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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #180 on: December 08, 2017, 05:41:31 pm »
shenanigans.

long word for sex you have in Michigan!! :lol8: ;)

One of those words that has several meanings  :lol8:
 

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #181 on: December 08, 2017, 05:49:20 pm »
Realy enjoing this report , please carry on.It is so nice to read of what other ADV bikers get up to and that take the time to post.Just got my workshop killer , One mean hound , Animals will always know you with no judging and that's what i love about them.Rock on budd

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #182 on: December 08, 2017, 06:47:26 pm »
Gooi..  :imaposer:

Sorry, I got nothing  :laughing4:

Gooi = ? in english

Literally, pitch or throw.

In context, he gave you his permission to proceed with the report  :lol8:
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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #183 on: December 09, 2017, 03:21:03 am »
Gooi..  :imaposer:

Sorry, I got nothing  :laughing4:

Gooi = ? in english

Literally, pitch or throw.

In context, he gave you his permission to proceed with the report  :lol8:

Ahh, thanks  :thumleft:
 

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #184 on: December 09, 2017, 05:47:13 am »
Gooi..  :imaposer:

Sorry, I got nothing  :laughing4:

Gooi = ? in english

Literally, pitch or throw.

In context, he gave you his permission to proceed with the report  :lol8:

Ahh, thanks  :thumleft:
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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #185 on: December 09, 2017, 06:29:50 am »
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Except yesterday.
Yesterday was THAT ONE DAY....
50mm of rain yesterday - light rain solidly for 18 hours....
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That's great news is it not?  Haven't you all been dealing with drought, or is the drought only in a portion of your beautiful country?

The drought is mainly the southern and central regions not up north where we are.  8)
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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #186 on: December 09, 2017, 11:25:16 am »
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?
 

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #187 on: December 09, 2017, 11:37:09 am »
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?
The wheat,barley,oats and canola crops in the coastal regions were not good at all BO.
However it is the sheep farmers in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cap that suffers most.
Further more there is a irrigation dam near the twon of Clanwilliam that only has about 38% water in at the moment and the summer lies ahead. Dayly temps from now on is 40+ until end Feb.
This dam gives a lot of towns water and all the farms for a distance of about 150 kms along the banks of the Eliphants river. Chech it out with google earth. All the green you see will be either vineyards, potatoes, beans,tomatoes of veggies. A dear friend of mine farms in that area. They allowcated him just enough water for his 8 hectares of grapes and two hectares of seed beans. In a normal year he would have had 18 ha of beans and ten ha of tomatoes and last of the season 5 ha of squash.
None of that this year. Lots of farm workers and casual laborers been layed off. :(
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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #188 on: December 09, 2017, 12:24:22 pm »
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?

Never mind the crops, the cities will run DRY by March.  :'(
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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #189 on: December 09, 2017, 05:04:56 pm »
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?
The wheat,barley,oats and canola crops in the coastal regions were not good at all BO.
However it is the sheep farmers in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cap that suffers most.
Further more there is a irrigation dam near the twon of Clanwilliam that only has about 38% water in at the moment and the summer lies ahead. Dayly temps from now on is 40+ until end Feb.
This dam gives a lot of towns water and all the farms for a distance of about 150 kms along the banks of the Eliphants river. Chech it out with google earth. All the green you see will be either vineyards, potatoes, beans,tomatoes of veggies. A dear friend of mine farms in that area. They allowcated him just enough water for his 8 hectares of grapes and two hectares of seed beans. In a normal year he would have had 18 ha of beans and ten ha of tomatoes and last of the season 5 ha of squash.
None of that this year. Lots of farm workers and casual laborers been layed off. :(

Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?

Never mind the crops, the cities will run DRY by March.  :'(

Sad man, sad  :'(
 

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #190 on: December 09, 2017, 06:56:25 pm »
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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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #191 on: December 09, 2017, 07:58:12 pm »
Now that is what I had been waiting for.
It is so clean and tidy there.
Beautiful area!
Keep it coming :thumleft:
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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #192 on: December 09, 2017, 09:35:33 pm »
exactly! litter free. beautiful. we are ravaged by litter and rubbish.

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #193 on: December 10, 2017, 08:03:05 am »
Thanks for the GOOI !  :laughing4:

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #194 on: December 10, 2017, 02:52:42 pm »
Now that is what I had been waiting for.
It is so clean and tidy there.
Beautiful area!
Keep it coming :thumleft:

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

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« Reply #195 on: December 10, 2017, 03:03:18 pm »
exactly! litter free. beautiful. we are ravaged by litter and rubbish.

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We have areas like that here too, in all honesty.  Though mostly in the metro areas in certain neighborhoods.

 

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« Reply #196 on: December 10, 2017, 03:08:09 pm »
Thanks for the GOOI !  :laughing4:

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #197 on: December 10, 2017, 03:27:05 pm »
Really super report BO appreciate time and effort taken mate

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« Reply #198 on: December 10, 2017, 03:33:51 pm »
Really super report BO appreciate time and effort taken mate

Thanks, Sir TornadoF5.  Much more riding and reporting to come on this trip.  Enjoy  :thumleft:
 

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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #199 on: December 10, 2017, 10:55:22 pm »
Now that is what I had been waiting for.
It is so clean and tidy there.
Beautiful area!
Keep it coming :thumleft:

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

Is your son still practicing Karate?  If so, how's he doing?
Yes and he got one silver and one bronze at his last tournament!
Very good discipline for the youngster.
You should have been here today, we went into the valley to a waterfall, plenty deep rivercrossings, mud, stones and a nearly 2m ledge where you had to ramp the front up and then we manhandled the rest up!
I need to start acting my age, I took my one and only 650 dakar and went with the plastics and youngsters!
Man am I tired! :ricky: :thumleft:
I posted a photo or two in the where has your bike taken you today thread of noneking
 
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