Jim and Kermit's Big Adventure (well, big to us)

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Postby JimVonBaden » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:09 am

Day 7! Ten days to go, and we are about half way to the finish. Now the real fun begins.

We left in a mist from my sister’s home, and headed up to Seattle 80 miles away to see the Space Needle, and go to Ride West BMW.


Arriving in Seattle I bumbled upon a cheap parking lot, but I should have guessed the number was not good!
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Both of us got a $38 ticket, but at least we had an ocean view!
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To the Space Needle, we took a stupid number of pictures. Here are just a few of them:

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Afterwards we went off in search of Ride West BMW. Easily found, and a fine establishment now employing 3 recently former Bob’s BMW employees. They all seem happy to be here, especially Omar.
Me, then Kermit posing!
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A cool sidecar rig was there as well.

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We then rode up to Bellingham, WA in anticipation of our ride to Canada tomorrow.

Here is the route so far…
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And, my GPS info:
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Tomorrow we head North into Canada, and on our way to Banff!

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Postby BMWGirl » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:29 am

Hey Jim nice report!!! So how long do you think it would have taken me to even ATTEMPT that stupid bridge! :oops:

Love the pics - but SMILE once in a while, you're supposed to pretend that you're having fun!!!


Have fun in Canada, Ride safe!

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Postby jskene » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:49 am

Jim & Kermit's track, 7/17:

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Postby Maria V » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:59 am

OK, so I wasn't jealous til they hit the coastal areas. :lol:
Nice trip and photos!
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Postby griffin738 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:00 am

JimVonBaden wrote:Afterward we made it to the Pacific proper, and Kermit saw the Pacific for the first time.
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So Kermit, what do you think of the pacific ocean? Sort of makes a guy wanna sneeze, right?

Great trip, great report! I'm glad you guys are out there (as opposed to being home, where we can smell ya).

Have a blast!
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Postby Yellowjacket » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:26 am

The Seattle skies actually was only partly cloudy for your visit. Impressive. Keep on truckin'.
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Postby SlimJim » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:18 pm

Yellowjacket wrote:The Seattle skies actually was only partly cloudy for your visit. Impressive. Keep on truckin'.


I lived in OR for 6 years and I know the odds of finding that kind of weather!! I am sure Jim and Kermit are both grateful for that, however the mist they had to ride through on their departure was more common for the area.

I'm glad the trip is going so well for the two of them, I sooo wish I could of rode along, but I'm sure I would have just slowed them down, judging by the top speeds on the GPS' that I have noticed!! tsk,tsk,tsk

Ride safe bro!!

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Postby JimVonBaden » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:39 am

New update, we are on the beginning of the home stretch.

We left from Bellingham, WA and headed out towards Sumas, and the border crossing.

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Here it is from the Canadian side. Kermit was sent in to secondary. I guess he doesn’t have a credible face! LOL

We went into Canada on Rt 1 and covered about 50 miles when we came into a great breakfast place. Very good breakfast, and a killer view!
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This was a harbinger of things to come…

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But first we needed to suit up for some off and on rain. Not bad, just a little liquid sunshine.

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I took a few shots from the bike as we rode…

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The scenery is incredible, and the roads in very good shape!


Sadly though, it appears Canada is having some issues with its trees. There were whole forests infected and dead. Very sad indeed.
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You can sort of make it out in these pics from my cheap camera. I was a little depressed for it all.


However, the views that kept coming made up for it somewhat.

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Even the views from our hotel are incredible.
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After we checked in we walked over to a pub for dinner, not bad, and had a girl drop this on our table just before she abruptly left.
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“Eryn” was cute, but not my type, nor the ever gentlemanly Kermit.

At the end of the day, we did just over 400 miles, and are nearing 4000 miles in 8 days.

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Postby JimVonBaden » Sun Jul 20, 2008 1:04 am

Day nine of seventeen, and arguably the most beautiful, in scenery and weather.

The day started in 55 degree weather, and ended in 78 degree weather. Sunny with wispy clouds all day; simply gorgeous!
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The sky!

The view we were greeted to at the hotel;
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As we headed up to Jasper 60 miles from our hotel, we had a taste of things to come.
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Just one of hundreds of great views for the day’s ride.

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In Jasper we were treated to a good breakfast, and stunning mountain vistas.

After entering the park it only got better.

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Awesome glacier.
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A little closer.
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Zoom to the top.


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Another glacier with the bikes in view.


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I love the ice, and the immense amounts hanging precariously.



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Kermit was looking up, and landed down! LOL


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For the 50th time Kermit waiting (patiently) for me to take more pictures.

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The mountains with glaciers nearly all had lakes below them.

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The lakes were all a cool blue/green from the glacial run-off. They were simply beautiful in their unique color.

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I loved how the green of the trees, the blue of the sky, and the whites and earth tones of the mountains complimented each other.


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A shot of Kermit upright.

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There were numerous waterfalls.

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A close-up. Most of the waterfalls were from glacial run-off.

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At the end of the day we had a nice track.

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Not a lot of miles, but the best of the trip so far!

Jim :brow

PS No Kermit’s were hurt in the making of these pictures.
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Postby BKling » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:05 am

Very nice, sounds like you guys are having a blast. :D
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Postby Hello Kitty » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:10 am

Great stuff Jim!

Stop poking fun at Kermit. I think he'll kick your butt if he wants to!

So, what you're saying is, that if Eryn had been a different girl, you might have been interested???? I've never seen fliers for prostitutes like that!
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Postby jskene » Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:28 am

Jim & Kermit's route, 7-19:

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Postby wiredcur » Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:10 am

Very enviable ride Kermit and Jim. Those crystal blue skies are awesome.
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Postby griffin738 » Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:12 am

Great shots, good times!

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Postby endobobdds » Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:59 pm

JimVonBaden wrote:Arriving in Seattle I bumbled upon a cheap parking lot, but I should have guessed the number was not good!
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Both of us got a $38 ticket, but at least we had an ocean view!
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Jim :brow


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I am enjoying your photos and updates. What was the $38 dollar ticket for? 2 vehicles in the same parking space? If so, is that the law in most states? I have never thought about this before but somehow had always thought it was legal to park a couple of motorcycles in the same space.
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