Discussion in 'Adventure Dual Sporting' started by Ontario GS, Sep 16, 2013.
Green River to Morrison Lake
Day 12 Continuing to head north - 279 miles
Everyone was up early, ate and broke camp. Warren and I were getting pretty proficient at this and were ready to roll. We said our good byes to the Adventure Rider's, wishing each other a safe & enjoyable journey and we were on our way.
We continued through mountains, forests and farmland
Passed the Edie School
Over some rough terrain
Until we reached Morrison Lake
This was off the beaten track a least a couple of kilometers, kind of like you were heading towards a 1 way ticket to a shallow grave. As we looked for a suitable site, we notice a truck on the other side of the lake but, it departed before we had the tents up.
We had the place to ourselves
Or so we thought!
While gathering firewood we found remnants that prior campers left behind
We started a fire and settled in for what turned out to be the coldest night of the trip
Another great day!
Great adventure!! :eat
I hope you treated that young lady well, she looked kind on flat tired to me. :lol: :lol: =D>
Morrison Lake to Bozeman
Day 13 - The final day on the track - 186 miles
We packed up at Morrison Lake and headed back down onto the trail, we had decided that once we made it to Dillon we would "bee-line" it to Bozeman so, it was sad knowing this would be our last day on the Heart of the West.
One of the areas I was looking forward to was the historic town of Bannack, it had suffered great damage mid-summer when a torrential rain flooded the town and destroyed a number of buildings. They had closed the park for rebuilding and they were getting close to re-opening it.
We arrived at the entrance to be greeted by a Security Guard who wouldn't even let us near it to take a picture. This was the second time I have been close to the Park and never made it in, bummer.
We continued onward to Bozeman traveling a number of gravel roads and paved highways, arrived in Bozeman, unpacked, cleaned up the bikes and ourselves at the Super 8.
We connected back up with Craig & Lori, changed our tires, oil, etc., said our goodbyes an headed her back to Ontario!
What a great trip, something to reflect on while in the rocking chair at the Retirement Home many years down the road, I hope!
Thanks for watching.
:cheers: Simply Awsome John. 8)
Amazing! Any particular gear/bike/tool/clothing you brought (or wish you had brought) that was the star of the trip for you?
Excellent report, looked forward to it every day.
Everybody has there opinions of gear and equipment that works and doesn't work, Warren and I talked a lot about the different aspects of the trip on the way home and one thing we feel that worked well was my Giant Loop Great basin saddlebag http://giantloopmoto.com/products/great-basin-saddlebag/ and the Aerostich Tank Panniers http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-tank-panniers.html from the distribution of weight. I maybe didn't carry the most stuff but, what I did carry, was somewhat balanced over both the front & rear of the bike.
If you look at most adventure setups, you see a number of different configurations of panniers over the rear of the bike. I had lunch with Warren & Andy yesterday and we talked about this again. Warren, I believe had over 50 pounds (each) in and tied on to his panniers which that weight is directly over the rear axle, sitting about 6 - 8 inches outside the line of centre. The bulk of my weight rested on the seat (38 lbs) and over the tail (18 lbs) of the bike (like a sitting passenger), then I carried fuel in the panniers (20 lbs) on the front end in essence, balancing out the load. Warren said yesterday that he removed the racks & panniers off the GS and empty, they weighted just over 20 pounds.
Although I found the G.L. system frustrating in the first year of use, I believe it, in combination with the Aerostich panniers worked well for me and I will continue to use this setup in the future or least until something else catches my eye. I won't get on my soapbox about the other Aerostich products that I strongly believe in. :lol:
I am entitled to my own opinion and because it's mine, I'm entitled to be wrong. At least that's what my wife says!
Nice report John.
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