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51, Husband, father of 2, teacher of history, Japanese and PE. Love coaching the Whatcom County Composite high school XC mtb team.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 22:52
Jul 18, 2016
@sngltrkmnd: Both are good reads. I like the autobiographic nature of Desert Solitaire. MWG is a hoot, and easy to see how some like Earth First took off from Abbey's starting point.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 1:00
Jul 18, 2016
...also went to Lake Powell since Edward Abbey hated it so much. Tried to imagine it with a river running through the canyon. Weird to see so many boats, and large ones, in the desert. Desert Solitaire and Monkey Wrench Gang are both required reading.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:55
Jul 18, 2016
Busted the little arm off the lock mechanism so was unable to lock the bag to the frame after this crash. Nothing a couple of zip-ties couldn't remedy. This was a hot day, and I'd turned around from trying to find the "Hole in the Rock" because I'd run low on water and the temps were around 40ºc. This was a little wake-up call for me. Hot, tired, alone, low on water (only 2 liters at this point) and clear that no one else had traversed that road for some time. The 950 is a bit heavy, fully loaded, so I left the bag off and righted the bike, rode it out of the deeper sand, found a rock for the kick stand, and went back to get the pannier. My first intro to 'you have to figure it all out, or the consequences might not be too pleasant'. Makes one feel very alive. Love it.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:55
Jul 18, 2016
Busted the little arm off the lock mechanism so was unable to lock the bag to the frame after this crash. Nothing a couple of zip-ties couldn't remedy. This was a hot day, and I'd turned around from trying to find the "Hole in the Rock" because I'd run low on water and the temps were around 40ºc. This was a little wake-up call for me. Hot, tired, alone, low on water (only 2 liters at this point) and clear that no one else had traversed that road for some time. The 950 is a bit heavy, fully loaded, so I left the bag off and righted the bike, rode it out of the deeper sand, found a rock for the kick stand, and went back to get the pannier. My first intro to 'you have to figure it all out, or the consequences might not be too pleasant'. Makes one feel very alive. Love it.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:47
Jul 18, 2016
Yes, one tour. Picked the bike up in Southern California, rode north and east on interstate 15 through Las Vegas to St. George Utah, visited Gooseberry Mesa, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks before heading to Capitol Reef and through to Moab and Grand Junction Colorado. A couple of days in GJ with friends before riding to meet my high school friend in Crested Butte (aka Crusty Butt) and riding together over Cottonwood Pass on the way to his house. From there I headed north on the Great Divide Motorcycle Trail to Yellowstone where I peeled off and rode Beartooth Highway (Hwy 212) out from the North East Entrance (because it figures large in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" A book everyone should read, by the way). From there I kept the mountains to my left as I headed generally West and North and wound up in Bozeman where I dropped in on some friends for a night. From there I made my way towards Helena Montana and then to Highway 2 and from there to Washington highway 20 for the last bit. 2 nights in hotel/cabin, several nights with friends and camping the rest. Total trip time 2 weeks. Still plan to try to get to Banff this summer and ride across BC on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail (TCAT if you want to google it)... maybe even get in the Vancouver Island bit if I can. We'll see! If not, it'll be another adventure for another time.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:32
Jul 18, 2016
Yes. I toured alone. On this day, I had stopped by for a few days in Salida Colorado to visit a friend I'd gone to high school with in Japan (he grew up in Nagoya). I took the bags off and we did a nice dual sport ride. So much fun and full body workout to ride this up steep and rocky mining roads from a bygone era... notice how clean the bike is!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:28
Jul 18, 2016
Now that I think about it, I don't know why I didn't just turn right and follow the original tracks north. What was I thinking? How cool would it have been to follow those tracks? Note to self for next time!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:25
Jul 18, 2016
@buspilot: Love the tank bag. It even expands from what you see here! Beware though, I tried putting my phone in the map pocket one day, and it overheated. Maybe the plastic acts like a greenhouse. Will possibly pick up a Ram mount (RAM-HOL-PD3U) with handlebar mount for future rides. Don't know though. I'd rather get lost sometimes, and having the phone in a pocket that requires a stop, glove off, digging in a pocket... keeps it real and adventuresome. Rode for a day with three riders from Kenya and we did more U-turns to get back onto the Utah Back Country Discovery Route when we'd sailed past an intersection... and that was with one of the three riding pillion with an iPad and acting as navigator. I guess we rode the route, but it didn't feel quite as organic or adventuresome. On the day I set out for home from Bozeman (Daughter asked if I'd come home for a performance she was in, so of course off I go!) I wanted to ride some dirt as well, and by chance, happened to turn onto the Great Divide Trail and follow it a good chunk of the day without even knowing I was on it, just going by feel. Got to a dead end (at the Great Divide Ski Area) and thought I might be close to the route, and knew immediately where I'd missed a turn. But wouldn't have seen the ski area had I been following the GPS.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:10
Jul 18, 2016
No doubt! I didn't even feel a little pang of guilt as I finished the treats. I am pretty confident it noted my visage for future wrath.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 0:08
Jul 18, 2016
Never too late. I just visited again last week. Dropped one of my daughters off at a camp on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho for a week, and rather than drive the 8 hours home, I drove another 6 hours east and spent the week in and around Bozeman Montana, visiting Yellowstone and also riding my mtb in the Crazy, and Tobacco Root Mountains.

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