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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #280 on: August 31, 2019, 04:30:26 pm »
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #281 on: August 31, 2019, 04:33:20 pm »


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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #282 on: August 31, 2019, 04:38:19 pm »
Folks do not heed the warnings.....every year!  The sand is fine, stope steep, 3 steps up 2 back, 5 steps up 10 back.  Folks suffer cardiac arrest here often unfortunately.

My ex-wife was a Division 1 athlete at MSU, she claimed climbing the dune was torture!





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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #283 on: August 31, 2019, 04:42:02 pm »


Vacant farm




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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #284 on: August 31, 2019, 04:44:53 pm »
Glen Haven, Michigan



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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #285 on: August 31, 2019, 04:49:28 pm »
Glen Arbor, Michigan


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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #286 on: September 01, 2019, 12:49:46 am »
Wow very lekwa peektchas. My kind of country side.


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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #287 on: September 01, 2019, 02:30:39 am »
I decided to drive home, too congested to travel during this holiday weekend.

I just arrived home, was able to explore on 1 tank of deeezel.



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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #288 on: September 01, 2019, 06:09:37 am »
Iím just finishing up my trip to America flip man I canít believe how awesome this place is being a farm boy and not liking cityís at all I thought it would be hard but itís just like home in Texas now and I feel like I belong. Went to watch a rodeo tonight suck fun
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #289 on: September 01, 2019, 08:13:26 am »
BO thanks for these stunning pics. Having lived in Ohio for 6 months I can relate to how beautiful the States are. Love that lake side - had an almost heart attack thinking about that dune like side.

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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #290 on: September 01, 2019, 05:00:13 pm »
I only stumbled across this thread now   ???

Thanks for sharing, just love your writing style, sense of humor and your beautiful photos.

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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #291 on: September 01, 2019, 05:31:35 pm »
Does anyone still speak Dutch in Holland?

Sure they do, English the primary language, Holland and Grand Rapids Michigan is thee place for Dutch immigrants in this country.

I was joking in an earlier post regarding the Dutch, West Michigan is Dutch and one of the most thriving areas of my state and country.  the economy is booming, construction of new enormous factories, housing, apartment buildings, hotels, malls, you name it my state is on its way back economically and itís great to see. 

One huge problem:  not enough workers.  During my trip, I saw numerous billboards begging for workers with starting pay between $13-$18 per hour at factories.  Also the local unions have billboards telling how to begin an apprenticeship for electricians, carpenters, plumbers and pipe fitters, etc.,  all of which pay fat money with benefits, especially once one attains journeyman status.  Master tradesmen working these projects are likely getting paid a wage of $40 per hour (-/+ 5) plus retirement and medical, in other words, Iím guessing an $80-$100 hr wage and benefit package.  These guys will retire comfortably if theyíre wise with all the moola theyíre making. 
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #292 on: September 01, 2019, 05:43:18 pm »
Wow very lekwa peektchas. My kind of country side.


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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #293 on: September 01, 2019, 05:44:58 pm »
Doesnít the US have all those many workers coming from Latin America? Put them to task. Let them earn their stay and benefits. Make noble labourers out of them.
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #294 on: September 01, 2019, 06:31:21 pm »
Iím just finishing up my trip to America flip man I canít believe how awesome this place is being a farm boy and not liking cityís at all I thought it would be hard but itís just like home in Texas now and I feel like I belong. Went to watch a rodeo tonight suck fun

Is an amazing country, my friend, my issue, itís just too damn big.  Rodeos are cool, I cringe when those boys get knocked out cold!

Itís taken me 45 years to see 42/50 states and all but a few Canuck provinces.

Iím just too tired or getting to old to want to ride the enormous distances to get to the remaining states and provinces to reach my goal of riding all.

I desire to reach this goal soon and am contemplating a change in vehicles, perhaps buying a high top van, hauling a light enduro in the back with sleeping and cooking facilities I think would be ideal, however, high top vans use a high amount of fuel, are tip-over prone in high winds and off camber situations off road, and currently the only manufacturer offering a 4x4 full sized van here is MB and iirc, a 2-speed transfer case isnít optional.  I donít know about in your country, but in here, MB struggles with extreme high maintenance and poor resale value as a result.

Iím considering a minivan for fuel economy, always a dry place to sleep, can haul a light enduro on an aluminum hitch mounted carrier.  Downsides:  no off-road capability, only awd, not 4wd.  On days I donít want to ride, I want off-road capability to explore.

Why not buy a bed topper and sleep in my tur-ruck bed?  My turruck has more than enough power, but it is too cumbersome to travel tight trails and to get unstuck at nearly 8,000lbs loaded with a dirt bike and all gear.  I would have to spend money installing a mild lift, wheels, tires, etc.

Iím considering going with a midsized capable off road vehicle directly from the manufacturer:

1.  Jeep Wrangler 4 door Rubicon = one of the last true 4x4ís sold, meaning all 4 tires can be cocked locked and ready to rock, front sway bars can be electronically disconnected from inside the cab with a press of a button for increased wheel articulation. these vehicles are like mountain goats and the resale value is stupid high.  Has a 3 piece convertible top, removable doors, fold down windshield, lots of fun in the sun.  Have to unbolt the rear seat iirc, no fold flat feature.

2.  Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.  See above.  With a topper I could have dry sleep.

3.  Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road.  Only the rear diff can be locked making a 3wd vehicle.  Still very capable, but Toyota I stalled their 3.5L v6 car motor in it, I preferred the old robust 4L V6 truck engine.  Very high resale value.  Not the best dealer network in my country, dealers only in metro areas.

4.  Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO or OFF ROAD edition.  3wd here again, still very capable, especially with a mild lift, a front ARB locker.  Dry sleep with the rear seats folded.  High resale value.  Highly considering this vehicle, Iíve owned 3 of them in my life, while they were expensive to maintain once they got around 150k miles, they were so practical to own.  Love the old 4L V6.  Iím afraid Toyota is going to release a redesign next year with a complex hybridized drivetrain.  I donít want it, I want simple and easily repairable.

5.  Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison edition.  Front and rear axles are lockable, a true 4wd.  These trucks are ridiculously capable and reliable but they donít hold value as well as Toyota because of supply and demand.

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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #295 on: September 01, 2019, 06:38:47 pm »
BO thanks for these stunning pics. Having lived in Ohio for 6 months I can relate to how beautiful the States are. Love that lake side - had an almost heart attack thinking about that dune like side.

Keep it coming please....

What part of Ohio, we Michiganders divide Ohio into a quadrant?

Iím leaving September 10ish with a friend of mine, destination Cape May, New Jersey to attend his sons graduation from Coast Guard bootcamp where heís currently getting his ass kicked everyday wishing he was probably dead!

Anyway will be traveling through NE and SE Ohio at some point over n back if youíre in either and would like to meet for beers n food.
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #296 on: September 01, 2019, 07:13:50 pm »
Doesnít the US have all those many workers coming from Latin America? Put them to task. Let them earn their stay and benefits. Make noble labourers out of them.

Iíd prefer to answer and opine, please understand, I must be careful not to discuss topics involving race, religion or politics for quite a few months.
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #297 on: September 01, 2019, 08:43:04 pm »
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #298 on: September 01, 2019, 10:41:18 pm »
What part of Ohio, we Michiganders divide Ohio into a quadrant?

Iím leaving September 10ish with a friend of mine, destination Cape May, New Jersey to attend his sons graduation from Coast Guard bootcamp where heís currently getting his ass kicked everyday wishing he was probably dead!

Anyway will be traveling through NE and SE Ohio at some point over n back if youíre in either and would like to meet for beers n food.

Smack bang in the middle - Columbus. That was back in 1997! Held a J1 visa and left after 6 months. Still trying to get back but fear iím too old now.

Would love to meet you one day as I suspect we share a strangely weird sense of humour... for now youíll have to visit Cape Town and Iíll drive you to my dadís pub and get you snot faced on my bill...

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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #299 on: September 02, 2019, 05:22:33 am »
I love the lake and the warning!!  :lol8:

This is an amazingly beutiful state!!