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Old 07-21-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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It starts like this... a couple of years ago over on the monster WR250R thread, a certain inmate who goes by HighFive (HF) was an early and very active contributor and has given a lot of helpful information to many there. I got one of those WR250R DS bikes and proceeded to learn all I could over in the WRR thread. After some back and forthing, in posts and PM's it turns out HF was coming to the Seattle area on a trip with his daughter and he wanted to sample a bit of the views and greenery of the Pacific Northwest. I offered my WR250R for HF to ride and I would ride my Aprilia RXV550. A date was set and plans made for the ride, 7/16/10. HighFive would bring his riding gear, and I would provide transportation and bikes to ride.

Of course best laid plans... my Aprilia had a clutch problem just days before the ride and the part I needed would take too long to get, so it was out of commission. Asking around (OK, begging, pleading, groveling etc...) one of my riding friends Damon loaned me his Enduro racebike, a KTM EXC200, for a day. Whew! Thanks Damon! Saved by the bell.

So, hmm, where to take him? The closest area I or other rider friends I knew could think of was the Wenatchee National Forest: Maverick Saddle/Mad Lake/Klone Peak area, scenic and not too brutal. A day before the ride I called the Wenatchee Ranger Station only to find out the areas I wanted to ride were still seasonally closed, very late Spring this year. Argh! Another Seattle area inmate ThrottleThrill made the suggestion to try the area near Cashmere, WA - Devils Gulch trails: Sand Creek, Red Hill, Tronson Ridge. Good elevation gain, scenic, real single-trail and open. I printed the map, collected all the gear, loaded the bikes and waited for HigFive to show up the next morning...

Yes we trailered, I don't know about you, but 2.5 hours of pavement each way on a KTM 200 EXC only very marginally plated...do I need explain more?

It was a good day.



HighFive, you're up...
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:59 PM   #2
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:58 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:18 PM   #4
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Aaaah....Seattle....yes indeed. Still feels like yesterday.

Yeah, that's what I meant. I'm still sore, nearly a week later. Gettin old, I reckon.

Funny how two people can have such different vantage points of the same situation. Cyborg is right....we met on the WRR Monster Thread. He kept posting these glorious photos of his heavenly mountain riding areas, and somewhere along the line I popped off my mouth (it happens): "I've got to come ride THAT with you".

But, it ain't easy getting to the PNW (that's Pacific Northwest for all you Rebels) when living in the center of No Man's Land (that's Oklahoma for all you Yankies). Took a year and some stunning cunning by Hotel Foxtrot to form a PLAN.....convince my kid she reeeeeally needs to check out the University of Washington for college. Cause Momma ain't gonna let her go up there all alone.

Ever hear of a slow boat from Oklahoma? No? Well, maybe you should put it on your Bucket List. Took a while, but we eventually arrived:



And the "Mountain" was out to greet us:



That would be the mighty Mt. Rainier. And it doesn't get a suntan very many days in the year. Yes sir, things were looking good.

So far anyway...

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Old 07-21-2010, 08:37 PM   #5
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Now here's where those vantage points differ...

Cyborg's been braggin endlessly about his 150 hp dirtbike (RXV550 twin). Ok, maybe it was 75 hp, but when you spend most your time on a $2.50 dualsport with only about 25 hp, its same difference (a Bunch).

Man, I can't wait to ride that fire-breathing dragon!!! Besides, were just gonna take the tourist route...site see...take it easy on the simple two track and fire roads, and the like. At least that was supposed to be the plan, cause I still had a few days to spend with my daughter hiking around the hills in downtown Seattle. The trip was for her....remember!

But what's this I find upon arriving at Rancho Cyborg....??





That bad boy RXV is parked "on display" like its in the recovery room following surgery....except the doctor failed to finish the procedure!

And there is a teeny weeny 250cc Smoker on the trailer next to the 300 pound WRR.

Now, I may have been born at night....but it wasn't LAST NIGHT. This is the first moment I'm thinking I might be in a little trouble...ok a lot.

The dude has had a freaking year to get that RXV ready for this day. So, a likely story I think.....clutch burned out a week ago....uh huh...right.

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Old 07-21-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:58 PM   #7
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:32 PM   #8
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You were that close and didn't even say one word....

There is plenty waiting here for you when you come back

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Old 07-21-2010, 09:47 PM   #9
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Hey it's only a day-ride folks, not a trip across Borneo the hard way.

That was a 200cc 2-smoker BTW, HF gettin' confused there. I'll have to admit I was glad it was a light 200cc later...

One of the askin's of the Oklahoma boy was "not too tough, still have to do things with daughter the next couple of days". I'd never ridden the area we were going before so of course I couldn't say how tough it might be.

We head outta Dodge and for you PNW locals, stop at the Sultan Bakery. Been awhile since I ate there and the "breakfast sandwich" I thought would be small, well...



HF only gets a dainty donut.

I was hungry so...



Back on Hwy 2, then we turn off at Cashmere, home of Applets & Cotlets




Through town then a backroad headed South, turn at an "interesting junction" (OK, junkyard) and end up at the Sand Creek Trailhead.




The day is looking good. Nobody around, yet.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:24 AM   #10
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:00 AM   #11
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Why....you're right, Cyborg. YOU in fact WERE riding ON a 200 2-STROKE!

And, the solo doughnut....I was trying hard not to spot you anymore weight advantage than you already had.

Folks, do you know what that "200" really stands for? I'll tell ya....200 lbs, that's what! Yup...little squirt has tons of power & torque, so much I don't think its all about the motor size. Just sayin...

This little orange spider just loves to go vertical....like up that trailhead directly behind Cyborg.



Almost time for "Follow the Leader". I was particularly fond of the custom decals:



Ain't they purdy? Cyborg was a fine host, I tell ya. He even put them on my horse:



It was real snazzy! We looked like a fancy sponsored team on an important expedition into the unknown. Well, except for the fat, old, & balding parts.

While we were stuck waiting on Cyborg's riding buddy to show up, I spent my time adjusting suspension & setup more to my liking. (I think that's why Cyborg really invited my.....to dial in his WRR for him....but I don't mind).

Finally, his fashionably late friend arrived....Race Ready:



Now, I was reeeeeally getting concerned about the trails in them there woods.

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Old 07-22-2010, 06:23 AM   #12
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That was a 200cc 2-smoker BTW, HF gettin' confused there.
He does that a lot . . . gettin' old and all . . .
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:35 AM   #13
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I was worse, trust me, since I'm a bit older than HF... uh, where was I.. after the guy on horseback, the owner of the junkyard, told us about the horses he was running and a bit about the trails then mosied on down the road, HF got back to business setting up the WRR. Honest HF, I was, err, uhm, too busy before you arrived to get the setup done.

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