304 miles/490 KM's!!
Lots of folks yick yack about riding 300 miles in a day.....on
a groomed trail! This was 300 miles cross-country. We even did
the Marcelin Poker derby! (The long route!) I think the derby's
was 60-80 miles.
Macdowall 9:15 am departure to Shellbrook 10:14 am $16.08 fuel.
Now we are off to Marcelin,
12:52 pm $17.27 fuel. We take in the poker rally, there was
times the Yamaha XT 500 I was on was W.O.T. for miles on end
trying to keep the pair of 600 XC's in sight! Back to Marcelin 3:32 pm
$17.88. It looks like we signed up for the derby stopped at the half way point
for a hot dog in the Thickwood Hills (photo #3). Just before we
get to the half way point for lunch we attempt to overtake a 2up
touring with a guy easily 6'6" riding it, this proved to be
pretty difficult. It turns out we are bumping into a
familiar face who is on the green Venture 700.
*That dude could
ride, smoke' in for a 2up Venture! If the guy would of actually had
skis instead of dish pans attached to his spindles! Then stopped to take a
couple snaps and play in the powder, all in 2 and a half hours!
Somewhere on our way out of the Thickwood Hills the XC's blew by
a late model black Indy 500. I remember the rider putting up
quite a fuss 'bout getting passed by a 500 Yamaha, the Indy
eventually disappeared in the snow dust! But I still have to say
20 years later I remember this Indy 500 putting up quite a
fuss about getting passed, one of the big differences between
us....skis, he was on dishpans and I was on SLP Ultralites. Nuff
said just had to pick one of his pushing wide turns and dive in
Back, cross country to
Shellbrook 5:59 pm $17.15, supper and back to Macdowall
approximately 8 pm. We stayed the night at the Family Inn.