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It was very cold and rainy today. Mix of snow and rain. I left Parker at home because he doesn't have any rain wear. I enjoyed my one day vacation and a chance to practice my fire making and shelter building skills. I brought some dry fire wood and cut and split wet wood to burn all day. I drank a bunch of PBR, coffee and made hot water for my water bag. I was warm and dry in very adverse conditions, the fire was fun to maintain. The new bike makes a great camping bike and would be fun for long tours.

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1. The wife dropped me off here on her way to work.

2. Parkers name sake, he was found abandoned at a bus stop.

3. Island park, Springfield.

4. Bart Simpson memorial statue.

5. The Willamette River on the bridge to Glenwood.

6. I love to park in front of signs like this.

7. Another sign. Is it camping if you just stay during the day?

8. Day camping on my one day vacation. I love a good tarp.
 

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One day camping

I enjoyed the cold weather in my little shelter. The hobo stove dryed my wet clothes and kept me very warm. It rained and snowed for hours, I had enough wood for all day. It doesn't take much. I had a slushy dark ride home.

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1. Tarp shelters are fun to make, my bike fit inside.

2 Beaver Beach, day camp.

3. Turning wet wood into good fuel, unlocking the solar heat trapped inside.

4. Getting to the dry wood inside.

5. Wood ready to be predryed on the hobo stove.

6. Boiling pond water to fill a hot water bag to put in my coat. Solar heat extracter.

7. Meat sacks on spokes, can of water for hot coffee.

8. I was so comfy and warm I stayed too long and rode home after dark.
 

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I'd like to be there when "the man" comes and hassles you only to find out that you live down the road and this is your vacation. "hey, I'd love to go to Vegas but in this economy....meat sacks, warm PBR and a tarp"

Again....I like your style; out of order or not.

caz
 

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All Hail the Meat Sack Master!

lef-t said:
It was very cold and rainy today. Mix of snow and rain. blah, blah blah, blah blah....
Dude, talk about making lemonade out of lemons! You rock! :thumbsup:

I rode much of your route today, going from Creswell to a dentist appointment at Mill and D Streets (just north of Island Park) and back. Thought of you as I was riding by the gate for Beaver Beach, and then again going down Franklin Blvd. For me it was a utilitarian ride under less-than-stellar conditions, yet you made it into a vacation!!

Both my feet and hands were getting really really really really cold on the way back. It was getting miserable. I was wishing I'd had as good a time as you.

You're my hero. :cool:
 

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Style comes in all flavors

cazloco said:
I'd like to be there when "the man" comes and hassles you only to find out that you live down the road and this is your vacation. "hey, I'd love to go to Vegas but in this economy....meat sacks, warm PBR and a tarp"

Again....I like your style; out of order or not.

caz
I'm just bird watchin in comfort. The man doesn't like to tromp very far in blackberries. I would be such a disappointment too bust. I would offer a meat sack and a beer and explain my vacation and style.

I was heating up water for some folgers crystals in the empty pbr can. I'm not against heatin up a beer in nasty situations. It's all good when the buzz comes on.

I am usually without a car on my days off. So I've been keeping my adventures close to home.
 

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Wow what a kwink a dink

Albee said:
Dude, talk about making lemonade out of lemons! You rock! :thumbsup:

I rode much of your route today, going from Creswell to a dentist appointment at Mill and D Streets (just north of Island Park) and back. Thought of you as I was riding by the gate for Beaver Beach, and then again going down Franklin Blvd. For me it was a utilitarian ride under less-than-stellar conditions, yet you made it into a vacation!!

Both my feet and hands were getting really really really really cold on the way back. It was getting miserable. I was wishing I'd had as good a time as you.

You're my hero. :cool:
I never go all the way down Franklin, I jump on the private wildish rd just before the railroad overpass. I don't ever have to deal with narrow shoulders that way. Of coarse I'm not going to Creswell either.

I was actually laughing at the horrible weather in my warm shelter. My feet wear cold by the time I rode all the way back to Thurston, at least I didn't have to haul any beer or fire wood back with me.

I stayed too long, and rode back after dark in a few inches of new snow. I love to go out in harsh conditions and be really warm and comfy with little work, that's a vacation for me.
 

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There's a song about a half day vacation

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is it really a vacation if you do it all the time :) ?
I work four days a week, play three. A vacation for me is leaving the stress of job and city living for a day. I don't have to catch a plane or even drive anywhere. No stress. I do feel like I'm on vacation ever since I moved here from Arizona.

It's really nice to live so close to wild places, it makes a one day vacation easy. I haven't had a normal vacation in years. I might not be normal.
 

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lef-t said:
I work four days a week, play three. A vacation for me is leaving the stress of job and city living for a day. I don't have to catch a plane or even drive anywhere. No stress. I do feel like I'm on vacation ever since I moved here from Arizona.

It's really nice to live so close to wild places, it makes a one day vacation easy. I haven't had a normal vacation in years. I might not be normal.
There's a name for that now. It's a Staycation. :)

All the fun of a vacation without the hassle of going anywhere.:thumbsup:
 

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Dude!

I sure wish I lived farther south so I could ride with you more often.

Heck, 2 more rides and I'd double my number!

Between the now-melting icky snow we've had up here and having to spend my time looking for a job, I haven't even ridden the trainer let alone riding outdoors for 2 weeks!

I have been cross-training: if you can call shoveling snow cross-training.

Hope to make it down there again some time soon (that is if I can find a job in this area).
 

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LeeMan, All Comer's Meat - V is slated for Saturday, January 24, 2009. Don't miss it if you can.

--Sparty

P.S. Good luck in the job search.
 

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I envy your time to sit and enjoy the quiet time, as a wise man once told me I "have too many irons in the fire" to get away with a one-day vacation by the river...
 

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You may have to contact the Discovery Channel. I understand that Survivor Man is no longer going to be going on his epics, They might have a time slot. Love your adventures. Bob
 
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