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Border Raid 2003
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Motorcycling in the mountains...
...onward to the alpine country of South Central British Columbia.
Minor mechanical problem
encountered along the way was a broken muffler mount. Easily remedied with the right
material on hand.
I am continually amazed at the dynamics of a group motorcycle ride. Riders of all ability pull together when a member has problems.
This trip I was a recipient of that generous nature.
A potentially serious problem happened to my Buell Blast. At a gas stop Don noticed the rear axle nut had broken off. Bailing wire secured the axle in place so I could limp 20 km to Kamloops for further assessment.
I rode the motorcycle very conservatively until the next stop. The group stayed close, making sure the band-aid fix held up. Duane and Lisa gave a reassuring thumbs up during the seemingly long trek to Kamloops. With this group's support, I was confident in arriving in one piece.
Canadian Tire had everything we needed. For only $9 the problem was fixed with 1/2 inch redi-rod, some washers, nuts and a small dose of lock-tite to locate the axle.
Thanks to Stuart from Deeley's and all the others that jumped in and helped provide a secure fix until a proper replacement axle can be installed.
We are lucky to know similar spirited and generous people with a passion for motorcycling.
This Summer was plagued with wild fires.
Riding through Falkland, B.C. we saw some of the fire devastation.
The road cut through a burned out section of standing trees.
A sign begs sightseers not to stop.
We hurry past bare foundation, remnants of a fireplace the only hint that a dwelling once stood there.
Riding south beyond Kelowna, we saw billowy smoke on the far hillside but that was the extent of it. Thankfully, smoke did not impede our travels.
Sunday night in Penticton, B.C.
Dinner, drinks and a bit of comedic melo-drama inspire us far into the night.
Well... some more than others.
Tonight we party...
Tomorrow it's homeward bound.
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