Watch them while the salmon are coming up river. Once the salmon reach their spawning grounds this beautiful camera will be done for the season!
The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has just wrapped up, and judges will soon be selecting the winners — but voting for the Viewer’s Choice award is open until Friday, July 20, at 9 a.m. National Geographic was kind enough to allow me to share some of these amazing entries with you here, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. [40 photos]
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Before heading up the Oregon coast we rode to the Northern tip of California. Part of the Redwood Forest. We literally stopped at the visitors station to pee and look around and then went right up the coast, Rt 101. We have done this route many times before in a Jeep and on our bikes. To be honest we never really get enough of the coast and we never see it the same time of year.
July 9th – July 20th 2012
***Worthy to note: We had a discussion with Edward from KLIM about how one time he was riding his KTM in triple digits and he swears his gas began to boil and his bike would stall. On this trip when were in triple digits Leslie’s bike began to stall. We thought maybe it was the ethanol used in Idaho gas but Cheryl’s bike only stalled once. My bike seemed to have issues in the HOT heat. My theory now is the oil. When we went cross-country in 2010 we changed our oil to 20W50 because of the heat wave that the east was experiencing. I think we should have done that for this trip. WHY?
20W50 motor oil is suitable for warmer climates, where the higher temperature causes the oil to thin. It is also useful for vehicles subject to hot temperatures and for those used for high-stress activities such as hauling or pulling trailers.
A couple of months ago we sent our jackets back to KLIM USA to have the collars shortened on our Latitude jackets. This is a mod that anyone can get presently as there have been quite a few complaints about the stiffness and height. After this trip Cheryl has decided to return to her Traverse suit and has asked me to put her suit up for sale. I am still up in the air about it.
We have worn this suit for over 6500 KM now.
- Nov 2012 UPDATE: We both SOLD our Latitudes. In the end, nice looking suit but the stiffness of the Cordura was over kill for us. We are both back to wearing our Traverse and I have to admit the fit of the Traverse pants especially WINS!
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In between the rain Cheryl got out to take some shots of the Montana River Ranch. Kind of neat little place and the owners were very kind!
We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished 34th in this year’s Dakar Rally.
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This years summer trip was way shorter than last years epic ride with Triumph Canada, 2 Triumph Tiger XC bikes to Alaska. Not 44 days long but only 11. Why? Leslie started a new job in January and was not able to get a large amount of time off this summer. As a matter of fact every day Leslie used for this break from work was banked OT not vacation time because she is not able to take “vacation” until her probation is over. BTW, should have been over July 16th.
In any case, every ride no matter how long or short can turn out to be an adventure and this was no different. This trip we contended with temperatures ranging from 12 C (53 F) to 42 C (107.6 F). The beginning of this trip we saw triple digits. Continue reading
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