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Old 02-08-2013, 08:38 AM   #16
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:36 AM   #17
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Day 3: Tuesday November 6th , 2012

So we all slept well that night.
I remember that Jeff work up first... I think he was grumbling something about ants, and singing some weird song.

All I know is that it was 6:30, and the crew was eager to get on the road.
Today was going to have to be a big day. We needed to get to the Canadian border and the start of the WABDR.

We were rolling by 7:30, and the sun was just coming up on the hillside behind us.


It was a quiet morning, and we were all lost in our own thoughts as we rode north to Lewiston.

Old houses along the roadside.


Some sweet tarmac as we rode down off the mesa into the river valley below. There were some great corners.


We rolled into town, and stopped to get some breakfast and some Wi-Fi.
(CJ still has a business to run after all. So if you wonder why it sometimes takes him a day or so to get back to you when you are trying to order stuff... well he's actually out riding and testing the stuff he sells - so give the guy a break, OK?)

A quick stop at an auto-parts store for chain lube or something.


(Ok - no more jokes about "Where are you most likely to see KTM's?" At a auto parts store or broken down in front of a gas station. The fact is, we spend a lot of time doing preventative maintenance. These are highly modified, high performance machines, that do require a bit more OCD than say a Goldwing. But I tell you this, mine KTM 950's have never left me stranded, and holy crap are they amazing to ride! I bet you will never see many other bikes throwing bowling ball sized rocks 30 feet behind it as it races up a loose dirt road at 40 mph, carrying all the gear needed for a self support multi- day trip. [rant off])

and CJ changes out his visor for the dark tint.
May I present DARTH CJ!


After our stop in town, we continue north...
We have a lot of miles to do today. We rode though big agricultural areas.


and along long stretches of big-ness... (Is big-ness a real word?)


When possible we took the long straight dirt roads that took us in the direction we wanted to go.


High speed dirt cruising... Yeah, this is nice.


and off the main roads you see the neatest things, like this old church on a knoll, in the middle of nowhere. I love finding stuff like this.


But eventually, we are forced back on to pavement, and ride on towards the horizon...


What's this?

Oh, it's the Grand Coulee Dam. One of the largest concrete structures in the world.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Coulee_Dam

See? More cool stuff to look at...

It's getting to be late afternoon, and we're still headed north.
Looks like CJ is in i-pod / cruiser mode. Feet on the highway pegs...


We ride on though the forests...


and on, and on towards Oroville, WA.



It's been a long day of riding and not many rest stops... but eventually we get to Oroville, our last town to get gas before we head into the National forest to start the WABDR that we will ride in under four days.


I get some supplies. Can you guess what I'm having for dinner?


A few last miles of pavement as we head to the US / Canada border.


We did take pictures of the border, but not with my camera, so I don't have any pictures I can show you. Maybe CJ will post some...

Then we start the WABDR.
We leave the pavement behind and climb this massive dusty hill, and are soon in the forest proper. It was so dusty I couldn't take pictures...

But soon the group left the road, and we headed down to a lake that CJ's GPS showed him was there.

CJ set up his "cave".


I set up Camp Snuggly.


and I think Jeff made do with sleeping on the picnic table.

I got started making Glorp.


and not just any Glorp, tonight it's chicken curry Glorp.


CJ and Jeff ate MREs, or something...
But I was a nice guy and decided to share.


Later Jeff built a fire, and we all sat around and watched it.



Yeup, another happy day.

Stats for the day:
357 miles. Moving Average 50.3
Moving time 7:05 Stopped 2:41 Total 9:46

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Old 02-08-2013, 10:03 AM   #18
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I knew it!

I just knew that Glorp would make it's way into this somehow.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:08 AM   #19
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:20 PM   #20
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Nice work fellas ! Fun to follow along. I used to fight fire out west. It's amazing how big the large project-fires get. Looking forward to some more !! RR that is, not gigantic fires.


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Old 02-08-2013, 12:51 PM   #21
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Another Questor report.....living through them vicariously, one RR at a time.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #22
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Day 4: Wednesday September 7th, 2012

It got really cold last night. (Well it is September in northern Washington... )
I made a quick breakfast, complete with French roast coffee and oatmeal with dried strawberries. We packed up camp. We CJ and I did. Jeff just rolled off the table and was ready to go.

Soon we were back on the trail. This was the first day of the WABDR. I was interested to see what it would be like.
It was dusty again, but we spread out and we took turns leading.


It turned out to be a mix of forest and ridge line type riding.


When you were in the valleys, the views were.... well all you saw was a lot of trees.
But when you got up onto a ridge the views were very nice.


We approached an old forest fire area.


It must have been quite a fire as the area we covered with burnt trees was large.


But it was kinda cool to see how the vegetation had grown back.


The trail kept climbing...








It was a crisp beautiful morning.


We got closer to the summit.
Time for KTM prOn.


A panorama shot.


Jeff goes zooming by...


Eventually the trail led us down off the ridge, and we had to do a bit of pavement to get to the next destination.


Had I done some more research on this trip, I would have been nervous now...
The Ruby Ridge hill climb was not something I was aware of.


The trail pretty much went right up a steep hillside by means of a few really steep switchbacks. (No. I didn't stop to take pictures...)
Most people who do the WABDR do this hill as a descent, but as a hill climb I have to admit I was extremely gripped. The climb was exposed, steep, and had many loose rocks. I know of many folks who have boiled brakes coming down this section.

Needless to say when we got to the top, I demanded a rest break to let my nerves calm down.

Once on the top of the ridge, the trail was a bit sandy, but not too difficult.


A while later we stop to regroup.
I pull a bonehead move and grab a handful of front brake while making a right turn in the sand.
No problem. It's not the first time I've dropped my bike.


A while later down the trail we re-emerge into 'civilization' and stop to get more gas. But there is already a group of WABDR riders there. Instant party results.


I bought a mega-dog.


and signed the kiddie blackboard.


Oh. It looks like I took a self-portrait.


Soon we were back on the trail, moving quickly and gaining elevation.


(I'm starting to realize I did not take many pictures... I guess that's due to the fact that we were really moving along a a good speed. A lot of people do this ride in 5-6 days, we did it in 4, and CJ insisted in doing all the difficult sections...)

The next section was quite scenic as we were up around six to seven thousand feet in elevation.


Nice views up here.


and yeah, were are riding in very remote areas...
Going off the trail here would be a serious logistical challenge to get the bike and rider back to safety.


We later arrived in Cheley and stopped to feed.


Bacon Cheeseburgers! Nom Nom!


We weren't the only riders here.
These guys were riding all the single track in the area.


They were happy but exhausted.

We decided that we needed to bathe, and headed to the nearby State Park for showers and a night of "civilization".


They had a space for us and we set up our portable fabric houses.
Camp Snuggly.


CJ's portable cave.


and even Jeff decided to sleep "indoors".


I remember we met some other riders that evening, and proceeded to drink all their beer.

Another nice day...

Stats for the day:
170 miles Moving average 27.9
Moving Time 6:11 Stopped 3:56 Total 10:10

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Old 02-08-2013, 03:59 PM   #23
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hey questor, thanks for posting this. I'll be riding the wabdr this summer and all the info and pics help with planning. keep up the good work....john
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hey questor, thanks for posting this. I'll be riding the wabdr this summer and all the info and pics help with planning. keep up the good work....john
Wait for "Baby Head hill" also known as Bethel Ridge.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:23 PM   #25
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Oh oh ... Q's gone home from "work" for the week. Now we have to wait till Monday ...

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We later arrived in Cheley and stopped to feed.


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Old 02-09-2013, 05:03 PM   #27
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Hey Q, I been wondering what's up with you. I just stumbled on to this and THANK YOU! I have been in need of some good reading to get me though the winter. Weather is just starting to break a little over here, so needless to say your RR is getting my riding itch to flair-up....... keep it coming. Also a big to to Byways.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:34 PM   #28
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:06 PM   #29
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Hey Q, I been wondering what's up with you. I just stumbled on to this and THANK YOU! I have been in need of some good reading to get me though the winter. Weather is just starting to break a little over here, so needless to say your RR is getting my riding itch to flair-up....... keep it coming. Also a big to to Byways.
i-Sam lives!! Good to hear again from one of Idaho's greatest ADVers ...
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #30
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Just what I needed after shoveling out 24 inches of snow today. I'm laying on the couch in front of the pellet stove reading a Q report. YEEHAA
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