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Old 02-19-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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V-Strom Ride to Stonehenge + What is that white stuff on the ground?

On Monday (Presidents Day) Katy and I decided to take the new wees out for a real ride. Up to this time we have only taken a couple of very short rides. The bikes had less than 100 miles before we left. It was fairly cold and the sky was overcast, but we both had the day off and wanted to go for a ride. I did get the heated grips installed, but we don't have any heated gear yet. We dressed warm and set out taking the back roads towards the Columbia river.

Took a short break overlooking the river to let the bikes cool off. (we are still breaking them in)



Crossed over the river at Umatilla and hit the hiway on the Washington side. By the time we got to Roosevelt we were ready for a break and something warm to drink.




We hit the road again. Next stop, Stonehenge








We walk around for a bit looking at the views of the river below.











We then head up the hill towards Goldendale and plan to ride some of the fun roads towards Bickleton and Alderdale. Before long, we run into some fog. Thankfully, it didn't last too long. When we broke out of the fog, this is what we found.







In some places, the road was almost totally covered with snow/slush with only a bare single track. Not what we really needed for our first long ride on the new bikes. We took a road leading back down towards the river and soon left the snow behind (at least for a while)



This area has several twisty roads that have very little traffic. A great place for riding. As long as we stayed below the fog and snow things were good to go.







Stopped for the last few pictures of the day overlooking the river.







We wanted to swing through Tri-Cities on the way home so we headed out towards Mabton. Got into a little more snow, but nothing that stopped us. It was getting late in the day, so we didn't stop for any more pictures. Ended up getting in 350 miles for the day. Love the stroms for crusing down the road. Love the grip heaters. Need to get some heated gear. Never realized how cold we were until we got home and it took us all evening to get warmed up. Looking forward to spring so we can ride without concerns of snow and fog.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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They match

Oh ... how cute, the v-stroms match
lol

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Nice ride!
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:08 PM   #3
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Good report on your break in ride. You guy's are core to the bone.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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Looks like you are enjoying the new machines, looking forward to seeing you guys at Hells Canyon.
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:00 PM   #5
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At least the wind wasn't blowing?
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:49 AM   #6
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Looks like a good break in ride, that Bickleton road is a fun road.

When you two get your heated gear you'll really be all over the place on those bikes, you might even make it up to Spokane to see me.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:09 AM   #7
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Way to go guys!

I am certain Katy is already shopping for bags to pack her evening wear... who knew a little black dress and heels took so much room

It is great to see you guys putting some miles on the new bikes. Have you added a new seat to the list yet?
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:22 AM   #8
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Good looking bikes guys. How are the PatWalsh skid plates?

When are you going to Iron Butt those?

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Old 02-20-2009, 04:06 PM   #9
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Will do!

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Looks like a good break in ride, that Bickleton road is a fun road.

When you two get your heated gear you'll really be all over the place on those bikes, you might even make it up to Spokane to see me.
We know it's our turn to come your way. We really wanted to make the bike show Meet and Eat. I'm certain you could show us some interesting riding. We are shopping for heated gear already.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:13 PM   #10
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I am certain Katy is already shopping for bags to pack her evening wear... who knew a little black dress and heels took so much room
I'm not planning on different side bags. Everything has a place and a place for everything, evening wear included. We're going to copy Ward and use the action packer for the tail trunk.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:36 PM   #11
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I am certain Katy is already shopping for bags to pack her evening wear...
This from the guy that has demonstated using panniers for plowing fields.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:18 PM   #12
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I'm not planning on different side bags. Everything has a place and a place for everything, evening wear included. We're going to copy Ward and use the action packer for the tail trunk.
Good onya That action packer was the best 30 bucks ive spent on the V
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:02 PM   #13
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Nice Bikes Kids! Is that a custom color? Are these strictly road bikes or might they see some gravel roads?

How's that stock seat working for you? Mine kills me. I bought and airhawk seat cushion and it's great.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:08 PM   #14
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This from the guy that has demonstated using panniers for plowing fields.
Hasn't anyone told you yet? KLR=tractor
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:30 PM   #15
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I was out on those roads on my DS last fall and have a picture from that spot. It was fun riding among the windmills.




Thanks for the post and bringing back the memories.
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