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    One step ahead of calamity - BC roadtrip pictorial

    So we loaded up enough gear for two dudes, two dogs, and two bikes to survive two weeks or so.


    There wasn't much room leftover for the dogs so we had to squeeze them in wherever we could.


    After a quick stop in WA, we hauled up to Nelson. First ride in Canada, my bike made it 35 feet across the parking area at Mountain Station before my modified rebound cart exploded. Who would have thought that the JB weld wouldn't hold? Fortunately Boomtown Sports saved my ass by giving me a cartridge out of a brand new fork. Way above and beyond. We setup shop by the airstrip and tore down the fork. That's dustyrider cuttin' the salami.


    We still managed a ride that day too, just before dark.


    It took some getting used to to take pics under the trees. These are pretty cool for sloppy shots




    We tracked down some locals and did a big shuttle.




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    Then we packed it in and ran up too Kamloops. I snapped a few waiting for the ferry.


    We hit up Harpur and spent a day at Sun Peak.


    A sign of things to come.


    Blue was very alert and watched the road at all times so that we wouldn't get lost.


    Randall was not so responsible. After he fell asleep at the wheel we decided not to let him drive anymore.
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    part two

    We stopped in a mosquito infested swamp in the middle of nowhere for the night. We managed to remain civilized, however.


    We did some 'exploring' in Pemberton. There were even more mosquitos there.


    Ahhhh, Whistler.


    How many Transitions and/or MTBR members can you spot in this shot?


    What do ya suppose is in these things anyway?


    We opted to do a trail ride to avoid the crowds at Crankworx. But all these folks came out to swoon over our celebrity trail-host so the plan kinda backfired.






    It's on!


    The natives were restless. Where's Waldo?


    Spartans never surrender.


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    The dog-shots are hillarious!

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    i wish my subi was as b!tchin as yours

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    awesome...the dogs remind me of my two on roadtrips. i love the one of his head on the steering wheel
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    part three

    These pretty much speak for themselves.




    After our second day on the mountain, dustyrider and I noticed that we had both broken our Prestons in the same place, at the same time. Bizarre. Fortunately a quick hop to Transitions' world headquarters netted us new mainframes. TBC occupies a large closet in netheregions of this warehouse.


    With some help from them boys we got built up and hightailed it back over the border. After loading up on PBR of course. Two broken bikes only cost us one day of riding. Thanks Kevin, Kyle(s), Cam and Mike.

    We were back on the mountain the next day with some old friends.




    I'll have my 3000 foot descent tight and twisty, thank you very much.
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    part four

    The Subaru hardtail conversion. We broke a strut hunting campsites in Squamish. The jackass at the junkyard wanted to sell me a used one for $150. (retail new is about $70) Unwilling to bend over quite that far, we bought some scrap pine and a hose clamp at the Homedepot and we were on our way. Ran it 150 miles like this, until a friend of David's tossed us a spare.


    We rode damn near every trail in Gailbraith. I don't think this species is native to the area.


    Got some Glacier runs in too. Here's some local dirtbag.


    We spent one last night in Bellingham to party down. I wrecked my bike one last time on the way home from the bar. Then we said goodby to the PNW and pointed it towards Colorado.

    Unfortunately, my engine blew a head and seized 20 miles south of Boise. So we rented this huge U-haul to tow the Subie home. At least the bikes had plenty of room.


    As for the rest of us, we had to squeeze into the cab for the last 750 miles of the trip.


    Anywho, we made it. All in all one kick-ass roadtrip, even if fate did keep us on our toes.


    Now if you'll excuse me I have a beer-drinking convention to attend in Steamboat.

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    Nice, dude!! Thanks for sharing. Agreed, the dog stuff is great Sounds like an awesome trip ,eh!!

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    Man that was a sweet road trip you had!
    thanks for sharing!

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    singletrack

    You are pretty hard on the things with wheels aren't you?
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    Great write up and photos. Your bikes, dogs, and Subie are badass. Dig the Subie hardtail conversion, very creative. Makes me want to take a road trip really badly.

    Lucked out with the Transistion folks being local to you at the time too. Two identical failures on the same trip on the same model bike. I wonder what the odds are.

    Thanks again for sharing.
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    What a great trip. I still really, really need to do the BC road trip..... The steep rollers and chutes I think I can manage, but I gotta admit... those gap jumps and log skinnies kinda scare me.
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    Way to stick it out through all of the calamity! What did the guys at Transition bikes say when you brought two of their frames in broken at the same spot?
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    i know its f'ed up but the first thing i thought when i saw the first pics of the car was what a pos .... then i saw the rest of the pics and got more of an appreciation for it especially after seeing the colorado plates .... then i saw the uhaul pic and just started laughing .... you ever get pulled over for no rear bumper?

    great road trip im gonna try and do canada next year .... need to get out to colorado sometime too
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    What do ya suppose is in these things anyway?
    I was told by a friend of mine that those are where they store the gates & fencing for ski racing.

    I'm glad my road trips aren't as eventful as yours.

    Thanks for posting the trip report!

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    Good stuff J, see ya soon.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Which dog ate the scorpion?

    Looks like a most excellent time was had!
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    Dustyrider and Singletrack,

    Sweet post fellas.

    Awesome riding with you guys......I knew when you pulled the flask of Jameson's and beer out on the gondola, we'd get along JUST fine. Of course, I also recall that was the run where you ragdolled down that rockface up top!

    Cool that the thing with Transition worked out and you guys were back on your bikes in no time. I've got some pics of you bastids and the others I'll post in a couple of days. In the meantime, check out the "Whafe heads to Whistler" thread in the DH forum.

    BTW, in that one shot, I spot 3 mtbr members (me, Armando, and Slayer_rulz) and 3 current Transitions and a blindside prototype (Kyle's bike on ground). In the back are at least 2 other Transitions and mtbr memebers though.

    Next time down to GJ/Fruita, we'll have to hook up fo sho.

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    Awesome awesome post, great to meet you guys. Great reading... Sweet as...........
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    Excellent pics and report Singletrack! Bummer to see the Prestons cracked up like that. Good thing you were so close to the mothership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Sweet post fellas.

    Awesome riding with you guys......I knew when you pulled the flask of Jameson's and beer out on the gondola, we'd get along JUST fine. Of course, I also recall that was the run where you ragdolled down that rockface up top!

    BTW, in that one shot, I spot 3 mtbr members (me, Armando, and Slayer_rulz) and 3 current Transitions and a blindside prototype (Kyle's bike on ground). In the back are at least 2 other Transitions and mtbr memebers though.
    Sweet post indeed.

    Hey guys, nice to meet and ride w/ you. I'm putting my helmet on in that top-o-gondola mtbr/Transition shot!

    J, thanks for the Jameson and cheap ass beer on the Garbo lift....and Whistler thanks you for the soil testing down after lower a-Line on Hornet. I can still hear the groms: "Dude, did that guy fly down that far? His bike's way up here!!"
    Taking it easy for all you sinners.

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    Nice, that is one of the most entertaining trip reports I've seen!

    That green Preston is like a twin of my bike... how do you think you both managed to break your Prestons??? Think it'll be a trend?
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    Classic road trip action!

    Thanks for posting up. I'm fondly remembering the whole experience as we speak! Nice meeting you guys and am glad you made it home safely.
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    Gotta love dogs & Sube's,eh? T'was great! Thanks....
    Oh ya, liked the girls too 8^))

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    Good stuff. An epic you will never forget, how can you beat that?

    This is why I love Passion. Thanks for posting.

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    my faimly used to own one of those subies. now we have 97 outback that will be mine in 6 months.

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    Guys, you've got a Georgia boy jealous. Dogs, bikes, driving, & BEER. And some good pics of the local hottie's. GREAT REPORT. At least the bikes were warrantied.

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    Awesome awesome post. I really need to take a vacation, thanks for the inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballeerXC
    my faimly used to own one of those subies. now we have 97 outback that will be mine in 6 months.
    even worse ... those things blow headgaskets like no other.
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    Great post!

    epic stuff you will always remember I'm sure. I was up at Whizzler w/ my S-O then, but nursing wounds, and killing internal possible germs with some local micro-brew. The rest of our crew rode Comfortably Numb in a record breaking 9+ hours. ugh. But they still all smiled later that night.

    Glad you enjoyed the place, Jim

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    Sounds like a great trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Is that some kind of sliding 'rag?

    Looked like a lot of fun with some well played adversity sprinkled in to keep things interesting.

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    Nice job with the Chronicle, Singletrack... but if these peeps only knew how much action you and Dustyrider packed in this trip, they wouldn't believe it.

    I know for one, that the 4 days riding and chillin' with you guys were pretty awesome... btw, I dig that pic of me riding the ladder bridge across the creek on CheapThrills.
    Glad to know you got to meet our bro's in B'ham and Glacier... I gotta say it's great to live in the PNW.

    You two are definitely fun to ride with and I was impressed to see you guys givin'er like you did... although I do admit I got a bit worried seeing ya ragdollin' off that scree ledge with no pads, ya freeekin' loon

    I look forward to hookin' up with you guys down in your turf at some point.

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    great post!

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    Good job! Klassik!

    Best road trip post in a WHILE. That Subie mod was fuggin GET-OH fabolous!

    What kind of dog is Blue? Blue Healer? I used to work with a Blue Healer named Blue who could literally shred an entire bike box in under a minute, as well as puncture tires.

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    Nice work. Road trips rule.

    I think I ran into you guys here on Original Sin on the Sunday after slopestyle. Asked how you guys liked your Prestons. I rode the rock face line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melt
    even worse ... those things blow headgaskets like no other.
    right now the onyl problem is its leaking something. i think i engine has already beenrebuikt once

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    Thanks for taking the time to post your adventure.

    Definitly one of the best MTBR threads.
    Ride hard, Drag the broken pieces back, Share lusty tales of adventure & Tell everyone, " I almost stuck the landing".

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    Great pictues. Thanks for sharing. It looked like fun times. Specially for the dogs !

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    mmm, Kokanee girls.

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    Just back from the Boat... the RMH threads should start popping up any moment now.


    Thanks for the kind words everybody.

    Eb, Armando, Whafe, Slayer, Jubilee, etc: Excellent times indeed. Thanks for asking if I was OK so many times.

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    ...you both managed to break your Prestons??? Think it'll be a trend?
    Let us never speak of this again.
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    Yeah, I put it in a few years ago. It's 40"x45". The dogs love it.
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    If the man wanted to ding me on my car, he'd find a hundred other things wrong with it before he even got to the bumper.
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    I think I ran into you guys here on Original Sin on the Sunday after slopestyle. Asked how you guys liked your Prestons. I rode the rock face line.
    I remember that. The really scary thing is that we were probably both riding broken frames at the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Just back from the Boat... the RMH threads should start popping up any moment now.
    Randall the wonder-dog takes over Steamboat!

    Good riding with you again st.

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    Rooooooooad Trip

    Joel, HA, great pictures and an excellent trip. Love the DOG shots.

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    Joel, it was awesome riding with you and Randall this last weekend. You've really been getting around. First Canada, last weekend Steamboat, where next?

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    You are pretty hard on the things with wheels aren't you?
    I have a video from the passenger seat of Joel's Suby on some middle of nowhere back roads. If I had it at work, I'd upload it and post it. I was grinning the whole time while trying to hold the camera steady. Fun fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    You've really been getting around. First Canada, last weekend Steamboat, where next?
    Um, the junkyard in Delta I think.... I had some plans, but the Ru needs to be mobile first.

    Then there's the possibility I'll be getting a fast Ru... My wagon has 90 hp, 200 would be so much more fun. Lifted WRX? Oh yeah.

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    Necrothread!

    I haz a sad that all your photo links are gone. This is one of the best trip reports EVAR!

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