Homage to a KLR

The time has finally come: my trusty 2000 KLR is leaving the garage. I’m leaving the country and it can’t come with me 🙁

The 2000, sometimes known as “the green mule”, served me well during the 7 years and 70,000 miles I’ve had it. It is the bike that really started my love of adventure touring and gave me the ability to embark on dozens of fabulous trips. It rarely gave me any trouble and did pretty much anything I asked of it. I’m going to indulge myself and make this post an homage to my mule…

The beginning: my trip from Seattle to the Arctic Ocean and back
2004,traveling to Alaska

Crossing the Brooks Range

Followed shortly by an amazing month in Mexico:
Packing up in Escondido

From there, it was a lot of of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia:

Chumstick ride in the central Cascades

Trying to beat the first snow of the season at Snoqualmie Pass

Big trees near North Bend, WA

Riding 'til we hit snow, and the kept on going

And then we went further afield…
Mt Rainier

During a week-long camping trip in Oregon

Riding the bikes to San Francisco in preparation of my move

And back to Mexico:
Tombstone, AZ

Northern Mexico

Near Copper Canyon, Mexico

Really (really!) good food

And then we went east, where commuting was the routine, interspersed with day rides:
Northern New Jersey

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And now, due to some upcoming changes in my living arrangements, it is time to let go of the Mule. I’ll miss it, but it’ll live on in my memories (and my website)

And just so you know, it wasn’t all glamor and fun for the Mule. Sometimes (often) I made it do actual work. Maybe it finally got sick of me and is secretly happy to go to a new home?

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Thank you, my friend

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And it will be immortalized forever in this cross stitch, lovingly made for me by my best friend

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