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Old 06-03-2009, 02:31 PM   #31
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Have fun and be safe!!! OMG I'm so excited for you!!

Thanks for the link BL!! I'll be watching also!!
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:06 PM   #32
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Day One Ellensburg to Grand Coulee

The first day is in the can.

Wow what a day! Ran into someone that I had not seen in a long time. What are the chances of randomly stopping in a small town population less than 100 and running into someone you know--that's why they call it adventure riding you never know what will happen---Anyway.

The TW proved itself worthy today crossing Blewitt Pass and "willing" its way up from the Columbia River to the Plateaus of Central Washington on a real grind of a road know as Badger Mountain Road,

I had to stop once because the CHT was too hot for my liking. I let the bike cool down about 15 minutes had some lunch and we finished the grade.

Did some off pavement riding; once intentionally to avoid traffic on US 2 and once when we were just lost.

(Note: this is a solo ride but the bike and I are "We" Its weird to animate something inanimate. But this bike definitely has a personality all its own. )

Though I have never named a bike------- BUT---------- if this little beast makes it pulling this trailer over the Rockys and all the way to Minnesota-it not only deserves a name, but a drink of the finest grades of lubricating oil money can buy.

I started from Fairview Hall, a rundown building with a long history. This building served as a grange hall for many years; the social, educational, and political center for the northeast corner of the Kittitas Valley. From there we crossed the Valley and picked up US 97-the fastest speed was 55.5 mph per the GPS.

Fuel economy was 77.3 mpg from Ellensburg to Wenatchee and 66.7 mpg from Wenatchee to Grand Coulee.

Tonight I'm at Banks Lake and tomorrow I hope to be somewhere around Sandpoint,ID or further east.

Fairview Hall The Start Point



Northwest of Ellensburg on US 97 is an old farm that has been photographed numerous times.



Town of Cashmere-what's this guy doing taking up two parking spaces?



Running along the Wenatchee River.



Somewhere on Badger Mountain Road I decided to get adventuresome and picked my own path. This is not a good place to do this--- there are some really big coulees and once you get into one you go where it goes or you have to turn around, which isn't always the easiest thing to do if you keep putting it off assuming that something better will avail itself.

Well this is where I got lost--- turned around twice but it all worked out--- but I lost a bunch of time and it was getting hot.

Lost is a pretty spot. The road after this picture became very rutted and rocky-I really had to pay attention and go slow. Some of the ruts were over 20 inches deep and 100s of yards long weaving all over the place.



The town of Waterville and the Waterville Hotel



Town of Winthrow







Columbia Plateau



The Grand Coulee Dam



Good night and hopefully I will have signal strength to post tomorrow.

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Old 06-03-2009, 09:43 PM   #33
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Very cool......ballsy too....have fun & good luck !
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:10 PM   #34
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A Good Night Shot From Banks Lake

I found this view very restful-A small campfire and its

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Old 06-03-2009, 10:38 PM   #35
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it's folks like you....

...who made me go out and buy a little DS bike today.

Looks like it will be a way cool trip. Subscribed and wishing you good weather and better adventure.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:28 PM   #36
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wow thats quite the rig ya got there. long way to go on a little bike. sounds like fun to me.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:32 PM   #37
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:14 AM   #38
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"A journey of a thousand miles..." and all like that. Looks like you had a successful start! Love the look of that rig all loaded up. Nice pics. Keep 'em coming!



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Old 06-04-2009, 08:56 AM   #39
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Have a blast, I am looking forward to the same next month on my XT225
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:27 PM   #40
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I'll tag along if you don't mind.
Your bike has flung a cravin' on me.
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:27 PM   #41
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Day Two Banks Lake, WA to Clark Fork, ID

Well I have been grinning from ear to ear almost all day-maybe it was heat stroke.

The TW is running great but you have to keep an eye on the CHT (cylinder head temps) on long uphill grades.

The bike ran well, my ears and kinesthetic senses are becoming more in tune to the sounds and feel of the of the bike and engine under this new load.

The little TW poured its heart out cresting three major passes- all above 4000 feet and dropping back down to the Columbia River. Average fuel economy today was 73.6 mpg.

Because of today’s heat I had to stop and rest the bike three times to let the bike cool down.

The key events of today;
My REI cup which I had for many, many years was found broken
I forgot my Plexiglas cleaner (I will pick some up somewhere along my route)
Took some farewell pictures of Grand Coulee Dam
Stopped in Nespelem and visited Chief Joseph’s grave site-the last major Indian war in the USA
TW goes to church
Motorcycle lawn art
Inchelium-Gifford Ferry ride
Dirt ride along the south shore of Priest River enroute to Sandpoint

Below are some pictures of todays ride.

Departing Banks Lake.





On my way to Nespelem I stopped and took this picture of Grand Coulee looking to the south.

The town and dam are very interesting. They also hold laser light shows at night on the face of the dam-



Nespelem--Grave site of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce who led the US Army on a 1000 mile chase before surrendering.

Close up you would be able to see the tokens others have left on his grave site.





TW at Church.

Had to park here and then walk to the cemetery.



Next stop was the Inchelium-Gifford Ferry across the Columbia River what a smooth crossing and best of all "it was free".






I pulled off the road for a short rest and ...……



It was so hot this sprinkler really tempted me



It was very hot today.............................
This was my most important piece of equipment-TW200 water storage system.

Works like a bubbler just open the valve




Tomorrow I want to camp at Trego or maybe make Glacier.

After Glacier the second part of the ride begins, almost all dirt roads through Montana and North Dakota.

Good night and maybe tomorrow I may have some more to report--Gosh this is a lot of fun.




Post Ride Note:(Little do I know bad weather is moving in behind me and this is going to change the complexion of this ride in a few days………)
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:36 PM   #42
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Lawn Art

Somewhere on the Colville Reservation, I ran into this motorcycle lawn art.

This is one of four bikes that the owner had placed along the driveway

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Old 06-04-2009, 08:48 PM   #43
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:55 PM   #44
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This is all just too cool - and that's one of the neatest rigs of any displacement I've ever seen. Safe travels to ya! Subscribed.
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