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Old 03-19-2017, 06:35 PM   #26
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If you need a place to stay in Vancouver, I actually llive in South Surrey 5 miles from the border (Mark would be your best bet for Vancouver accomodations including beer tours) and I am in town (I currently don't have plans on being away) I have an actual bed or a pull out couch (that is not a euphamism) for you.

Plenty of good MTB riding for you up here
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:51 PM   #27
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If you need a place to stay in Vancouver, I actually llive in South Surrey 5 miles from the border (Mark would be your best bet for Vancouver accomodations including beer tours) and I am in town (I currently don't have plans on being away) I have an actual bed or a pull out couch (that is not a euphamism) for you.

Plenty of good MTB riding for you up here
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When you hit Calgary, I'd make the trip down from Edmonton to meet you/see the cars again.

My dad is still in kamloops. He has had quite. A few tbrickers stay at his place on Thier way through. He is semi retired now though, and might already be away camping. If he's around, he'd likely give you his camper for a night.

Sounds like Ana amazing trip. Have fun.

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Thanks to both of you. I haven't seen The Real Mark in 10 years, it would be good to catch up.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:27 AM   #28
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Wow! That is one serious road trip! Good luck on that one.✌️
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Old 03-22-2017, 07:18 PM   #29
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Sweet.

What date-ish were you thinking for Vancouver? I may be in Alberta early June, but I'd imagine I'll be available after that. Presuming so, my couch is yours- maybe have a little meet and BBQ if your schedule permits?

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Old 03-22-2017, 11:05 PM   #30
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You are more than welcome to stay with us when you're in Calgary. We've got an actual bed in an actual room...

Cars? What cars?
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:53 AM   #32
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In my opinion, after being to both, Zion is neater than Grand Canyon. And swing by Bryce as well.
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:08 AM   #33
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While you're in PDX, you might want to go visit Blue Moon Camera & Machine...

http://www.bluemooncamera.com/

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Old 03-24-2017, 08:53 AM   #34
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Sweet.

What date-ish were you thinking for Vancouver? I may be in Alberta early June, but I'd imagine I'll be available after that. Presuming so, my couch is yours- maybe have a little meet and BBQ if your schedule permits?

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It's looking like the weekend of July 8-9. So that would work well for a gathering. Thanks, and hopefully I can get this schedule staright soon.


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You are more than welcome to stay with us when you're in Calgary. We've got an actual bed in an actual room...

Cars? What cars?
Thank, Dale. I put you down as a 2-night stay if that's ok, that way I can catch up on sanity and take time looking at cars, figure out what to do about Banff, etc.




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In my opinion, after being to both, Zion is neater than Grand Canyon. And swing by Bryce as well.
Thanks. I have a possible place to stay in Prescott, and want to visit friends in the Dallas TX area, so avoiding Death Valley and not worrying about the grand canyon might be best this time. Also, I'm a little concerned about the funds if this goes a full 3 weeks. Gotta keep it tight, no frivolous spending (hotels are the biggest hit on a trip like this, after fuel).

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Very nice, but I had better keep my wallet in the car when I go in.

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Old 03-24-2017, 09:18 AM   #35
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Yeah, our road trips are cheap because we camp the whole time. We do a lot of backpacking, so car-camping is a bit luxe. Free camping is everywhere out west.

Buy an annual pass at the very fist national park you go to. It costs $80, but will get you in free at all national parks, monuments, recreation areas, etc. Those are now typically $20 - $25 apiece, so it only takes a few before that $80 is saving you money. Then they're good for a year, expiring at the end of the month you bought it in.

And once you've knocked the incremental cost of visiting a NP down to $0, you tend to go see more of the 'little' ones. Which tend to be just as neat, but far less crowded.
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:00 AM   #36
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Thanks for the advice. That pass was mentioned by some birder friends, as well.
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:28 AM   #37
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I assume you're taking a mountain bike? You owe it to yourself to ride some in Moab. It's awesome. I've ridden there each summer since 2000. My current favorite trail is 'The Whole Enchilada' - you need two cars or a shuttle to get you up to the top of the LaSals from town, but then it's 35-ish miles of mostly downhill ride through 4 or 5 different climates, not to mention a changing buffet of trail styles as it drops from above the tree line into Ponderosa pines, into aspens, into scrub oak, then high desert, and on into the Colorado river canyon.

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/467...hole-enchilada

Or there's the classic - SlickRock: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/158941/slickrock
Only 12-ish miles (including the 'practice loop'), but it will wear you out.
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:13 PM   #38
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Yep, taking the Stumpjumper FSR.

I keep trying to work St. Louis into a trip (I have other people there) but have only been through once at night in 2007.
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:15 PM   #39
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We'll probably be out in Colorado/Utah in mid - late July.
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Old 04-02-2017, 11:50 PM   #40
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Thanks for the advice. That pass was mentioned by some birder friends, as well.
That pass will also get you into Mt. Rainer.

Be sure to stop and get lunch at the train car diner on the way in.
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:52 PM   #41
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Cool. Thanks again, all.
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Old 04-22-2017, 12:42 AM   #42
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:20 AM   #44
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SHUT UP!!


(and get off my lawn)


I was going to post on Monday, since I have made more decisions, like which donuts and bourbon to pack for the trip. BUT now I guess I have to add details...

After putting dad's ashes in Sand Fran, it's Yosemite, stagger stagger crawl to Sandy Eggo, put ashes on the USS Midway (dad's ship from '56-'59), Joshua Tree, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam (while playing Bob Mould on the cassette deck), maybe grand canyon/Zion, Petrified Forest, Albuquerque, Santa Fe/Amarillo because cliches, and Dallas. The rest is still optional. Got a possible bed in Prescott AZ.
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Old 04-22-2017, 02:54 PM   #45
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Old Prescott, Jerome and Sedona are a great day trip.
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Old 04-23-2017, 12:23 AM   #46
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If you make it out to the Peninsula on your trip, I'll buy beer, and if you are spending time in the Seattle, a trip to The Flying Heritage Collection is money well spent. Especially if it's a flying day.
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:11 PM   #47
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Yo Hoe

you coming thru the no-coast (Indiana, Ohio, Penn) at all?

the official volvo graveyard is like..40 mins from canton. Plus there is great lakes brewing, Johnny Doughnuts, Pizza Oven Pizza and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland)
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:49 PM   #48
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Going through there, didn't realize how close you were.
Let me give that some thought.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:49 PM   #49
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Are you coming through NW Illinois by any chance?
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Don't know if its been said yet, so I'm sorry if it has....

IPD is having their annual IPD garage sale on June 17th in Portland. Great time and place to meet a lot of other Volvo guys, check out the sales, and find some of those rare parts and toys you've always wanted.
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