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Garage, Projects & Restorations / Re: CR500 Aluminum Frame Build
« on: January 15, 2018, 03:39:37 am »
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Ride Reports / Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:38:55 pm »
Excellent RR, Sir XRRX  :thumleft:

I like your writing and the pics are stunning.

Great job man.

Keep the RR's coming.
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Ride Reports / Re: Noob ride
« on: January 07, 2018, 11:20:38 am »
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Ride Reports / Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:24:59 pm »
Stunning RR XRRX, looking forward to the rest of it.

Agreed  :thumleft:  The scenery and landscape contained in your pics make me long to visit your beautiful country.

I can hardly be patient waiting for a visit.

Keep the pics coming, Sir XRRX  :thumleft:
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: SHOW US PICS OF YOUR PETS - Poll added
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:34:41 am »
Ahh, dinner has arrived!

 :lol8:  Like a lion hunting from an elevated position  :imaposer:

Beautiful black kitty, eberhard.
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Ride Reports / Re: Shake Rattle & Roll - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:55:39 am »
 :drif:  Will be looking forward to this report, Mr. XRRX  :thumleft:

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Excellent report and pics.

Brings back memories of all the dirt bike and snowmobile trips I've taken with my old man.

Thank you for sharing, Mr. Mango Jack.
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Ride Reports / Re: Nawakwaland en die weskus pad ;D
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:37:38 am »
Excellent pictures Katana.

I really like the last photo in reply #7, seems like I just saw that scene in another RR.  Looks like sugary sand.

Thanks for sharing.
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: SHOW US PICS OF YOUR PETS - Poll added
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:51:34 am »
ek het niks gedoen nie............

Nice looking dog, hje  :thumleft:
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Plans for the bridge

After the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, local residents began to imagine that such a structure could span the straits. In 1884, a store owner in St. Ignace published a newspaper advertisement that included a reprint of an artist's conception of the Brooklyn Bridge with the caption "Proposed bridge across the Straits of Mackinac".

The idea of the bridge was discussed in the Michigan Legislature as early as the 1880s. At the time, the Straits of Mackinac area was becoming a popular tourist destination, especially following the creation of Mackinac National Park on Mackinac Island in 1875.

At a July 1888 meeting of the board of directors of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Cornelius Vanderbilt II proposed that a bridge be built across the straits, of a design similar to the one then under construction across the Firth of Forth in Scotland. This would advance commerce in the region and help lengthen the resort season of the hotel.

Decades went by with no formal action. In 1920, the Michigan state highway commissioner advocated construction of a floating tunnel across the Straits. At the invitation of the state legislature, C. E. Fowler of New York City put forth a plan for a long series of causeways and bridges across the straits from Cheboygan, 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Mackinaw City, to St. Ignace, using Bois Blanc, Round, and Mackinac islands as intermediate steps.

Formal planning

In 1923, the state legislature ordered the State Highway Department to establish ferry service across the strait. More and more people used ferries to cross the straits each year, and as they did, the movement to build a bridge increased. Chase Osborn, a former governor, wrote,

"Michigan is unifying itself, and a magnificent new route through Michigan to Lake Superior and the Northwest United States is developing, via the Straits of Mackinac. It cannot continue to grow as it ought with clumsy and inadequate ferries for any portion of the year."

By 1928, the ferry service had become so popular and so expensive to operate that Michigan Governor Fred W. Green ordered the department to study the feasibility of building a bridge across the strait. The department deemed the idea feasible, estimating the cost at $30 million (equivalent to $2.11 billion in 2016).

In 1934, the Michigan Legislature created the Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority to explore possible methods of constructing and funding the proposed bridge. The Legislature authorized the Authority to seek financing for the project. In the mid-1930s, during the Great Depression, when numerous infrastructure projects received federal aid, the Authority twice attempted to obtain federal funds for the project but was unsuccessful. The United States Army Corps of Engineers and President Franklin D. Roosevelt endorsed the project but Congress never appropriated funds. Between 1936 and 1940, the Authority selected a route for the bridge based on preliminary studies. Borings were made for a detailed geological study of the route.

The preliminary plans for the bridge featured a 3-lane roadway, a railroad crossing on the underdeck of the span, and a center-anchorage double-suspension bridge configuration similar to the design of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. Because this would have required sinking an anchorage pier in the deepest area of the Straits, the practicality of this design may have been questionable.[citation needed] A concrete causeway, approximately 4,000 feet (1,219 m), extending from the northern shore, was constructed in shallow water from 1939 to 1941. However, a unique engineering challenge was created by the tremendous forces that operate against the base of the bridge, because the lakes freeze during the winter, causing large icebergs to place enormous stress on the bridge.

At that time, with funding for the project still uncertain, further work was put on hold because of the outbreak of World War II. The Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority was abolished by the state legislature in 1947, but the same body created a new Mackinac Bridge Authority three years later in 1950. In June 1950, engineers were retained for the project. By then, it was reported that cars queuing for the ferry at Mackinaw City did not reach St. Ignace until five hours later, and the typical capacity of 460 vehicles per hour could not match the estimated 1600 for a bridge.

After a report by the engineers in January 1951,[14] the state legislature authorized the sale of $85 million (equivalent to $2.08 billion in 2016) in bonds for bridge construction on April 30, 1952. However, a weak bond market in 1953 forced a delay of more than a year before the bonds could be issued.

Engineering and construction

David B. Steinman was appointed as the design engineer in January 1953 and by the end of 1953, estimates and contracts had been negotiated. A Civil Engineer at the firm, Abul Hasnat, did the preliminary plans for the bridge. Total cost estimate at that time was $95 million (equivalent to $2.23 billion in 2016[12]) with estimated completion by November 1, 1956. Tolls collected were to pay for the bridge in 20 years.[15] Construction began on May 7, 1954. The American Bridge Division of United States Steel Corporation was awarded a contract of more than $44 million (equivalent to $1.05 billion in 2016[12]) to build the steel superstructure.

Construction, staged using the 1939–41 causeway, took three and a half years (four summers, no winter construction) at a total cost of $100 million and the lives of five workers. Contrary to popular belief, none of them are entombed in the Bridge.  It opened to traffic on schedule on November 1, 1957, and the ferry service was discontinued on the same day. The Bridge was formally dedicated on June 25, 1958.

G. Mennen Williams was governor during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge. He began the tradition of the governor leading the Mackinac Bridge Walk across it every Labor Day.  U.S. Senator Prentiss M. Brown has been called the "father of the Mackinac Bridge,"  and was honored with a special memorial bridge token created by the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

The bridge officially achieved its 100 millionth crossing exactly forty years after its dedication, on June 25, 1998.   The 50th anniversary of the bridge's opening was celebrated on November 1, 2007 in a ceremony hosted by the Mackinac Bridge Authority at the viewing park adjacent to the St. Ignace causeway.

History of the bridge design

The design of the Mackinac Bridge was directly influenced by the lessons from the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which failed in 1940 because of its instability in high winds. Three years after that disaster, Steinman had published a theoretical analysis of suspension-bridge stability problems, which recommended that future bridge designs include deep stiffening trusses to support the bridge deck and an open-grid roadway to reduce its wind resistance. Both of these features were incorporated into the design of the Mackinac Bridge. The stiffening truss is open to reduce wind resistance. The road deck is shaped as an airfoil to provide lift in a cross wind, and the center two lanes are open grid to allow vertical (upward) air flow, which fairly precisely cancels the lift, making the roadway stable in design in winds of up to 150 miles per hour (240 km/h)

This area can also be a great spot to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

Facts & Figures

The Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.  The bridge opened to traffic on November 1, 1957.  The following facts and figures are quoted from David Steinman’s book “Miracle Bridge at Mackinac”.


Total Length of Bridge (5 Miles)          26,372 Ft   8,038 Meters
Total Length of Steel Superstructure          19,243 Ft.   5,865 Meters
Length of Suspension Bridge (including Anchorages)     8,614 Ft.   
Total Length of North Approach         7,129 Ft.   2,173 Meters
Length of Main Span (between Main Towers)        3,800 Ft.   1,158 Meters


Height of Main Towers above Water          552 Ft   168.25 Meters
Maximum Depth to Rock at Midspan         Unknown   Unknown
Maximum Depth of Water at Midspan        295 Ft.   90 Meters
Maximum Depth of Tower Piers below Water    210 Ft.   64 Meters
Height of Roadway above Water at Midspan     199 Ft.   61 Meters
Underclearance at Midspan for Ships        155 Ft.   47 Meters
Maximum Depth of Water at Piers           142 Ft.   43 Meters
Maximum Depth of Piers Sunk through Overburden          105 Ft.   32 Meters


Total Length of Wire in Main Cables           42,000 Miles   67,592 km
Maximum Tension in Each Cable        16,000 Tons   14,515,995 kg
Number of Wires in Each Cable       12,580   
Weight of Cables         11,840 Tons   10,741,067 kg
Diameter of Main Cables           24 1/2 Inches   62.23 cm
Diameter of Each Wire        0.196 Inches   .498 cm


Total Weight of Bridge          1,024,500 Tons   929,410,766 kg
Total Weight of Concrete     931,000 Tons   844,589 kg
Total Weight of Substructure       919,100 Tons   326,931,237 kg
Total Weight of Two Anchorages       360,380 Tons   326,931,237 kg
Total Weight of Two Main Piers          318,000 Tons   288,484,747 kg
Total Weight of Superstructure     104,400 Tons   94,710,087 kg
Total Weight of Structural Steel          71,300 Tons   64,682,272 kg
Weight of Steel in Each Main Tower          6,500 Tons   5,896,701 kg
Total Weight of Cable Wire        11,840 Tons   10,741,067 kg
Total Weight of Concrete Roadway         6,660 Tons   6,041,850 kg
Total Weight of Reinforcing Steel        3,700 Tons   3,356,584 kg


Total Number of Steel Rivets      4,851,700
Total Number of Steel Bolts       1,016,600


Total Number of Engineering Drawings      4,000
Total Number of Blueprints      85,000


Total, at the Bridge Site       3,500
At Quarries, Shops, Mills, etc.     7,500
Total Number of Engineers      350


Mackinac Bridge Authority Appointed        June, 1950
Board of Three Engineers Retained          June, 1950
Report of Board of Engineers      January, 1951
Financing and Construction Authorized by Legislature       April 30, 1952
D.B. Steinman Selected as Engineer           January, 1953
Preliminary Plans and Estimates Completed      March, 1953
Construction Contracts Negotiated    March, 1953
Bids Received for Sale of Bonds       December 17, 1953
Began Construction           May 7, 1954
Open to traffic       November 1, 1957
Formal dedication        June 25-28, 1958
50 millionth crossing           September 25, 1984
40th Anniversary Celebration     November 1, 1997
100 millionth crossing        June 25, 1998

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From East Tawas, I continued north on Hwy 23 following the Lake Huron shoreline.  A beautiful ride with the incredible blue waters.  I was riding along in the zone when I saw a sign out by the road that said Althaver on it.  Not a very common surname, I was quite surprised to see this name.  I went to school from pre-school to graduating high school with a lovely girl with the same surname.  She was my partner during Homecoming week, where a male student and female student are crowned King and Queen from students voting.

I photographed the sign and posted the pic on FB asking the girl I attended school with if she knew who these people were.  She said yes, that's is my parents  :imaposer:.  Small world.  When her parents saw on FB that I was in the area, they commented to feel free to stop in the next time I'm in the area.  Man, I probably missed out on some amazing cookies.

I rode for awhile heading north, when I noticed the water turning a lovely shade of blue, so I stopped and took some time admiring this incredibly beautiful high quality H2O. 

I decided to turn in land on Hwy 72 as I used to visit a cabin west of my position for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and snowmobiling.  But as you can see the road is straight as an arrow for miles and miles, so I quickly turned north in a search for sand or gravel.

I saw Lost Lake Woods on my map and thought to myself sounds like a nice place to ride and check out.  Unfortunately upon arrival I quickly determined LLW is a private club.

Same story with Canada Creek Ranch.  Saw the place on my map, so I went to scope it out.  I turned onto the entrance road which was quite sandy.  I was having a ball until a few miles later I came to this sign and not much further a gate and booth without anyone manning the booth.  It appeared to be a hunting club.  I decided not to chance my encounter, so I turned around and rode back to the main road.

I rode north and found a small village named Ossineke.  For a small village it had some cool antique looking buildings like this one here with Paul Bunyan at the top.

For those of you not familiar with the myth, Paul Bunyan was a logger, a giant of a man with his blue oxen named Babe.  Several cities around Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, and Wisconsin claim to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan!  Ossineke, Michigan is one of these cities!

Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack in American folklore.  His exploits revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors,  and he is customarily accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox. The character originated in the oral tradition of North American loggers, and was later popularized by freelance writer William B. Laughead (1882–1958) in a 1916 promotional pamphlet for the Red River Lumber Company.  He has been the subject of various literary compositions, musical pieces, commercial works, and theatrical productions.  His likeness is displayed in several statues across North America


There are many hypotheses about the etymology of the name Paul Bunyan. Much of the commentary focuses on a Franco-Canadian origin for the name. Phonetically Bunyan is similar to the Québécois expression "bon yenne!" expressing surprise or astonishment. The English surname Bunyan is derived from the same root as bunion in the Old French bugne, referring to a large lump or swelling. Several researchers have attempted to trace Paul Bunyan to the character of Bon Jean of French Canadian folklore.

In all of these tales, Paul Bunyan is made out to be of incredible size and strength and his lumberjack skills unrivaled.

Here's a statue in Bangor, Maine.

Or a restaurant in Wisconsin.

What a large man, it is said he could fell an acre of trees per hour.

There are statues of Paul Bunyan all across our land in the lumber producing states.  Although I have not yet traveled to California or the Pacific Northwest, I've read there are statues in those states as well.

Kids in northern lumber states all love Mr. Paul Bunyan.  Just look at how he could handle enormous pine trees.

Rode through a little town called Posen.  Apparently this is where a potato festival is held annually.  We Americans love our potatoes.

And our Blue Gill as can be eaten at an annual festival in St. Helen annually.

Blue Gills fresh out of ice cold water

Pan fried to perfection with some fresh veggies makes me happier than a pig in shit.

I rode through a small town called Lewiston, which brought back memories of one of the coldest nights of my life.  As a group we would leave the cabin in Lovells, MI and snowmobile over to Lewiston, MI to eat at an incredible buffet called Charboneaux's.  They had an array of delicious foods including fish, crab legs, lobster, prime rib, etc.  While eating and drinking for a couple of hours one evening, a cold front was heading in an easterly direction across Lake Michigan to our west.  Unbeknownst to us, the temperature dropped to around -35F or -37C.  Although the ride wasn't incredibly far, about 20 miles by trail, it was unbearable.  I'll never forget the ride, it is permanently burned into my brain.  Luckily, cold weather clothing has come along ways since then.

I then headed towards the Mackinaw Bridge, so I could enter the Upper Peninsula and begin searching for a reasonable priced place to camp.  I found a nice privately owned campground on the shores of Lake Huron for $12 a night.  After setting up camp, I rode back south to St. Ignace, Michigan near the Mackinaw Bridge to acquire a few beers.  While there, I decided to go photograph the bridge.

Zoomed in to give you an idea on the size of this man made structure.  Notice how small the semi-trucks pulling 80 foot trailers look traversing the bridge.

A Jet boat (impeller) shoots a rooster tail under the bridge en route to ferry passengers to Mackinaw Island.

A photograph of the bay near the bridge near dusk.

Five men died during the construction of the bridge back in the 1950's.

A statue of an iron worker from the era.

Here is a link to a historical construction album:  http://www.mackinacbridge.org/history/historical-construction-album/

The Mackinac Bridge (/ˈmækɪnɔː/ MAK-in-aw) is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot (4.995 mi; 8.038 km) bridge (familiarly known as "Big Mac" and "Mighty Mac")  is the world's 19th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.  The Mackinac Bridge is part of Interstate 75 and the Lakes Michigan and Huron components of the Great Lakes Circle Tours across the straits; it is also a segment of the U.S. North Country National Scenic Trail. The bridge connects the city of St. Ignace on the north end with the village of Mackinaw City on the south.

Envisioned since the 1880s, the bridge was designed by the engineer David B. Steinman and completed in 1957 only after many decades of struggles to begin construction.


The bridge opened on November 1, 1957,  connecting two peninsulas linked for decades by ferries. A year later, the bridge was formally dedicated as the "world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages", allowing a superlative comparison to the Golden Gate Bridge, which had a longer center span between towers, and the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which had an anchorage in the middle.

It remains the longest suspension bridge with two towers between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.   Much longer anchorage-to-anchorage spans have been built in the Eastern Hemisphere, including the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan (12,826 ft or 3,909 m). But the long leadups to the anchorages on the Mackinac make its total shoreline-to-shoreline length of 5 miles (8 km) longer than the Akashi-Kaikyo (2.4 mi or 3.9 km).

The length of the bridge's main span is 3,800 feet (1,158 m), which makes it the third-longest suspension span in the United States and 19th longest suspension span worldwide. It is also one of the world's longest bridges overall.

Early History

The Algonquian peoples who lived in the straits area prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century called this region Michilimackinac, which is widely understood to mean the Great Turtle. This is thought to refer to the shape of what is now called Mackinac Island. This interpretation of the word is debated by scholars. Trading posts at the Straits of Mackinac attracted peak populations during th
e summer trading season; they also developed as intertribal meeting places.

As exploitation of the state's mineral and timber resources increased during the 19th century, the area became an important transport hub. In 1881 the three railroads that reached the Straits, the Michigan Central, Grand Rapids & Indiana, and the Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette, jointly established the Mackinac Transportation Company to operate a railroad car ferry service across the straits and connect the two peninsulas.

Improved highways along the eastern shores of the Lower Peninsula brought increased automobile traffic to the Straits region starting in the 1910s. The state of Michigan initiated an automobile ferry service between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace in 1923; it eventually operated nine ferry boats that would carry as many as 9,000 vehicles per day. Traffic backups could stretch as long as 16 miles (26 km).

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Sunday morning has come.  I awoke at the crack of dawn, excited to mount the new Austrian horse and fly fly away.  Destination for the day = somewhere in the Leelanau Peninsula. 

It is a nice crisp cool morning, at around 15C, with the sun shining, perfect for a morning ride.  Forecast for the next couple of days has sunny skies and high temps of 26-29C.  Couldn't ask for better weather.

The plan is to go away for 2-3 days, then come back south to home so I can have the 1000 kilometer service performed at the stealership, excuse me, dealership  ;)

I leave Concord and set out for Ionia, Michigan for breakfast.  On the way, I see a few deer grazing in the wheat and bean fields.  Enjoying the bike, especially the increased suspension travel over the HD I traded.  On the following route, Ionia is the spot just before Saranac.

I decide on fast food, so I enter the local McDonald's, many of us say Mickey D's (deez).  On my approach to the counter to place my order, I see a young early twenties lovely lass sweeping the floor over by the beverage center.  We make eye contact, so I give her a nice little wink to say good morning.  After my order is placed, I walk over to the beverage center to fill up.  The young lass is awaiting my arrival, smiling from ear to ear, waiting for me with a cup, lid, and straw.  Amazing what a nice little wink will get ya sometimes.  >:D

When things like this happen to me, it gives me hope for our future generation.  Once my meal is ready, I go over and find a seat.  Wouldn't you know it, the young lass starts sweeping the floor near my table.  We talk for quite a few minutes, she's a real sweetheart and she claims she loves motorcycles.  Unfortunately, I did not get a photograph, but I should have.  I had to go and get on the road. 

First stop after breakfast, is Saranac.  My local school is doing a summer challenge.  The goal is to visit all of Michigan's 5?? municipalities.  I noticed that some of these cities are on my route north, so I stop for a photograph of the bike in front of a Saranac landmark.

Then on to Belding to scratch another city off our summer challenge list.  Loving the new bike but being careful not to rev her past 5,000 rpm during run-in.

Also in Belding, I stop to get a pic of a couple of bridges running across the river that flows through town.

Upon exiting town, here is the same river.  Notice how you can see the bottom through all that clear water.  Several people floating down river on inflatables with the mandatory alcohol!

From Belding, I'm heading due north towards Canadian Lakes, Michigan when I spot this beautiful horse grazing in the field with her foal, but the foal is not moving and lying down.  I'm thinking oh no, I hope the foal has not passed.

A few taps of the KTM's very underwhelming horn, the foal is up on it's legs and walking towards the mare.  I take a nice deep breath with the relief in knowing the foal is okay.  Look at the young foal, it is all legs!

A few miles north and I arrive at the south side of Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  As you can see on the map it is a series of inland lakes.  A very scenic area of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan with two amazing golf courses.

Here's a pic of the first lake I came to on the south side.

A few miles east and I stop for a pic in front of the obligatory landmark for the summer challenge.

After Canadian Lakes, I continue heading due north when I ride past a nice VFW post (Veterans of Foreign Wars), with a nice helicopter display on an elevated platform.  Had to get a pic of the Katoom with the copter.

Then I notice the pilot and co-pilot at the controls of the helicopter.  I cannot for the life of me understand why they would want to sit up there all day like this in the hot weather  :dontknow:

From the VFW post, I continue due north until I reach the town of Evart, Michigan.  I notice what appears to be an old schoolhouse that has been renovated and transformed into a small municipal center.

From Evart, I head north northwest towards Le Roy, Michigan.  I know of a nice small pub there with excellent food, cold beer, all at excellent prices.  It had been about 3 hours since breakfast and starting to get warm.  I was famished and needed a couple of cold beers to stop the shakes.  On the way to the pub, I see an old shop.  I'm a sucker for old automotive repair shops because that was the family business when I was growing up.  Had to get a pic of the Katoom in front of this old relic.

After getting my belly full of protein and wet yeast, barley, and hops, I continued east through Luther, Michigan on some gravel, sand, and curvy tar.  I was a little charged up from the beer so I looked for a date in Scottsville. 

Don't knock it til you try it  :ricky:  Going by the senior center brought back memories of one of the funniest stories a friend had told me years ago.  He was cutting an elderly woman's yard.  Once he completed the yard, the elderly woman invited him in the house.  They began discussing how much money she would have to pay for the grass cutting.  He threw out a number and she explained that she couldn't afford that much money, would there be another way to pay.  He asked her what she had in mind.  She was sitting at her table in the kitchen.  She told him to come closer, he obliged.  She told him she'd figured out how she was going to repay him. 

As she reached for his zipper with one hand, he said she removed her dentures with the other hand, and went to town on his wiener.  He claimed it was the best blow job he'd ever received cause there were no teeth in the way  :imaposer:  I told him he was crazy, he replied, "don't knock it til you try it"  :imaposer:

Another obligatory pic for the summer challenge at the Fountain, Michigan fire department. 

After Fountain, the sun was starting to go down.  I needed cash and a place to rest my head for the night, so I decided that somewhere near Manistee, Michigan would be my final destination for the day.  Upon entering the port city, I noticed a fairly large vessel in the distance docked, so stopped for a pic.

I found an ATM, replenished cash, and went to retrieve a couple of beers from the party store (convenience store).  Bagged and iced the two beers, bought some biltong, and went to sit at a beach on Lake Michigan for a few minutes.  One of those life is good moments.  Thinking life would not be worth living if I ever didn't have a motorcycle in my life.

Sat on this bench with a cold beer in hand, basking in the late evening sun.

Then, I decided I'd better get my ass moving and find a place to setup my tent.  I stopped by a government campground on Lake Michigan, price was $32 usd just to set up a tent  :eek7: :xxbah:.  I'm much to cheep for that.  No, I would not have a hot shower the next morning, but I'd be $32 dollars richer by bush camping.  So, I continued north a few miles until I saw my chance.  I saw a natural gas pipeline route, so I followed it for a few miles inland and found a perfect spot to setup my tent for free  :biggrin:  I had to leave my helmet on while setting up the tent, the mozzies were so thick, they tried to lift me and fly away.  One more beer, a long pee, and it was time for bed.  What a nice first day on my new steed.  Rode around 426 kilometers for the day.

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Very aptly named and handsome dog. I'm so sorry for your loss...

Thank you kindly, Miss Ri.

Writing the post about trading my HD for the KTM, brought back memories of losing my cub bear.  I don't care if they grow up, It takes no time to remember them as a baby.

I've been reminiscing of my babies the last day or two.  Adopting dogs and cats and have them live a life without a care in the world is what I love to do.  Animals are one of life's greatest gifts.

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The next morning, I awoke early in Kerrville, though not as early as the previous morning.  I was fatigued after the long day in the saddle.  I didn't get on the road heading back to the DFW area until around 10am.

I rode for a couple of hours before stopping for some breakfast.  A colleague of mine had recommended a road side stop as he knew the owners well.  I stopped, only to find out breakfast was not served.  It was a gorgeous sunny day, already very warm.  I ordered a sandwich, bowl of soup, and a beer.  Total = 17 dollars  :eek7:.  This road side stop was turning into a highway robbery.  :patch: :xxbah:  Anyway, I sat down at an outside table and enjoyed the admitted great tasting (it had better taste good) lunch, basking in the warm Texas sun. 

I arrived back in the DFW area late afternoon, ready for a nap.

Over the next couple of days, Chef Brian, myself, and his lovely daughter hung out, went to dinner, made dinner, lounged by the pool.  Just relaxed.

Here's Chef Brian, one of my true good friends, with his beautiful daughter, Alexis, and his handsome son, Drew.

Alexis is one of those tiny little Texas sweethearts.  Probably 100 pounds, cute as can be, and a wonderful friendly personality.  Some guy will be very lucky to have her as his bride.

And she knows how to handle a gun as well.  Isn't she cool?  :biggrin:

We eventually made our way to downtown Dallas, Texas.

Attended opening day at the Texas State Fair, where we visited Big Tex.  From wiki:  The State Fair of Texas is an annual state fair held in Dallas at historic Fair Park. The fair has taken place every year since 1886 except for varying periods during World War I and World War II.   While the State Fair of Texas considers quantifying its official attendance figures "too much of a hassle", it is still consistently recognized as one of the most highly attended and best state fairs in America as well as Dallas's signature event. 

Big Tex is a 55-foot (16 m) tall statue and marketing icon of the annual State Fair of Texas held at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.  The Dickie shirt features a 14-foot collar, 23 foot sleeves and weighs 130 pounds (59 kg). The shirt is made from 150 yards (140 m) of awning material. The new Dickie jeans features a 27-foot waist, 22 foot inseam and weighs 100 pounds (45 kg). The jeans are made from 100 yards (91 m) of denim material.

You can't go to the Texas State Fair without eating a heart attack on a stick, aka a Corn Dog.  A grilled hot dog, then dipped in corn flavored batter, then deep fried. 

Here are some pics to give you an idea on what a corn dog looks like.   :peepwall:

This sweet little angel obviously likes to take her corn dog deep before biting a piece off.

Presidential candidate Michele Bachman enjoys just a little tip before biting.

But, like a well trained woman, she chews and swallows with her mouth closed.

This little angel appears to be enjoying her corn dog.   :drif:

This sweet little Asian princess appears to like her corn dogs in the foot-long variety.

I enjoy a corn dog with a little ketchup and mustard like this lovely woman.

This little angel likes a vegan corn dog.

This poor girl is finding out the 'hard' way that sometimes a corn dog can be to big for her mouth.

Have I explained to you Wild Dog's that I am a very sick and twisted individual?  There is no cure for what ails me.  I can't help it boets, I find a woman eating a corn dog or hot dog very sexy.

Does anyone agree?

This sweetie pie likes a hot dog on a bun about 1 foot long.

Here's some daddy's sweet little Texas angel demonstrating the proper method to eat on a corn dog in a size I can relate to and used to carrying around.   :peepwall:

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Thanks everyone for your kind words.  This forum is filled with amazing, creative, intelligent people.  Your country is lucky to have you all as citizens.

I will post more soon.
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Fellow Wild Dogs.  I've been asked by a few here on the forum to write a RR to give an idea on what type of riding I do and the environment in which I do it.

I will do my best to convey and portray my latest motorcycle trip from my home in south central Michigan to the northern lower peninsula and on up to the upper peninsula and all around what we call God's Country or some call Copper Country.

So, here's hoping I do a good job of showing you many interesting places in my beautiful state.  Please join me and please enjoy.  Please feel free to discuss or ask questions about anything I say or pics you see.

Here are a few sample pics of what you will see in this report.

You may laugh at the types of food I enjoy.

You may see an inland lake you will swear is a sea.  It will be difficult to determine where the Heavens stop and the Earth begins.

I'll take you by some old farms with some old tractors still running strong.

We will stop by what I felt was a beautiful rolling wheat field for some fresh air.

We will stop by a mountain spring for some crystal clear great tasting ice cold water.

We won't be in such a hurry that we will not have time to stop and smell some pretty flowers.

I will introduce you to a famous and beloved Bishop.  So loved he had a city named after him.

We will visit an old Air Force Base that time has forgotten, though old relics like this are still on display.

You will read how I began the trip on this bike.  And when tragedy struck, had to finish......

the trip on this bike.

I will take you to Black Bear country!

You will see some interesting bridges.

You will see some enormous minerals.  Kudos to you if you can identify the following mineral.

You may see some machinery you may or may not have ever seen before.

We will stop by some beautiful bays filled with beautiful............umm.......................................sand :laughing7:

I'll take you to a pond filled with water so clear, you will call me a liar when I tell you how far the logs are below the surface.

A pond so clear you can count every Trout.

Will you join me? 

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The Museum Collections / Re: Redneck Motorcycle Collection
« on: November 11, 2017, 11:31:31 am »
Can you post a pic of the chain setup please?

I wish, Katana.  Most likely my camera had a low battery at this time, so I reduced to 1 pic per bike. 

I'm assuming though it's like a dual row timing chain and sprocket.  2 sprockets siamesed and a chain 3 links riveted together to form 2 rows.

Someone please clarify if I'm wrong.
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: SHOW US PICS OF YOUR PETS - Poll added
« on: November 11, 2017, 10:37:14 am »
 :laughing4:  Nice kitties
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The Museum Collections / Re: Redneck Motorcycle Collection
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:34:43 am »
That Hurricane is a beaut, more so with those three trumpets.

It would be more believable if Italian designed....that's an amazingly good looking bike :drif:

Wiki: The Triumph X-75 Hurricane was conceived by Vetter in 1969 as a BSA using the inclined cylinders and crankcases of the BSA Rocket 3. By the time it went into production in 1972, the BSA marque was being wound down and the bike was rebranded as a Triumph. The Hurricane has been credited with launching the cruiser category of motorcycles, factory-customized instead of customized by the consumer.

 In 1998, Vetter’s design for the British Triumph Hurricane was selected to be in the Guggenheim Museum's The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit which toured the world, and has since become a cult icon and much-valued collectors' item among owners' groups.

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The Museum Collections / Re: Redneck Motorcycle Collection
« on: November 03, 2017, 01:52:43 pm »
This must be the biggest or one of the biggest in the world.
Really enjoying your input.

I'm not sure if Barber is the largest or not.

Thanks, keep enjoying the thread.  Hundreds more bikes to list.
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