leaving today with the kids to go camping in Michigan, so I am glad I had the chance to meet them before they left.

Now I'm slowly heading toward a place where I'm to meet Jim. It's the start of a dirt road heading toward a small lake that I had picked out to meet at.
Gord told me about a nice side road that avoids Sault Saint Marie, and that has some nice camping. So I am heading there today.


Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 06, 2014, 04:55:21 PM
I'm in Val-d'Or!! Yippeeeeee!!
Funny how your mind makes up the worse scenarios and boy am I glad I just ignored it and chose to go the dirt way from Belleterre to Val-d'Or.
Anyways, let me go back to the time that I was leaving Mary-Ann's home.

Gord (FINNDIAN) Mary-Ann and the kids were leaving at noon to go to Michigan for the long weekend.
Gord came by early and helped me replace the headlight bulb which had burnt out. I thought I had to remove the fairing, but luckily Gord showed me how to pull out the rubber cap and then the spring. The rest was easy.
Afterward I packed up the Spirit and quickly got a few things taken care of, i.e. loaded up my prepaid phone, talked to my dad, and got a hold of Jim to finalize out meeting place.
Time speeds up on me occasionally, and I'm afraid that I was making Mary-Ann nervous by not having left yet  :Hap1:, sorry Mary-ann!!
We were all out of there at noon.
Gord had given me some roads to ride and that's where I was heading. I had forgotten to put in my ear plugs so I stopped on the side of the road to put them in, beep beep, there passed Gord and family!  haphap
I enjoyed the road along the lake, gorgeous!!

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I found the turn off to a road around a little peninsula to the right, and I thought I could ride around the coast. Unfortunately there were a gazillion homes there, and the gravel road dead-ended. I had missed a turn. I rode back and found the turn I missed, but that road turned into a very dark tree covered mud road that I decided I did not want to take.
So I turned around and got back on the Highway.  :smiler:

Gord had told me about Hwy 556 that bypasses Sault Set. Marie, and goes through Ranger Lake. It's mostly dirt and ends up on Hwy 129 where I would be able to find a camping spot along the river.

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After a few miles or really hard, teeth chattering washboard (which my XOG really didn't like), the road turned easy to ride and quite relaxing. Before I knew it I hit 129 and went South.
I kept looking for the spot between two sharp turns, and I found it. Unfortunately, or should I say fortunately, it was utterly crowded!! Yep, so not my style….. haphap
I kept going al the while looking for a little side road to the river.
I was getting closer and closer to Iron Bridge, when I noticed a very dark and narrow dirt road
I made a quick turn as I had already passed it, and rode through the sandy ditch onto the little road. Luckily it wasn't very long, and I had to duck occasionally as it looked like nobody had been here for a while.

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I ended up at a wonderful little spot at the river

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Looking back where I had come from. Perfect!!

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I pitched my tent, where by the looks of it, some folks used to camp and had left a couple of chairs
It was wonderfully peaceful, the birds were twittering and the sound of the river, albeit pretty loud, was soothing.
The mosquitos weren't bad, and the mosquito lotion I had found at Walmart, Off botanicals, was working great!
There were plenty of flowers around the tent and the river and I couldn't help but put them in my camera's lens  :smiler:

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I also discovered that the previous "tenants" had made a "bathroom"!!!
A tarped in square with a roof that had collapsed, but the pit and the really beautiful toilet with seat, was still there. I cleaned it up a bit, and enjoyed going to the bathroom in style!!  :Hap1:
I slept great, again, and once I woke up decided that I wanted to hang for a day.
As it was getting too hot in the tent, I opted to hang my hammock between the trees for some shade.

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Heaven!!!

I spent my day hanging around (literally) reading and crocheting, and closing my eyes while listening o the river and the birds.

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View from within the hammock

As I woke the next morning, i had a very unsettling feeling in the pit of my stomach, I couldn't explain why. I kept looking at the trees and the river, but I felt like I was being watched. I kept my bear spray handy, and my ears open to the sound of snapping branches, but heard nor saw anything. I fired my tent off so the sun wouldn't have to work too much, and packed up quickly. By now my mind was literally screaming get out, I still had no idea why.
As soon as I was packed up I rode out of there, and once I hit the road the feeling subsided. What the …..?????  :eek7:
Oh well, hard to tell what is in my mind and what is really there sometimes. Still, I have learned to listen to my gut feeling.

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I rode toward Greater Sudburry and decided to make a little detour into Espanola to buy some food for on the road. I had a hard time finding what I was looking for, no Tasty Bites or anything similar. Bummer. Afterward I continued and took 144 North toward Timmins. Halfway there was the turn off to Shining Tree and Gowganda. I figured that I should have no trouble finding a place to pitch my tent.
Of course while I was riding I glanced at my speedometer, yikes, already that many miles??
I thought I'd gas up at Cartier, but there was no gas station. Well hopefully there will be one at Shinging Tree or Gowganda.
Luckily, right at the intersection of 144 and 560 was a gas station! Phew!!! I've got to do a better job at keeping my tank full!
There was a rest stop too, with some huge bushes with some lovely flowers.

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Couldn't decide which to post, so I posted them both  :Hap1:

As it was getting toward sunset I stumbled upon a rest stop but it had a no camping sign. However, right across from it was a small gravel road.
Hmmmm, I was thinking of how nice it would be not to have to offer my butt cheeks for breakfast to a bunch of hungry mosquitos, so and I walked down it a bit to see if I would be able to pitch my tent alongside of it. Sure enough, there was a spot big enough for my tent!
I walked back to Spirit, hopped on and rode on the little gravel road.
I put my tent up in record time as the mosquitos were horrifying!!

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Made myself a late dinner and immediately crashed, I was tired!!
The next day I rode to Englehart and New Liskeard to see if I would have better luck finding some vegetarian meals, but only found some packages of rice noodles. I did find a bulk food store where I stacked up on a bunch of goodies to make my oatmeal out of.
Seeing as my 12 volt adapter was also biting the dust I looked around for a new one, hoping that maybe that was the reason why my GPS would not turn on, or if it did would stop it from turning off immediately. I felt rather lost without my GPS. Back to reading maps I guess.

I got into Quebec at 5:30 and stopped by the tourist info. They were closed!!???
Hmm, on the internet it said they were open till 6! Guess the page is old….
I stopped at a gas station to see if they had a map, but they didn't. Finally at a little town before Laverlochere, I found a small local map, but it had the dirt road on it that I wanted to take, or at least had one of them on it.
Turns out that the other dirt road washed away so the only one I could go on was toward Val-d'Or.
I was nervous as heck, what was I getting myself into?? My French is not too good and even though I had asked some locals, nobody seemed to have taken that road.
I got to Belleterre in no time, and from there took the road to Laforce. As I was almost there (my XOG miraculously started up again) I saw a sign saying Cascades (waterfalls).
I just love waterfalls, and even though the narrow little road looked iffy, I decided to go and take a look.
Hmmm, I almost wiped out at the end as I hit a patch of sand, but I plowed through it and made it to the top.
After parking Spirit at a little table I waked off to find the fall.
Yep, not easy to get to, and I was in no mood to keep hiking between the shrubs in my hot jacket which I didn't wan tho take off as there were plenty of bloodsuckers about.
I took a pic from afar.

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It was getting late as I got back to the bike, and I looked around…..
"This is really a nice spot", I said to myself. So I decided to stay and hoped nobody would throw me out.

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pitched my tent under a tree and parked Spirit close the the tent. The moon was already up.
Of course the big plus that came with my little camping spot, was an outhouse!!
Once dark the mosquitos left, and within no time the temperature dropped considerably!! No idea how cold it was, but the inside of my tent got wet quick!!
I checked my cell, but had no reception, bummer!
I did however sleep wonderfully!!

I woke up rather early, a bit before 7, and was at odds with myself. Should I leave or should I stay??? I loved the spot, but  had no idea what the road to Val-d'Or would be like, or how long it would take me.
I did want to get to Ste.-Anne-du-Lac a day before Jim got there, so I could relax and be rested. In the end I opted to leave and packed up between rain bouts (the tent dried luckily).
The ride going down hill toward the main dirt road went smooth, the rain had tightened up the sand a bit.
Did I mention I was a bit of a nervous wreck starting this dirt road??
On the map were so many turns and turn-offs that I was afraid to get lost, as my sad GPS no longer turned on.
Still, I figured how bad can it be.
Before long I actually saw a sign that said Winneway, perfect!! Little did I know that even though it was a dirt road, there were signs everywhere, and the road was not nearly as long or confusing as the map made it look.

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The gravel road itself was indeed gnarly at times having been freshly grated (why oh why do they do that???) but there were lots of solid hard packed stretches too.

At one point I saw an animal smack dab in the middle of the road, it did not move, not even when I stopped next to it to grab my camera.
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Hmmm, what are you?? He was not scared at all, actually he was rainy his hackles at me!!

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Stopped to take a pee when I noticed a while bunch of these, yum!!

Before long I got to Rapide Sept, and then to Val-d'Or.
Al that fear and worry for no reason.!! I gassed up and put the air bcd into my tires and found a Burger King.
I got lucky!! They had an electric plug!! So here I am, having eaten a huge batch of fries (they were out of medium baggies) and a huge cup of iced coffee (the kid had forgotten that I had paid for a small). My lucky day today!
So here I am, close to Ste.-Anne-du-lac and it is only Wednesday. LOL.
I'm gonna find a place to kick back a couple of days and ride into Saint Anne on Friday to get the lay of the land so I can tell Jim where exactly to meet me.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 10, 2014, 08:30:30 AM
Hanging in a conference room with Jim!
We met up last night and had dinner till midnight at a pretty cool restaurant pub that made it's own beer (15 flavors to choose from). Not that I drink beer, but Jim sure was loving the Jalapeño beer.
Then because it was so late Jim opted for spending the night at a motel. Turns out that all the motels/hotels in town were full!! He talked the owner into letting us stay in the conference room. At first we thought just to put our pads on the floor, but they brought in a couple of fold out beds, short but comfy!

Anyways, let me backtrack real quick.
I left Val D'or fairly late, but couldn't help notice that it really was a quaint little place. I loved the lamp posts!!

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All of them had flower baskets hanging down from them!

As I was riding South in search of a camp spot a huge double rainbow appeared!! Awesome!!
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I didn't have my camera in panorama mode, so you're just gonna have to visualize the whole thing  :Hap1:

I found a free little campsite with outhouse right off the road. There were other people camped nearby so I felt pretty good about the location.
Pitched the tent and crashed there for a couple of days, relaxing and waiting for Jim to head out.

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The road toward Mount Laurier was picturesque, but mostly trees and lakes the whole way down.

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Once I got to Mont-Laurier I had the hardest time finding a laundromat. My cell kept on giving me the wrong location. Boy was I ever missing my XOG!!
When I finally found one of them it was closed.
I went in search of the second one, and had to cross this bridge. Too bad the fencing was in front of the view.

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The other one was still open, but it had gotten late. I opted to come back the next day to do my laundry then.
The ride toward the Parent turn-off was fairly short and went on the dirt road for a ways until I found a spot to pitch my tent.

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A fallen down tree! Perfect! Not many people would be driving past here.
I pitched my tent while being swarmed by mosquitos and bugs, but once inside the tent it was peaceful and bug free.
I cooked myself a nice diner as I had bought fresh mushrooms, veggies and tofu!
I slept like a baby and took my sweet time the next morning to get packed up.

The laundromat was quiet, but luckily for me there was a guy there who happened to have change for a $20 as the coin machine was broken. Serendipity!!
The bathroom was a mess!!! someone had crapped and then tossed a plastic cup into the toilet with a rag in it!! People?????
As I really had to go I figured to just go and grab one of my vinyl gloves and yank the crappy (literally) cup out of the bowl and flush. Gross!! Afterward I figured I was entitled to use the bathroom to "shower" and wash my hair.

It was 4 when I was all done with everything and hung out at McD waiting for Jim who showed up a little after 8.

It's still early but the both of us are doing out RR and having a cup of coffee.
Pretty soon I'm going to put my new chain and sprockets on that Jim brought with him. and maybe do the valves. It depends on the weather and location of where we can do this. Otherwise somewhere on the dirt road under some trees with a tarp over our heads might work better!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Dave S on August 10, 2014, 05:04:05 PM
Far out...The Nomad and the Jet on tour together...a spectacular combination of good karma and sweet vibes. I know that the "Force" is with them....ride well Amigos.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 18, 2014, 10:17:23 PM
After leaving the motel in Mont-Laurier, Jim and I headed North toward Ste.-Anne-du-Lac.
We stopped at Mont Michael, bought some snacks at a little convenience store, and ate them across the street at one of those rest stops. This one however was right in town with nice "gazebo" structures with benches beneath them. I took off before Jim as I am slower on the dirt, and we agreed to meet up in Parent.
Once I hit the dirt I lowered my tire pressure, looking back all the tie expecting Jim to come barreling by. No jim…..
Oh well, he must have started talking to some pretty girl walking by I figured.
The road was squirrelly and it took me a while to get my dirt groove  haphap

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I got to Parent around 5 and all the while no Jim.
Now I started getting worried that maybe he just went to fast somewhere and crashed!!
I decided to buy some juice and sit on a bench reading right at the entrance of the Town so I could see Ji coming. Luckily there was only one road coming into Parent.
I sat there till after 7 while watching the road and hoping the black clouds did not decide to empty their load of water on me!
Finally I heard a bike (after hearing several ATV's fro a distance thinking it was Jim) and yes, it was him. Phew!!!!
What had happened was that Jim did not pass me while riding, so he thought I had taken another route. He turned around and took another dirt road just to me sure I hadn't crashed somewhere. Awwwww…. that was so sweet of him! :raabia
I guess I had been riding a lot faster than he thought I would be so that threw hi off.
I was glad he was finally there, but by then I was pretty tired, and so was he (I think he added another 100 miles of dirt by backtracking).
We set out toward Hibou, and were looking for a place to pitch the tent.

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Following Jim into the sunset, I felt like Tonto!

After a little while Jim turned left on a little driveway where a house was. What the???
Turns out that the house was deserted, but even better, there was a deserted Indian cabin below the house near the lake.
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Jim unpacking. We made the cabin our home for the night.

Somehow the picture I took of the cabin didn't take. I'm sure Jim has a bunch
The moon rose not too much later and reflected on the lake. It was beautiful!
We put my tarp on the floor, and how tent foot print and piled our pads and sleeping bags on it.
As I lied down to go to sleep I could feel my body still vibrating from riding on dirt. Boy that sucks the energy right out of me!!!

The next morning I woke up and went blueberry hunting. There were millions all around the cabin and it took no time at all to fill up my bowl.
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Made Jim and I some scrumptious apple/banana/raisins pancakes topped with Agave syrup and Blueberries

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After having packed up this Moth? Butterfly? landed on my bandana

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One last photo of the beautiful lake

We made it to Hibou not too much later as it was not that far from where we had camped.

In case you are wondering why no pictures………..
I was holding on to my handlebars for dear life!!!

Once we made it to camp Hibou, the folks that ran the place, Daniel and a woman whose name I forgot,  told us that the cabins were all booked….
They kind of frowned upon us wanting to pitch our tent, and didn't know how much to charge us for that, so they told us that they would let us know the next day after having talked to the owner. We walked around camp with Daniel who showed us where we could maybe pitch out tents.
We found a spot between the trees with a view of the lake away from everyone else.
After pitching or tents I strung the tarp above them and parked Spirit partially under it too.
They even had showers!!! Awesome.
Jim said that now would be a good time to do the valves, as there was no wind and we had the tarp over our heads.
It didn't take too long luckily and we ended up changing two shims. Still, working on the bike again, albeit regular maintenance, got to me. I was glad Jim did the shims, I took care of taking her apart and putting her back together again.
At one point Jim jokingly asked if I carried some sort of mosquito vestibule as those pesky buggers were everywhere.
Should have seen the look on his face when I told him I did!.

I set up the little bug "tent" and sat underneath ready to make some dinner.
Before I got started Jim got to talking to a couple of guys, Mark and Michel, who were bringing us some food!!
Stir-fried vegetable rice, no meat or egg!! JIm got fried Walleye on top of his rice.

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Yup, JIm's in heaven!!

I took a lovely shower that night, not realizing that the window cover did not work once the light was on………
Luckily there were shrubs in front of the window, and even if there weren't I"m not exactly built like Marilyn Monroe, LOL.
The next morning the weather had changed, the wind had come up and Jim was wondering how big the waves would be on the big lake.
He had planned on taking me on the lake in a motorized canoe that he was going to rent.
Turned out that renting the canoe was a heck of a lot more than we thought it would be!! $130 plus gas!! Yikes.
We decided to break camp and head to Obijiwan and then back unto solid road toward Alma.

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The road to Obijawan started out real loose and gravelly, but got better after a while. Still, even though I've gotten better at riding dirt, I was happy once we hit pavement!!
On my map of Quebec it showed a campsite on our way toward Saint Felicien, not sure if I spelled that right!
We almost missed it, but I am glad we didn't as it was a wonderful, albeit neglected and no longer maintained, camp ground.
We found a spot between the trees, right across the lake, and again put the tarp above us.

We had just finished eating when the rain started.
I slept wonderful as the sound of rain just knocks me out!!!
We spent the next day in our tents reading, eating and relaxing.

I do have to mention one really funny episode, that made me crack up!!
At our deserted forest camp ground at the lake, Jim took it in his head to go take a bath!! So here is is while it's raining, running butt-naked (nope I was in my tent and didn't watch) through the campground into the lake.
Like I said, even though I didn't watch, just hearing him make me laugh so hard! He is seriously funny at times!!!
Hope you don't mind I wrote that on my RR Jim!!

On the third day I felt the urge to pack up and go, even though it was still raining. I wanted to see how easily I could pack up in my new tent with the tarp above, and i I could stay dry.
Well, the pack up went pretty smooth, but I sure didn't stay dry! LOL.
I think I shocked Jim by packing up as he was all cozy in his tent ready to relax another day.
We had run out of toilet paper, and I had run out of books to read, so the thought of not having anything to read for a whole day did not sit well.
JIm packed up as well, but I could sense he wasn't too happy about packing up in the rain.

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We rode to Alma and Chicoutemi/Saguenay where Jim got a Motel. We were both soaking wet!!
The rest will be on my next RR
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jock Adams on August 19, 2014, 06:38:51 PM
Thank you, wunderful photos.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 21, 2014, 02:30:04 PM
 Now where did I leave off??
As I am writing this, not posting this, I am camped near a small cabin on route 500 toward Happy Valley. Jim Just packed up and headed toward Happy Valley after having spent the day in the tent while it was raining. He had had enough of reading and listening to music he said, and was in the mood for a pub and some human company (well, other than me, to spread to light to  :Hap1:

I’m trying to rack my brain as to where I left off with my ride report. It’s easy once I am online and can check. I think I left off that we got to motel The Parasol, in Chicoutemi.

Jim treated me to dinner at the restaurant that was in the Motel. I had a wonderful salad while he had 2 appetizers, rather large, and a huge meal. The hostess and the waiter were really amazed that he could eat all that.
In the motel room we had hung our soaking wet tent stuff to dry on the curtain rod (I am afraid that we made the floor a tad damp).

The next morning we worked on Spirit after quickly packing up our stuff and getting out of the room by the required time. Jim put a new rear sprocket (front was still in excellent shape) and a new chain on her. I worked on putting the starter wiring, it had rattled loose on the way to Obijiwan, back in the frame. I had bypassed it quickly while on the road.

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Jim with my rear wheel after having put on the new sprocket

Jim had gotten me a bright halogen light bulb, but when I put it in the low beam didn’t work. I think the poor bulb bit the dust on the dirt roads. I put my new light back in, as I had just gotten it I Wawa.
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New chain on a really dirty Spirit!!
We were done in a couple of hours and went into town to find freeze-dried meals for Jim and Tasty Bite or something similar for me. We bumped into a health food store that sold awesome vegie wraps that were made with rice flour.

I found an IGA extra and scored! Tons of Indian ready made dinners. At a sporting goods store we found freeze-dried meals for Jim.
We also got to talking to some folks who said that the route we had wanted to take to Labrador City was not feasible, and that the end of it that connected to 389 was not there.
We decided to go to Baie-Como

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crossing the bridge out of Chicoutemi, I really liked that little town!

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We missed the turn that headed North back into Saguenay, so Jim looped us around a back road

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We didn’t ride too far that day as we had left pretty late.
We noticed a pull off on the side of the road and I asked Jim to see if there was a place to camp down the steep dirt road.  There was, sort off!
It was a really great spot with a river or creek on reach side, and a roofed picnic table.
We pitched our tents next to each other as that was the only way we could both sleep somewhat horizontally. For some reason I forgot to take a picture.
The sound of the water was soothing and I slept great!!!

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The point below our campsite

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The next morning a fisherman was standing in the river, and after him a few others showed up.
One of them told Jim he had to have a fishing license and another permit, otherwise they would take his gear. A little while later the county guy showed up and said that we normally should have paid to camp there, but he would pretend that he hadn’t seen us. That was very sweet.
Turns out that every camp area has a different town attached to it where you have to get the permit. That system works great for the locals I guess, but when you are travelling like us, not knowing where you’ll end up, it’s not too practical.

We got on the road at a decent time I think, I kinda forgot
The road to Baie-Comeau was gorgeous!!!

In Forestville we stopped at a diner where Jim again ate a lot of food, and me a salad again but this time with potato skins as as well.
There were some gorgeous flowers outside the diner and I just had to photograph them.
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We set off again and the scenery got even more awesome!

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When we crossed a bridge we saw an amazing river and parked our bikes in the parking spot.
There was a small wooden viewing area and I took a couple of pics and decided to walk down the trail I saw in the bushes.
It was a short wet hike, but the view below was amazing, and amazingly wet too! It was like standing near a waterfall!!

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Managed to take a shot of Jim riding under the rainbow

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We arrived at Baie-Comeau after 5 I think, as the tourist office was already closed. After filling up our gas tanks we headed North on 385 having decided not to take the iffy dirt road that started from Cartier.
Immediately the road turned windy, like any other mountain road. Awesome. We hit rain of and on, and I was hoping that we’d have a little bit of dry time to pitch our tents.
Jim spotted a dirt road to the right, and we hopped on it. After riding down it my GPS showed that it  was looping us around to the main Hwy again, but right before we did, we saw another small loop off to the right. Perfect! The weather was helpful too, as it didn’t rain.
We both found a spot to pitch our tents, albeit further apart than normal, LOL.
We just ended up hollering back and forth.

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The next morning Jim was up at 5 AM, and by the time I woke up he was ready to get out of there. I felt like relaxing a bit more as I was not even fully awake at the time. We would meet up at Manic Cinq.

Part of me felt a bit deserted, but I realized that we are two different people even though we are also very similar in a lot of ways. And even though Jim wanted to travel with me I realized that my version of traveling with someone is different than his version of traveling with someone.
I had to make myself realize that when friends travel together this is probably how things go. We each go out own way and meet up at some point in time.
Part of me felt that this was not really traveling together, but then I really talked to myself and found that there are some nicer aspects of traveling this way. I could now relax and go at my own pace without feeling “forced” (by my own self) to go at Jim’s pace. I could enjoy doing what I liked doing, i.e. reading and taking pictures of flowers etc., and ride at my own speed while stopping when I felt like it.  For me traveling with Jim was something new, and even though we are just friends, part of me wanted our traveling arrangement to be more like how couples travel, even though we are nothing of the sort. Jim’s kind of my little soul sibling for lack of a better description.
(I am saying little as he is 5 years younger than I am so I can)
I relaxed and read a while, made myself breakfast, and waited for the sun to come out and dry my tent.
After a while it got lighter and the sun peeked out as well. Awesome!

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I looked at the area Jim had camped (habit to see if he had forgotten anything) and noticed this gorgeous mushroom/berry still life.

It was nice and warm by the time I hit the road, perfect for picture taking!

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small waterfall off the rocks on the side of the road

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Enjoying the wide-open road!

I was thoroughly enjoying the road not thinking much of anything just being one with the beautiful views when I noticed a biker heading my way.
LOL, it was Jim!
“Have you seen my toothbrush?”, Were the first words out of his mouth.
I told him I hadn’t, and that I had even walked around his tent space.
He had put it in his pocket, but found out after having spend the morning having breakfast and talking to the hostess, that it was no longer in there. So he rode back about half and hour’s worth to find it as it is his favorite traveling toothbrush he has had for years.
As we were talking he checked his pockets again, and it wasn’t in there, then he miraculously found it in the pocket area of the back armor. It must have slid down in there somehow. He was happy to have ran into me cause it made him find his brush.
We set of to Manic Cinq together, but before long he left me in the dust as I just didn’t want to make Spirit go fast. She really does well fast but I am just worried about taxing her heart.
When I got to Manic Cinq Jim was in a diner eating, again! I told the hostess that I was fine, that it really was too hard for me to eat out. Riding with Jim puts me in an awkward position as he always wants to pay for my food. I treated to dinner once, but it puts me in a precarious position financially. Having him pay for dinner all the time does not feel right either.
I am totally happy with eating my snack bar for lunch and warming up my Indian food for dinner.
I decided not to gas up there, as I knew we would hit dirt soon. I had enough gas to make it to Gabriel. I told Jim see you soon, and set off again.

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Manic Cinq has a huge dam

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The size of it is staggering!

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The road turned into dirt heading up the dam

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Once on top I stood on the fence so I could take a picture of the view. The gates were locked.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 21, 2014, 02:30:47 PM
I rode over a huge bridge that came right after the dam, and one side had a dried up view of a once big river, and the other side had the gorgeous view of two lakes
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The rest of the road to Fermont and  Labrador was supposedly gravel.
So far it was easy riding, yippee!
Some time later Jim passed me.

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Yep, this is going to be one heck of a long ride!!

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Long but gorgeous

Before long I got to Gabriel, a small town with a gas station, the last one till Fermont.
Jim was at the gas station having bought some snacks. He bought me some chips and juice as well.
A couple stopped by and Jim got to talking with them. They were from Ontario I think but on their way to either Newfoundland or Nova Scotia. She was a student and he was still looking for work.
I told Jim that I would go ahead as he rode a lot faster than me anyway, so I left, but not before taking a pic of the beautiful view at the back of the gas station

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The road had turned into asphalt right before the diner, and it looked like it was going to stay that way. I pulled over and filled up my tires again.

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Whoa!! Really?? Guess they were saving money on the bridge.

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Yep you could look straight down and see the river

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It was getting later and I still hadn’t seen Jim yet. I had turned off a few dirt roads and looked for places to camp, so I figured he probably passed me by some time then.
I knew that he really wanted to get to Labrador City, so I figured that I wouldn’t see him until then.
I had just passed a lone cabin on the side of the road, and made a U-ey when I saw Jim heading toward me. I pointed at the cabin and turned on the gravel driveway.
The cabin looked deserted and when I turned the knob it opened. Looking inside I saw that it had been used as some sort of way station for the weary traveler.
Jim came inside too, and like the cabin. There was a French sign on the wall that translated roughly into keeping the place clean, and the name of the owner. But I couldn’t quite decipher the whole message.
Jim had a friend (or family member) who had passed away a year ago tat day (or he thought, he couldn’t remember) so he really didn’t want to stay at the cabin but go to Labrador City so he could call his wife. I told him I really wanted to stay. He said that it was only an hour out, and that he might be back afterward as it was cheaper to spend the gas than to pay for a motel.

I unpacked Spirit and got myself settled in the cabin.

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Made myself dinner and lit the candles that were on the table and put Teddy there for company (a much quieter companion I might say, just teasing Jim, I enjoy our conversations) and had a wonderful evening by myself.
I put a candle in the widow to make it easier for Jim to see the cabin if he came back, but my gut told me he wouldn’t.
I fell asleep as soon as I lied down; I was exhausted!

The next morning was chilly so I started the woodstove. Everything was there, dry wood, birch bark, the perfect fire starter, and tons of paper.

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The cabin was toasty warm in no time, too toasty!! I quickly opened a window as it started getting uncomfortably hot. I had pancakes with blueberries for breakfast, and made myself a new bottle holder liner, as the bottom had broken out again. The wool liner I had made earlier that week had already chafed loose and broken.
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Mushroom between the blueberries.

Then I packed up and headed for Labrador City.
Was I ever in for a surprise!! The road turned into dirt again!!! I thought the rest was paved……!
So here I went and got rid of some tire pressure.
As it turned out the road was perfect. It did look like it might have rained the day or night before. If that were the case, then no wonder Jim didn’t make it back, it would have been a nightmare.

Still it was a really nice stretch of road.
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Another one of those half finished bridges

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Had to take a pic with Spirit on one. Good thing it was a quiet road!!

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There was mining going on further down the river, making the water fairly red!!
Soon afterward I hit a huge construction area and paved road followed after that.
I rode past the turn-off to Fermont and right into Labrador!!

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Jim had holed up in a fancy hotel and because he had overslept ended up having to stay for another night. So lucky me, I got to room with him again, take a shower and wash clothes.
The internet was horrifying so later on in the evening I went next door to McD and downloaded most of my pictures.

Well, that’s it for now, as we are about to go on a 500km dirt road to Cartwright, and afterward to the ferry that will take us to Newfoundland.
Still, that will be a few days from now.

Also, a very warm and heartfelt thanks to Jo C. and Dusan S. for your wonderful donation. I really appreciate it!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 23, 2014, 05:30:10 AM
I should really be writing every night after I pitch my tent, or in this case (and others) when I’m in a hotel or Bed & Breakfast room. I find that if I don’t write things down immediately that I tend to forget the little but important things.
Well, I’ll try to see if I do still remember my thoughts from a few days ago.

I made it to Labrador City and met up with Jim at Wal-Mart (what did we do in the days without cellphones???). He had gotten to town late in the night having ridden that dirt road in the rain and the dark. Then after some drinks in the bar he overslept and had to pay for another night, so he figured I could stay there as well.
We got the stuff for cleaning the airfilters, and He was going to change his oil. I only had 2000 miles on it, so I figured I’d change mine in Newfoundland as nobody sold quarts of Rotella-T.
Jim dropped me off at the Hotel while he went to change his oil behind Canadian Tire. I took a wonderful shower :D

Once Jim got back he got to cleaning the filters that we had taken out (they were filthy!!!!) in ziplock bags with mineral spirits. Since Jim lost his sense of smell, that was no big deal to him, but boy!! I could smell that stuff way down the hallway…..  First order of business, open the window! Yep that long dirt road to Parent and Obijiwan sure did a number on them, plus I had a lot of other dirt roads that I had taken after leaving Just Jeff’s place in Lac La Biche.

Afterward I spend the evening downloading my pictures and writing part of my last report. The internet was too slow, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to post anything from there.
The next day we backtracked a tad so we could see the “wall” in Fermont that we had been told about.

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It wasn’t really a normal wall, but an apartment wall.
It had been built this way to keep the wind out of the town in the winter, and lot of housed were built on the other side, really close to the “wall”.
To me it seemed that everyone was practically living on top of each other, not a place that would sit well with me if I may be honest.

Jim was riding on reserve and luckily there was a gas station nearby. We gassed up for the road (Jim kindly filled my gas tank too ) and headed for the open road toward Goose Bay.

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We rode at our own pace and after a while I lost track of Jim.
Turns out he had stopped somewhere to go fishing.

There was a stop sign at a railroad and it’s a good thing I stopped
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I enjoyed my solitary ride down the road, and occasionally found a reason to stop and take a picture 

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Some I took while riding.

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Don’t we just love these steel grated bridges. This one wasn’t that bad, some others were.

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After a while the road turned into dirt. I saw some road workers at their truck on the side of the road, and asked them how long this stretch of dirt was. I didn’t want to air down just to find out that it was only a few miles long. Turns out it was about 60 Km, about 40 miles.
I started out just keeping the air in my tires, but some parts were just too squirelly, so I aired down.
I have to admit that before I hit dirt, I actually started to nod off here and there. The road was not exactly captivating after a while, so having it change into dirt woke me up quite a bit.
Then it started raining!! That really woke me up as the road got a tad muddy here and there. At one point I had to stop due to roadwork, and got to talking to the young native kid who stood there stopping traffic in the pouring rain. I told him they should have given him an umbrella.
He fully agreed and we got to talking. He was so amazed that I was from Hawaii. I asked him if he had seen a guy on a bike like mine with cases, but black. He said he had about 2 hours ago. I figured that Jim had gone ahead to Goose Bay, but I knew that it was just too far for me to go there that day. I was exhausted.
Finally I was allowed to go, and I said Aloha to the kid. He hollered slow down after I left, oops!!

As soon as I hit pavement I looked for a place to pull over to air up my tires again. The perfect spot showed up in a jiffy!!
As I was airing up I caught a bike riding up to me out of the corner of my eye. It was Jim???? Huh??
I guess it must have been someone else on a black dual sport bike.
Jim never aired down, so he was good to go.
After riding a little while longer we started finding cabins, but they were all locked. And some looked like the owners got there frequently.
Finally we found another cabin, locked as well, but remote with an outhouse, that looked like no one had been there in a while.

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We pitched out tents there, Jim in some nice soft moss, and me in sawdust (soft too).
Of course there were tons of blueberries all over the place. Yum!
We sure were not having the best of weather as it was raining again the next day. Not heavily, but enough to not want to break up camp.
So we lounged in our tents and ate and read. I even made popcorn, which unfortunately burned, but it was still it was good.
Then around 6 PM Jim decided he had enough of hanging around, and that he really wanted to find a pub and get something to drink. He said he was sure that he’d find a drinking buddy.
Of course that same old twinge, he’s leaving me again??
LOL, what’s up with me??
I started thinking about how women are raised in society, and even though I am a strong and independent woman, who enjoys being by herself and camping out in the middle of nowhere without qualms, I still freaked out a tad at the thought of being by myself again.
I thought it funny that once I team up with a guy, I have a tendency to loose my own voice. I wonder if there is something ingrained in women, (through society, not in upbringing in my case) that lets us have men take over and make the decisions and such, and we kick back and cruise. LOL, that is just so not me, but I caught myself doing exactly that.
So traveling with Jim is quite an eye opener, and making me realize things about myself that I didn’t see before.
Of course, the first thing I did once he left, was run to the bike and get out my bear spray and fog horn, LOL!!
I spend the night reading and finishing my ride report that I had started at the hotel.
The sky had cleared earlier, and I hoped that Jim had gotten to Goose Bay in one piece and dry. I packed up as much as I could, so I could leave on time in the morning.
Somehow it took me a while to get to sleep, but when I finally did I slept great.
I woke up to rain and realized that I would be packing a wet tent!
Still, by the time I got ready to break down the tent it had stopped raining, and I was able to dry most of it off with my REI towel.
I was out of there by 10

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The road to Goose Bay was really nice, and no rain.
I stopped at the visitor center in Goose Bay and got a good map and info. I checked my messages, and it turned out that Jim  was across the street from where I was.
Turns out that he indeed found a drinking buddy, and had barely had any sleep that night. LOL
We didn’t linger in town that long, just enough for Jim to get some smoked Char, and brake fluid. We filled up our gas tanks, and ended up at Tim Horton’s (where I finally got to post my last ride report) to check our emails and such.
Jim ordered me a new tire as the one I have now is getting low on thread again.
Lac La Biche doesn’t even seem that long ago!!! Still, by the time I get to Newfoundland I’m sure I’ll have a bald tire!
Jim ate a ton of doughnuts!!
It was pretty late when we got out of there…….

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I was very excited to be on this stretch of dirt. Even if I hadn’t met up with Jim, this is a road I would have done on my own.

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This bridge was the worse one yet!! Our bike were weaving left and right, unbelievable!!

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Jim under another rainbow

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If you look closely you’ll see that the red road is turning into a black road

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Yep, Jim had to do a hair raising stunt and ride up a rock hill to get his picture taken!

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You can see his tire track

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Now back down!

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Someone had put a large man-sized doll on a rock! Looked pretty darn real!!

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As we were riding down the Labrador Coastal Hwy I started realizing that the road was all there was!! There were no rest stops, not side roads, no places to pitch a tent, nothing! Just the road.
Hmmm, we were both getting tired, Jim due to lack of sleep, me cause I still don’t’ like to ride for more than 200 miles a day.
We kept on looking at areas, and Jim even tried walking on some green “grass” on the side of the road, which ended up like walking on a trampoline with water squishing below his feet. Yep, swampy!!

I got ahead of Jim a little, and loo and behold, a side road!!
I waited for Jim to catch up and he was just as surprised as I was.
He went ahead and I followed,
All went smooth until out of the blue the road went up very steep. Not only that, but it was very rocky, with boulders jutting out here and there. I Yikes! I couldn’t brake so I did the only thing left, gunned it!!
I couldn’t believe it but I actually made it up the hill! What I saw there was worth the pee in my pant scare, namely a wonderful area for us to pitch our tents!!
It was a wide open gravel area, and we lucked out. No bugs and no rain!!
By now the sun had set, but there was still enough time to pitch our tents.

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It cooled down quite a lot that night, but I slept great!!

I woke up at around 8 in the morning but Jim had been awake since 5 and had already eaten oatmeal twice, made coffee and was ready to go.
This time I told him that I was worried about making it down that rocky incline, so he was kind enough to hang around a bit longer.
Unfortunately it started to heavily mist, and our dry tents got wet. Darn!!

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In this desolate spot, a flower found a way to grow, just amazing!!

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As it turned out, I should not have worried because I effortlessly (well if you don’t count me biting on my lips to keep from screaming) made my way down the hill without crashing.
We were off to Cartwright!

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 23, 2014, 05:33:26 AM
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We stopped at a river to fill our water bottles, and Jim took some time to go fishing! I kept on sending vibes….. fish, go away, only pain will come to you if you if you near. I kept this up for a while but decided to walk around for a while. As soon as I did Jim hollered, “Esther! I caught a fish!” Yep, I did so not want to see that!! Luckily he didn’t kill it and set it free. Still, to me that just seems inhumanly cruel to cause a fish that much pain and terror, even if he is being let go.
Jim and I definitely do not see eye to eye on that subject, as he is an avid hunter and fisherman.
It confounds me, because he talks about living through your heart, to love all beings, people and animals alike.
I cannot conceive how loving someone or something would make it okay to hurt or kill them. Even though saying thank you for giving your life to an animal after you’ve killed it makes you somewhat sensitive to what you’ve done, still, not doing it in the first place………
But I guess as far as most of the world goes, that is just normal.
The only people that would understand me are the people in India, as most of them are also vegetarian, and the Tibetans or Buddhists who practice the way of Ahimsa (Sanskrit word meaning not to injure).
 
After I had filled all the water bottles, Jim was done fishing. He found more broken bottles and he hooked fish, and he packed then all on his bike!! He is very eco conscious, I have to admit to that. Not many people seem to care about a clean Earth.

We hit the road again.

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We got to the split in the road where we took the left turn to go to Cartwright.

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As soon as we got to Cartwright we filled up at a gas station. This little place was really one of a kind!!

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The owner carried a ton of different bearing in his shop

There were wheel bearing for the KLR!!

Well, Jim and Peter(owner of the gas store) hit it off!
They spend an hour talking about fishing!!
I really didn’t know what to do, LOL. There was no camp ground there, so I couldn’t go there and pitch my tent while those guys where shooting the breeze, not could I go to a motel and book a room.
Part of me wanted to turn around a go back down the road where I saw a place I could have pitched my tent, but it was getting really cold, and the mist was rolling in. I got a bit grouchy cause I tired, but tried to stay cheerful and just focused on inner peace and just flowing with the time, all the while trying to stay patient and not get annoyed.
I guess I got to learn just waiting around when traveling with Jim, cause he sure likes to talk!! I find that I don’t’ really ever have much to say when I meet people. The things I am interested in are not really your usual topics.
Oh by the way, are you a lucid dreamer? Let me share some LDs with you, and you can tell me about yours. LOL
Or, have you ever achieved astral travel? Any tips you can give me that work, cause I am having a hard time doing this.
Yep, I cannot imagine those topics to go over too well!!
I’ve got to face it, I am an oddball who has a hell of a time connecting to people at times.
I can talk bikes at least!!!!!

Peter told us where the inn was, as Jim really didn’t want to turn around in the fog, and we rode into town to find it.
Turns out it was booked, but the motel owner Tilly called her sister who had a bed & breakfast. She had a room available!!

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The B&B

The lady who ran it, Gladys, had just lost her husband, so Jim talked to her about a book he had just read about a lady who could see angels.
While they were talking I took some of my stuff up to the room and breathed in the silence for a little while.
Afterward I walked to the restaurant (Jim rode his bike). The air was cold but clear. I loved breathing that cold fresh air, it made my cheeks all rosy and gave me energy. There is something about cold clean air, I loved it in Fairbanks as well. The crispness gives me a total sense of well being, I can’t explain it, but the closest I can get, is that you can actually feel the air entering your lungs and rejuvenating you.

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View from the table in the restaurant (felt like I was in prison, LOL)
I had two small garden salads (it was all they had I could eat) and Jim had a ton of fried food.

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We left around 7 and headed back to the B&B.

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Desire is parked dangerously close to the edge!!

Jim and Gladys talked some more, and I got to talking to her about crocheting a bit.
Then I took a wonderful shower while Jim went back to the bar to meet Peter.

It’s past midnight right now, and I haven’t even checked my email.
Hopefully I can do that in the morning while the laundry is going.
Afterward we’ll be going to Port Hope Simpson, and then Blanc Sablon to catch the ferry to Newfoundland!!

A very special thank you to James S. for your donation!!   :shog: I keep being surprised!! Glad you are following along
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Dave S on September 03, 2014, 09:38:33 AM
Hey there ..Most Esteemed Traveller ....I know what you are saying in your belief of living a life which brings no harm to any other living thing ...."The only people that would understand me are the people in India, as most of them are also vegetarian, and the Tibetans or Buddhists who practice the way of Ahimsa (Sanskrit word meaning not to injure)".

But really E ... I have never felt remorse at washing the layers of dead bugs off my visor and windscreen.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 05, 2014, 11:05:09 AM
Hey there ..Most Esteemed Traveller ....I know what you are saying in your belief of living a life which brings no harm to any other living thing ...."The only people that would understand me are the people in India, as most of them are also vegetarian, and the Tibetans or Buddhists who practice the way of Ahimsa (Sanskrit word meaning not to injure)".

But really E ... I have never felt remorse at washing the layers of dead bugs off my visor and windscreen.
:P

There is no tong sticking out smiley!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 05, 2014, 11:06:27 AM
As I am posting this I’m sitting at a little café called Frog Pond Café on Cape Breton, having just packed up from one of the most amazing camp spots yet!!
You’ll have to wait until later for that ride report, as it will be a while ere I have all that typed up.
 
Our stay at Gladys’ was wonderful! She is such a wonderful and warm person, and we felt right at home. She let us do our laundry there as well.
She and Jim got along fabulously, and he enjoyed talking to her about a couple of books he had read about angels. Her husband had passed away not too long ago, and he wanted to ease her pain by telling her about them.

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After she had made Jim a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast, and me some maple oatmeal, we set out toward Red Bay, but not before I took some pictures of the flowers in her yard.

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The view from her house

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I told her that if I ever came back I’d paint her a new sign.


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Sandwich bay

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The helicopter was either delivering or picking up supplies for a camp somewhere.

The day was nice and sunny, and a vast difference from the day before!!
The views on the road were amazing, and even though the road was gravel, it was fairly easy going until we hit Fort Hope Simpson.

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Yep, we had to add that silly half out to out clock! What the???????

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We both pretended to be in England for a few minutes.
I wonder how many pictures Jim and I took that will look the same or similar.
Guess I’m gonna have to wait till he gets back home.

After we got to Fort Hope Simpson the road was going to get worse we were told.
Some folks told us that it actually took them 5 hours to get fro Red bay till there because of all the waiting at construction sites.
Jim and I had gassed up and sat down in some comfy seats outside enjoying the sunshine on our faces.
After all that rain it was total bliss!!
When we finally continued it was around five, and as it turned out, most of the road was clear and the longest we had to wait was about 30 seconds.
The road itself was indeed very rutty!! Lots of potholes and after a while I figured I’d just go fast and fly over them, because there just wasn’t a way around them.
That actually worked, and nothing rattled loose on the bike, which rally amazed me!

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Nearing Red Bay

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Awesome hitting the other side of the continent!! You can see the trail of dust that Jim leaves behind!

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We found a restaurant, and at the door was a map with pins in locations that their costumes were from. I looked and there already was a pin on Kauai. Hmmm, I wonder who made it there, and if I might know them…..
Jim ate for three again, and I had a salad and a baked potato. It was really good!!
They also had a drink with a “secret” non-alcoholic ingredient, and after drinking it I was pretty sure that it was ginger ale. When I told her what I thought it was I watched her face, and I think I hit it right on!!
She of course couldn’t confirm it but she did say I was quite clever, which I guess means I was right. :D

 
After dinner Jim went shopping there, and he bought a whole bunch of stuff, including some chocolate and a Labrador sticker for me.
I bought a fleece scarf, as I must have left my balaclava at Red Bay somewhere.
Jim liked it too, so I got him one as well.

It made such a difference to keep my neck warm. That is one thing I really don’t like about my fly jacket. No collar!!! What were they thinking???
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Afterward we went outside to look at the bay. The sun was setting and it was very picturesque.
Jim decided to keep riding to the ferry and grab a Motel there so he could catch the 8 AM ferry to Newfoundland.
Another motel??  LOL, I have never stayed in that many motels in my life as I have since meeting up with Jim.
I prefer sleeping in my tent, just cause I can breathe easier, and most of the time it’s just quieter too. Luckily we are comfortable around each other, and best of all he doesn’t snore!! He does talk in his sleep a lot, but somehow I manage to sleep through that (most of the time at least).

The next morning Jim got up at a 5:30 and I had planned to take the next ferry as this was where we would go our separate ways for a while anyways.
As it turns out, promptly at 3 some machine in the hallway started making a racket ! So much for turning around and sleeping in ….
I figured I might as well leave too, and see if there was room on the ferry for one more bike,


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Taking a shot from behind me


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Our ferry

When I got there I walked up to the counter and asked the lady if there was room for a bike, and she said sure honey :D
I paid my cheap ticket and rode toward the ferry where Jim stood waiting in line.
I’m not sure if he was surprised to see me, but I hope he didn’t mind be being on the ferry with him.
We were last to board, and as I was edging my bike a tad further to line up with the anchors I somehow lost my balance, and felt myself teetering to the left.
An older ferry guy was standing next to me, and even though he saw me falling, all he did was just stand there and watch me fall into him and knock him on the ground with me on top of him and Spirit on top of both of us!!
The other guys quickly came to the rescue and got Spirit upright. The guy luckily ws all right and so was I  (other than my pride, or what was left of it, :D )
The bummer was that the fall broke my mirror off, and also the part that hold the mirror on. Go figure, did some major dirt roads, mud, sand, gravel, ruts, and I didn’t drop her once. Then all of a sudden, doing something simple, I drop her!!

Jim strapped Desire down and I strapped Spirit, got my laptop and book, and went upstairs.
I was a tad grouchy now, not enough sleep, just dropped Spirit and I was hungry to boot. Then the only thing they had on the ferry that I could eat was a fruit cup with horribly sweetened fruit pieces. Yuck! So I had to focus to lighten my mood and make it positive again. I was lucky that the mirror was all I had broken, and I was sure I could fix it somehow.


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Heading toward Newfoundland

This was the last picture I took, as I had filled up my memory card!
I spend most of the trip downloading all the pics on my laptop, and erasing my memory card so I could use it again.
The ship was European and mostly had the big electric outlets that wont work with American plugs.
There was one I could use, but it was in the hallway next to the door, which would have been pretty awkward to use. I skipped it as I still had a lot of juice on the laptop.

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First picture of NL

Once we landed in NL, I stopped at a gas station to fill up and see if I could fix my mirror. It was dry which was a blessing indeed.

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Yep, I like the ball bearing mirror mount that Jim has. Very practical!!

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I removed the broken piece from the mirror, when Jim pointed out that there was lots of thread left on the remaining piece. We screwed the mirror back on, and I JB-welded the big gap closed. Then Jim fixed the part of the mirror that swiveled by popping the glass out and re-inserting the rod and ball to the inside of the mirror,
I superglued it and wrapped electric tape around it to keep it in place.
I worked great for quite a while, but when the buffeting winds appeared the mirror started sagging. I got to redo the tape!

I said bye to Jim who headed toward Harvey place, and got a top up for my telus phone at the gas station.
I left afterward and headed North to Nordstad the Viking village.

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Wow, surf!!!
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Yep, another lone cottage by the sea. Somehow these just make me wish to move in!

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Breath taking living locations for sure!

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I took a few breaks on my way and bypasses a few areas where it looked like I might be able to pitch my tent, but I figured I’d better keep going as the weather forecast for the next day was not as nice.
I made it to Nordstad, and saw a couple of bikes and a few bikers in the parking lot

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Yup, Spirit didn’t look anywhere near as packed up :D
One of the riders was also an ADVer named Ktog?? I don’t think that’s how you spell it though, as I couldn’t find him in the inmates.

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I went in the ticket booth building and paid my $10 to go check out the houses and ship. I kinds was wondering why they wanted admission to see some old houses

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Looks like a hill but was the back of the ship shed. Immediately I thought, Wow, hobbit homes!!

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side entrance

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This is a reproduction of the Viking ship and it actually made it’s maiden voyage the way that the Vikings came to Newfoundland

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Inside one of the buildings.
There where holes in the roof to let the light and air in, and smoke out, like a teepee.

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I loved the ceiling beams!!
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Chicken pen including chickens!!

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All the people there were in costume.

I thought I had taken a photo of the weaving loom, but I guess I didn’t

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The rooftops were covered with wild flowers

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This guy had his hair cut accordingly, and I loved his costume, the shoes especially!

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 05, 2014, 11:06:58 AM
I left Nordland in search of a place to pitch my tent. I figured it wouldn’t be so hard in a remote land like this. In a way it wasn’t hard, but it did take me a while. Some spots were just too close to the road or ended up being someone’s driveway LOL!

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I ended up in a small town called Saint Anthony Bight, and asked a local guy where a good place to pitch my tent would be. He told me about a little park off the loop right outside town on the lake.
I remembered seeing the loop, so I went back there and hopped on the little road.
Sure enough, I found the wooden arch. Shucks, yep, there was no way I would get Spirit all the way down there. But I got her there partially.

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The sunset was awesome!! I took a lot more pics then I posted :D

The sound of the waves hitting the beach was awesome, a little like the pebbles beach Jim had been describing. It started raining during the night, but I kept crossing my fingers that it would be dry in the morning.
I just love sleeping in my tent when it rains, think I mentioned that before LOL.

The morning was quiet other than the slight pitter-patter of the raindrops on my tent. It was so peaceful there that I decided to just hang for a day. Riding with Jim was awesome, but a lot faster paced than I am used to.
It was definitely a lot more luxurious than I am used to as well, as he opted a lot for motel rooms. :D At least this part of the trip I actually showered on a regular basis!!

I read and knitted, my favorite past times, walked the beach some when it only drizzled, and checked on Spirit to make she she wasn’t going to thump over.
Occasionally someone would walk by my tent, and either comment or stay quiet about me being there. Everyone let me be though, so I relaxed.
I packed up most of the stuff in the evening time, and went to bed early.

The next morning the rain had let off and there was actually a fairly good breeze.
By the time I had everything packed up, the breeze had dried the tent pretty darn good. I rode Spirit back up the trail and took of toward Gran Falls Windsor. Jim had given me the heads up on dropping by the cabin.

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I decided to go by Roddickton to gas up and see a bit of the North east coast.
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There were little fenced areas all along the road, like they used to be gardens but got overgrown.

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Entering ?Roddickton
Once I had filled up my tank I headed back toward Deer Lake and then toward Grand Falls Windsor

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The coast line was gorgeous!! It wasn’t really sunny but just having clouds and no rain was just fine with me.

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There was still fireweed along the road edge!

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Somehow Newfoundland reminded me of Kauai, and I felt a twinge of homesickness.
I can see what makes this place special, it has almost the same energy as Kauai.

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after hours of riding and taking breaks I realized that there was no way I’d make it to Grand Falls in one day.
I looked around for places to camp, and on a whim looked at a campsite at Green Point, and saw it was only $15. I did not see a shower there, but the location was nice, and I was too tired to go and look for a deserted road.

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The campground was pretty packed but I found a spot that gave me a little secludedness (hmm, don’t think that is a real word but I’ll use it anyways)
The was a family with 4 kids camped next to me, and they had the time of their lives screaming at the top of their lungs. I remembered when my kids were that age, and what a difference it makes with what you can tolerate. Now it almost got to me, but I told myself they are having fun and it is still early.
I get so used to the quiet that loud noise is something I have to mentally deal with and let go of.

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Steps from the beach to the campground

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Still Fireweed here as well

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it was a beautiful sunset

I slept great until about 3 AM when the father of the family next door decided to start his truck and park it the other way around. What the???? It took me a while to fall asleep again, so I woke up a bit later and not so rested the next morning.
Thank goodness it wasn’t raining, even though it was very cloudy. I packed up my tent and was out of there by noon, right as it started drizzling. Perfect timing!!

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Sometimes I think the rain adds a different dimension and feel to photos. This shot would have been beautiful in the sun, but now with the rain and cloudiness it just feels even more amazing.

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Just amazing!! I loved this stretch of road from Rocky Harbor to Deer Lake

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I’m guessing some sort of rockslide happened

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I made it to Deer Lake in no time and found a Burger King. I was longing for some fries, and wanted to download my camera pics and charge my laptop some.
After ordering fires and a salad, I was told they were out of salad, and there was nothing else I could eat. Bummer. Then I realized they had smoothies so I ordered one of those. The girls there were so sweet, they gave me that on the house as they were out of salad.
As I was sitting there the weather cleared Yippee!!

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The ride to Harvey’s cabin was sunny and beautiful, but nothing like the Rocky Harbor/Deer Lake route
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Found the turn off to Harvey’s cabin

As I am writing this part I am on the ferry from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia so I’ll end it here as I really want to go upstairs and enjoy the sea breeze.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 13, 2014, 06:34:29 PM
I am in Moncton now, staying with Riverman, and finally get around to posting at least part of my RR.
More later tonight as I got to run into town to the thrift shop to find a suitcase.

The dirt road to Harvey’s cabin was very potholey, and I was hoping my GPS would not lead me astray as it sometimes does when punching in GPS coordinates.
This time it was dead on and I got to the cabin easily.
Jim was working on the garage, putting the siding on, and Harvey was clearing out the area.
I had meant to help them and put on shingling or whatever, seeing as I had done it before, but Harvey wouldn’t have it, he told me to relax.
Yeah, I have to admit that I was wondering if he was just being a good host and wanting me to just relax and have a good time, or if he didn’t trust me with a hammer and nails………
I decided that he was just being a good host, even though I would love to have helped.
So what does a girl do when at a beautiful little lake that has a canoe tied on the dock? She goes for a paddle!
I asked Harvey if I could and he said sure, do whatever you want. I hopped in and grabbed the paddle.

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I asked someone what those stones meant, and it is called an Inukshuk (not sure if I spelled that right) it’s made in the image of man, and it has been used to guide/navigate the traveler. Nowadays it’s more of a welcome sign

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I had fun paddling, but at the end of the lake the wind was strong, and no matter how I tried I could not turn the nose of the canoe because the wind kept pushing it back. So in the end I said screw it, and crawled to the nose of the canoe and paddled dragging the butt along with me. As soon as it got less windy I crawled back and turned the canoe around. Yep, got to do things a little different when you can’t do something the normal way :D
After I docked the canoe, I decided to cook up a vegie stew with all the vegies I had found at a convenience store before heading to the cabin.
A huge bag of potatoes, carrots, turnips, and cabbage for only $10; it weighed a ton!
The stew came out great, and I ate early as the men were working until dark.
After they came in and ate Harvey pulled out a big bottle of rum, and that was a sign for me to hit the sack!!! As I don’t tolerate alcohol very well, I normally just don’t have any. Once in a while just to be more social I’ll have a quarter glass of wine or so.
I slept in a bunk bed that night hoping I wouldn’t forget if I had to get up in the middle of the night and pee :D

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The next day we all went to Grand Falls Windsor, basically cause the food had run at the cabin. The ride there was uneventful. Once we got to Harvey’s house I met his wife Florence who had just gotten home for lunch. She is a wonderful person and I liked her at once. I also met their son Michael. I got my own room and Spirit and Desiré got a nice heated garage!
Harvey took u into town to Canadian tire to get oil for the bikes and some other stuff.
At first I had not wanted to start working on Spirit, I was getting tired of working on her I have to admit, even though it was just regular maintenance.
Then I figured I should. I changed the oil, and found the filter once more relatively clean for having gone over 3000 miles with the same oil.
Then my spring arrived and yes, it looked a lot thicker than the other spring!

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Harvey Jim and I jumped into Harvey’s truck and went to town to get the spring installed on the shock. The first place we stopped at didn’t have the tools to do this, but the second place did.
Jim had some errands to do too, and after we got back we had dinner.
As I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do the next day I felt in limbo. I was tired, mentally and physically but really should get the shock on Spirit. The tire Jim had ordered for me hadn’t arrived, so here I was with a bald tire, and seeing as we had so much rain I didn’t feel comfortable riding around with it. I had wanted to go to St. Johns but the weather in that part of the island was worse.
I decided to put the shock on anyway and maybe wait for the tire.
Then Jim told me I could just use his knobby that still had a lot of thread on it. We were both silly, because neither of us remembered that he now sported an 18 inch wheel on the back. I had already taken the tire off when we realized that.
Meanwhile the neighbors had come over to watch us work. The ladies were impressed with my mechanical skills and the neighbor lady said she wouldn’t ever do something like that. That’s what her husband was for. Haha, I had to laugh. She was honest about it and didn’t feel in the least that it was a negative thing.
I guess I am a tad too independent at times, even though it is nice to have someone else do something for you.
I left Spirit on the jacks cause there wasn’t much else I could do. I hoped that the tire would be in the next day, but Harvey and Jim had planned to get to the cabin early, and I wasn’t sure how he would feel about me staying there while he was gone and Florence at work.
I slept well that night (Florence opened the window for me, as I have a hard time sleeping without a breeze)

The next morning Jim offered to buy me a new tire and we went looking first at some guy’s place who had a trailer filled with tires, old and new. None that would fit Spirit, except for a really teensy one and an old stiff one that I felt would start cracking the minute I started riding.
We did find one in a store, and it was a Kenda. I figured it would be interesting to see how those ride.
Again Jim saved my neck, as he has done countless other times! I’ve got to make it up to him one way or another!!
It was really sweet of Harvey to help me out like that, riding around all morning looking for a tire; I knew he wanted to get back to the cabin to finish the siding and all.

Harvey had pulled me aside earlier and told me that it would be hard for me to stay at the cabin as Florence and Michael were there too. He said also when the family arrived it would be noisy, crowded and lots of people smoking. (I guess he had noticed me edging away from the neighbor yesterday cause he was smoking in the garage)
He then offered to let me use the trailer in Badger. Wow, that would be awesome!
He gave me directions before left for the cabin. He took off before Jim and I because it would be slower going for him with the trailer down the dirt road

The tire was definitely a lot harder to put on than the Shinko, but mainly because it was an 80 instead of a 90. Jim helped me with the last bit.
Then I packed up my stuff and loaded it on Spirit to see how the new shock was.
Hmmmm, It needed to be adjusted for sure.

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Jim adjusting the rings

The shock looked awesome, but adjusting it was a pain in the neck!!
The wrench did not quite fit between the frame and the airbox, so it was impossible to get the notch to rotate enough to grab the next one.
Both Jim and I realized that the wrench would have to be altered.

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Jim went and grounded the handle of the wrench out so that we just had enough room to turn one notch. There are 12 notches to make on full rotation. And I had to adjust the bike I think 5 or 6 rotations. So yeah it took a while.
I guess the shock is meant for those riders who set it once and leave it at that. It is not designed to adjusting it easily while on the road.
Once it was set to the right height however I found that it was a wonderful shock. I could reach the ground, and I could use the kickstand normally. Even with the load off I could tiptoe and reach the ground. This would work!
Jim left to go do some shopping and then to the cabin, and I finished up packing Spirit.

When I left the house I ambled along the roads slowly watching my speedometer. I had remembered thankfully that I wanted to make a photo of the mileage and wanted to be somewhere quiet so I could stop when I wanted to.

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Now how is that for a reading!!

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I rode to Sobeys and did some shopping myself but unfortunately did not find much of any food I could eat for on the road, Seeing as I had a trailer to myself for a couple of days, I got some salad, avocado, cranberries, dressing and lots of other goodies that needed to be refrigerated.
I found the cabin no problem, and made myself at home.

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View from inside the trailer

Amazing how nice it feels to have a place to oneself! I am really turning into a hermit at my old age!! LOL. I got settled and relaxed for a bit before heading over to the cabin. I almost missed the turn off.
Once there I spend the day helping Jim with the siding and relaxing at the cabin.

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Jim up in the rafters

When it started getting darker I had to tell Florence not to cook for me. I was tired, craving some alone time, and the trailer was beckoning me.
I wished everyone a good evening and hopped on Spirit.
Once I got to the trailer I felt like I had gotten home. Amazing how a little place like that can make you relax and just be.
I had been longing for the Salad and tofu I had bought, and whipped up an amazing salad with all the ingredients, yuuuummmmm, I can eat like this every night!
I crawled in my sleeping bag afterward with the intention to read, but realized as soon as I lied down, that all I wanted to do was close my eyes.
Even the loud noise outside of the sewage plant behind the trailer did not keep me awake.
When I woke up in the morning I took my time.
It was Saturday and Harvey’s family would arrive, and the place would be a zoo.
I’m not comfortable around a lot of people, noise gets to me, and I haven’t quite figured out yet how to tune it out. Eckhart Tolle suggested in his book “The power of now” to just let it go through you, to pretend that you’re air and that it flows right through you without it bothering you. Hmmm, not getting it yet!
So I got there around noon, but there was no one in sight other than Harvey and family. Turns out they were all at another cabin. Phew!! I helped Jim some more, this time with installing the garage door, and went to the party later. I rode Spirit down the trail, very bumpy trail, so I could ride back out in case it got too much for me.
As it turned out only about 20 or so folks were there, including Harvey’s family, Jim and I. There was actually something I could eat, some mashed potatoes with apple, rice, and I had brought my own Indian food as well.
Afterward I had snowballs, which were totally gluten free and vegetarian!! Wow, yummy.
I forgot to ask Florence for the recipe!!
Then while I was sitting with the ladies at the bonfire Jim and I were called to the deck in front of the house.
They had a surprise for us!! We were to be skreetched in!! What the???
Harvey held a paddle that had some sort of dead slug thing on it, maybe a mussel?
Anyways, he asked Jim, “Dyawannebeanufndlndr?” Say what?  Haha, I did understand that though. Jim said Yes!
Then he held the paddle before Jims face and Jim had to eat the slug…..
Then,  he asked me the same thing, and just out of curiosity to see what would happen if I said no, I answered no. He ignored that answer and held the paddle in front of my face. Luckily Florence went and put a candy on the paddle, and I grabbed it with my mouth and sis not quite eat it but held it long enough. Too sweet!
The he made Jim and I repeat some other slang sentences that I had no idea what they meant. Jim drank skreetch (the rum left on the bottom of a barrel and supposedly tastes horrible, and I got some ultra sweet syruppy drink that did indeed taste horrible. Then they handed us a certificate, a pin and a Newfoundlander hat, and we were officially skreetched in

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Jim was just saying something when the picture was taken

I ended up staying longer, and Harvey pulled out his guitar and started playing and singing, “Bye, bye miss American pie,” and everyone started singing around the campfire, including myself. Everyone was very drunk and having a great time.
There was another guy there called Jim as well (I called him Jimbo) and he had walked up to me drunkenly, and told me life doesn’t get any better than this!
I could see from the look on his face that he loved this moment and was as happy as a clam, but my heart filled with sadness when he said it because I realized that for me this wasn’t so. All I really wanted was to get back to the trailer and have some peace and quiet.
I guess I am just not much of a social person. And my happiest moments are somewhere in nature with the wind blowing in the trees, the sound of the river or a brook and the birds singing.
Then I realized that I also love spending time with my kids, because I love them.
And I guess that is why he was so happy. He truly loved all the people around him and enjoyed their company. I was just a stranger in a strange land :D

Around midnight I was ready to get out of there, but there was no way I felt comfortable enough to ride that rough road in the dark. I asked Florence for a ride back to the cabin (I could stay in the bunk bed again with Michael on the top and Jim in the other bed in the room.
Turns out Michael had eaten was to much and was feeling really sick , so Florence drove of both to the cabin.
I went to bed shortly after, but was woken not too much later by Jim and Florence having a lively drinking and talking session! LOL.
I eventually fell asleep again.

The next morning Michael gave me a ride on his mom’s ATV to the party cabin where Spirit was patiently waiting. I hoped on her and took off for Harvey’s cabin. Well I should rephrase that, tried to take off. The gravel in the curve was really deep, and I found myself not moving forward all of a sudden. Spirit’s rear wheel was spinning and not getting any traction and thump, there I went!. Luckily Michael and Pete (?) where right there and helped me up and pushed her out of the gravel hole the tire had dug. This time I actually made it to the dirt and to the cabin.

Harvey, Florence, Michael and I went blueberry picking after breakfast; Jim wanted to stay and work on the garage.

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Everyone was wearing rain gear, as it had started drizzling.

Harvey had given me his old one-piece coverall, which had a hole in the crotch.
It did not take too long before I had a wet seat, and had to stop to fill the hole with a plastic bag Jim had given me (which I forgot to return, oops) It stopped me from getting any wetter. We picked blueberries in the rain for over an hour, and decided to go back to the cabin instead of riding around the lake. It had just gotten too cold.
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As I had not had enough sleep I was longing to go back to the trailer and rest for a while, so I said goodbye to everyone and headed back to Badger.

Ahhh, bliss!! I made myself another salad, kicked back and had a wonderful evening.
I swung by the cabin the next day just as Florence and Michael were leaving. They invited me to a BBQ that night at their house.
I hung around a bit helped Jim and Harvey at one point, and relaxed. When Jim was done the both of us headed to Harvey’s home for dinner.
It was a wonderful dinner and afterward the neighbor came by and us three girls started talking about our kids and such. I showed them pics of Travis and Tamara (my kids) and of the costumes I had made etc.
Florence and I hooked up on Facebook too, she was going to send me the snowball recipe.
We said out goodbyes and I took a photo of them.
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Jim rode before me lighting the way. I think he was going too fast, as there were plenty of moose in the area, but we got to the turnoff to the trailer in one piece.
There Jim met this guy who was starting a motorcycle store in Badger, also an ADVer who was glad to meet Jim, but didn’t even acknowledge me even though Jim introduced us. ?? that was a tad weird, but he was really into telling Jim all about his shop.

After he left Jim and I hugged goodbye as well, as this was the last time we’d see each other in who knows how long.
I rode to the trailer ready for another section of my journey. This time alone again.
It had been a Joy riding with Jim, and sharing the beauty with the land.
He is an amazing guy, and a lot more adaptable than me!!
I get along with everyone and enjoy their company and getting to know them, but only for a certain amount of time, and then I need to retreat.
Jim can spend hours among people and be totally at ease and talk a lot.
I seem to run out of things to say after a while.
He’s definitely more connected to the world than I am!!

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 13, 2014, 06:35:46 PM
The next morning I got Spirit all packed up and chain greased and was really ready to hit the road again.

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Saying goodbye to my wonderful little retreat

Heading back toward Deer Lake I made sure to stop and take a picture of this. I had seen it on my way to grand falls, but failed to stop then.

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Who would have thought!! A Hawaiian beach on Newfoundland!!

The weather was great and I had planned to make it to Port aux Basque in one day.
A long stretch for me!
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Just had to take a pic of the amazing cloud formation

Once I got to Deer Lake I stopped at the same Burger King again. The girls had remembered me from last time.
Once rested I hopped back on Spirit and headed for Corner Brook;
There I found the Dominion store that Florence had told me about.
Wow!! What a variety of food, and they also had those Indian dinners I liked, and also Indian snacks and such. I stocked up for another 12 days.
I was in heaven!!
Feeling happy about not having to worry about where to buy food, I ambled toward Port aux Basque

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I loved this road!!

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I did take a little detour along the coast via Black Duck
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It wasn’t as pretty as I had hoped, but it was nice not having any traffic on the road with me.
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I must have aimed at something cause I was not taking a photo of this cloud on purpose. Still it’s quite a nice shot


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Looked like I was heading toward rain!!
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The mountains looked so Mystical!!

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When I got almost to Port aux Basque I was pretty darn tired, and didn’t feel like hunting for a spot to camp. There was a sign saying JT Cheeseman provincial park, and I turned unto the little dirt road.
The camping was lovely and quiet, and only $15, so I went for it.

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As it looked like rain, I decided to tarp up so I wouldn’t be stuck with a wet tent in the morning.
There was a little wifi there, and a pay phone.
On a whim I decided to make a reservation for the ferry.
Good thing I did as I was supposed to be there 2 hours before. Luckily the camping was only 10 minutes from the ferry
I got u at 7, having packed most everything in the evening, and was out of there by 9.
It did rain in the night, and my tent was only slightly damp in areas close to the edge of the tarp.

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It was a very misty ride to the Harbor

As I got to the booth and gave them my name, the guy kept glancing behind me and waited. Finally he asked where the rest of the party was. When I told him I rode by myself he was really surprised. LOL, I get that a lot it seems.
Lane 11 was all mine he said

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Yup no other riders.

I went into the big building to see about a Nova Scotia map, and when I came back out found two other bikes parked near Spirit.
Two guys, Alex and Ed were there, and they were heading back to I think Ontario, but also via Cape Breton.
A guy and his wife in a motorhome were pulling a trailer with a bike in it. He told me the ferry fee for him was $500! Yikes!!
He was really sweet and gave me a map of Nova Scotia and we talked about where to go for a while. He told us about a little ferry we should take to head to Cape Breton. He mentioned that he once bought a booklet with ferry tickets for cheap, $1.25 per ticket, that he still had. Now the ferry cost $5. I jokingly asked him why he told us that. He was pondering where he had them and disappeared.
About 15 minutes later he was back, and handed each of us a little ferry coupon. Awwww.

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The ferry, no rain but really fine mist was in the air

At around 10:45 they started boarding and we were first to go.

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I loved the way we could anchor the bikes. We got 4 straps each and 4 anchor points.
Spirit didn’t move a mm!!
I grabbed my laptop, some snack bars, chips and camera and went upstairs.

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One last look at Newfoundland, knowing I’d be back in the Spring
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I walked all the way to the front and scored a table with outlets in front of the window looking out to the front of the boat. Yippee
Ed and Alex showed up a bit later, but went to find another spot to sit; closer to the door as they smoked.

I made myself at home and started downloading my photos from the camera to the laptop. Before I knew it the boat had started moving.
There was definitely a lot of rocking motion, and I was hoping I wouldn’t get seasick. I basically told myself not to, mind over manner. I did get a tad queasy occasionally, but pushed it away


More later, especially the rescue videos, as I still have a lot to type up
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Dave S on September 24, 2014, 10:14:31 AM
APB ....anyone heard from or seen NomadGal lately ?? Hey "E" ..where are you ...
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on September 24, 2014, 03:02:25 PM
She's back in Hawaii now and should be posting up her last couple segments of the Ride... haphap
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on December 25, 2014, 04:04:47 AM
Well, I thought I had posted the end of my journey, but I guess I didn't  humph1
I also post on ADV so I guess that's where the mix up is.
Will post as soon as I have a minute.
But for now

Mele Kalikimaka

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Aloha!
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!
Nothing Much changed here, I'm still on Kauai, still haven't found a place to live. and still staying with a friend
(who is hoping I'll find something soon  :smiler: )
I will be checking out a place the day after Christmas, keeping my fingers crossed that this is a nice place with a nice person.
Have to do the room mate scene as the rents here have sky rocketed due to lack of housing availability.
I miss the snow, and Spirit, but do have some work, and will hopefully be able to save some for spring time.

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Lots of rainbows on Kauai

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Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
Means Happy New year
Will continue this thread in the spring once i am back in New Brunswick
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Hondo on December 25, 2014, 08:28:37 AM
Cool to see you back in Hawaii- I start a trip tomorrow and have 2 layovers in Honolulu, can't wait!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: The Fonz on December 28, 2014, 08:21:18 PM
Very nice
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on May 18, 2015, 04:19:54 AM
Two more weeks, and I'm on the road again!!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Bernie on May 18, 2015, 05:23:33 AM
Is that two or four ?
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on May 19, 2015, 12:45:38 AM
 :smiler: fixed
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 03, 2015, 07:25:17 PM
I'm in Moncton!!
Just a brief "ride" report today, more like a fly report  :Hap1:

The day I left was rather crazy. Got up early as Mel decided to do a photo shoot of Mokan and Nokan, and a short film shoot early in the morning. Of course he had to have me there to help the guys into their costumes.
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These are their heads, the mouth opens and closes and the eyes move left and right. (so far)

Then the guys he hired to portal the characters had way too big a heads to wear the puppet heads, so I ended up being one of the characters. As you've probably guessed, this took longer than he anticipated. I finally put my foot down and told him I needed to get back home to take a shower and clean the bathroom ere I left.
Got to the airport in time though.
Then I found out that even though you may book certain seats during your reservation, it doesn't mean that you actually get them!! Turns out they erased my seats and put me slap dab in the middle between two rather obese persons!!! Needless to say I could not breathe without touching either of them. For someone like me, who doesn't even like being around more than a few folks, the situation was rather distressing. I looked around me to see if there might be another seat open somewhere, and noticed that the whole row behind me was empty. Hmmmmmm, then decided to ask the air hostess if I could sit there if none showed up. She said I could, but that they were waiting for those folks to show up. I decided to put my bag of home made cupcakes on the seat behind me, as a "I got first dibs" message. After five minutes of watching the isle and see if anyone else boarded, the door closed. Well, I don't think you've ever seen any one jumped up that fast! I climbed over the person sitting next to me, and grabbed the empty window seat.  haphap
The air hostess saw me and walked up, shaking her head and laughing. She told me I must be a very lucky person (she doesn't know the half of it!!). I spend a blissful 4 1/2 hours flying to San Francisco.
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The pilot got us there in record time, as it normally takes 5 1/2 to 6 to get to the mainland from Kauai.

In San francisco I found a deli that had fresh dolmas in their deli section, as well as tabouli and other good vegan stuff. I got the dolmas and they were delicious!!
The flight to Toronto was long, I did have a window seat, but crawling over two guys to go to the bathroom, is not much fun. I was glad I had my hidden object game on the laptop, and kept myself busy and awake.

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The moon above the clouds

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A socket in the seat in front of me!!! Awesome! I charged my laptop during the flight.

Air Canada also had some pretty good meals, and I opted for the spinach salad. My luck they still had one  :smiler:.  I gave her my debit card, and it turns out they only take credit cards, sniff. I handed her the salad back, but I guess she felt sorry for me as I had been so happy that there was a salad left, and told me to go ahead and just eat it. So I got a free dinner to boot!!

Once in Toronto I went through customs no problem, and waited for my suitcase a while. I kept noticing a speaker message playing every few minutes and decided to listen. It said that passengers coming from Oahu or San Francisco didn't need to get their luggage from the baggage claim but could go straight to their connecting flight.
I waited a little while longer to make sure my suitcase wasn't there, and walked to the other terminal.

This time there was a little plane getting us to Moncton!! Cool

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Wow, tiny tires!!

The flight was short, but the guy next to me was rather intrusive, he had his legs all relaxed and spread out taking up half of my foot space!! I know I should have said something, but decided to just squash myself against the wall and window and enjoy the flight.

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In Moncton I stood at the carousel for a while, until it became obvious that my suitcase did not make it there.  :eek7: :puzzled: :eek7: :puzzled: :eek7:

Went to the baggage claim window and filed for a lost suitcase. Should I have waited longer, was the broadcasted message wrong?
According to the guy there, yes, you always have to pick up the luggage when going through customs.
Paul (Rory's friend and storer of Spirit) walked up, he had come to give me a ride to his house. Very sweet, and as it turned out very lucky for me, as I would have just stayed there for however long it took them to find my suitcase.

I was exhausted and my brain just about shut down as I hadn't slept, but remembered to ask Paul if we could stop by Canadian Tire to get some Rotella-T.
Paul and Marilyn live in an old but beautiful farm house, and gave me a room to myself. I tried to stay up but didn't manage, and took a two hour nap.
We had a wonderful evening together with a good dinner and lots of stories, and by nine I was done for and crawled in bed. Slept 12 hours………...

 Today after a good steel cut oats breakfast, I started working on Spirit.
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Changed her oil, cleaned the air filter (much needed) and put in her battery.

Then around lunch time I got a call from Baggage claim, they found my suitcase! It was still in San Francisco!!! Whet the….????? It should be here tonight he said.

So now I am about to put the air filter back in as it is dry, and hopefully she'll start right up!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on June 04, 2015, 12:45:05 PM
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Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: hotshot on June 04, 2015, 06:48:13 PM
Please keep the pictures & words coming. They make for a good read every time. :biker_h4h1:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 09, 2015, 09:27:55 PM
Lets see….. what day is it??  haphap
It’s Tuesday, and I am currently in Camden Maine sitting on a comfy seat in a house that belongs to a friend of mine from Kauai, actually the same friend who gave me Spirit. The ride here was awesome, a great start of this next chapter of my journey.
Let me go back a few days…..

My suitcase arrived two days after I did, but at least it got there, yippee!! Everything was still in there, customs must have wondered about the camping stuff in there  :smiler:
That same day
I went grocery shopping on Spirit (it was the day before leaving) and  I felt a little wobbly while riding (should have known it wasn’t me!) I figured I’d been off her for almost nine months, so it was normal. It felt great riding again.
I found a little health-food place far out of town, and I parked in the dirt parking lot (of course without checking the ground first), and when I went to put my feet down, I discovered to my dismay that they weren’t reaching the ground! By the time they finally did Spirit was leaning over too far for me to hold her, and I had to let her go down. Luckily a guy saw what happened and helped me get her up, I had just filled up the tank, which made her really top heavy (drawback of the 7 gallon tank)
Well, no harm done, and now I had dropped her once, I figured I had gotten it out of my system and that would be it (little did I know). Found my way back no problem (Thanks again Jettn Jim!! That XOG is a lifesaver!!!)

I packed up fairly early in the morning, a little nervous, but also excited, to be out on my own on the road again. I said goodbye to my wonderful hosts

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Paul and Marilyn in the garage
 
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Both of them working hard getting the nails out of the wood, so they can burn it in the winter to keep the garage warm.  He stores a lot of motorcycles here in the winter for a variety of riders.

Paul was worried for me, which I found really sweet, I felt we were two kindred spirits. Marilyn his wife reminded me so very much of my step mom Henny, who passed away a little over a year ago, that I had to stop once in a while and watch her. She didn’t look exactly the same, but similar, but her mannerism and voice were very much the same.

I waved bye, as they were about to go spray the ground around the Christmas trees, bummer, but yeah…

As I was bypassing Moncton I really felt like something was wrong with the front tire, and slowly it dawned on my that I had a Heidenau on the front, still he same one Doug had given me, and those always feel and look solid, but I hadn’t given her a real pressure test (what was I thinking, or not thinking?) Luckily there was a gas station shortly after my little eureka moment, and I checked it. 20 psi, no wonder!!
Of course a tire would lose air sitting for such a long time. I filled her up and checked the back one, 35psi! This tire had not lost a single psi!! Go Shinko!!!
I hopped back on Spirit, and wow, what a difference, we were good to go.  :ricky:

As usual, the first moments of riding are always accompanied by a variety of  thoughts: Why am I doing this? Will I find a place to camp for the night? Is Spirit going to give me problems again? What will the weather be like? Are there bears around? Etc, etc. But luckily as this was the third time starting out after a prolonged break, I could draw from my experience and tell myself that everything was going to be great. I wasn’t going to worry about anything and just believe that a great camping spot would appear when it was time, that Spirit would be great, and that this time I would just enjoy the ride west where I would eventually find a place to settle down.

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The peaceful feeling of a wide-open road, without traffic

My plan was to head toward the St. Martin area via the coast, and find a spot to pitch my tent for a few days.

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The Chocolate river, you can see why

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Lots of brown clay dirt
 
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Looks like there are a lot of covered bridges in New Brunswick

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The beams under the bridge were seriously warped, but it looked like they were supported by metal cables now, so the bridge wouldn’t collapse.

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As soon as I entered into Fundy National Park I hit road work! Go figures.
Parts of that road were really rough, with fist-sized rocks piled together. No problem for Spirit, but boy, I sure would have hated riding a Harley or Goldwing over that!!

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Spring is in the air!!!

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I decided to take the little detour and check out St Martin, another covered bridge.

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Amazing rock formation

I took the road up the hill, hoping to see some nice views, but after a while realized that it was just a suburban area, and went to turn around using someone’s driveway. Should have looked better as it turned out that most of it was rocks and sand. Needless to say I felt Spirit slip sideways in the curve, and again I didn’t have the strength to stop her from topping over. Ahhhh, twice in two days!! A young fella stopped his car and helped me get her up; it was a struggle as she kept sliding in the sand while we tried to lift her. I ended up taking the bag off the back, and that helped. He wanted to wait until I was off again, but I told him to just go ahead, that I would be fine, and I was. I got her turned around and headed down hill again

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Close-up of the cliffs, gorgeous!!

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Spring came late here; the leaves on the tree look barely a week old

There were more houses here than I had thought there would be, so finding a quiet camping spot around here turned out to be futile, I would have better luck past St. John, so I kept on riding.

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As I was going down hill I passed a little beach to my left, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a picnic table sitting in some grass. I decided to find a spot up the road to turn around and take a peek

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View from up the road

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Now why on Earth did I ride up to the beach?????
I did good though, I pushed her back manually, not sitting on the bike, and got to a spot where I had a big enough area to turn the her around facing forward. Then I started her up and walked alongside until I could park on somewhat solid and even ground. Yippee, made that hurdle!! I had to boost my self esteem after I had dropped her  :wings:

I rode through St. John, and headed for Dipper harbor.
On the left side of the road I suddenly noticed a nice smooth dirt road heading toward the bay, I turned around and took it.

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Wow, what a nice road, and it looked very promising as for as finding a camping spot goes. I noticed one area to the left with a fire pit, but it looked messy. The road dead-ended near a factory with locked gates and blocked off with huge boulders. Didn’t look like this entrance was used anymore. So I turned around and happen to stumble upon and overgrown driveway to the left. I parked Spirit and walked up the little road. It was perfect, and by the looks of it no one had been driving on this road for a long time.
Still, it was spring now, and maybe someone might show up and go to wherever the road went. I walked down it a bit but it kept on going, so I turned around.
I decided to check out the spot with the fire pit, but when I got there it was worse then I had seen in that quick drive-by. It was littered with beer bottles, soda cans, trash bags, and other pieces of garbage. Absolutely disgusting!
So I decided to take my chance on the overgrown driveway.

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I pitched my tent and shortly after it began to rain. Just for a little and then the sky cleared, but along with it came the cold! Boy was I freezing! I cooked a little supper to warm up, and crawled in my sleeping bag early. I was glad I had decided to bring my fleece blanket with me again.
I fell asleep shortly thereafter, but woke up about an hour later when car slowed down and stopped right at the entrance of the driveway……… crap!!
But whoever it was, they took off again after a few minutes, phew!! That would have been a nightmare to pack up again in the dark.
I fell asleep again and slept like a baby till morning.

There is something so amazingly wonderful about waking up in the woods, with the sound of birds chirping around you and knowing that there is absolutely nothing that you have to do! I just lied there, being content and peaceful, enjoying the warmth of my sleeping bag and the comfort of my sleeping pad, just being, and not worrying or planning. I finally felt a bit more human. As my little spot was so peaceful I decided to just kick back a day, I needed it after months of working without weekends. I read and crocheted and watch a movie on my laptop.
It rained that day, so I was enjoying the soothing sounds of the rain on my tent.

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I just love the little shed that attaches to my tent, it really makes it into a home!

I would have stayed another day if it hadn’t been for the fact that I wanted to meet up with my Boss/friend in Maine.
On my previous trips I got up and tried to get out off wherever I camped, by 10 AM, not this time! I was way too relaxed, and just took it one minute at a time.

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Little mountain of moss, had to take a pic

 I was all geared up by noon, and slowly meandered to Deer Island.
 
I saw on the map that there was a town called Utopia, I just had to detour and swing by there. Unfortunately I did not see the town name anywhere, only a sign with Utopia road
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I headed to the ferry that would bring me to Deer Island.
From there I would take the ferry to Campobello island and then the bridge to Lubeck Maine.

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The ferry dock

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Awesome!!!

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Nice view from the dock side
 
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On the ferry

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Spirit, and hanging on the dry-bag, my new green crocs, with magenta straps

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Not exactly trust inspiring

During the ride, I inquired about the ferry to Campobello, and found out to my dismay, that the ferry hadn’t started up yet, and probably wouldn’t for another couple of weeks! Shucks!! So here I was going the wrong way. The ferry ride was free, so I decided to just tour the little island and then take another ferry back. They went every half hour, so the wait wouldn’t be too long either way.

The ferry ride lasted about 20 minutes, and I was the last one to get off.
Deer Island is a quaint little place, but very picturesque. I had fun just cruising down the roads, even ended up on a dead-end one.

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I couldn’t decide which picture to post, so I posted both of them  :smiler:

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I felt like moving right in

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After a whole hour I had been on almost every single road, so I grabbed the ferry back.
The ride to Calais was uneventful, and fast (took the freeway)
The border crossing was quiet and before I knew it I was in the US, yay, my cell phone worked at a normal rate again!

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I found the visitor center and stopped by to get a map of Maine. While there I inquired about forest campgrounds, and they gave me a map of public lands campsites. The closest one was Rocky lake, and as it was past 6 already I decided to head out there.
I found the turn really easily (or so I thought) but after riding on dirt for about 5 miles, I realized that I was passing the rocky lake but saw no turn offs.
A lady was driving up and I waved her down to ask, but she didn’t know about the campsite, but the guy behind her did. Turns out I had turned right too soon, and that I had to get back to the road and take the next dirt road to the right.
I found the campsite no problem. It was on public lands, so it was free.
Turns out though that while riding I lost the camera battery that I was charging.
I had totally forgotten that I was doing so, because I would have disconnected to charger and packed it away.
Jettn Jim had given me a great camera for Christmas years ago, and with it three batteries. I guess that he knew that eventually I was gong to lose one!!!

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It was a gorgeous camp ground, with one big drawback……..

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I couldn’t get Spirit past the boulders!

Luckily I was the only one here, and Spirit only about 15 feet from the tent.

This is as far as I’ll get tonight, I’ll post the rest of my report tomorrow
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 10, 2015, 04:57:41 PM
Other than the mosquitos, nobody bugged me. I t was a nice and quiet night, with occasionally the sound of a faraway loon.
I didn’t want to miss my friend in Camden, so I was packed up by 11, and headed South. It was very overcast, and it threatened to rain, but it remained dry (for a while)

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Cute little library

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I took some coastal detours, which weren’t as spectacular as I had hoped. It was very suburban, and there were few stretches without any houses.

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Right as I hit Hwy 1 again I saw this corny little blueberry place

When I hit Elsworth I noticed a sporting good store and dropped in to get some fuel for my stove. Seems like only certain stores carry the dual fuel tanks like the MSR.
When I got out of the store it was raining and I donned my raingear.
I don’t mind riding in the rain, but it does limit the picture taking.

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Another one of those spiffy bridges

I got to Camden around 5 and discovered to my dismay that I had zero phone reception! Turns out that AT&T sucks in this area. Bummer. Luckily my cheap little emergency tracfone had reception and I called my friend Geoffrey. He answered!! In itself a miracle…….
Turns out I was very close to where he was. I did have some chai and tomato basil soup before I headed out there at the local deli.

I’ve been here a few days now, relaxing (well not really) and getting some things taken care of.
My Hawaiian registration expired, and I went and registered here in Maine. So from now on I will have a Maine license plate just to throw everyone off.
I think I’ll hang my Hawaiian on my bag, just as a conversation piece.

Geoffrey, the neighbor across from him called Jorey, and I rode the bicycles to Stromsurfer’s house to go and say hi.

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I really don’t like bicycling, too exhausting! So as I had hopped off to walk a hill, I noticed this gorgeous flower in someone’s yard.

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The guys, Geoffrey, Jorey and Mike
Mike has a cool BMW with sidecar, I told him now he could get a dog to come along on his trips.
We spend a little while there, and he promised to swing by the next day to come check out Spirit

This morning Geof and I went up to Mnt. Battie to check out the view

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A tower with a view

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short little stairway t the top, but what a nice view up there

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guy with yellow jacket down the hill is Geoffrey, enjoying the view

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Mike came by around one to check out Spirit, and stayed for just a little while.
I had to jump on the back before he left.  :smiler: Very nice bike!!!
So here’s where I stop for today.
I’m not sure if I’m heading out tomorrow or the day after. It’s supposed to be nice weather for the next few days, so that’s a relief.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on June 10, 2015, 11:47:41 PM
Many, many thanks!  Love your writeups.   :mol:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 17, 2015, 12:13:04 PM
As I write this I am sitting in my tent, stealth camping in the Adirondack National Forest. The rain just eased off (it had been raining since last night, but I was dry and snug as a bug), and now the forest sounds reappear again. The calming rushing of the river, which is about one hundred feet from me, and sounds of the birds twittering in the trees, give me a contented and peaceful mood. An occasional car passing by make me aware that I am not too far away in to the woods.
But anyways, let me get back to where I left off.

I wanted to go to Portland to go to the Whole Foods store there, and Geoffrey said he had to return some boots at LL Bean because they hurt, so he said that if I didn’t mind his company he’d drive. Mind? Heck no, I could just kick back, relax and let him deal with traffic :D.
I was hoping to meet up with my friend Jen who lives there, but that unfortunately didn’t happen as we got stuck for hours right here

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I am guessing that what I am about to tell you will shock you!!
You never guess what I bought………..
Well, I can only blame Legolas, Catniss, and Robin Hood for this crazy notion!
Did you guess it yet?
I went and bought a bow and arrows :D
I’ve always admired the character Robin Hood, and then Legolas and Catniss for their accuracy with a bow. It had been a long time wish of mine to learn how to use a bow and arrow. To be one with the arrow as a Zen quote says.
And no! I am not planning on shooting it at any living being, man or animal. Nor am I planning on using it as a weapon for defense. If my mind ever goes there, and stays there, I will ship it of to a friend and will use it once I live somewhere near a archery range.

When we were in LL Bean we walked by the counter with the bows behind it, my eye caught a beautiful wooden one. The sales guy, sensing my interest , walked up to me and asked if I’d like to try one. Try one????? It was then that I saw the closed in shooting range behind him. Wow, me, try to shoot a bow?? Yes sir!!
He took me inside, and I had to sign a piece of paper first, which I did, and then had me try one bow.
Just pull on the string and see if you can pull it to your cheek. I did, but pulled it too far as I thought it harder. Nope not the bow for you he said. It was a 20lbs bow (not in weight but pull), so he gave me a 30 lbs one. This one I pulled to my cheek as well. It wasn’t hard, but not as easy either, and I felt it was the right size.

He showed me how to hold it, how to load the arrow, and how to release.
The target was only about 15 feet away I think, maybe twenty, and I hit the square but not the circle on my first try. I was too far to the right. He gave me 6 arrows to shoot, and by the end I had hit the outer edges of the circle three times; but still too far to the right. I had a hard time estimating how far to the left aim the arrow.
But now I was hooked, I would be able to learn how to shoot accurately.
We went outside and he showed me how to string the bow.
Meanwhile Geoffrey had come back from returning his shoes, and wanted to order lunch. I ordered a salad and went back to the guy who was dissembling the bow. Then I got anal and asked him if I could look at a few other ones, as I really liked the different wood grains. Then as I was choosing he suddenly said, “Do me a favor and do this test for me.” I had a feeling something was nagging him, so I did,
Basically you make a small circle with both hands, and center and object far from away into the circle you just made. Then you slowly bring your arms to your face, keeping the object in the center. Now when you do this, you will realize that your circled hands come to a stop either in front of your right eye or your left. Funny enough, mine stopped in front of my left eye. “Do it again”, he said with an object even further away, same thing. “Well”, he said, “You are a lefty!” Turns out that the reason I kept on shooting too far to the right, was because my left eye was doing the aiming. Back to the shooting room we went, and handed me a left-handed bow.
Awkward! You’ll get used to it he told me. I aimed and shot…….dead center from the middle, horizontally speaking, a little too high, but in the center.
Yep, you’re a lefty! I shot a few more arrows and all within an inch of each other. Now I just have to get the height right. My left arm isn’t as strong, so I tired easily.
Then back to the counter. At first it looked as if they didn’t have a left-handed bow, but then he found one, the only one! I guess I didn’t have a choice as for as wood grains went :D. Still it was a beautiful bow. Part of me was still thinking I should go with the right, but then I figured if it really didn’t work out, I could always go and exchange it for a right-handed one. They have an easy return policy.

I can’t believe I splurged and bought a bow. But then Geoffrey handed me his LL Bean card that had the money on it from his returned boots. He said he’d never use it and to go ahead and use it toward the bow. I bought an arm guard and three more arrows, as the arrows that came with it were junk, according to the sales guy.
Meanwhile my salad had arrived and Geoffrey and I enjoyed our lunch.

We spent another hour walking around the store, and I sat outside the store for a while in the sun, waiting for him to get his business on the phone done.
I felt guilty having splurged so much money on it, but then I told myself I earned it. I worked my butt of these last nine months.

Afterwards I went to whole foods and Geoffrey to Verizon. Got lots of Tasty Bite meals!!! Turns out we dawdled too long at LL Bean, and missed the window to visit my friend, who as it turned out had other plans for the afternoon. I didn’t know, but I figured I’d meet her again some day.

Shopping is exhausting!! Went to bed early and started packing the next morning.
Geoffrey said goodbye before I finished as he was driving north to Dover-Foxcroft to visit his friends.
I was out of there around noon, but knew I didn’t have far to go. His sister has a condo at Sugarloaf, a skiing resort, and I could stay there a night.
Route 17 was an easy going back route, some traffic for a Friday, but not too bad.
The route wasn’t exactly picturesque, so I didn’t take any pictures for a while, but when I did, my camera froze on me. What the???? There was no pace to stop, and I really wasn’t in the mood to figure out what was going on. As the scenery was not exactly mind blowing I figured I’d fix it once I got to the condo.
It only took a few hours, and the condo was easy to find.
It was totally deserted!! The inside was really nice!

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living room and dining table
 
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Kitchen

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Bedroom with queen and bunk-bed

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And a bathroom and washer and dryer room

It was so comfy there, and peaceful.
I fell asleep on the couch at 6 PM woke up once to crawl in my sleeping bag on the bed, and slept till 6 AM. I guess I was tired :huh

In the morning I just had to assemble my bow, I hadn’t even had a chance to do that.
It took me a while to figure out, as the string mounts backwards, I had forgotten.

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Here it is!!

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Close-up of wood inlay

I had a relaxed morning and figured out what was wrong with the camera; the scene dial was between settings. Duh, I twisted it to anti shake, and was good to go.
I whatsapped Pam, Geoffrey’s sister to whom the cabin belongs, and asked her if she had the condo online. She does, it’s on Home Away. http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p112871
I figured if anyone riding in this area needs a wonderful place to crash, you can reserve it online.

I was packed and out of there by 11.
 
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My new bow on top of my dry-bag.

I rode around the lakes and through Eustis then around the Rangely lakes area.
 
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 Whoa! Look at that color!

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A dam that generates electricity

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The other side of the bridge

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Just following the river

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Another biker in front of me

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Look at the big cloud on top, it follows the curves of the mountains almost exactly!

I was so intend on sight seeing that I totally got ”lost”. Well, I found myself almost in Berlin, and could not find it on the map. Turns out I had crossed the border into New Hampshire without knowing it.
I bought a map of New Hampshire and figured out where to go from here.
Past Berlin was a Forest Ranger station, and I stopped by to get some maps with camping areas. Much to my dismay, NH does not have primitive free or cheap campgrounds. Most of them were in the $22 to $35 range. Yikes, that much to get stuck between two RVs? No way!
I chose Hwy 16 South and turned unto 301 West. Just past a tiny town called Bartlet is a narrow road called Bear Notch road, which ends on the Kangamangus hwy.
That little road was awesome (closed in the winter).

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Bear Notch Rd

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The Kangamagus Rd was nice too, but way too crowded. And I have to admit, I have been to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Kangamangus does not hold a candle to it.
That’s the problem of having been to some really amazing places, after a while something that would have been awesome if you had never seen anything else, turns into something just so-so. Still, it was a nice ride.
 
As NH was rather pricey, I decided to just head into Vermont, maybe it would be cheaper there?

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I found a dirt road that headed into a campground (well at least on the map it did)
Turns out, there was only some sort of lodging house that you had to reserve.

I ended up backtracking and went North of Groton on a road that had quite a few campgrounds. I was tired, and did not see any dirt roads that weren’t driveways.
For tonight I would just pay the fee.
The First campground was too crowded, it was Saturday after all, but the second one, called “New Beginnings” was quiet in the horse area.
I had been riding around the campground and got lost. Met Pete on a Kawasaki who decided to camp in a lean to, but ha not brought any camping gear. Turns out he knew the camp ground manager who later provided him with a mattress and blanket. No screen???? Yikes, I could not have done that. I think he got munched on during the night, as his face was rather red in the morning.
Pete bought me a little Vermont State Park sticker, as I had only a $20 bill but no other cash.

It was $20 for the night, but I had a whole field for myself. Across from me was a horse paddy with two horses in it, and the owners were in an RV that was attached to a horse trailer; very interesting contraption.
They were nice folks.

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I pitched the tent amidst the mosquitos, turns out today was the first sunny day they had had in month; it hard been raining for weeks.
I sure was glad I camped there, and not in the tent area, as there was a group that was doing al sorts of stuff like karaoke, and dancing to YMCA till 10PM.
I slept amazingly well.

The next morning I let my tent dry in the sun, washed my mugs, and talked to Pete for a few before I left.
I kept riding on Hwy 302 until Orange, where I took Hwy 110 south. This is a really nice little road, quiet and picturesque.

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Following another river

Then once I hit Bethel, I found a 10 mile road that lead to Hwy 73.

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This little road went over a pass, and it was a gorgeous road to ride on. The feeling I got from this road was, I want to live here!!I kept imagining my hobbit home overlooking the hills. There were a few houses on it, but most of them set back a bit.

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I had planned to ride to Brandon, where (I found on the internet) there was supposed to be an archery range.
After an hour or so I pulled over to stretch my legs for a bit, and munch on a fruit bar, when I looked at Spirit. Oh crap!!!!

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Now those of you that are utterly bored, take a look and see if you can find what is missing. This will be the quiz for the day :D
I will let you know at the end of this RR what it is that I forgot.

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 17, 2015, 12:14:05 PM
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A little past Brandon on my way to the archery range

Turn out that the address for the Range was someone’s house! Darn, and nobody was home either.
Oh well, so much for that idea.

I hopped back on Spirit and kept on riding toward the New York State border

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Across the river is NY state

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I didn’t realize that I had to take a ferry!

I arrived just as the ferry pulled out, but the next one was only 15 minutes later, so I didn’t have to wait that long.
Turns out they didn’t take debit or credit cards (sign on the wall) so here I was, no cash, so no ferry. I wondered if they would take my $10 Canadian bill I had forgotten I had.
A car pulled up behind me, and I walked up to ask if by any chance they were Canadian. I figured if they were, maybe they could change the ten-dollar note for me.
They weren’t, but when they found out why I asked they offered to pay my ride.
They didn’t even want to take the Canadian money.

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Mike and Heidi saved the day!
They were from Pennsylvania, and I told them I was heading there to visit a friend.

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Nice sailboat, brings back memories :D
The ride was short
 
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 Ticonderoga landing

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In New York State! Adirondacks, here I come!!

I stopped at a little pizza place and had a salad; it was very good!
Part of me wanted to stay and write my RR, which I still hadn’t written, but part of me wanted to go and find a nice place to camp for a few days, and then write.
The latter part won, and I headed out. I took 74 west and then 9 North toward Keene.
Then as I was riding I noticed a dirt road to the right, and a little while later another dirt road exiting. Hmmmmm, one of those half circles?
I turned around and got on the dirt road. Looked promising. I parked spirit and walked down the road a ways, as there was a muddy spot that I would have to ride through. Turns out that the road went into the forest and there was just the most perfect place to pitch my tent!
Excited I walked back to Spirit, hopped on, and was just going to gun it through the mud. Welllllllll……….
That did not go as planned. Before I knew it I slid and ended up with Spirit’s front wheel in the grass to the right and the rear tire sideway in the mud with Spirit dropped at a 45 degree angle.
I tried to lift her with everything on it, but couldn’t. However, I did move her a bit. So I took all the bags off, while keeping Spirit propped against my leg. I did not want her to drop down any further. Once she was lighter I lifted her straight up, it wasn’t too hard. Then while holding here I walked around the back to the left side of bike, and started her up again. It took a few tries, but I got her rear wheel out of the mud and into the grass.
 
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I let her cool down a bit while I carried the bags across the mud.
Then I hopped on again and rode her through the grass onto the dry part of the road. Easy peasy!!
I decided to just quickly load the bags on as it would have taken me longer to carry all the stuff to the campsite.

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According to the news it was going to rain, so I put up the tarp as well

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It even had a fire pit (with litter and all)

As it was still dry I thought I’d shoot a few arrows at the ground.
I almost lost the first one as it went under all the pine needles.
But I had done a pretty good job at aiming!!
I practiced for about half an hour, using the funky arrows, just to strengthen my arm.
Yep the arrows are funky, they wobble in the air, the nice ones don’t!
It started raining shortly after, and it rained all night.

Well, here is where I started. I spend the day reading, knitting eating and writing my RR. I hope it’s sunny tomorrow so I can ride out of here into the Adirondacks.

Well……. it not only rained all night, but all day too! I didn't mind, figured I needed the break. The rain eased off later in the day, and it was dry in the morning.
I decided to pack up, it was drizzling slightly but started to clear up on the horizon, at least I thought so. By the time I had broken the tent down and packed, it started to POUR!! Buckets all at once. Grrrrrrrr!! I was glad I had left the tarp till last. I waited a whole under it, with the mosquitos buzzing around my ears. It didn't let up, and there was no way I wanted to ride out of here through that muddy patch in the rain. So I finally told myself to just bite the bullet and pitch the tent up again.
I was shaking my head at myself. 4 hours of work for nothing, lol. But I was glad with my decision, as I found that I did have 3 packets of tissue paper on me, which I had forgotten. You see, I had run out of toilet paper, and only had a few baby wipes left. As for water, it rained so hard that I bout one of my canteens under the tarp where the rain gushed down. It filled up in no time!
This time around I left Spirit in the rain and put a tarp over her. The way I had set up the tent, I could go out and stay dry for a couple of feet. I also was able to hang up my wet stuff under the tarp.

So here I was wet and tired (with rain washed hair), but at least all of my stuff was dry. That dry-bag is amazing!!
I laid down on my mattress and was happy I had stayed, maybe tomorrow would be sunny.
I relaxed till about five when lo and behold……… was that sun hitting my tent??

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Yes, some sun!!

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It stayed dry for about two hours and then it rained again, :cry bummer
By nightfall it cleared up, and the night was chilly. It was worth it!!! I woke up at 6 the net morning with the sun shining between the trees. It was gong to be an awesome day!!
I was packed and sacked by 10 and made the muddy area without any problems (with my heart beating in my throat however!).
The ride to Lake placid was gorgeous

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I gassed up in Keene, and made it to Lake Placid shortly after. I would have missed it if I hadn't been looking at the XOG. Turns out I must have missed the turnoff to the town, so I looped around.
Found a sporting good store, and across from it two places to eat. I stopped by the diner first, but they didn't have much for me to eat, and the girl instead of asking me if I needed any help sat down on one of the tables, whipped out her cellphone and started texting. I tried waving her over, but she didn't see. So I got up and asked her if they would be able to make potatoes in a pan with vegetable oil instead of on the grill with the burgers.
She looked at me as if I was crazy and bluntly told me no. So I said thank you there is not much for me to eat here then and left.

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The place next door looked more inviting

I went inside and was warmly created by one of the girls, she told me to just sit down anywhere
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I picked the window seat

Turns out they where willing to put some potatoes in the oven for me with onions and mushrooms. It was delicious!!
What a vast difference between the two places.
I must have ut out some good energy as the place became crowded after I sat there. Plus, they had wifi!!!

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The girl to the right had some great positive energy, she was an awesome waitress!!

So now I might go to ADVRich's place that isn't too far from here. It has a great place to pitch up my tent he says and a shower!!!

Oh yeah, what I lost?? Or rather forgot?? My mugs!!! Sniff sniff, I really loved my green enamel mug.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on June 23, 2015, 08:47:56 AM
Well, things are going to change very shortly, as I am flying to Amsterdam on July 3rd. More later

After my delicious brunch I did indeed end up at ADVRich’s place near Bloomingdale NY. He had not gotten there yet, so I cruised back to Saranac to get a new mug and some meals at a local Healthfood store called Nori’s. Awesome little place!! Found my favorite Tasty Bite meals and some other great stuff. My new mug is a double walled one, with lid and carabiner as handle that I can attach to my dry bag.

When I got back I started to pitch my tent in the yard, it was rather overgrown, and within minutes Rich showed up. Turned out the place was like a vacation house, or trailer that was totally built in.  I ended up just drying out the tent as I got one of the bedrooms to crash in.
Rich rode up there on his bike, it was an older one but looked immaculate! Grrr, now I don’t remember what bike it was, but I’m gong to say also a Kawasaki………
He was heading to the HUBB meeting in Ontario the next day.
We made spaghetti with gluten free noodles (he also doesn’t do the gluten thing) and pasta sauce with tofu. It was delicious! Afterward we talked about, biking, camping and other things. I got to take a much-needed shower, and slept great!
Rich left around 9 the next morning after offering to let me stay there for as long as I wanted. The weather was nice though, and after a few days of rain I really wanted to enjoy the sun.
I left around 10 and rode toward Corning where another biker friend of mine lives.
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Gorgeous view from Norman Ridge Road, near Rich’s house

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At first I had wanted to do some back roads, and or dirt roads, but as it was supposed to rain later that day I decided not to. I rode around the long way, via Paul Smith and Tupper lake, then down to Long lake and Indian lake.

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I just love the long endless up and down roads

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float plane on Lake Pleasant
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And another one
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As I was nearing the end of the Adirondack, the clouds started darkening the sky

I hadn’t planned on riding the whole distance, but as I really didn’t see any spots to camp once I was out of the Adirondack, I decided to just go for it.

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I stopped at a little rest stop on route, and as I was mounting my bike I noticed this little bugger hiding under the rocks. It had gotten warmer again, and the rain clouds had disappeared

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I got to Gunny’s around 7, after having been thoroughly drenched by a squall, and ended up having a really cute little trailer to myself for the night.
It felt weird to go from one person to the next, as I normally like to just camp out.
Gunny’s wife Viv, and son Robbie were really sweet, and their lively grandson Vinny was a sweet little guy, filled with questions and energy.
I warmed up some Indian food and around 10 Gunny got back home. He had had a long day at work.
Seeing as he was tired I wished him good night not too much later, and I crashed as well, I had gone a long ways that day!

The next morning brought some bad new as far as weather goes. It was gong to rain, and the next day Saturday even more. Bummer! I had wanted to go for a ride with Gunny and Pete, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
My Dad had googled Corning and told me that there was a world famous glass museum there, so I decided to swing by there.
Gunny and I talked for a while before he had to go to work, and I took my time packing. Jettn Jim lived not too far from Gunny, and I wanted to swing by his place to say hi and finally meet his wife. I also needed a new front tire, and hoped that Bloomburg was a big enough place with a motorcycle shop.
After having packed up I said bye to Vivian and Vinny, and rode toward the Glass museum.

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Holy cow was it ever packed!! I got claustrophobic between all those people and almost decided to bail. But as glass blowing really fascinates me I hung on in there.

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At the entrance, and about 10 to 12 feet tall

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Close up

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I almost bought it, until I turned it around and looked at the price $95!

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Tree of life inside the glass ball

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Made me think of Henny, my father’s wife, who recently past away (she loved owls)

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Glass chair but with real fabric cushions

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Too much glare from the windows, but gorgeous beaded necklace

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I loved the colors, intriguing, but yeah, ahem, weird!!

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Really old glass piece from Egypt
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Also old
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Glass paperweight opening like a lotus flower

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I loved the under water scene

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Another paper weight, floating roses

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Just awesome!! I really want to learn how to do stained glass windows

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I watched two glass blowing shows, amazing how it melts, but stays on the stick, how the glass grows when the guy blows in the tube. And all that at 2400 degrees fahrenheit!! Yikes, no room for error I’d say!

After a couple of hours I had had enough, and hopped back on Spirit.

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Took the back routes

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Yeah, I thought I had taken a wrong turn, and tried to do a U-ey on a very steep road
Bad idea! I was going too slow, and couldn’t put my foot down.
Gas poured out of my tank, and I also noticed oil on the road. What the?????
Grabbing the handle bar I rotated the bike on the Pelicans (tough cases!!!!) until the wheels were facing downward. As I had taken a back road, with not much chance of anyone showing up, I had to get her up myself. After tossing the drybag, tent and other bag off the bag, I was able to lift her fairly easily, and get her upright. Then I just gripped the clutch and let her cruise down hill a few feet, and to the edge of the road where I was able to get the kickstand out.

The road was a mess now with spilled gasoline and oil, and I didn’t want anyone else to crash, so I gathered as many leaves off the side as I could, and covered the spill

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I was hoping the dry leaves would soak up the oil.

I packed the bags back on Spirit, and after a few coughs she started up again.
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Before I knew it I was at the border of Pennsylvania, filled up the tank, and bought a map. I check the oil, but hadn’t really lost much.

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I got to Bloomsburg around seven-ish, and met Jim at a diner on Main street.
Had a great dinner with him and two of his friends.
Afterward I pitched my tent in his yard (I really like my privacy) and finally met his wife Sherry who is awesome!

I’ve been here a few days now, having helped with putting new shocks and springs on the van, with figuring out what was wrong with the water pump not working in Sherry’s dad’s RV, and other things.

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Had lunch with Jim

Got a new front tire yesterday at the tractor place in Bloomsburg that also sells bikes, tires and accessories

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Look what else they had there!!
I just loved this bike!!

Today I'll put on my new tire, and hopefully the weather will be good tomorrow, so maybe Jim and I can go for a ride.
Afterward I'll set out for Toronto as my flight to Amsterdam leaves from there.
It's unbelievable, but the same flight, leaving from New York City instead of Toronto cost $1000 more!!!! I don't mind riding back into Canada :D
My folks are looking forwards to seeing me, and I am happy to see them again too, it's been 9 years since I was there last.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on July 04, 2015, 05:58:25 AM
I spose I best start posting up again...  :think2:  haphap

Oohkay finally got the pictures uploaded of Esther's visit... Was a great time and I hope she got some rest though she did some maintenance on Spirit and helped me work on a new suspension for Monique.

New Maine license plate, left mirror/choke bracket, XOG Ram mount, oil and filter change, new front 705...
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Old Hawaiian plate on coolant reservoir cover for memories...
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Helped me take Monique's suspension from this...
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To this...
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A couple days before she left we took a ride up into northern PA...
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We rode up into Rickets Glenn State Park:  Ricketts Glen is a National Natural Landmark known for its old-growth forest and 24 named waterfalls along Kitchen Creek, which flows down the Allegheny Front escarpment from the Allegheny Plateau to the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. 
Ricketts Glen's land was once home to Native Americans. From 1822 to 1827, a turnpike was built along the course of PA 487 in what is now the park, where two squatters harvested cherry trees to make bed frames from about 1830 to 1860. The park's waterfalls were one of the main attractions for a hotel from 1873 to 1903; the park is named for the hotel's proprietor, R. Bruce Ricketts, who built the trail along the waterfalls. By the 1890s Ricketts owned or controlled over 80,000 acres (320 km2; 120 sq mi) and made his fortune clearcutting almost all of that land, including much of what is now the park; however he preserved about 2,000 acres (810 ha) of virgin forest in the creek's three glens. The sawmill was at the village of Ricketts, which was mostly north of the park. After his death in 1918, Ricketts' heirs began selling land to the state for Pennsylvania State Game Lands.   

We stopped at one of the Falls, Sullivan Falls as we looped back down and around exploring some dirt forest roads...
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Esther walked to the base of the falls to get another look and introspect I suspect... :D
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Then we rode on... it was one of those perfect cloudy dry air days, which was a pleasant break from the heat and humidity of the prior week.
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We rode then cut through the old villages of Jamison City and Elk Grove as we wound our way over around and up and down the mountains of north central PA on our way to Eagles Mere. It is a fancy little town laid out as a resort town in about 1877. It sits on a lake that host an Ice Toboggan slide during the winter. We were getting hungry yet could not quite find what we wanted there.
We rounded the lake and headed into the Worlds End State Park passing through Forksville, home of the famous Archery Festival and 150 yr old General Store. This is in the area where they have an annual Timber Rattlesnake hunt.

As we headed further north I remembered Shunk... a tiny hamlet sitting in a bend in the road. Nothing unusual about it except for a garage full of old exotic bikes!  I have been riding past, looking in the windows for years, and hoped to show the place to Esther... boy did we get lucky!
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As we were looking in the side windows I noticed signs I had never seen before...
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Oohkay so this Ed Spencer fellow is somehow involved... about this time we hear a call out and it's this little man asking if we can help him to line up his motorhome to this small 2-bike trailer. "That'll save me from hollering for my wife". We do that and I explain how I always stop by peaking in the windows, he then says here come on in and opens up the overhead door.

First thing he does is say you shoulda came by about two weeks ago... there were 200 people here cellebrating my 90th Birthday! He goes right into showing us a metal sculpture and a few other things folks had gifted him. He was very proud of it all.
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This was all just AWESOME! There were many many old Triumphs... some Honda's, Bultaco's, a '29 Indian and more!  :super:
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I look back up at this poster tell him that I was a motocrosser in the 70's and 80's and ask what style he raced?
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He explains how he won that race in New Hampshire at about age 28... it was a 100 mile Road course with some dirt.
Wow cool beans! About this time another guy pulls in on an older Honda Pat Hopkins... that was real cool because he could tell us more about Ed. Turns out that Ed is in the AMA Hall of Fame in Ohio... well no S**t!!!  Now this is all adding up!
"It was a race to remember! No one in the history of the event had seen a closer race - the top four riders finished within 3 seconds of each other. Harley's and Triumphs were two greats doing battle at tracks across America and this race was no exception. The win at Laconia was an amazing achievement. 'I found out I officially won the race when I got the check in the mail,' Fisher said, back then winning Laconia was worth $1,000!"

"Ed Fisher was one of the leading national road racers of the 1950s. Fisher won the Laconia Classic in 1953 and was a top contender at many of the other road races of the era. Fisher was an Indian factory rider during the latter days of that manufacturer and when Indian’s racing program was trimmed, he became one of Triumph’s first East Coast factory riders. Fisher’s association with Triumph led to the opening of a motorcycle dealership in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, which he owned until 1998. Fisher’s son, Gary, also became a leading road racer in the 1970s. The Fishers were the first and only father/son combination to win the Laconia/ Loudon Classic AMA national road race."
More of that article here:  http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=171 (http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=171)

In this article called, The Unstoppable Ed Fisher:
https://eatsleepride.com/c/36780/the_unstoppable_ed_fisher_american_motorcycle_racer (https://eatsleepride.com/c/36780/the_unstoppable_ed_fisher_american_motorcycle_racer)

A couple of guy's had stumbled upon Fast Eddie's mini motorcycle museum and then on a second trip had finally met him. They all decided to go out for lunch and at just shy of 90yrs old here's what happened!
 ‟Just honk if I'm too slow” he told them. So this senior citizen hops on his 1975 Gold Wing and disappears. They try to follow but Ed smokes them all. They couldn't keep up. A few tried, but they all acquiesced. And so a tradition was started. The following year, the scene replayed, but this time Ed accomplished the same on a Bergman scooter!"

I hope you all enjoy the articles as much as we did meeting Ed:eek1:bow He still races at Daytona at 90years old in the OT class!!! WOW add another icon to my list.
His race bike for the last 45yrs...
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Love the wheel weights...
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The '29 Indian Scout 101...
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A friend traded the Scout for Ed's original 61 cubic inch twin-cylinder 1912 Excelsior. ‟He wanted the Excelsior and I wanted the Scout so we just switched.”
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Someone had put an old Indian head Nickle over the kill switch lever in the tank, 'which opened a valve and de-compressed the bike'.
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I loved the "old" futuristic looks and the way it's exhaust hangers were designed... Ariel Leader.
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The '66 T100 Tiger, SS or Daytona 500cc (not positive which model) it was scrambler style and had a friction steering damper. The Daytona 500 was capable of 110+mph stock and 150mph in race trim!!!   This bike he was taking to the 2015 AMCA National's in Oley Pa  along with a Super Cub...
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My father would have sooo enjoyed talking old time bike racing with Ed...
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Pat mentioned that Ed had an old 1917 Reading Standard V-Twin, with Carbide lights, that he had just lent a museum downstate PA.. would have liked to seen that bike too. The article above shows the bike...


The 1975 first year Gold Wing... one of the very first at number 054, that Ed has had since new and rode to Prudhoe Bay, AK and California back in the day. It has never been titled, he has ridden it all these years with his dealer plate!  haphap
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Anyhow this was one spectacular day.. Ed was just amazed and adored our Nomadgal for  what she was doing and how mechanical she is as she helped him tweak thew Tiger Cub he was preparing for the nationals. As were were suiting up a rag topped Harley rider pulled up and asked if he could look at all the old Iron... seems that the magic is still in the air in Shunk!  :super:

Peace,
JJ
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 07, 2015, 01:17:29 AM
I am in Amsterdam, hanging at my Dad’s! It was extremely hot yesterday, which came as a bit of a shock! Anyways, let me backtrack a bit.

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I was stoked that I had a new front tire, and happily put it on.
 
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That little jack is definitely the handiest gadget I have on me!!

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Jim’s jacked up truck, pretty rad!!

I took a hike to town to go to an internet café so I could upload my pictures to photobucket.

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This tree will be warm come winter!!

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Beautiful fountain downtown.

I found the Fog and Flame coffee shop that wonder above wonder sold some amazing gluten and dairy free cookies. Delicious!!

Jim and I ate at a few places, one of them called the Wanderlust Cafee which had really good vegan food and smoothies, another place was called the bakers guild which had rolled brewed coffee and great cereal.

 The day before I left we took a long ride in the area. Even though he posted about our ride, I thought I’d post a few pics as well.

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following Jim into the woods

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I still have a soft spot for mushrooms  :smiler:

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Jim perched precariously at the edge of the waterfall

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As Jim already wrote, we stopped by this old garage and looked into the windows when this old guy appears and asks us to help with hooking his trailer up. Afterwards he opens up the garage and lets us take a look.

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Loved this old scooter

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And my favorite! 

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Desiree and Spirit in front of the shop

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We got back late, and Sherri was home from work already sitting on the front porch with Grammy. Jim took off and got back as I was climbing into my tent, he had made me two bottoms for my water bottle holders. :D He’d put them in in the morning.

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Gammy made me a cup of coffee every morning and brought it to the tent

The weather forecast was terrible, so I thought I’d hit the road in the morning as it was supposed to be dry then. Hopefully it would be sunnier up North.
It took me a while to pack up, al the while Jim was painting and installing the little bottoms into my water holder tubes.

I left rather late, but I didn’t mind, I wasn’t planning on going that far.

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Took a little break in a bench near the river

I got tired fairly early and didn’t see any dirt roads or places to sneak into so opted to just pay for a site. I passed a camping and found out it was $30, and decided to go look for something else. The owner showed up and saw I was leaving and told me I could stay for $20 after I told him it was too pricey for me.
I pitched my tent away from another camper who had a Harley camped near his/her tent.
The owner and his wife came by later. He was a bit grumpy but she was nice.

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I slept great and as I was breaking up camp the next morning noticed that my neighbors where about to leave. He tried to start the bike, but the only thing I heard was some coughing and then clicking. He kept on trying so finally I told him to stop trying as it sounded like his battery might be empty, or his starter not working. He was all agitated and frustrated, but was happy when I told him I carried tools and a charger. I took my charger to him and had to cut the clamps off the wires, as it didn’t have a pigtail connection. (still have to get it and connect it). I was able to just connect the bare wires to his pigtail and charge the battery. As I looked at the charger I noticed that according to it, the battery was full. I told him, so he tried starting the bike again, and it did. Well, we really didn’t know why it didn’t want to start at first, but he was happy that he had a running bike again.
They took off shorty after, thanking me yet again. I was glad I had been able to help, so maybe the next time he won’t be dissing other bike owners other than a Harley owner.

I took my time packing up and was back on the road around 11.

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Yep, getting up there
 
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Took this photo for my mom, showing that here too they had an Aldi :D
 
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There were hundreds of windmills in this area, pretty awesome!!

When I entered Oswego I saw a tourist bureau and decided to stop by to see if there were any public lands campsites around. The older couple that was there couldn’t find anything. I told them never mind, and sat on a bench outside for a little while eating a snack. After a few minutes the husband came out and handed me a booklet in which he had found a park called Singing Rivers. It was only a couple of hours from where I was, so I was happy to go that way.
It took me a wile ere I found it, as the sign was very inconspicuous, and the park not visible from the road. Turns out I had to go over a wooden bridge into the park.
I loved it!! Nobody was there, the sites had tables and fire pits, and mostly….. flushing toilets!

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As I was expecting lots of rain I put the large tarp over my tent and the little one over Spirit

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The river was pretty loud at night!! Well, during the day too  haphap

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Jim’s little wooden bottoms

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I had found coconut milk powder in the health food store in Bloomsburg, and it tastes amazing in coffee
I hung in my tent the next two days, reading and doing beadwork. It rained off and on, but only heavily at night.

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Bead work

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On Monday morning I packed up the tent under the tarp as it was drizzling.
It makes such a difference to have a tarp.
I was on the road around 10 heading toward Canada.

I stopped in Ogdensburg at another Joann’s as some of the beads I had bought lost their color while beading. i.e. the metallic ones. Well, I guess that’s what I get for buying cheap beads!

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A castle looking like building. Gogeous!

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Bridge into Canada

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The border crossing went smoothly, I even declared my bow and arrow.
She did ask if there was any chance of me leaving Spirit in Canada forever. Uhmmmm, nope!

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That night I ended up heading to Frontenac Provincial park hoping to find a cheap or free forest site. Well I was sorely disappointed…. People were only allowed to canoe or hike into the campsites. Well, I was not planning on dragging my stuff in 10 miles and leaving Spirit in a parking lot, so I kept going and found a family camp ground. The tent site was at the end of the campground away from everyone else, so I decided to just pay for it. It wasn’t cheap either, but everywhere I went were houses,  water and swamps. No dirt roads I could veer into. The ones I did see were people’s driveways.

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I covered the tent the next day before the rain came down

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little boat ramp at the lake there

I spent two days there as the next day predicted thunderstorms and rain. As it was, the rain was minimal so I could have easily left. Still, I didn’t want to get to Mark’s place too early.
He said he had a room for me and that I was welcome.
That last night in my tent at the camp ground, Mark texted me and told me he had to withdraw his hospitality as neither he nor his wife were gong to be home. He thought I’d be there in the weekend.????
I found that odd as I assumed that he knew when my flight was and that I had asked him if I could get there a day or so early as I had a few things I wanted to do in town.
Of course, I immediately started worrying about what I was going to do now, and why he changed his mind etc. I figured he must have never read my RR in which I said I’d be flying out on Friday the third.
It took me a while to find my peace with it, and I told myself all would be well.
I had gotten new neighbors too that day, and the men were up yacking till about 1:30 in the morning! Needless to say I did not sleep much that night.
The next day I PMed Maggot to ask if I could camp in his yard. I also went on the tent space and sent a message to Azia requesting tent space.
Maggot got back to me and told me to head on over.
     
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Saw these at a gas station! Thought I was in Amsterdam already LOL
 
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 :smiler:

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I stopped in a small town called Lindsey and bumped into a guy on a bike who had about a million questions for me.
He treated me to lunch all the while grilling me with questions.
I went to his place after to meat his wife and see all the bikes he owned. He also had a KLR, but all the bikes in his garage needed some TLC!

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I loved his overgrown house!
I also saw his room with pictures from all over the world. He has been to a lot of places on his bike, like Africa and Australia.
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Rick and his bike

I got to Ken’s place around 6:30, (his neighbor pointed to his house for me) right in time for dinner  haphap

All in all I am glad about the way things turned out, I loved meeting him and his family, wouldn’t have missed it for the world!!
I heard back from Azia too, and hope that we can get together for coffee once I am back there.

Hanging with Ken’s family was great, his wife is really sweet even though she has both her feet in a cast and is hobbling and “wheelchairing” around. His kids are awesome and really fun, and were asking if I’d come back after visiting Holland.
The night before I flew out the temp was down to 4 degrees Celsius! I slept great though.
Ken had a suitcase and a backpack I could borrow which saved me having to buy them.
Because I wanted to take a beginners course in Archery in Amsterdam, I needed to take my bow and arrows with me.
The arrows are 30 inches long and just barely fit into the large suitcase diagonally.
His sun made me a bracelet, and his daughter a Canada leaf, also out of rubber bands.
I was ready about an hour before the shuttle came to pick me up. His son then gave me a pie on a bracelet that had a slice missing. He himself had a ring with the slice hanging on it, so that when I came back we would be a whole pie again.

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Awwwwwwww, that was so sweet!

The shuttle was right on time, and I got to the airport at 1:30.
Well, the fueling crew was on strike, and I ended up having to wait another hour before boarding. I was bummed that they did not honor my request for a window seat, and gave me an isle seat instead. The girl that checked me in however said to contact her once she was at the gate, and that maybe she could get me a window seat.
I did, and ended up having the last seat on the plane, way in the back. The chair next to me was empty! Awesome!
The flight was smooth, and over before I knew it.
My poor dad had been waiting for an hour as he didn’t believe the plane was going to be an hour late. I got a very gorgeous smelling rose, and we took the train and the tram home.

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parked on a bridge

So here I am relaxing, and hopefully I will be able to take the archery class on Tuesday. Will find out tomorrow.
I will head to my Mom’s place this weekend.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 07, 2015, 01:37:22 AM
Yesterday was the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday and quite a few residents and non residents of Amsterdam went to the Dam to celebrate this event.
My dad heard about it and the both of of took the tram to the Dam to go check it out.

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My dad took these shots

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My dad taking pictures, he used to be a photographer for the newspaper!

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Even a rubber band that had fallen on the ground took the form of a heart :raabia

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Afterwards we had a cup of coffee and took the little ferry across the river, That hippy gal is me  haphap

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One of the many canals in Amsterdam

Tomorrow I am getting a one on one lesson in archery. The class was already booked full, and the next one not till September, so the guy told me to just come by on Wednesday and he'd show me the ropes. Awesome!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on July 07, 2015, 03:50:51 PM
 :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on July 07, 2015, 10:07:19 PM
Loving it all!!! If we had more time you and I could have shot your bow and I could have dug one of mine out...  :shog:  Perhaps if you swing back through?  Awesome post and pics thanx Nomaddad!!!   haphap
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 09, 2015, 12:34:14 PM
Loving it all!!! If we had more time you and I could have shot your bow and I could have dug one of mine out...  :shog:  Perhaps if you swing back through?  Awesome post and pics thanx Nomaddad!!!   haphap
I would love to!!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on July 09, 2015, 12:35:08 PM
I finally had my lesson!! It was awesome!!

Took the tram towards Concordia, then name of the Archery organization, and walked about 10 minutes to the building.

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Lots of motes around the area

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When I got there I took a peek inside the practice hall, lots of folks there, only 2 lefties by the looks of it.

I waited until 8:30 when the previous practice session was done.
I guy called Ko, with whom I had emailed, was going to teach me the basics.
I learned a lot about the bow itself, the arrows, my stance, how to aim, the way to hold your wrist etc.

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I started hitting the rose!

The only trouble was, that my string was set up with the little rubbers on it to put the arrow between, and to hold your fingers on. Well, somehow those rubbers were way too high, hence I kept on shooting too high. I had to aim so much lower in order to hit the center, that it was really a gamble every time.
All the bows the others were using were bare strings with two metal beads on it to nock the arrow between, so you could slide your hand to a certain height. when aiming. After a while of shooting like this Ko suggested I try shooting with my fingers mostly on the string and only my index finger on the lowest rubber knob.
Holy cow!!! What a difference, I was hitting the rose no problem!! I was so excited, it made it so much easier to shoot. I did start getting sore fingertips, and he handed me a little leather piece with holes for your fingers which you drape over your fingertips. Ahhh, very nice!!
He spent 2 hours on me, and by the end of the eve I went from 10 meters to 22 meters distance. He said I was a natural  :smiler:
I got home at midnight and was so excited I couldn't sleep!!

The next morning my dad and I went to town

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That's a tour guide with tourists rolling through Amsterdam. Fun!!

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quieter areas in Amsterdam, very homey

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Hmmmmm, getting out of the car without taking a dive can be a bit tricky here

I got a lot more beads at the oldest bead shop in Amsterdam, and some very tasty gluten free and vegan foods at a natural food store.
I'm heading to my Mom on Saturday, will post more pics after that
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on July 09, 2015, 10:18:28 PM
It's great to see other parts of the world through the eyes of another rider.   :aparat:

Thanks!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 21, 2015, 11:39:26 PM
What’s that wonderful saying? “Better late than never”?
Well, this is definitely the case with this post. I’ve been wanting to write (and to be honest occasionally not wanting to) another post, but stuff just kept happening, and/or I was just too tired or brain-dead to write.
Anyways, I am finally at a place where I feel verbally creative again.

Life is indeed a rollercoaster, and all you can do sometimes is to just hold on and enjoy the ride :D

I stayed with my mom for a while, and helped her hang up a big old coat rack (one of those old fashioned ones with shelving unit above and bar below for coat hangers), which turned out a bit trickier than assumed. It hangs beautifully, and now she has a place to put and hang all her stuff.
My mom gets gluten free flour from a miller, who still has a real windmill (if he still uses it to grind the flour I don’t know.)

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courtyard behind the mill. 

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Old mill stone

Originally we had planned to go visit my brother Ken and his wife Daphne together, but the eve before departure the guy that was going to bring by the trailer, ended up having an accident with it. The ride there is too long for my mom, as she had to be able to lie down every so often to ease the sciatic pain in her back.
So in the end I ended up taking the train there to say hi.

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Enjoying the view and the coffee in the train.

We had a great visit. Ken’s wife Daphne is from Taiwan, he met her there when visiting my brother Stan (who made the Ohlins shock for me).

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Chandra and Daphne
Ken has a small garden in the back with lots of different berries
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Daphne got Ken this mouse pad in Taiwan, hilarious!!!

We went grocery shopping and had a great dinner together, but alas, the day came to an end and I had to grab the train back.
Got back to Zevenaar around midnight, glad my mom was still awake and didn’t mind picking me up.

After having stayed with my mom a few more days I took the train to Germany where my best friend Ina lives.
We met years ago (I think I was 17) when I was thumbing through England, on my way to Stonehenge for the summer solstice. She picked me up in her VW van, the total hippy mobile, painted and all, and we’ve been friends ever since.
I used to be a bit of a rebel in those days. :D
I remember being so excited to see the sun rise between the stones, and so bummed out once I got there because they had fenced them all off, that I rebelliously jumped over the fence only to find out that everyone behind me followed suit (yikes).
It was a very peaceful sunrise nevertheless, and everyone behaved very well so we didn’t get clubbed out.

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Nice view from inside the train

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The train ride took all day, and then some as one of the trains in Frankfurt got canceled.
Ina picked me up from Gemunden, and the first thing we did was go get an ice-cream, me a fruit sorbet.

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Ina’s little Smart car
     
It’s funny how time is so insignificant when it comes to friendship. Ina and I just picked up where we left off a few years back.  It was as if time had stood still in between.
After ice-cream we went grocery shopping, and then to drumming.

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Ina said I wasn’t allowed to just sit there, I had to drum as well.
I did surprise her when I had no problem sticking to my drum rhythm. Guess it’s my Amazon and African blood in me :D

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the way to the drum class

The next day we walked the dog in the morning, and rode our bicycles in the hot afternoon sun to a nearby village to eat some more ice-cream.

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The woods are old here, and have this amazing feel to them.
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Yep covered bridges must have come from Europe originally


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Yep I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds!!!

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early morning in Mittelsin.   Awwww,

On Sunday we rode our bikes again, and visited a cool down spot.
Well, cool down, maybe more freeze down! The water that came out of this well was sooooo cold that my feet felt like they would fall of if I didn’t jump out.
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The long weekend went by fast and before I knew it Ina was driving me to the train station to go back to Holland. On the way there we had to stop at a road construction traffic light when I saw a bike behind me. It looked like an Indian, so I jumped out and took a look.

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Yep and awesome Indian

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I have to say, Germany got the recycling down!!! Everywhere you go, even at the train stations.

I said my goodbyes to Ina with the promise that both of us would go to Sweden on our motorbikes in 2017 (she would work on getting her license) and hopped on the train.
Everything went fine until I got to Frankfurt. After running to my train, I only had a few minutes to run to a different track, I sat down in a quiet compartment. Looking at the clock a few minutes later, I realized that the sign had changed and that it would be leaving later. Of course that would cause trouble for me as I only had a small window to make my connection with the next train.
To make a long story short, they ended up canceling the train after having waited an hour.
Hmmmm.
I walked toward the ticketing booth to get my tickets changed and while sitting and waiting for my number to be called, an Arab guy started hollering to his wife (?) andthen out of the blue hit her real hard, she tried to get away from him and he hit her again. By then quiet a few men got up and confronted the guy, who in turn hit the first guy who confronted him. Then to make matters worse he started screaming Allahu Akbar over and over again, holding his arms raised up as in prayer. Well, you should have seen the panic on everyone’s face, people stared running for the door, and before I knew it only the guy, some officials and I were in the room. I knew I should have skedaddled fast too, but it was so fascinating to see the look on the guys face as he was chanting. There was a triumphant smug look on his face, like he was in power, everyone was running away from him, in fear of him, he was thoroughly enjoying himself.
It made me sad to see there were people like him in the world.
The cops showed up in no time, by then 3 men had wrestled him to the ground and held him there.

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Three guys were holding him on the ground.

I walked away too and discovered another place nearby that would change my ticket.
The funny thing is that even though I wasted so much time in Frankfurt, I ended up arriving in Holland at the same time as before, just got a better and faster route.

I had asked my mom to bring my archery stuff with her when she came to pick me up, as the club had archery practice shortly after I arrived.
She dropped me off and went home while I practiced my “skills”.
As it turned out, the archery club had their 30th anniversary that night, and a reporter from the newspaper come by and took some pics.

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------Lol, as I write this at the LA airport the actor Joel Gretch and his wife and daughter are sitting on the floor a few feet from me. Yep I wonder how many people have seen the 6 part tv series Taken, by Steven Spielberg with Dakota Fanning when she was little.------

Anyway, I had fun at archery that night, and learned some more about it.
The next day we found an archery shop not too far away and I purchase a few more arrow tips as I had damaged one (hit the metal target frame LOL). The owner took the rubber grips off the string, as the location of them was wrong. So now I have a normal bare string with two metal beads to snap the arrow between, and a glove to keep my fingers from getting raw.
Ina had given me some African Fabric, as she had been to Africa the year before, and I sewed myself a pair of cool African pants

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Because they had dairy free ice-cream at the German ice-cream shops, I suggested to my mom we go there and have an ice-cream. Germany is like 10 minutes away from her home. We took off  and followed my Mom’s TomTom to the location. As we were getting nearer to our end destination we noticed that something was not quite right. We were still in the middle of nowhere. Finally the TomTom said destination reached at your left. My mom stopped the car in the middle of the deserted road and we both looked to our left. What did we see?? A cow!
LOL, we both were laughing, all we would have to do was milk the cow, and make ice-cream out of the milk; but then we still had no dairy free ice cream!

We went back to the town on the same road, and found a shop in the shopping street. It was good, but not nearly as tasty as the one where Ina lives.

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My mom reclined in her comfy seat. (we watched all three Hunger games movies!)

My Mom dropped me off at the station the next day, and we said our sad goodbyes.
There is a chance that I might be back there soon as I hope that my mom might be able to get back surgery to get rid of the constant pain, if the treatment she does now does not work.

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Amsterdam Central train station

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went to town with my dad and what do I see?

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My dad is very computer savvy!!

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A gorgeous flower near my dad’s house,

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Drool

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and a bike parked in front of his neighbor’s house

I hung with my dad for another day and a half, until my flight on Saturday morning (early).
We had barely made it to the train in time, and when we got to the airport there was nobody in line, which was great, everyone else had come and gone already it seemed.
It was sad saying goodbye to my dad and I hope to see him many more times!!

The flight itself was uneventful and I arrived in Toronto around 10:30 AM.
I hung around till noon waiting for the shuttle to pick me up.
Turns out that the driver was in a hurry to pick up his next load from Angus, namely a bunch of soldiers going on leave, so that it was only me in the van. We spend our time driving there talking. He had been to a lot of places I had been too, which was amazing.

I got to Ken’s place around 1:30 and got comfy in the tent again.
I had a fun weekend at Ken’s, we went to the local beach with the kids and while they went swimming Ken and I sat down in the sand and kept an eye on them.

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Ahhhhh, what a crowd, too much for me!

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This bird kept on following the seagull and kept screeching at it. Really funny to watch

I made a macramé bracelet for Grace, and showed her how to do it with multiple colors, and she made one for me too.
Need to take photo still

Ken took a week off and was going to go around the lake with Grace on Monday for a few days.
They were both busy packing his bike, as I was busy loading up Spirit for the ride back to Pennsylvania,

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It was really wonderful hanging with Ken and his wonderful family! Grace wanted me to hang there until they came back, but I didn’t know what was going to happen with the film shoot on Kauai and I didn’t want to get in trouble timewise.

Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on August 21, 2015, 11:39:47 PM
I am so not an iron-butt, but I told myself that I would make it to Singing Waters campground that day, no matter what. Unfortunately that meant taking mostly the freeway.
I was able to do back roads until I hit the intersection south to the freeway, and hopped on it.
The one nice thing about the Canadian freeways is their On Route rest stops where you can get a cold drink, food and gas. And supposedly free wifi, but that didn’t really work that well!
I made it to the border around 5 and had an easy crossing. Even though I was tired I felt that I could easily make it another couple of hours, and set out to my favorite campspot.
I got to Singing Waters around 7 and was happy to see that nobody was there; I had the place to myself again!!!
As I was pitching my tent I noticed another woman in the distance, she was setting up her tent right next to the bathroom. LOL, I had to laugh. We got to talking and afterwards she came over with a beer, which I gracefully declined. She was gong through a hard time in life right now, but after talking for a while she felt better and called me her new hero. Hmmmm!
I am guessing she just doesn’t get out much.

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I slept awesome!! I so love this spot!
The next morning Heather came over again and we spend another hour or so gabbing away before she left to go for a swim and back home for work.
I hung out for a few days and got some much needed R&R.
Visiting family and friends is awesome, but tiring for sure!

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My brother Paul had bought me a new stainless steel Starbucks insulated mug! Boy does that thing ever keep your drink hot, and it seals really well!

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I didn’t take a photo of my hammock that I hung up afterward, but I can  honestly say that I spend the majority of my time hanging!! :D

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For those of you wanting to stay here, head to Greig near Lyons falls.
Once you are on the road to Greig you hit a T-split, left to Greig, right toward fish creek road.
 After a mile or so you’ll see a road to the left with the small sign Singing waters, this is Fish Creek road. Follow it for 2 miles over a bridge, and when you see a reddish house on your left, the park is right after. You have to cross the wooden bridge you see in the photo.
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The bathroom,

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If you look between the trees you’ll see my tent

I broke up camp on Thursday but ended up sitting under the tarp for a few hours until the rain stopped, which it suddenly did. The sun came out hot and bright afterward and made the air almost too muggy to breath. I was out of there soon, and headed toward Jim.

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The weather was awesome!!       
 
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 Selfie

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Loads of geese in the grass

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I got to Jim’s around 7 and set up my tent in the back yard again.
Grammy was happy to see me again, and Sherri hugged me and said welcome home!
Awwwww, to have a home away from home is pretty awesome!!

I heard back from Mel when I got back, and it looked like I was flying back to Kauai the next Wednesday.
Jim was getting ready for his trip west in his van. We drove around Bloomsburg getting this and that.
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Every morning Grammy would bring me a cup of coffee and some fruit or snacks for breakfast, she also included a funny note with it. I saved them all.

Jim left the next morning and I spend the next few days booking a flight writing some of my RR, and buying a case, for my bow and arrows, which I modified to fit everything.
Sherri was very busy helping her niece move, but I cooked us a nice dinner on Monday.

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Yep, I think I would like one of these as well one day! :D

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Hmmm, I am sorry you’ve got them! There is medication for it however! :D

On Tuesday I spend the day packing everything up and getting a little backpack ready for my flight.
Sherri drove me to Wilkes-Barre where I spent the night in a motel.
This plan had a little hiccup as I had forgotten the name of the second hotel I booked (I had to as the first hotel did not have an early shuttle to the airport).
So In my head I still had quality in as my motel, but in reality it was the Best Western.
After Sherri dropped me off at the wrong motel, she went to a car wash, which was lucky for me, as she would not have answered the phone while driving home.
She came and picked me up again after, and drove me to the Best Western.

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Awwwww

I had a nice relaxing dinner and decided to walk to CVS to return my Redbox DVD.
It was a short walk but it was getting dark already. Still, it was a nice touristy area with lots of shops and such.
On the way back I pause to look at some African clay statues in a shop window when big black young man stopped next to me to admire the same statues. We started talking about them and afterward as I walked away he followed me. He started talking about his passion and pulled a large Katana out of the scabbard he was carrying. Yikes! So I asked him if it was legal to carry it around, and if he needed a permit for it. He said he had one. Of course it was rather intimidating to have someone pull a sword out in front of you on a dark street which was now fairly deserted, but I decided to just act normal as if it was an every day occurrence and started talking to him about a friend of mine who was from Japan who also owned a few family heirloom Katanas.
Turns out that he is a black smith, hence his big physique, and had a business making swords that now hung by threads as the place he was making them was no longer viable.
I suggested that once he had things rolling again, that he should look into making faux swords for theaters. I told him that we always had a hard time finding swords for plays that looked real but weren’t. He thought that would be a great idea.
We parted ways as I got to the Motel and wished him a good night.
I called the desk to wake me up at 5, and double-checked that the shuttle would be there at 5:30.
Well, sometimes even though you dot all the I’s, things still go the way they want.
I waited for the shuttle for 15 minutes when the desk clerk decided to call the shuttle driver to ask where he was. Turns out he was never told, lol. My flight was scheduled for 7, and the drive there was about 20 minutes, so I told her I really couldn’t afford to wait much longer. She called a cab for me, courtesy of Best Western, which showed up 20 minutes later. To make a long story short, I got to the airport, walked through check-in, nobody in line, walked through the gate, only one other person going through x-ray and got to the gate waiting area with 10 minutes to spare.
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The plane to Philly

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I just love those little planes!

The flight to Kauai, including layovers, took more than 20 hours, I was pretty tired by then, as I just can’t sleep on planes.
Still, it went by pretty painlessly and I had good seats.

Mel picked me up from the airport, and I spent the first night in a B&B without the second B, and purchased a tent the next morning so I could set it up on the property I would be staying.

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It was a nice tent I thought, but the first good rain we had showed that it wasn’t waterproof!
The rain came pouring through the zippered windows, which was cause for quite a wet night!!
I bought the bigger version, and wished I had done so earlier. So much more room, with windows, and airflow. So far so good

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It’s like living in a house!

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I also bought a shower tent: the hose, which comes from up the hill, has nice warm water when taking the shower at the right time of day. Otherwise it is a really cold shower!!

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I found a target foam at Wallyworld, and enjoyed practicing whenever I had a chance
The two lower arrows are Walmart arrows, hmmm, don’t like them

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Part of the deal of me staying there for free, is feeding the ducks.
They follow me obediently as I walk down to the river to where the food bucket is.

Mel has had me work every day so far, and long days at that.
We have also been shooting at several locations, and after having build the shoulder rest, being in the puppet is not as hard, but still tiring and extremely hot!!

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This is one of the film locations

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The father time clock I build

As for my riding………
Well, I think I have made a bad decision in agreeing to stay another month to build the hard costumes for Hawaii’s Children’s theatre. They couldn’t find anyone, and I felt bad for them, but again they weren’t willing to pay me what I thought was fair, and instead of just saying no, I agreed to a lesser amount. Someone hit me in the head please!!!
I couldn’t sleep the next night as I felt I had made the wrong decision, but I am not a person to back out of a promise. As it turns out, changing my ticket will cost more than they thought it would, so there is a chance I can still back out. I will find out more on Sunday.
Part of me is worried about riding so late through the northern part of the USA. I really wanted to ride through Montana, and Wyoming, and then enter Oregon through the Bend area.
We’ll see, I hope I can maybe make the costumes in Oregon, and mail them to Hawaii when done.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 02, 2015, 08:09:53 PM
I am back in Pennsylvania, and picked up Spirit from JettnJim's dad's garage. She started right up!
Did all my food shopping to go in the cases, but still need to buy some Rotella-T for her oil change tomorrow. This way she should be good till Oregon.
I'm debating whether or not to replace her chain. I'll take a better look at it tomorrow. The chain was put on In Quebec when I was there with Jim last summer. I don't think I rode more than 6 or 7 thousand miles since then, so theoretically she should still be good for a while. I just noticed that I need to tighten it some though. Most of the time when I have to do that it means the chain is on its way out. Still, Oregon is not that far from here.
I plan on heading out on Friday, which gives me 3 weeks to make it to Oregon, and one week to find a place to live before I get flown back to Kauai to costume Mary Poppins. So anyone living in the Ashland area, if you hear of a little cabin in the woods for rent, let me know!!!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on September 03, 2015, 12:17:51 AM
Wow, just got to finish your 8/21 post..... I hope it goes well with the costumes.  I know how you feel about taking on jobs and also know how you wouldn't want to back out .  Best of luck, you'll come out fine, I know it!   :thumb:
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Buzzardco on September 04, 2015, 09:47:52 AM
Thanks for the pictures of the Netherlands. I wonder how much it changed since my ancestor's  left on the boat to the U.S in the 1900's. The windmill is my new screen saver.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Dave S on September 04, 2015, 01:33:16 PM
good to have you back in N.America again...and as usual your RR's are great with dialogue and fantastic photos...If you end up on Montana/Idaho#2  and need rest stop/bike fix .. my shack is 30 miles north of the #2 and Idaho 95 Jct. at "3 Mile" (just a wee bit north of Bonners Ferry straight up 95)..

Safe travels N'Gal.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 09, 2015, 02:57:24 PM
Where do I start?
I am sitting in one of the most unlikely spots you’ll find people hanging out to do their RR, namely in a bathroom at a campground! Why? Well, for three reasons, there is an electric outlet, the wifi is best near the bathroom, and it is cool in here, as I didn’t pitch my tent in the shade last night.
Let me go back though.
JettnJim got back home on Thursday, and I didn’t want to just leave the next day, which was a good thing too, as he suggested I check my drive sprocket after I told him the chain was still good. Yep, the teeth were definitely slanted! I started thinking back, and realized that the last time I replaced it, was in Haines Alaska, on my way to the bigger part of Alaska. So that sprocket definitely put on some miles!!
Thankfully I carried another one with me, so I put it on. It was less of an ordeal than I had thought. Spirit was good to go, oil change done, sprocket change done, two new brake pads from before I flew to Hawaii, new front tire from then too, all in all, she should be good to cross the country!
I slept my last night in Jims trailer, very comfy, and bid my farewells in the morning. First to Grammy, who again was sad to see me go, to Sherri who told me I always had a place to come home to, and then to Jim who was rushing off to his nephew’s football game.  :smiler:
I was happy to be riding again! It had been a long grueling month, and I was ready for some R&R. After the coagulated mess that many cities near each other cause, I was finally on a clear traffic free stretch.

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The sky was blue, the weather hot (not warm), had enough money to make it to Oregon, and I didn’t have to work for at least another month.  Life was good…

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Buffalo behind a fence, hmmm, that just don’t seem right

I rode as far as Smithton, which is just south of Pittsburgh, and found the place I had found on freecampsites.net. It was a huge park with just a few tent sites, but I was only the second person there, so lots of room. I had pitched my tent and was just inflating my sleeping pad when a state official walked up to me and told me that this wasn’t really a campground for people driving through. You had to either arrive on a bicycle, horse or canoe, or have either of those with you to make use of the park. Hmmmm, a horse on the back of Spirit…. nope! A canoe? Nah wont work either, not will a bicycle. LOL  haphap
I told him that the website didn’t mention any of that, so he said that if it was only for the night I could stay. That was sweet as I had no energy to pack everything back up again.
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A peek through my window.

I slept heavenly!!
The next day I took my time going, but was on the road by 10:30.
This time I was heading for Athens Ohio where another free site was listed.
As you’ve noticed by now, I am not really meandering this time, basically because I have to be in Oregon around the 25th, so I have time to find a place to live.

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This is a historical prison in Moundsville that I happened to see while trying to find a way across the river.

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Long view

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Found the bridge! Sky blue, so it almost was invisible  :smiler: heading into Ohio.

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I had contacted the owner of the property in Athens, as you had to ask permission, but hadn’t heard back from him yet, so while I was driving down route 26 I happen to notice a sign saying Ring Mill campground on a brown Forest sign. Hmmmm……
I made a U-turn and decided to check it out. Not having heard back form Athens yet, and having gotten tired, I was open to any other place to pitch my tent.

Well, the road was narrow and gravelly, and my handlebars were moving left and right of their own accord; needless to say a little freaky.
After about 4 miles or so I saw an old bridge with a sign Canoe ramp, but I kept going. After a while I noticed a house on the left, and decided to ask the owner if he knew where the site was. There where three guys looking at me as if they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Hmph!
Turns out I had missed it, and that indeed I was to go over the bridge and the campsite would be there.
So here I went, and backtracked a little, over the bridge and what? Up that steep hill?? Yikes! I hit the throttle and kept going up and up on a windy gravely road that made me wish I hadn’t decided to come this way. On the top I saw a house, grrrrr, not the campground.
Going down was just about as hairy, but once I made it I turned right toward the Canoe landing. Sure enough, there were three tent sites there, and bathroom. Yippee!!
It was a wonderful place and I got all of my luxuries up and ready to be used.

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Best of all, it was free!!

A little while later a kid on a little Honda dirt bike comes racing into the campground and loops around. I walked up to him and asked him what bike it was and how long he’d been riding. He said I’d talked to his grandpa after he answered my question. Turns out his grandpa was one of the three guys I had asked for directions.
I have to say, I was being taken care of. Once in a while someone would drive in and loop around and drive back out. This went on every few hours or so, even in the night.
I hung around the next day, did some beading, and some knitting, and read a lot while hanging in my hammock.

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It was a wonderful and quiet place and by the end of the day I felt fully rested.
Some time around 10 I heard another car pull in, and this time someone got out and walked up to the tent. It was the caretaker of the park, and he was just checking if I was okay. As I was pretty much undressed I didn’t hop out to say hi, but I told him though the tent walls that I was fine, and really enjoying the place. He asked if anyone else came by to stay for a while, but I told him no, other than some folks in the late evening and the middle of the night driving through. He then told me that was him, checking to see if I was alright. Awwwwww. I am guessing neither one of those men have ever seen a women on a bike camp by herself. It was very sweet.
He wished me goodnight, and left. I think I vaguely heard him a couple more times that night.
I packed up the next day and was out rather late but didn’t care.

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This time the dirt road didn’t feel so bad. I guess I was just too tired on my way in.

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Route 26 is just wonderful with lots of twisties

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I got to Athens and headed west toward Indiana.

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Before I knew it the land turned flat as can be, with miles and miles of cornfields.
The temp was hot, and even with my jacket wide open, and all the vent zippers opened, I was toasting! Spirit stuttered occasionally, she doesn’t like the heat either.
The ride west took linger than I thought, and I had to detour a lot as quite a few roads were closed, and bridges broken. I don’t remember hearing about this, but I am guessing some major flood must have hit the area a while back.
I kept looking for a place to camp, but only farms and houses where visible, no hidden dirt roads to sneak up on or anything like it.
I finally got too tired to go on, and near Sydney I found a state park.
It was $20 for the night, but was too tired to care.
I pitched my tent up and took a much needed shower. (the luxuries of a paid camp ground)
Made myself some dinner and crashed!

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The tent sites are away from the RVs and it was quite a pretty place

Woke up to rain on the tent the next morning, and decided that I didn’t want to ride in the rain, so I coughed up another $20 for another shower and internet to write my RR.

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Lots of squirrels!!

So here I am in the bathroom, scaring the dickens out of every woman who opens the door, but nice and cool and happy to be done with this RR.
Heading out tomorrow toward Indiana and then Illinois.
My friend Robert in Ames Iowa will be home he said, and I am welcome to swing by and stay. I am looking forward to it
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on September 09, 2015, 04:27:09 PM
  :standing_by:  Loving it... <3
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on September 15, 2015, 03:36:59 PM
My second night at the campground was peaceful, and it didn’t rain.

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Had a gorgeous sunset
The next morning was sunny, and the tent dried fast. I think I was out of there by 11, but I didn’t really check.

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Got to Indiana in no time.
I have to say that I mostly saw farms and fields in Indiana, so not to many pictures were taken here unfortunately.

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I did see some amazing houses!

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I do love those whoopdedoos!! Gets your stomach all weird, really fun!

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The clouds were gathering, definitely some rain on the way, but that one huge ray of light was pretty awesome

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Already in Illinois? Guess Indiana is a narrow state

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The sun was setting, and it rained of and on, so I started looking for another campground, as I was unable to find a place to stealth camp.
I did find one on the map near LeRoy, so I kept riding.

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The park was beautiful and huge. I could have chosen the $6 campground, but would have had to leave spirit in the parking lot, and hike in to camp. By that time I was just too tired to deal with that, so I paid another $20. This time however it included electric, so it was nice to be able to charge all my gadgets.
Even though the sky was clear as could be, and filled with stars, I opted to put the tarp up as well. Boy am I glad I did, it poured!!!! The campground caretaker drove by in the morning to see if I survived, LOL.
I slept great though, even though the temp dropped down to the low forties.
I don’t know why, but I utterly forgot to take a shot of my campsite, oh well.
I started packing up fairly early and laid my tarp in the sun to dry. By the time everything was done however it was 11. One peek in their bathrooms made me decide to take a nice hot shower before going; I might as well I thought.
I tossed my jacket on Spirits seat and my pants over the jacket, and walked to the showers. While showering I all of a sudden hear this loud noise on the roof…….
Rain! It was coming down in buckets! What the????? It was really sunny just a few minutes ago! I finished showering as there was nothing I could do about it anyway (other then running naked through the campground to rescue my pants and jacket).
The rain stopped just as sudden as it had come, but my pants were wet in the but, through the liner even. Oh well, it’ll dry I figured. My jacket was totally dry however, and I was glad I had put it down first.
Yeah, riding for half a day with a wet butt is not too comfy, even if it is warm.

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The same lake covered in mist

I was really looking forward to the free campsite on the Mississippi, the sun was shining and I was in a good mood.

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Crossing a bridge in Havana

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Little rainbow on my lens

I finally mad it to Ursa and followed the directions that freecampsites.net had given.
Luckily there were signs stating Bear Creek Park, cause the guy had missed mentioning one turn off.
Halfway on the dirt road I got nervous, as the road was turning muddy. I have to admit, I do not like mud. But I got through unscathed and rode into the park. I initially checked out the right side of the park, and almost picked out a spot when I thought I’d better check out the left side too. There were quite a few folks on the right side, and I really didn’t want to hear a bunch of noise till late at night.
There was only one guy camped on the left, with an empty campsite at the very end.
The fire pit was still smoking, turns out the guys that had been angina out there fishing all day had just left. Awesome! It was the perfect site.
I pitched my tent and tarp, and kicked back.
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The nice thing about this place was, that I didn’t need to worry about bears, and could freely cook and keep food in the tent.
I really enjoyed myself there even though it was really windy and chilly. This also meant no mosquitos, so I didn’t mind at all.
The nights got down to 45 degrees, but I was cozy n my sleeping bag and fleece blanket.

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Getting better at the peyote stitch

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Early morning mist

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I was here at the perfect time I think, as twice a year the park gets flooded when the Mississippi dams bursts. Amazing how the water can rise 8 feet to flood it all.

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found a punk caterpillar in my tent

I spend the weekend relaxing and planning my route to Iowa.
Seeing as I wanted to leave fairly early to do the long stretch to Ames, I ended up packing pretty much everything so the only thing to do in the morning was fill up my drybag and break down the tent.
Somehow it only saved me half an hour, as I still had to wait for the tent floor to dry.
Bummer, still, I was out of there by 9:30.
I was hoping that the mud would have dried out, and luckily it was. Unluckily I didn’t realize that the road was now a very rutty challenge, and I tried to stay in one of the groves the whole way out. I did pretty good, and even hopped over to another grove eventually.

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 I stayed on Illinois for a while longer, as I wanted to ride along the Mississippi for a while.

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Rode through a historic little town of Mayfield.

I had seen on my GPS that there was a dirt road along the river, but had trouble finding it. I asked a local guy in a truck, and he told me that the road no longer goes all the way. Part of it got washed out. Bummer, that would have been a cool ride.

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I got to Pella, a Dutch little town around 2.
I had been there years ago as well, and really enjoyed it.
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I loved all the murals
I spend a couple of hours having a salad and an iced chai in a local coffee shop.
An older gentleman, a long-haul truck driver, asked if he could join me, and I said he could. We talked about all the places we had been, and there were so many that we had both seen, it was really neat. He however went to all of them by bicycle, so hats off!!
It was funny, he was in his seventies and was getting married on Friday. He told me his girlfriend told him to either marry him or get out of the house as he had been living with her for a while. LOL.

I arrived at Robert and Wendy’s place around 5, both happy to see me again.
Did my grocery shopping today, and have enough food for the next couple of weeks.
Tomorrow I’m heading out to South Dakota, then Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on October 26, 2015, 12:51:42 AM

How does that age-old saying go?
All good things must come to an end?
I really don’t like that saying so I am going to disagree with it.
Not only does it sound ominous and macabre, but limited as well.
I think I’d like to change the saying to: “No good thing ends, it just changes into something else that is good!”
So does this ending of my Ride, which started early June 2012, and ends more than 3 years later in this small city of Ashland, Oregon.
Do I feel like I’ve come home? Not really, but I feel it will be a good place to be for a while.
Anyways, let me continue where I left off, namely Iowa.

I had a great short stay with my friends Robert and Wendy. Robert is currently working on his third book, and I am excited for him. I can’t say what it is about, but I can say that the subject intrigues me!
I got packed up fairly early and hit the road, heading west.

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I rode by lots and lots of soybeans and sunflowers

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And corn

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Wow, Iowa has water!

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I hit South Dakota after about 4 hrs and headed towards one of the free campsites I had found online. This one seemed to be smack-dab in the middle of a town called Vermillion. Not normally my thing, but I figured I should be fine for one night.
On the bright side, if I was early enough I could snag an electric site!

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Yep I was early enough

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My neighbor

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There was a grocery store across the road, with a Redbox, so I had a great evening with my laptop plugged in, watching a DVD and having dinner.
Traffic wasn’t too bad, but at 3 AM they started some sort of work across the road which involved a really noisy tool, and I ended up having to put plugs in my ears to be able to go back to sleep.
Needless to say I got out of there real early the next morning.
My next free site was near Hermosa, south of Rapid City.
I had seriously miscalculated the length of that ride, but the trip was beautiful, and the road I took pretty much deserted.

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Amazing cloud formations

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The landscape slowly turned more arid

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Yeah I guess I can’t be looking up all the time, but the light through the clouds was just a joy to behold

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Slowly turning into the Dakotas I was expecting

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My butt was sore, and it was getting late, but I finally found the dirt road toward French Creek campground. Turns out it was a 14 mile dirt road, and some of it washboard and squirelly. I was tired and literally counted every mile I made.
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I finally arrived to find a very beautiful and fenced in camping area with out house and shaded benches.
I opened the gate and snuck Spirit inside, then I found a great spot with a large bush that I hid her behind so that she was not visible from the dirt road.
I pitched my tent at just a little, and crashed. I was exhausted! Woke up in the night as it was really cold, tossed some Hothands in my sleeping bag and went right back to sleep. Occasionally I woke up to some nibbling sounds and hollered shooooo!!
I was too tired to see what was causing it.

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I am guessing a little field mouse

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Standing on top of the bench’s roof

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Seeing as I was still tired from my long ride I opted to hang a day. It was peaceful and no traffic! Well, occasionally a car would drive by, heading to the agate beds.
I decided to go and take a hike there.

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French Creek I presume

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A lot of prickly growth there

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Yeah, so not happening! The water and the weather were freezing, and I didn’t need to see the agate beds that badly!

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I had a restful day but weird, as outside it was too cold due to the strong cold north wind, and inside the tent got really hot with the sun shining inside.
All I had to do when I got too hot was jump outside and stand in the wind for 10 seconds until I started shivering. Then the heat felt good for a while :D
It was another cold but peaceful night with the coyotes howling in the not too far distance, and my nocturnal muncher gone as I hid all the food.

Got up late the next day as it was too cold to crawl out of my sleeping bag.
But the wind had died down and it turned warm enough to get up and start packing.

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This time the dirt road seemed easy! Amazing what being tired does to one!

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Blurry shot, but in quite a few meadows a lot of colorful boxes had been stacked up. Maybe beehives??   

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heading to Wyoming

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Got stuck behind a gang of Harleys riding toward Mount Rushmore

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Took a little detour on wildlife road, well, not much to see, and the only wildlife I saw were donkeys!
Before I knew it the national park ended and I was heading toward a highway when all of a sudden coming out of a turn, I had to stop Spirit and let big guys cross the road. Go figure!

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The little buffalo was the last to cross the road.

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Wow, turned into nowhere land!! Did I mention the roads were deserted?

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Made it to Wyoming

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I have to say, it’s the nicest state sign I have seen

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This time I did not have that long of a day to ride, but as I had left rather late, it looked like it would be close to dark before I made it to Ayres Natural Bridge Park.
I stopped in Douglas to stock up and water and some snacks.
Then I noticed that they carried some really cool stuff

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I loved these hoodies, and wished I had just gotten one.

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This one had a huge peace sign on the back.

Turns out I got to Ayres Natural Bridge faster than I thought.

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Found the road

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Awesome!!

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I pitched my tent and walked around some

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Humongous cliff wall

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Totally ignored me!

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Wasn’t allowed to park Spirit on the grass, but as they closed the gates at 8 I didn’t need to worry about anyone disappearing with her.
I was a noisy evening, and after having had two days of quiet I had a bit of a hard time dealing with the screaming kids and parents.
Around 10 everyone crashed so I finally fell asleep.
It was a lot warmer there, so I didn’t need any hothands.

The next morning

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This is really a nice place to camp for free if you want a more “civilized” campground instead of being in the boonies.
I packed up pretty speedily and left toward Idaho.

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The funny thing about maps is, that you can’t really see by just looking at it, how huge a state really is. I guess if I really looked at it, especially the little scale on the bottom, I probably would have known that Wyoming was a big state.
Needless to say getting to the west side of Wyoming took me longer than I had thought. Still it was a great ride/

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Had to pull over when I saw these on the side of the road

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is that water?

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Amazing in all this desert all of a sudden lots of water

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Is that snow on those mountains?

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All of a sudden it started to look like fall, I love the colors of changing leaves
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on October 26, 2015, 12:52:46 AM
I kept riding, but after a while it got colder as the elevation was rising. There was no way I was gong to make it to the free campsite, so when I saw the sign falls camp round I decided to take a look as to how much it was.
It was a really nice place and only $10, so I looped around the camping a few times to find a place I liked. I really wanted the view of the mountains, but some people were sitting at the picnic table and I wasn’t sure if they were going to be camping, didn’t see a tent, or if they were just having a picnic.
I walked up to them and asked, and they said that if I wanted the spot I could take it,  they would be leaving shortly as they were done with their dinner. Awesome!
I went for a walk, to the falls.

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When I got back they were leaving, so I pitched my tent near the trees, and had my view of the mountains.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t ride spirit down there, but she was close.
There were also bear-proof food bins, Awesome!!

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Even a bear-paw campsite number

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I had bought some of Chester’s corn puffs, not as good as the curly corn ones that I had found in Canada, but still, very tasty.
I put the bag in my cloth grocery bag, and tied it on the strap of my drybag. It was bouncing around in the wind while I rode, but I figured it wouldn’t do the puffs any harm. Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong!!

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Only a couple survived, and even those were diminished in size. Dang!!!

It looked to be a cold night, so I got my Hot Hands out.
Yep, it was freezing!! Literally!

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Spirit’s frosty seat

Not only had it been cold, I also kept waking up to the sound of nibbling, even though I had put all my food in the bear-proof bin.

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Some critter liked paper towels!! Really????

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My hands were freezing, and the motorcycle gloves just too stiff. Guess socks can be used in other ways :D

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I just loved this spot!

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As I was enjoying the warmth of the morning sun, I noticed some dear walking in front of my tent. For me this is pretty much the main reason for camping in the wild (or in this case semi wild), seeing wild life!
 
The bummer about camping in cold weather is not being able to leave to leave around my usual time. First of all it’s just too cold to get up, so I hang in my sleeping bag as along as possible, second the tent get wet so I have to wait for the sun to be up high enough to dry it.
Leaving later definitely cuts into the riding time, and sometimes causes me to find a spot near dark, which I really don’t like to do.

It was fairly late by the time I left, but I was in good spirits.

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Wow!

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More fall colors

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Getting nearer to Grand Teton National Park

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I enjoyed the ride through Grand Teton, and landed in a town called Jackson afterward. The first thing I saw was a sporting goods store, and I looped around to find a parking spot. As luck would have it someone had just pulled out.
It was a really busy little place, full with tourists and shops. Quite a few people walked up and started asking the usual questions, so it was a while ere I made it to the store, where I bought some more fuel for my little MSR rocket stove.
When I got back to the bike, a few more folks stopped to talk. The girl who was with them had just bought a $10 warm weather shirt that looked really nice, so asked her where she got it, and walked there to get myself one too. I figured if the rest of the journey was going to be cold, at least I had a warm shirt for the night.

Getting out of Jackson was a drag though, it was hot, and lots of traffic. On top of that there was construction on the road so I spent more time than I was comfortable sitting on Spirit without moving in the hot boiling sun wearing full riding gear.

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Yipee, finally made it to Idaho.

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I have to say that Idaho surprised me!
I had been in Idaho 3 years ago at the start of my journey with JettnJim. We rode from Lewiston to Boise and then south to Moab.
I remembered really liking Idaho, but had forgotten how much.

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I found a Wal-Mart in one of the towns I rode through, and bought some Rotella-T.
I was at my 3000 mile mark, and normally I don’t wait that long to change my oil.
This particular store had some great food, even the ready-made Indian food packages. So I did some major shopping
Of course, where was I going to the oil after having bought so much food??
No problem, strapped it under the bungee cords of the dry-bag.
I had wasted a lot of daytime today, so I hopped back on hoping I wouldn’t get myself in trouble now.
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Looked like lava

As I pulled over to take some better pictures, I noticed another KLR had just pulled in as well. Of course curiosity getting the better of me, I had to go over and say hi.
Turns out he was from Poland, and as we got to talking it looked like he had traveled to the same places I had been in Canada and Alaska.
He was heading in the opposite direction. I told him my ADV name and he said he’d look me op and say hi online, which he did!  Hi again viadrowiec!

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I kept riding hoping to make it to my destination before it got dark.
The sun was setting behind the hills as I rode through Stanley and headed north on Hwy 21.
Forest road 162 was supposed to be the place with a lot of free camp spots, but I couldn’t find it.
Finally I had to admit defeat, and decided to find something on my own.
It had gotten dark, but the moon was out shedding quite a bit of light.
Then I noticed a bathroom off to the left, with a big parking lot looking like area, and I rode onto the dirt toward it. As I got closer I saw a little dirt road heading inland and I took it. Turns out it ended at a circle that people had camped on before, as there was a fire pit. I saw a clearing under the trees and pitched my tent.
Those headlights are an awesome invention, and it made pitching my tent in the dark a piece of cake.
The bathroom was a short walk away, which was wonderful, no need to dig a hole!
I was really tired so I crashed in no time.

Yep, another cold night, but not as cold as the night before.
As soon as I was able to face the cold I got up, and after a cup of hot Dandy-Blend (gluten free non caffeine coffee replacement) I was ready to tackle packing and changing the oil on Spirit.


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Of course I didn’t have an oil pan, but one of my Tupperware bins would work.
I tossed everything out of it, and put one of the large2.5 gallon Ziploc bags in it.
Then I drained the oil in it after having let Spirit idle for a while

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 Worked like a charm
 
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I had found a funnel at Wal-Mart as well, and used it to put the used oil back in the bottles. It was a very easy way to change the oil, so I was bummed I hadn’t thought of dong it this way before. Note to other travelers, having a small Tupperware bin and some Ziplocs comes in handy!!
By the time I was done the tent had dried, and I was ready to hit the road again.

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Highway 21 was awesome!! What a delight this road is. Lots of twisties, amazing views, and best of all, not a soul in sight!

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Highway to heaven

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As I was riding I saw several campsite locations marked with just a tent, and then the picture of a shovel and bucket. I wondered if they were free sites.
Then as I saw another one of those signs my curiosity was piqued, and I rode into one of those sites to see if there was some sort of payment booth.
What I saw took my breath away

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Yep, I was definitely not going any further today!
I loved the spot! Amazing view, and free.
I pitched my tent between the trees and strung the tarp above it to keep the sun, and or rain from getting to my tent, and hung up my hammock. I was gong to hang for a few days!!
The temperature was warm, but I suspected the nights to be cold as I was high up in the mountains.
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As I ran out of Hot Hands I decided to take Spirit and ride to Lowman, about 10 minutes away. There I saw a little store and restaurant, and the guy talked me into staying and having a salad, which I did, Luckily he had something similar to hot hands, namely hot feet. The only difference was that these came with a sticky side.
This actually worked great, as they stayed where I stuck them in the sleeping bag.

On the way back to camp I noticed another campground, but his one had a bathroom. Not nearly as nice as my place, but seeing as it was only one minute away from where I was camped, I figured I could always ride down to use it.

The night was cold, so I was glad to have found the hot feet!

The next day I filled up 2 large zip locks with water and put them in the sun to heat up. It was time for a bath. My idea to just jump in was quickly dismissed after I put my feet in the water!! No way Jose!!!

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The water was as clear as glass and very very very cold!!!!

Then I sat on a log in my bikini and washed my hair.
It felt great to be there and take a simple shower! 
The rest of the day I hung around and relaxed.
I almost didn’t want to leave the next day, but I made myself pack up anyways.
As I was putting my jacket on, a guy in a truck pulled in and looked at me.
I told him I was leaving and that he should stay here as it was an amazing place.
He looked at me worriedly and asked, “What about wild life? Did you see any bears?? I almost laughed! Why was he worried about bears?? He had a camper!
I told him no, the only wildlife I had seen were chipmunks.
I left and headed toward Oregon.

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This road is the Idaho version of the Tennessee tail of the dragon road I think. I lost count of all the hairpin turns. There is not a straight stretch for miles on end!!

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I was nearing the end of the windy road and into the noisy city of Boise.
I styed on the outskirts, but still, it was very trafficky and noisy.
After an hour or so, I got to the Oregon Border

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Yeah, Oregon is not just trees!

I had left rather late, and there was no way I was going to make it to Bend before dark, so I looked for another place on the website and found one near Unity off Hwy 26.
The area had been so dry and arid, that I was wondering weather or not I would be camping between the snakes and Scorpions. I hit Unity before sunset and after some wrong turns found the road heading to the campsites.

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It was a long dirt road and the sun shone in my eyes a lot.

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Hmmm, why did I pick this road?
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on October 26, 2015, 12:53:31 AM
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I found a nice little spot, but noticed that there weren’t any bathrooms that I could see. There probably would have been if I had kept riding, but I was tired and decided that digging a hole was preferable over riding some more down this funky dirt road.
It was really quiet there, other than the sound of the little bubbling brook nearby. Only a few cars drove by on their way to the other campsites I imagined.
I slept great that night, and for the first time in a while I didn’t need the hot hands.

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When I woke up in the morning and looked outside I was greeted by a deer!
It looked at me, and I at it, and neither one of us moved. Then he just ignored me and kept on munching. There were 2 other deer with him/her.

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The little stream

I had picked a good spot, and the sun dried my tent in no time, it really wasn’t even that wet, just slightly dam with condensation.
I managed to get out of there before 10, which really is a feat for me! :D

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On my way toward Bend I saw the smoke of a nearby forest fire

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Then the scenery changed

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Yay, trees again!!

I made it to Bend, and was overwhelmed by the amount of traffic.
Of course I missed the exit for road 372, or actually, I read the map wrong and turned left before I hit it. I just wanted to get out of town, as I got there around rush hour. I ended up taking the highway south, and then cut across using the lava cast forest road. I did end up riding the long way around, but Hwy 372 was really beautiful, so I didn’t mind.
What I did mind was that it was getting late again!
And cold!!!!! At one pint I started freezing up, so I pulled over to put on my nice warm $10 sweater form Jackson.
I saw plenty of signs for camp grounds, but I wanted to get to a lower elevation as I was sure I’d freeze my but off at 9000 feet.
Finally when I got down to about 5500 feet I started looking for those forest campsites. The first one I turned on changed into a road that I was not comfortable riding on, namely very sandy!! No way!! I turned around and tried my luck on the next dirt road that had a campground sign on it.
I rode for about 15 minutes, and I finally came to the conclusion that if there was a campground, it was too far for me. This time the road had gotten so narrow that I had a heck of a time turning Spirit around. I almost dropped her!!

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On my way back to the main road I wondered if I had assumed wrongly that the campground was on the right side of the road where the sign was. Maybe it was no the left??
When I got back to the intersection I crossed it and turned to the right on the dirt road. Sure enough, the campground was there! What the?????? Why put the sign on the right if the campsites are on the left?
I saw a guy with a flashlight, who told me that the free campsites were behind me, so I looped back on the highway and made a left turn on the dirt road.
By now it was fully dark. I found a site that looked flat enough and pitched my tent. The bathroom was near, and so was a trashcan. What luxury!!

The night was really cold, but I was happy not to be at 9000 feet
When I woke up in the morning I saw where I was.

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The sign on the right side of the road!
I left fairly early as I was excited to see Crater Lake again. I had been there years ago when my kids were little, and I had taken them across country in an SUV camping along the way and visiting national parks.

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As I got to the entrance I noticed that they too had their share of forest fires.

At the booth the guy told me that there wouldn’t be a fee today, yippee, but that I had to stay on the west road as the nice windy road on the east was closed for the bicyclists. Bummer!
Oh well, turns out that the west road was nice too. And I could always go back in the spring and take the east road.

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Amazingly blue water

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A woman taking a shot of Spirit, turns out she was from Maui!!

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Dead Indian road, leading into Ashland.

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Mount Ashland! Beautiful now but must look gorgeous in the winter!

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When I got to Ashland my dad treated me to a night in a motel!
I took a long hot bath and washed my clothes. Tomorrow would look for a place to camp, and for a place to live.

My dad talked me into staying a campground near Ashland, as I had reception there, and people could reach me, he even paid for most nights.

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I didn’t tell him about the rattlesnakes!

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I pitched my tent at Campground number nine and paid for a couple of days.

Then I went into town to explore, and I found an amazing little restaurant called Ruby’s that sold vegan and gluten free food, as well as meat and egg dishes.

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I ordered a curried tofu dish in a gluten free chapatti.
It was delicious!!!

Ashland is pretty much a hippy-town, so I felt right at home!
I was in Ashland for 9 days, looking for a place to live, and camping out.
OSF (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) had posted on their website that they were looking for Wardrobe assistants, so I immediately applied for the position, and spend a couple of days typing my resume and the other junk that goes with it.
At the same time I found out that there is a Trucking school in Medford and that they have scholarships. So as a backup plan I might become a trucker. :D
I love to travel so I figure if I become a long haul trucker I still get to be on the road, see the sights, and make good money too.

Too my dismay I discovered that Ruby’s fries everything on the same grill, meat eggs and vegan stuff, so needless to say I didn’t order anything that required them to use the grill. Bummer

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Sweet potato fries and salad.

I found an apartment that I could afford, but I got a bit claustrophobic when I saw it, One window looks out to a wooden fence and the other window points to the stairs of the upstairs apartments. On top of it all, the place smelled gnarly.
I am so hoping to find a cabin somewhere, but the woods are not exactly near Ashland, which I didn’t realize.
Then there was the question as to what to do with Spirit and my stuff when I was on Kauai. I found a couple of storage places but they didn’t want any combustibles in their units, so I would have to drain the gas and the oil .
Then I remembered an ADV member who lived in Ashland, Mofrid (Bill) and I PMed him to ask if he could store Spirit for me. Luckily he said that he had room behind his shop in the garage. Awesome!! He swung by to say hi one morning, and to tell me where his place was. I found it pretty easily.
Then Sunday morning I woke up to a text message from my ex, saying that our son was in the hospital with a perforated appendix. S….t!!
I called the airlines immediately to see if I could change the departure date.

Alaska Airlines waved the fee for changing my flight, but as the flight from LA was more expensive, my sweet dad paid the difference, hopefully I’ll be able to pay him back soon.
As I was on the phone with AA, I heard someone call my name, and I peeked my head out of the tent. There on the pull-in, stood someone with a truck waving. As I didn’t have my glasses on I couldn’t see who it was so I asked him to hold on a minute and explained what was going on.
When I hung up the phone and put my glasses on I found myself looking at someone I knew, but couldn’t place. It was Logan from Silver City New Mexico!!!! I didn’t recognize him! I was so surprised to see him in Ashland, that I was speechless…..
Turns out he has family nearby, and as he sees my Spot locations he knew where I was. Unfortunately he came at a bad time, as my flight was leaving the next morning, and I had to pack and get ready. We said goodbye and I packed rapidly and rode my stuff to Bills garage. Afterward I ran into town to get food for on the flight and some yarn to keep me occupied.
Bill was really helpful and let me spend the night in his office and got up in the middle of the night to drive me to the Medford airport. My flight was at 6 so I had to be there at 4:30. Thanks so much Bill, you are a lifesaver!!

When I got to Kauai I headed straight to the airport, my ex’s girlfriend came and picked me up. Travis was drugged out on morphine to kill the pain.
I spend 6 days with him in the hospital (they have this amazing chair that folds out in a bed) and the nurses were all very sweet and helpful.
He now is home with a drain tube sticking out of his side, to get rid of the infection around the appendix. I drain his bag in the mornings and flush his tube when needed.
The theater is letting me stay in a little room under the costume shop, which is turning out to be a bit of a nightmare as people are there day in and out, sometimes till 1 or two in the morning making noise.
I can’t wait till this is over, and my son is better.
Hopefully I will find a place to live when I get back, I long to make my own tofu and bake my own gluten-free bread. :D

Well…….. this is the end of my RR, and a new chapter of my live begins.
I want to thank each and every person who sheltered me, and took care of me while on the road. You are forever in my heart and memory. This journey would not have been anywhere near as great as it has been if it weren’t for you.
I also want to thank all my readers for reading and commenting. It has been a joy to get to know you even though we never met.
May there be another trip in the future, maybe New Zealand????
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Road2adv on October 26, 2015, 08:23:16 AM
It's been great following your adventures. You have come a long way from the Diamond Lake tech day. Great to see your skills and confidence grow (bears?? whats to worry about). :thumb:

Wish you the best in your new adventures.  If you do anything fun or exciting........ post some photos for us stuck at home.  Best wishes and happy trails.

Ride safe. Change the gas often.
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Jettn Jim on October 27, 2015, 12:45:42 AM
Love you Sister... it has been AMAZING sharing  much of the last three years with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :( gonna miss you till we meet again. All my love, Jim
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: trialsguy on October 27, 2015, 03:16:36 PM
Best of luck, always, everywhere, with everything.  It's been really really great sharing your rides  :mol:  and I, for one, appreciate being taken along, and all the work you put into writing 'em!

New Zealand?  You bet!
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: NomadGal on October 27, 2015, 03:53:52 PM
The photos will be visible again after November 9th when the bandwidth usage resets itself. using Photobucket has its drawbacks
Title: Re: Just following my nose! (good thing it's not crooked)
Post by: Buzzardco on October 27, 2015, 08:06:55 PM
I truly enjoyed each and every ride report. When I didn't hear from you for a while I had to check in with Jim to see what was up for updates.  Best of luck with the next chapter of your life, be sure to check in once in a while and best wishes,,Brent