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Old 03-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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2011 WABDR With a Hack

Our 2011 WABDR adventure began on Saturday July 31st with a ferry ride across Admiralty Inlet to Coupeville. We were both relaxed and excited to be on holiday and on our way. Four trips across the inlet and several hours later the fog lifted enough to get into Keystone harbor. Most adventures require route adjustments.....right?


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I think I handled the stress very well!




From Coupeville we traveled secondary highways and county roads out to Marblemont on Hwy 20 for fuel and then hotfooted it up to Washington Pass. There is a great overlook here that gives a view of the hairpin at Liberty Bell, the site of sometimes a hundred feet of collected snow. I waited at the summit for the rest of the crew as they got caught by one of several road construction delays.


Bike porn in the heat and mosquito's.




Just over the summit we got caught by more construction and auto drivers kindly let all of the bikes drift to the front.(maniacs!)




Here's the que just below the hairpin with Ric adjusting the load and Red standing next to Les' sidecar outfit.




Another GS based hack.





Now late in the day we descended on Mazama for fuel and an early camp. Here's our camp at Ballard.


That's it for Day 1; I'll post more tomorrow. Dave
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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Day 2

The next morning started with the crew riding up to Slate Peak at Hart's Pass whilst I dealt with grocery shopping and fuel at the Mazama store. Here's a couple of photos from the Hart's Pass area.










The crew returned to Mazama for their round of water, food and fuel and we were off for our first long dirt run over Goat Creek Road.


Looking West to Mazama from Goat Crk Rd(FR52)


The first leg of Goat Crk is steep, dusty washboard that quickly gets more entertaining once past the turnoff to Goat Wall. Following the creek below, the road climbs gradually then switchbacks across the creek to make a sudden rush for the top at Banker's Pass.


Here's the gang at Banker's Pass.




Staying on FR52 we descended Cub Crk to the Chewuch River and picked up FR37(Boulder Crk). A quick blast up Boulder Crk gets us to FR39 and that long spectacular run up through the Tripod Burn.


Here's a look North along our route from the first of several passes, Freezout Pass.




The switchback at Tiffany Springs(Three Buttes) IIRC



The slide just below Lone Frank Pass that closed the top end of the N. Fork of Salmon Crk.





Funk Mt Rd heads East to the infamous Skull and Crossbones Ridge. We didn't take this route thinking it would be too tough for the sidecar.




The long view North from Thunder Mt into the Tripod Burn. Oooooh please make me do that!





Round Meadow and the N Cascades beyond.




Snow shelter at 30 Mile Meadow and a view of the meadow





The new culvert and road repair at Ninemile Crk



We opted not to take DNR 1000 up to Ninemile and around past Chopaka Lk. It's a terrific ride but just too demanding for the heavy sidecar. We did get a picture of the sign....sigh.....





If you do take that route the descent to the valley near Loomis is made down Rattlesnake Hill. And yes, you are likely to see a rattlesnake there. (the cheater's way comes around the hill from the left)




Leaving Loomis after fuel and a leisurely lunch we slid slowly down the Sinlaheekin Valley to camp in the afternoon heat at Blue Lake.


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Old 03-22-2012, 05:13 AM   #3
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:39 AM   #4
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:42 AM   #5
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:42 AM   #6
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:47 AM   #8
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It's nice seeing a report with a hack doing it N to S. I did it S to N around the same time and we had a hack (Ural) in our group. Subscribed!
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I saw nothing in there a hack could'nt handle. I took a loaded Ural with passenger, saddle bags, tools, parts, luggage, etc... up and over Jeep trails in Colorado. Two years in a row.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:43 PM   #10
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Wow that is some pretty country! Love the photos!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:30 PM   #11
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:18 PM   #12
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I saw nothing in there a hack could'nt handle. I took a loaded Ural with passenger, saddle bags, tools, parts, luggage, etc... up and over Jeep trails in Colorado. Two years in a row.
There's nothing in the photos so far that the hack didn't handle. In fact, Les took a number of the photos here. Too tall gears and one wheel drive limited where the GS combo could go. We opted to travel together on all but one leg of the ride. Splitting up for the rough bits just cost us too much time herding the cats back together at rendezvous time. The lost rides can be made up and we gained two perspectives and shared vistas by staying together. Besides, the hack had all of the hootch. Dave
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:08 PM   #14
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Day 3

Day three started with fuel and food and a freshen up at the state park in Conconully. Just a few miles South we turned onto Cow Lake Rd and up to Ruby and the Ruby Grade. Ruby was a silver mining boom town that blossomed at the foot of Neville Ridge. Ruby Grade is the steep(read: very steep!) and rock strewn route to the spine of the ridge. Les spun out, nearly launching the sidecar down the terminal slope, and elected to turn around and go back down. Ric would have made it up but stopped to help turn the hack around and tipped his heavily loaded GS. With a little help he recovered, reloaded and returned down the grade to join Les. They continued down Salmon Crk Road to Hwy 20 and our rendezvous at the mouth of Loup Loup Canyon. Red and I headed South along the ridge and took the first wrong turn we could, eventually hitting SR20 just East of our planned rendezvous. This was some seriously fun riding down Arlington Ridge. We missed the other fellas and spent a couple of hours getting hooked up again and headed for Woody Mt and Benson Crk.


An old Sikorsky S5 in Okanogan.




I took this shot of an old barn on Arlington Ridge Rd right after we made the wrong turn. It was still a killer ride!



South off SR20 on Cook Mt Road we wheeled immediately West around Woody Mt on fun fast graded dirt and onto the narrow tarmac of FR41. Flying South I turned right on FR300, Benson Crk Road. NOT!!! It seems that Finley Canyon Road is also numbered 300 so we had a very scenic and fun ride alongside that deep gorge down to Lower Beaver Crk Road.



Wenner Lake from Finley Canyon Rd


South of Carlton, on Hwy153, S Fork of Gold Crk, FR4330 leads us to a long climb of Fox Peak via FR600.


Looking North from FR600




Lots of wildflowers everywhere we rode




A well earned break at the summit.



Looking South at mountains across the lake from 8020



This whole area burned a few years back taking a lot of good forest with it and leaving us with wonderful vistas of Lake Chelan. The old seabed geology is visible for the first time in a generation as well.










Following the ridge SE on 8020 leads to Chelan and civilization of a sort.....beer, ice, fuel, womens, traffic, heat, stop signs and speed limits. Rolling up the South shore in the heat, we arrived to a late camp at 25 Mile Crk.
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Leaving Loomis after fuel and a leisurely lunch we slid slowly down the Sinlaheekin Valley to camp in the afternoon heat at Blue Lake.
Nice. I have camped in that very same spot on Blue Lake several times thru the years. One time we even took my dad's Lido 14 up there and sailed it around a bit. Some freak wind came up and ripped one of the shroud anchors out and pulled it right thru the deck!

Looking forward to more!
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