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Friday, July 22, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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BT11-Day 7

Hello everyone,
We're finally back in civilization. We've been in the mountains for a couple of days away from cell phones and wi-fi. That hurt Mark more than me, but he survived. Anyway, we've had a great couple of days. We met Mark's brother from another continent and they hit it off just great. Christian is on a 2 year motorcycle trek all over the globe by himself. He pulled up to us in Hinton, Alberta on his BMW 1200 GSA (our next bikes) and we immediately connected. He's from Chile and has been on the road for 5 months already. He started in Miami and is heading for Los Angeles to take a plane ride with his bike to Australia. He'll then go to Southeast Asia and through Europe to London. We rode with him for about an hour and exchanged information to follow his trek for the next year and a half. He's on this trek due to recent deaths in his family, including a son, and made it a priority in his life. He has all the same gadgets as Mark and they were like two peas in a pod.  He taught Mark a few tricks of the touring motorcycle video trade and it should help make our trips a little quicker. Thank goodness!
We had a great ride to Banff and saw the bluest lakes that exist with beautiful glaciers in the background. Once we made it to Banff we toured the castle and grabbed a quick bite to eat. Then the deluge hit. Needless to say we're staying in Banff for the night. Tremendous lightning/thunder storms hit the town and we're certainly glad we weren't on the road when it hit. The forecast is a little better for tomorrow and we'll probably push back to Idaho on a slow roll.
This part of Canada is to die for. Anyone looking to see glaciers and lakes that have existed for hundreds of centuries need to come here. I've been to several national parks in the U.S. but this one is non-stop awe-inspiring. Even the sporadic rain hasn't dampened the experience. I just wish the mosquitoes would go away. We've seen 2 black bears and 2 male elks with large racks on the side of the road. Mark claims I almost ran over one of the bears but he was exaggerating. I admit I was admiring the  mountains and didn't see it as quickly as Mark did, but I did not get as close as Mark says I did. He crossed the road right in front of me and didn't even look at me.
I hope you enjoy the photos that he just posted. It does not even close to cover what we've seen though.    

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Monday, July 18, 2011

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Mud video here

BT11-7 Pics



BT11-8

The start of a new week on the tour. We slightly altered the route to exclude Dawson Creek though. Along our travels we have met a lot of people that all asked why we were going there? Apparently, there is nothing to see there. So we didn't go. We're in Hinton this evening and there's nothing to do here either. But we're within striking distance of Jasper and then it's going to get interesting. We expect some inclement weather but nothing as bad as last week.
We met a friend in Edmonton yesterday and did some off-roading near a lake. The mud was a challenge but the bikes took the punishment and persevered.  But apparently Mark didn't. He passed out last night with his clothes on and on top of the blankets. He stayed that way almost all night. The long hours in the saddle and the road miles are apparently catching up to him.  The 5-Hour Energy shots didn't even help. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

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BT11-7

We've completed our first week of this trip and it has flown by. Last night we slept at Doug and Jan's house in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. We drove through Calgary and got a peak at the Calgary Stampede event but did not enter. Just another big town, but it's clean and has a pretty back drop. Yesterday's ride was pretty but boring compared to the other days. Long, straight roads and nothing but farms.  The mosquitos make for quick outdoor bathroom breaks in the woods. They go into swarm attack mode, and then there's the deer flies. Thank goodness for Doug and Jan's house. Camping would not have been an option. 
We started out yesterday inside Canada's portion of Glacier National Park. There's a beautiful old hotel that was built in 1928 by the railroad and it's majestic as it sits on top of a bluff overlooking the lake. The lake needed to be explored but we'll save that for another trip. I highly recommend it for exploration as there are great hiking trails and tributary streams that go on for miles. Can't beat the glaciers either. Just bring Bear-Away spray! Candrell Lake has a large population of Grizzlies and one was seen on a trail near the visitor center just 2 days before we were there. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bike tour update

Sorry for the lack of posting, One issues is that the wifi connections have been very poor, and the second issues is that I am just having to much fun to stop and blog.  I am hoping I will be able to post some stuff from my friend's house tomorrow.

So far we are right on schedule. We are currently in Waterton Alberta enjoying a nice meal and then we ride back to our rented TeePee.  I am also going to try and upload some more boring Videos.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 2

OK, I am going to keep it simple tonight because I am tired and want to go to sleep.

Animals seen:

  • 3 Grizzly Bear
  • Several Cow and Calf Elk
  • 1 Red deer Buck in velvet
  • 4 Mountain Goats
  • White Tail deer
  • Ton of Elk
  • 2 Bald Eagles
Moto Miles report
  • Day 1 - 293
  • Day 2 - 300
  • Day 3 - 196
  • Day 4 - 395
  • Day 5 - 
  • Day 6 -
States
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
Yellow Stone is crazy!!! People everywhere.  Cars doing crazy things in the roads, Uggggggg!

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New GO PRo Video from our trip

Day one video here

Monday, July 11, 2011

BT11-1

So today was awesome as normal.  We started off from one of Jeff's old friend's house in the Boise area.  Vic got us ready to go with some breakfast and saw us off.  Thanks Vic for the great time we had there.  We headed East down Interstate 84 to Mountain Home.  We headed North up State Hwy 20.  What a great route.  Hwy 20 was way better than the boring interstate.  We cruised right along.  We had no idea that hwy 20 is part of the Oregon Trail.  Around 1 PM we hit Crater of the Moon National Park.  What a cool place.  I never thought that a lava flow would be so interesting and to be honest it did not look that good from Google earth.

As we left Craters heading toward Idaho Falls we ran right into a killer rain storm.  My buddy and I agreed that the rain alone would not have been that bad.  However, with the wind blowing right around 40-50 mph, the rain was being driven horizontal across the road.  I thought to myself, we are screwed if this is going to last for the next 90 miles.  It was a constant battle trying to keep the bikes in our own lane while on coming cars were having a hard time seeing what was in front of them.  When the wind would die down the Hwy would become a river.  As we rode into the screaming wind, driving rain and dark angry clouds, I found myself thinking how could this be worse?  How bad does it have to get before we pull over and hunker down?  But we kept pushing.  Then the lighting came.  Big bold bolts zipping overhead, briefly lighting up the crazy insane situation we were fighting.  The Hwy turned a bit and headed right up to, and along two large buttes.  The lighting was beating the crap out of these two large mounds and we were now headed right to them.  The wind growled, the rain came ripping through our clothing, and the lighting and thunder barked at us as we pressed forward.

After 110 miles of this we finally rolled into Idaho Falls.  As Jeff and I rolled up to our first signal light in Idaho Falls we looked at each other and grinned.  We made it!  Now we are full from dinner and tucked safe and sound away in our warm hotel room.  The day in now a memory and we look forward to tomorrow's adventures.

Day one - Boise to Idaho Falls








Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bike tour 2011

We made it to Boise Id today in 13 hours of driving.  Enjoyed a nice Mexican dinner and having a nice visit on the back porch with one of our host families.  Looking forward to getting on the road in the morning.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Bike Tour 2011

This years motorcycle tour is about to begin.  We will leaving the Los Angeles area and heading to Boise Idaho on the first leg.  From there we will head east to Jackson Wyo and then up into Yellowstone Natl.Pk.  Then we head north through Glacier and all the way up to Dawson Creek Canada then back South.  Stay tuned as we will be blogging the adventure.  This year we have added a Go Pro camera to our tool bag, so hopefully we will not only have pics but some video as well.

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