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  1. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Limited User

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  2. Ontario GS

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    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.

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    We continued through mountains, forests and farmland
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    Passed the Edie School
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    Over some rough terrain
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    Until we reached Morrison Lake
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    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.
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    We had the place to ourselves
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    Or so we thought!
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    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
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    Another great day!
  3. hardman

    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Great adventure!! :eat

    I hope you treated that young lady well, she looked kind on flat tired to me. :lol: :lol: =D>
  4. Ontario GS

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    We connected back up with Craig & Lori, changed our tires, oil, etc., said our goodbyes an headed her back to Ontario!
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    What a great trip, something to reflect on while in the rocking chair at the Retirement Home many years down the road, I hope!
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    Thanks for watching.

    John
  5. Shawn Hall

    Shawn Hall Ride Organizer

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    :cheers: Simply Awsome John. 8)
  6. DerekR

    DerekR ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Amazing! Any particular gear/bike/tool/clothing you brought (or wish you had brought) that was the star of the trip for you?
  7. Ken Hynes

    Ken Hynes Limited User

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    Excellent report, looked forward to it every day.
  8. Ontario GS

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    Derek

    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!
  9. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    Nice report John.

    Thanks
    K