I am usually much more efficient with updates as I put day 8 together on Day 11. This trip more than any other trip has not only been about a little bike issues but more importantly taking time to enjoy myself with detours and meeting so many virtual friends. This trip riding SOLO has been for some reason my most enjoyable trip. Go figure after I have been on about 130,000 KM’s of trips since 2010. Continue reading →
Since we seem to not be able to get away on a decent rode trip this year I am entertaining myself with pics from our 2010 Cross Country Trip…and other trips. In 2010 we both got our first Beemers and we picked mine up in March 2010, Cheryl’s in Dec 2009. By June 2010 we were off for 26 days to ride across Canada and the USA. No planning just learned by ourselves what to pack and how to navigate ourselves.
I hope we are tempting all you street riders to come to the ADV side of dual sporting….enjoy….
Free food, KLIM there and the intro of the new BMW 1200GS, plus me! Cheryl is still in Ottawa but I get to share many pictures and stories about our Adventure riding endeavors! What would be better than being around like minded folks/riders….good food and a great dealer? Ummm…Cheryl being there but I think I can handle it! ;-)
Hope some readers of this blog who are local will come down on Friday, March 22! I think it’s going to be a fun night!
If you have 10 mins and want to take a ride with us sit back and enjoy this video I made of our BC back country ride this summer…this is only part of the 850 KM we did off road…Between Clinton and Lillooet, BC.
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I am not the best editor but learning….ENJOY your virtual RIDE across some of Beautiful British Columbia. Sure hope those who read this from far away…get an idea!
If anyone has been around the Parliament Building in Ottawa you will know what we are doing in this picture is not the most legal. There is not parking or stopping in front of this building…the funny thing is I made Cheryl stop for a photo OP…but look in the back ground….RCMP cruiser. Cheryl is a cop too! oops!
As you will see from the pictures you can tell the last day of our trip to Idaho and back was typical “wet” coast weather. While riding in temperatures from 12 C to 42 C…basically low 50’s to triple digits in Fahrenheit, we almost had to turn the heat on for the last push.
Before heading up the Oregon coast we rode to the Northern tip of California. Part of the Redwood Forest. We literally stopped at the visitors station to pee and look around and then went right up the coast, Rt 101. We have done this route many times before in a Jeep and on our bikes. To be honest we never really get enough of the coast and we never see it the same time of year.
***Worthy to note: We had a discussion with Edward from KLIM about how one time he was riding his KTM in triple digits and he swears his gas began to boil and his bike would stall. On this trip when were in triple digits Leslie’s bike began to stall. We thought maybe it was the ethanol used in Idaho gas but Cheryl’s bike only stalled once. My bike seemed to have issues in the HOT heat. My theory now is the oil. When we went cross-country in 2010 we changed our oil to 20W50 because of the heat wave that the east was experiencing. I think we should have done that for this trip. WHY?
20W50 motor oil is suitable for warmer climates, where the higher temperature causes the oil to thin. It is also useful for vehicles subject to hot temperatures and for those used for high-stress activities such as hauling or pulling trailers.
So, in the end I think for some reason my bike ran hotter than Cheryl’s causing me to stall like crazy after riding for hours. I could get the bike to restart most times and other times just pulled over and let the bike cool down. Anyway, interesting to note because we usually run 10W40 semi like most but another good lesson learned for the future.***
This years summer trip was way shorter than last years epic ride with Triumph Canada, 2 Triumph Tiger XC bikes to Alaska. Not 44 days long but only 11. Why? Leslie started a new job in January and was not able to get a large amount of time off this summer. As a matter of fact every day Leslie used for this break from work was banked OT not vacation time because she is not able to take “vacation” until her probation is over. BTW, should have been over July 16th.
In any case, every ride no matter how long or short can turn out to be an adventure and this was no different. This trip we contended with temperatures ranging from 12 C (53 F) to 42 C (107.6 F). The beginning of this trip we saw triple digits. Continue reading →