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Old 06-10-2014, 05:49 PM   #2026
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Made it all the way through on Monday route is clear for section 1
The road closed due to snow sign is up on 25 but its open.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:25 AM   #2027
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Made it all the way through on Monday route is clear for section 1
The road closed due to snow sign is up on 25 but its open.
I'm bummed we didn't try it on our way home from Hood River Monday.
We did a bunch of research that morning, and everything we checked (online) was closed. Oh well.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:08 PM   #2028
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W00T!! Mrs1911fan and I have three days to ride the WABDR on my birthday weekend in mid-July. We live in Cashmere, so I'm considering slabbing to Chelan and riding to the border from there, or slabbing to the border and riding back from there.
I'm planning on the northern half for best scenery and easiest riding, I don't want to take her up (or down) Babyhead Hill.

Open to suggestions or better ideas, but three days of riding.... Whee!!



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Old 06-12-2014, 09:16 AM   #2029
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I don't want to take her up (or down) Babyhead Hill.
A passenger walking Babyhead hill is about 5 minutes of the ride. Some other stuff in there that you'd probably be inclined to ride, that a passenger might not enjoy. But as usual, the views are worth the effort.

3 days is good. Recommend to make sure she gets what she enjoys, and wants to do it again.
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:24 PM   #2030
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Maybe I should clarify. She'll be on her own bike.


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Old 06-13-2014, 10:01 AM   #2031
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Maybe I should clarify. She'll be on her own bike.


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If you want to by pass Cleman and Umptanum Ridge, a good bypass is to take Naches / Wenas Rd to the east.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:28 PM   #2032
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7 of us are riding south to north, complete route.Leaving Steveson on July 13.


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Old 06-13-2014, 10:24 PM   #2033
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7 of us are riding south to north, complete route.Leaving Steveson on July 13.


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Just some general questions, but of you group how many are experienced and have done something like this before? What's your estimated time frame?

I'm setting up a trip with a couple friends for a little later in the summer and was just wondering.

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:43 AM   #2034
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how many are experienced and have done something like this before? What's your estimated time frame?

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What's your estimated time frame?
5 days made for a nice relaxed, yet moving-on-thru, trip.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:11 AM   #2035
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Just some general questions, but of you group how many are experienced and have done something like this before? What's your estimated time frame?

I'm setting up a trip with a couple friends for a little later in the summer and was just wondering.

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1/2 of us have 30+ years each offroad the rest are fairly new to offroad but MANY years of riding .We are giving our selfs 6-7 days but plan on 5.
We are having a breakfast meeting in about a hour to make sure everybody is on the same page.


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Old 06-14-2014, 09:12 AM   #2036
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Just some general questions, but of you group how many are experienced and have done something like this before? What's your estimated time frame?

I'm setting up a trip with a couple friends for a little later in the summer and was just wondering.

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The wabdr is doable for new riders. I always recommend not setting a destination as a goal, but to think of it in 'days to ride'. "I have 5 days to ride the wabdr" and ride as far as you are comfortable in those days.
You will find that you have far more fun and no stress of being on a schedule.

I also recommend for all new riders (and experienced) to take training. A one day class will transform your experience in of road riding. Doesn't matter were you take it, but taking a structured class pays off big time.
Advice from friends can help, buy often doesn't because they may not know the breakdown of a technique or how to coach or convey the information.

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Old 06-14-2014, 10:26 AM   #2037
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The wabdr is doable for new riders.
It's the combo of novice riders riding big bikes (e.g., R12GS) that I believe gets a lot of folks in trouble. Throw in some time pressure, bravado from watching the online trailers (showing very experienced/skilful riders going faster than most normally would), and the necessity to keep up with buddies and you can have a very bad concoction. For most of the WABDR, you're a LONG ways from the nearest ER.

As this poster says, not being on a hard schedule and just riding as fast and far as you're comfortable each day really helps.

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Old 06-14-2014, 03:04 PM   #2038
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:15 PM   #2039
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Leaving tomorrow!!!! South to north out of Carson. I'll try to give reports as we travel. Wish us luck.:-)
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:12 PM   #2040
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Leaving tomorrow!!!! South to north out of Carson. I'll try to give reports as we travel. Wish us luck.:-)
The reports will be great to hear... Our group is leaving more toward August, maybe we should pull it back to something more like early August or late July??

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