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    • I traveled to the awesome Northern Lakes area of Wisconsin for the 11th annual CADVR and wrote an article about it on ADVrider. Amazing. The story behind the rally is so good I thought it should be elevated to ADVrider's homepage for all to see. But there was a limit to how much I could tell in our new home page format and so much more to tell. So, for people who want more, here you go. Jump in and add your own. 😁

      Story 1: this is Bill Smage, my new hero. He had an accident years ago that caused him to lose the function of his right arm, so he stopped motorcycling. But riding was in his soul and after 3 years he got wondering, hmmm, what if, and he decided to try again.

      He joined our riding group where I planned to take photos of riding water crossings & rutty deep sand. It wasn't for the faint of heart. I wondered if he could manage. But Geoff, who organizes the rally, told me no worries, he can shred.

    • Bill decided that maybe...all controls could be put on the left handlebar—clutch, gas and brake?

      You can see from this pic of the right handlebar that that he has run a cable to it from the left:

      It was a pretty gear-heavy group of riders with nice bikes set up for off-road (not everyone was wearing their gear yet in this photo for the ride to come).

      The water crossing was fairly tricky and swervy, bringing down a rider or two or causing them to veer off into the bushes. But Geoff was right, Bill with his one arm can shred.

    • This is pigjockey on ADV, one of the colorful characters that adventuring seems to attract whose love of life is contagious. He bought a helicopter! Who does that? What are those stuffed monkey things on his back?

      Three months ago pigjockey learned that he had heart disease and needed a stent, so they went up through his arm. That would have slowed most people down but he decided nope, time to make every day remaining the very best it can be. To him that meant being in the forest on his beloved Honda 650 that he extensively modified to extract every horsepower possible out of it.

      I'm not sure this is what pigjockey's cardiologist had in mind for the perfect therapy, but pigjockey is a free spirit:

      As I was taking this photo, I was thinking, this is the man who had a heart attack recently? The next time I have a blister on my foot and wonder if I should go on a hike, I'll just think pigjockey.

    • Help me figure this one out. Suppose you are a wedding photographer and you decide to organize the rally 11 years ago with some of your buddies because you know how to have a good time. You make the decision for the rally to be family friendly, mostly, to include kids and dogs.

      You fall in love with the bartender you hired for the first rally. 11 years later she's still putting up with you, fixing your T-shirts when they rip. helping organize the rally:

      You even have children together:

      And over 11 years you decide the story of your rally is that it's a love story. And schedule your own wedding for after all of that. 🤔

    • Geoff (Bonebag on ADVrider) and Brit (Britbag) were married September 1st, a few weeks after the 11th CADVR rally, at a beautiful riverside setting in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
      The ceremony was conducted by Geoff's mom (Dolly Cook) who is the County Clerk for Dickinson County, MI. She needs a lung transplant and uses oxygen sometimes (a few times on the day) but she did a wonderful job conducting the service while standing in the hot sun. 

      Brad (Northwoods Yeti on ADV) was the best man. He and Geoff have been best of friends and riding buddies forever, well before CADVR started. He is the size of a yeti and had to have a custom suit made to match the bridal party.

      Perhaps 40 great friends from the CADVR rally were able to attend the rally. I wish I could have traveled from California to be there.

    • Thanks! I actually just posted the link to the photos in the body of the message, and our new link expansion feature did the work. On sites like Facebook and Twitter, you only get one link expansion per post, but we decided to allow many. And you get to preview them before you post to see what they look like.

      Personally, I don't like the way the text with the image number looks below them but we're refining as we go, so we'll see.

    • Man, after seeing your reports from rallies you've been to...I really need to get to some rallies. They look insanely fun. Thanks for sharing!