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Old 08-16-2013, 03:19 PM   #1681
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A couple basterds and I did the route last week in 3.5 days North to South as we were a bit pushed for time. We had no unexpected closures and used the Beehive reservoir route.

Ran into a few groups and handed out some Furious Basterds stickers. We were a bit rushed for time and unfortunately started the route in the afternoon so were a half-day off from the usual timing. The GPS track was spot-on but I can see people having issues if they don't have a 'track-capable' GPS.

The most technical sections were the 'Alders' section and the section from Chelan to Ellensburg. The 'baby-head hill' we did backwards and the boys mentioned they would have preferred to be going up rather than down it. There were a few short sand sections before 'baby-head hill' which were long enough to tighten sphincters but not long enough to cause drama. We started the way south from Chelan in the late afternoon so we were all tired already - not smart in retrospect. Lots of loose rock to go up and down on but nothing impossible.

We ran heavy duty tubes and ran 20psi rear and 25psi front and had no issues. We all ran Amsoil oil and 79% nitrogen in the tires.

There was a section on the northernmost leg that was signed as closed from August 5-12 but I think that's been mentioned already.

BTW, if you camp under the tree at the 'Alamo' campground, there's a very strong biting ant population in that location. You've been warned. Big Paul was dealing with ants in his helmet the whole next day - and he kept all his gear in the tent.

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Old 08-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #1682
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Just finished the WBDR south to north in four days 12-15 Aug. Went 720 miles to border due to starting from my house in Clark county and adding roads that I knew were more technical than the official route. After going through all the difficult sections between Packwood and Ellensberg, I got a pinch flat hitting a rock at speed that I didn't see. This was about 10 miles from E'berg, so my riding partner went on into town and got a tube while I propped the bike up on some rocks and took the wheel off.



The only closure we went around was the 7100 road, which looked pretty serious and permanent. The "construction" closure past Conconully was a joke. We moved the barriers and kept going.

We saw no other riders on the route, and only one 4WD, which was a high-dollar Lexus SUV that we passed just before the "overgrown but passible" section. They said they were going to go through it, which if they did, it probably flattened a lot of the brush amd maybe made the route more passible.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:42 AM   #1683
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Tires

Forgot to mention that all the bike shops we came across were closed Sunday and Monday. Just an FYI for tire planning.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #1684
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Cashmere Powersports is open Mon-Fri closed on weekends and Mitch is a great guy!
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:54 AM   #1685
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Just took the dogs up Sand Creek, and the Forest Circus has run a Cat up the road at least a couple miles, which is as far as we went.
Rover31, we should figure out how to connect the top of Ruby Creek with South Fork Sand Creek, if you don't already know how. I've got both XR250Rs running, although the white one still pees gasoline occasionally. Gotta re-clean the carb I guess.


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Old 08-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #1686
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I know a trail that connects however it has a couple of wash outs that are not small. Would be tough on a loaded DS. We will have to go up to see if it has changed in the last month.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:22 PM   #1687
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Forgot to mention that all the bike shops we came across were closed Sunday and Monday. Just an FYI for tire planning.
Sportland in Cle Elum although a bit off path is open on Sundays just not on Mondays and Tuesdays if that helps in the future. Jeff the owner s great to deal with.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #1688
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I know a trail that connects however it has a couple of wash outs that are not small. Would be tough on a loaded DS. We will have to go up to see if it has changed in the last month.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:09 PM   #1689
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Q for you guys.

The map now has a second little section on it. Heading north from the south, after BabyHead hill, after Cleman Mt, there is two options on the route to Ellensburg.

What's the story between the two?
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:30 PM   #1690
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Found a Glove

Anyone lose a Klim glove on the WABDR on Umtanum Ridge this last weekend? I was in my truck headed southbound and had just passed a V-Strom 650 and an F800GS headed Northbound. I assumed it belonged to one of them. Send me a PM if it's yours.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:58 AM   #1691
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Q for you guys.

The map now has a second little section on it. Heading north from the south, after BabyHead hill, after Cleman Mt, there is two options on the route to Ellensburg.

What's the story between the two?
I don't have a Butler map anymore, but if you are talking about the second section marked "difficult" between Packwood and Ellensberg, that is the most technical section on the whole WBDR. There is a solid rock ledge followed shortly by a single track path through rocks that goes over some roots on the right. These are uphills going from south to north. It was after these two spots that I got the pinch flat pictured in a few posts above.

The alternate easy route is a wide, smooth graded road into E'Berg.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:16 AM   #1692
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Ah got ya, thanks.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:54 PM   #1693
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There is a solid rock ledge followed shortly by a single track path through rocks that goes over some roots on the right.
I was under the impression there was no single track on the WABDR? Is this part of the route or a side route you took?
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:12 PM   #1694
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In Ellensburg right now. Left from Mineral yesterday, rode through 706 and east on 12 to the trail. Few sections with those gnarly rocks and hill climbs humbled me. And gave me a shot of confidence as well. Definitely have a blast. Camped outside EBurg on this junction where it looked like some assholes were camped a few hours before. Shoot me a PM if any of you inmates will be between Eburg and Chelan
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:24 PM   #1695
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In Ellensburg right now. Left from Mineral yesterday, rode through 706 and east on 12 to the trail. Few sections with those gnarly rocks and hill climbs humbled me. And gave me a shot of confidence as well. Definitely have a blast. Camped outside EBurg on this junction where it looked like some assholes were camped a few hours before. Shoot me a PM if any of you inmates will be between Eburg and Chelan
Noticed you live in Btown. Hwy 20 reopened today if that helps your plans. Have fun.
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