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Awesome mid week ride with the bike in it鈥檚 final ( yea right ) set up.
Here in Victoria Australia
Mountain roads amongst the Gum Trees, Tree ferns & Wallaby,s.
Still cool here, while the other half of the place is on fire 馃敟!!
Makes me wonder ?
What are the poor people are doing today, the ones without our affliction
Sad them & they don鈥檛 even realise

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I'm not quite so lucky, but there are some advantages. With weather like this, I dont have to worry about being bitten by a Puff Adder, inland Taiwan, or Tiger snake . They are all frozen....
 

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I'd post a picture but it's too dark cold and rainy to go out and take one... :(

2 years ago everything from California to Canada was burning on the west coast. Every ride was prefaced by looking at roads closed or close to fires...
But the snow will melt, the passes will open and the fun will continue...
 

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Looks like a snow challenge on this side of the pond,,!!

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snow

If i saw or lived near snow as seen in your photos I would be snow skiing, but i need lessons first....:smile_big:
 

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Great photos U guys.
Can u ship some snow down here please.
Was just checking & there鈥檚 been six & a half MILLION acres burnt here ! & were only into the start of our summer season
Into the 40,sC next week here too.
Doesn鈥檛 California have a lot of Australian Gum trees ? They wouldn鈥檛 help your fires.
Amazing things, those Ericsson sky cranes
 

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I'm not a tree expert.

I do know California has a ton of California Pepper Trees (my fav), Eucalyptus Trees, and giant Redwood trees. But the environment in CA is really designed by nature to burn in order to destroy and renew. Nothing can really be done except stop the continued development and/or start controlled fires to reduce fuel for natural fires.
 

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I'd post a picture but it's too dark cold and rainy to go out and take one... :(

2 years ago everything from California to Canada was burning on the west coast. Every ride was prefaced by looking at roads closed or close to fires...
But the snow will melt, the passes will open and the fun will continue...

Hey, I know that spot !
 

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Hey, I know that spot !
Very cool! The day before I posted the pic they announced that highway 20 is closed for the winter. That (+ all the pics of snow in the other passes) signals the end of the riding season for me. :( Nothing but local low land rides for the next 4-5 months.
Since you were headed east, you might remember Winthrop (cowboy town) and then 10 miles past that, Twisp, a tiny little 4 block town. But it has a good pizza place and a good sub sandwich shop. It's 180 miles from my house and several times a year a riding buddy will say "How about lunch?" and off we go. We can either return the way we went, continue east and loop south for a return via US 2 (420 miles) or if we're feeling really ambitious, loop north and come back over Canada Hwy 3 and Manning Provincial park. That makes for a 650 mile day and is a bit ambitious for a "casual" ride. Now just thinking of next summer...
 

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Since you were headed east, you might remember Winthrop (cowboy town) and then 10 miles past that, Twisp, a tiny little 4 block town.

Yup, we stayed overnight in Winthrop. And I remember Twisp (sort of :wink:), it was pretty small.
 

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Doesn鈥檛 California have a lot of Australian Gum trees ? They wouldn鈥檛 help your fires.
Amazing things, those Ericsson sky cranes
Jay, here in California we call 'em eucalyptus trees, and yes they are plentiful! I have a grove of 'em across the road in fact. They were a major contributor to the disastrous Oakland Hills firestorm of 1991. In the mountains they are much less common, or even non-existent, due to the prolonged cold periods.

Ericsson Skycranes? Got those too. In fact, last year one was called in to fight a hillside brushfire behind my neighborhood. His low approaches came right over my house, rattling walls and windows. On one pass, some water dribbling from the suction hose fell on me. Did I say he was close?
 
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