[ACTUALLY 0530!] the clouds were gone, the sun already up as I joined Harry for breakfast, and my relief was palpable when he said that he would follow me for the 20 kms to pavement in case I had any problems ( AND to help pick up the GREEN HORNET TOO IF I did come to a 'grinding halt'
Everything was loaded as we headed out at 0700 - the gravel was a LITTLE less scary than it had been when dry, BUT the tracks where it had been 'kicked-out' by truck tires had areas that were as slippery as snot
, so, AGAIN, I rode "on the pegs", weight back (and praying like MAD!
...) till the pavement appeared 50 feet ahead.
I thanked him again for EVERYTHING, but ESPECIALLY for following me thru the gravel in his pickup
, then re-mounted and headed W.
As I neared the 'Burmis Tree' I stopped for this pic,
Turtle Mountain in the right back-ground, then around the curve to the 'Frank Slide' which destroyed the town of Frank back in 1903 when the whole side of the mountain broke loose, burying the town under THOUSANDS of tonnes of rock, killing an estimated 70 people
The pics done, I 'saddled-up' again, headed for home, w/ a planned stop for my lunch sandwich at the same place I had stopped three days previously, and arrived back home at late afternoon, my butt rather 'tender' for the last 1/5 to 2 hours of the ride - I GUESS that is a product of my advanced age, as it's NEVER happened before - EVEN on 12 hour days
Here's my GPS at the end.
Note that my AVERAGE speed was 87 km/h, 54 mph, for the just UNDER 18 hours of the riding portion, and w/ PDG fuel mileage.