Author 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)  (Read 4883 times)

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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #90 on: Jun 30, 2022, 01:20 pm
    Jun 30, 2022, 01:20 pm
    *Originally Posted by Gustavo [+]
    I know young men make rash decisions, and at Rob's age, one doesn't really consider health insurance costs and other such trivialities, but wait until he realizes how much does it really cost to live here...   :211:

     :008:


    Gustavo

     That's why I'm filing for adoption papers. You'll be able to claim me as a tax write-off /charity case and my meagre stipend as a business expense. You might break even  :007: . For that you get your chain oiled and visor cleaned for life.
     So no more grumbling please. Just get the paperwork done and I'll pop right over.
     Oh, and about the cat .......  :notsure: .

     Stewie, compared to NI the eastern PNW is  vacant lot. A few Americans here and there maintaining the roads but that's about it.

     Rob.
     

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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #91 on: Jul 05, 2022, 06:15 pm
    Jul 05, 2022, 06:15 pm
    Rumor has it a V1K was seen arriving in NS recently.  But I don't see any of the promised updates and pictures...   :notsure:


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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #92 on: Jul 06, 2022, 02:13 am
    Jul 06, 2022, 02:13 am


     Must've been a false rumour  :007:.

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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #93 on: Jul 06, 2022, 11:04 pm
    Jul 06, 2022, 11:04 pm

     Oh, wait a minute. Maybe it was true. I recognize the cat. Geriatric disorientation :2:.

     First a disclaimer: no pics. I didn't take many and the ones I did take don't present well.
    Gustavo has already done photographic justice to the jewel of the trip, the borderlands of
    Oregon, Idaho, and Washington so my heart isn't bleeding too badly for those  who don't
    do text  :015: .
     I do have maps.

       https://goo.gl/maps/MN5yaMcD32wgHSsG7

      From Whitecourt the fine weather continued for most of the way back to N.S.
    Temperatures remained in the high teens/low 20s and a tail wind cut down on fuel consumption
    and wind noise. I even lowered the barn door of a windshield on the big V. a little to peak outside.
    Nice  :152:.

     As had been the case throughout the trip the land remained very wet, with standing water still to be
     seen in the low spots. The wildfowl were happy but that was of no help to the grain farmers with their
     giant machinery. Early frosts are common in the Prairies, so whether the crop can be sown and harvested
     within the window available is going to be touch and go.
     One farmer told me that his big machines will go through 4000 litres of fuel (it may have been dollars, I forget)
    per day when on the job. Couple that with the million dollar purchase cost of some of the equipment and these
    guys are playing with big stakes.
     This year the problem may be too short a growing season, last year the problem was drought. The age old problems
    of farmers writ very large in such extreme climates.

     Shortly before reaching Yorkton I passed by a motel when some years back my wife and I had been holed up because of
    extreme rain and wind. Stupidly I had covered each bike. Within an hour a window rattling gust had blown over the windward bike which hit the second one and knocked that over too. Moral to the story, don't add sail to a parked bike in heavy winds, and do park with the kickstand
    on the downwind side. The following day was spent repairing bits of plastic with epoxy and duct tape  :5:.


      https://goo.gl/maps/CvK8AZsWy1qDRfZ16

      From Yorkton I continued s.e. to Steinbach Manitoba where I admired some hens belonging to a friend from N.S. (Fella's gotta have a hobby  :007:).
     Once across the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border the roads improved noticeably and the area had a more cared-for look to it. Perhaps more a function of government and personal priorities than greater prosperity. I don't know. I was surprised.

     Pause, but will return before Gustavo beats me again  :019: .

     Rob.
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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #94 on: Jul 08, 2022, 02:35 am
    Jul 08, 2022, 02:35 am


     Here's the map for the rest of the return journey, a duplicate of the route out.

      https://goo.gl/maps/2tw3PoctmkC1P6Cg9

     The tail wind continued pretty well all the way back to Bridgewater, as did the sunshine.
    Some of the views of Lake Superior were stunning but traffic was moderate to heavy now that the
    schools are out and people are keen to travel again as Covid restrictions are lifted.

     Just east of Thunder Bay, 22 year old Terry Fox had to end his cross country run in aid of cancer
    as his own cancer had spread to his lungs.

     Here's the roadside memorial to this courageous young man. I like to stop there for a few minutes when passing by.

     

     And here's the Wiki link for those who may be interested.

     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Fox

     The rest of the run was uneventful, ride eat, sleep, repeat.
    From Steinbach it was five easy days to Chateau Geriatric.

     I was away 27 days, of which 25 were on the road.
     Total distance was a little over 15 000 km for an average
     of about 600 km per day at an average speed of 94 kph.

     The V1K  performed very well but did nothing that the 650
     wouldn't have done with ease.

     Rob.

     




     
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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #95 on: Jul 08, 2022, 12:58 pm
    Jul 08, 2022, 12:58 pm
    Wow thats some trip, fair play to you doubt I done 15k in the past 3 years

    On the subject of farmers , wathched a thing yesterday, 100Acre farm which is reasonbly big by uk standards, harvesting, Rape seed, barley and whetta made 160 k which was 90 k down on the previous year. Once all the sums were done the profit was 144, yep 12 mths work for 12 a month. Its ok the farmer gets some subsidies and grants at the moment but they are due to be withdrawn and he is a multimillionaire anyway from other intrests but it show you how fickle  it is, all down to changes in the weathera nd market rates for anything.
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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #96 on: Jul 08, 2022, 05:14 pm
    Jul 08, 2022, 05:14 pm
    nice ride Rob, respect earned... :123A:   i'm jealous :sick:

    fresh toast on a morning now for a while..... :015:

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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #97 on: Jul 09, 2022, 01:59 am
    Jul 09, 2022, 01:59 am


      :008: :008: Thanks for the comments, guys. Much appreciated.

      Are you retired yet, Wal? You've been threatening it for years  :2:
     

      :031:

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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #98 on: Jul 09, 2022, 07:35 am
    Jul 09, 2022, 07:35 am
    25 days and 15000 KM thats some trip  :123A: wow
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    Re: 2022 IVM (Rob's out of bread. Again...)
    Reply #99 on: Jul 09, 2022, 02:55 pm
    Jul 09, 2022, 02:55 pm
    One picture?  That's all you managed to dig out of that ol' camera of yours after 27 days and (supposedly) 15K kms on the road?    :5:   For all we know, you rented that V1K in Cranbrook, BC to ride down to the Palouse and flew back on Air Canada or something fancy like WestJet...    :notsure:


    Do I have to tag along on all your rides to document them?     :whistle:


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