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Tammy was worn out from a long day, then a ride. After dinner she released me for a bit of dirt fun.
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Across the White River onto White River Road.
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A side road off 44 on the way back to glamp. Can't see this from the pavement.
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44 East, back over the White River, took a left onto a road to a fish and game camp.
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There's dirt everywhere along 44 to explore, I'll see how I feel tomorrow after another sightseeing trip with Tammy.
 
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Took a long loop today, 44 to Scenic, then left onto the rez lands. If it's not a National Monument or a National Park, it's tribal.
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Saw one bull buffalo checking the fence line.

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A couple side notes: The prairie dog population has skyrocketed since we were here two years ago. Increased by maybe two orders of magnitude (100X to the science sucks crowd)
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CConsidering the limited number of Broncos that Ford had delivered, the owners sure do use them to get away. There's almost as many as there are Subarus. They aren't Sports, real Broncos.

 
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The tribal members don't believe in recycling. They keep their old shit real close. This is a tidier residence.
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I lived in Dakota Territory, the indigenous people love to have garbage piled all around the house they have destroyed.
 
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After the tribal tour, we freshened up at glamp and headed to the park again. Sorry no pronghorn pic, the ones we saw weren't photogenic.
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Near the Wall entrance (west side), the buffalo were being buffalo.
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Tomorrow (Sunday) will be longer than planned. After MotoGP Catalina at 6AM, we'll be packing up and out.

Instead of going straight to Custer, we'll be visiting an RV electrical specialist in Rapid City. There's a problem with (I think maybe) the converter box. There's no problem money can't solve.
 

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Moto G Power fone.
The $900+ fone wifey has takes LOTS better pics.
She also takes pics with some Canon full body camera.
Her sending them to me so I can post them is a pain in the ass.
She won't allow me to post here from her fone, she thinks this site stinks worse than pig shit.
 
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We ended up spending the afternoon and evening fixing the electrical problem, rolled into the campsite here in Custer just short of midnight. We'll see what the next four months brings our way.:neo:
 
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Got to unpack today, gas and it's off the the wildlife loop.
There wasn't much. The prairie dogs here haven't been breeding like mice the way they did in the badlands. We spotted a big bull buffy and a couple pronghorns near the airport.
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The Mount Coolidge overlook was open, cameras can't capture the view.
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The pronghorns
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After lunch, off to the needles highway. Happened upon this guy on the way.
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On the way to Rushmore, the rain started. When it got heavy, we stopped in a campground cafe to get out of it. Tammy got a shirt out of the deal.
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The best part is that the camera capitalists are absent. Probably because internet access is poor in this area, the s

We didn't feel like taking pics in the rain. There will be more days, for now it's get set to grill the steak for supper.
 
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Heh, forgot to hit reply yesterday :frEEk:
A ride through the park again this morning, afternoon rain predicted so Tammy wanted to do laundry, I took the DP out.
Found the Buffys.
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The klx300 is a gem to ride, pavement, gravel, dirt, it's a honey badger.
Rides nice in the rain, too, had thunderstorms on the way back. When I stopped to stash my fone in a waterproof pocket, the hail collected on my gloves

Just short of a gallon of gas took me 60 miles. I'm getting a range estimate for the trip from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle, looks like carrying one gallon extra will do the job. Didn't have time to order the larger tank before I left.
 
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We put on another 150 miles riding around the Black Hills today.
The restaurant at the lodge was a fine lunch, pot roast, pork loin, buffalo stew, salad, and a sliver of truly excellent lemon meringue pie.
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No other pics that havent been seen already, buffalo, antelope, deer, sheep, etc.
We are off to Montana in the morning. Unfortunate that our route takes us well north of Casper or I'd give Tate a call.
 
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This was the day this trip turned into an adventure.:eyepopping1a:

My wallet that I left on top of a gas pump in Custer will be sent to me somewhere en route. It wasn't worth turning around for, we were in Montana 300 miles away before I discovered it was missing.

We got a rock chip in the windshield after we gassed up at Costco. The calls are in to a couple places that day they do windshield repairs, we'll see in the morning. It hasn't turned into a crack yet, will sleep with fingers crossed.

Costco doesn't take cash for gas, I was using Tammy's card while she shopped, because mine was in my missing wallet. Debra, a woman just finishing filling at the next Island, put $200 in gas into my tank, I gave her cash. Good thing I'm handsome and polite. Chicks like to help me.:yahoo:

It's about 350 miles to the campground in Hungry Horse, an easy trip tomorrow. We're boondocking in a city park in Harlowton, there's 20 pull thru sites with electric hookups, $20 honor system.
 
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Bought a $15 chip repair kit at the local NAPA, waiting for the cloudy day UV rays to cure the resin. Here's the park we stayed in, there's a pen at the honor system stand, nobody steals it. There's 20 pull thru sites, we were the fifth or sixth campers, no crowds.
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Off to Flathead Lake!
 
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The view from the Walmart we're boondocking at tonight in Polson, MT.:timeout:

We got some snowcap mountains on the way over the continental divide on Rt. 200. Never got up to snow level, though. Interned sucks here, have to Bert until another day.

The only riding I've done in 2 days was taking the kaf to NAPA and back this morning. The Concours is from here on the kaw, the klx300 is the kaf.
 
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Seems like the Flathead Lake scenery on the way to Hungry Horse today will be viewed through rain.
 
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Met up with the sister in law and her hubby, we're in a campground in Hungry Horse. Headed to Glacier Nat'l Park today, ride around and then a boat ride on Lake Macdonald at 4:30.

At 10:30 PM, it's still dusk, not dark night. It doesn't much matter, the high haze to rain clouds follow us, we've seen two stars so far.

The internet here is spotty, the pic heading this post took 5 minutes to load. There's going to be some Bert posts until decent cell/ WiFi coverage happens.
 
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A nice day in the park.
Lake McDonald is at a high level. Every River and stream that feeds it is raging full of snowmelt and rain.

The snowfall/ snowpack was almost 170% above average, followed by the coldest April and May on record. Now it's all coming down the mountains at once.

None will be left behind to keep the glaciers going, the expectation is that they will all vanish in eight more years. The park wasn't named after the glaciers that were there. The glaciers formed the terrain of the park, bulldozing billions of tons of earth out of the valleys and forming the ridges.
 
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Catching up at the Stoney Nakota Casino in Kananaskis, Alberta. My fone has no coverage in Canada, the casino has some WiFi. It was eventful crossing Maria's Pass on the way to St. Mary. Ten foot lane on a winding road with a dropoff right where the white line should be thanks to construction. Add in 100kph crosswinds with snow falling, happy to leave that behind.

I did get 120 miles on the kaf, here's Polebridge, MT.
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Hungry Horse Dam was neat, some nice machinery there
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The 2 track to Camas Campground was made for dual purpose bikes.
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Had a tip over on a steep power line playground, kaf is fine, I banged the back of my right hand and put a 4cm jagged tooth tear in the froggtog jacket. Duct tape made everything good again.:D
 
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A Glacier NP tree nymph(o) :green:
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Every little brook in and around the park looked like this two days ago. Must be worse now after all the rain.:eek:
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Wifey has all the Canada shots so far. Someday I may get them transferred and post them, for now I'm just going to walk outside.
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It's nice now that the rain and 100kph+ winds have stopped.

I like Canada, they think right. All the road sign distances are in km, the thermostat on the wall in the lobby is set to 21°.
 
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Cleaner roadside sneaux on the way to Lake Moraine.
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Spawning mini icebergs.
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The lake is at 1880 meters elevation, everything goes up from there.
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The first bear, on 1A on the way to Lake Louise.
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The ski area from the lodge, where we're waiting out a rain shower.
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I busted my ass up in Banff trying to snow board back in the early days.. great area...

The lake seemed much more teal back in the day. Now it looks green.
 
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I stole wifey's fone--
It was north to Jasper yesterday, the Canadian rockies are more spectacular than the southern part like Glacier in the US.
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2 bears 1 tree
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We arrived at Wabasso campground, got the bikes out, and took a ride. Athabasca Falls were an amazing sight

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We cruised the road to Marmot Basin to the barrier. Returned to Wabasso for a fire (free wood!)
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It's increasingly remote now, we gassed in touristy Lake Louise and haven't seen a pump since. So remote, Wabasso campground actually has vacant spots.

Raining now.:cry:
 
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Rained all day yesterday. I took the kaf up Edith Cavell again, a bit over 3350 meters, then scouted Jasper gas stations for today's leg to Grand Cache, and bought more Canadian currency.

After using Canadian currency for a week, American bills feel like something one would use to wipe up an oil spill..

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The kaf (KLX 300) is coming along nicely. Until a (much) stiffer rear spring is obtained, a hammer and punch adding 7 turns of preload worked well, going to try another few turns before the next ride.

The shifter was too low for real boots, rotating it up one spline made it too high. The MAPP gas torch, 2 pound ballpeen hammer, and welding glove found the nice middle ground.

Shifting remains somewhat notchy. The 1-2 upshift through neutral is best done using the clutch, the rest are OK but the throw feels long, it's not a snickety snick type feel. Maybe using decent Rotella T-6 oil after another 150 km break in will help.

Have only managed 117 kph, can't get 120 on level ground.
 

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We'll be able to compare my Hondoo to your Kwak when you get here. I'm enjoying the pics and commentary.
 
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Gas here in Grande Cache is $1.88 CDN/litre.

Rock strewn uphills are my downfall on the kaf.:hissyfit: The score stands at rocky uphills 2, tinhead 0.

6:00 AM MDT, temperature outside is 2.5° C. That's 36.5° F(armer). It's hard to get used to having enough light to distinguish colors at midnight and 4:00 AM. 3 more days until we reach Muncho Lake, "night" will be even shorter there.
 
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