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The Squaw Magnet in Montana - Part 4


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Cracked year fenders - updated  

  1. 1. Cracked year fenders - updated

    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 10000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 10000 miles
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Rained all day, day before yesterday. Looks like I got off the river just in time. It was only a 50 mile ride from Ft. Benton to Great Falls but it was a miserably cold, wet one. Even the bike started balking. Spark plug wire got wet and started missing. Pulled off the coil cover when I got to Great Falls and did what I could to dry things out. I've been through a lot of rain on these long rides of mine and I've only had the speedo fog up once before but it happened Saturday. Even when it wasn't raining, the humidity was near 100%. Things improved, though, yesterday. Rode from Great Falls to Helena, about 90 miles. Bike didn't misfire but it sure didn't like climbing the Big Belt Mts. in the stiffest head wind I've encountered on this ride yet. Statistics show that Chicago is not the Windy City. That honor belongs to Helena, MT and it showed why yesterday. I did get a chance to stop and take a 6 mile boat ride through what Lewis described as "The Gates of the Mountains". Beautiful limestone canyon. I'm definitely out of the Great Plains now. Today, I say a sad goodye to the Missouri River as I will finally arrive at it's headwaters south of Helena. Then, I follow the trail Lewis and Clark took on foot as they crossed the Continental Divide. Weather is supposed to be decent for the rest of the week so, although cold, it should be dry crossing the Rockies. I'm finally getting close to where Lewis and Clark would have been exactly 200 years ago. Saw a reenactment on the news last night of Lewis and Clark meeting the Salish Indians in the Bitteroot Mts. I'll be there in a couple of days.

 

Anyway, I expect internet access to be difficult until I get to Lewiston, ID on Wednesday so that's it for now. Talk to you later.

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