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Old 02-06-2013, 01:44 PM   #106
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Day 4 continued


Nah, she said sure boys take all yer want!

Watered up, we push on. Bethyl Ridge cant be that far.
Can it ?


What lie between us and Bethyl Ridge would take a thosand miles worth of rubber off my T63 and make a normally silent Mike P-Diddy Piazza proclaim:
"The shocks are boiling" !


Starting off with a very difficult downhill (thankfully for us running n-s), that had 2 riders running northbound on DRZ 400's off thier bikes and turning tail.

Half way down I notice a large black blot in the middle of the channel.

Once we reached the bottom we find the source of that black blotch and what it was.

BMW 10W40
The WABCDR took another victim. A GSA with a punctured valve cover. These poor fellas were trying plug a fist sized hole with duct tape. The cover was stoved in, the side of the GSA looked like someone took a 3' grinding wheel to it.
But they were cool guys. They would handle it and get the bike out of there.


Take the ride down Cleman Mountain with Mike on the Panzer. Of course you can't get a good sense of the decline angle, but you can sense there ain't now way your stopping that bike except on it's side if you don't keep her under control. You see the DRZ riders who also had to offer up their young to the mountain,


Well, being the diehards we are , or was it gluttons for punishment we continued our assault through the unrelenting rock gardens of Bethyl Ridge.
Motorcycle tourture test.
If you skimped anywhere with the Loctite, it would become evident
This is where Mike dumped the GSA going for the smoother line. A very rare occasion. The babyheads give way to massive ruts.

And then, and none too soon as darkness was close at hand,
a killer camp spot.............
Bethyl Ridge Washington State




Rim Rock Lake below, Magestic Mount Adams in the backround



We never slept better



We would capture the morning glory of Bethyl Ridge the following dawn.








NEXT UP:

Day 5, Breakfast in Packwood and our last day on the WABCDR as we say goodbye to Washington when cross the Columbia River into Oregon tomorrow evening !
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:52 PM   #107
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Lake Chelian ? looks just like Lake Chelan hmmmmm got find this one
Yea, yea, we know. You into the bike trip or just care to correct spelling?
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:49 PM   #108
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I see postcard potential here.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:50 PM   #109
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #110
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Bethel Ridge

Bethel Ridge was a fantastic campsite.
Getting there was a challenge which made it much mo bettah!

The last few miles before we made it to the campsite we were all tired and had pretty much exhausted our energy. I dropped my bike on a rocky section late in the day because I was just drained. The section in Mike's video and another one a bit earlier in the day took their toll on us. Then the last few miles to Bethel Ridge were battling heavily rutted trails as it was getting dark.

Our Cap'n knew our objective for the day and kept pushing us on.

The views and the night at Bethel Ridge were our reward for a day of hard work. We ended the day knowing we had conquered the WABDR. Especially gratifying after seeing thr problems some others had.

In Mike's video you see him passing a bike on it's side trying to make it up the climb. It was a husband and wife team on KLX250's if I remember correctly. They had got caught up in WABDR fever and did not seem prepared for the difficult sections of the route.

By the end of our adventure I was wishing for sand. Anything but those godforsaken rocks. The WABDR and OBDR have rocks. Lots and lots and lots of rocks.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:17 PM   #111
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Yea, yea, we know. You into the bike trip or just care to correct spelling?
And while we're at it, it's Bethel, not Bethyl
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #112
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And while we're at it, it's Bethel, not Bethyl
And this is Adventure Ryder and Frank and gang are doing an excellent job taking us along with great pictures, video and narrative!

Frank and gang, thanks for all the work to post this report and all the ones in the past and hopefully more in the future!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:57 PM   #113
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And while we're at it, it's Bethel, not Bethyl
Lol
I just knew I had that wrong. Too tired to check


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Old 02-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #114
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Great Report!

Frank -

Thanks for the report. Life long Washington resident and enjoyed seeing parts of the state I hadn't seen before so I appreciate your efforts. How did your DR and your mods work out for the trip? Looking to do the Race Tech suspension upgrades on my DR so interested on your feedback.

Thanks

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Old 02-06-2013, 08:53 PM   #115
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Up to this point in the ride report - no difference. I would not propose anything different.
Definitelly ride the route north to south. A couple of upcoming sections you won't want to be riding in the opposite direction.

And you might want to do something a bit different the last few days. Dont want to spoil the upcoming report from the Cap'n.
We went the first two weeks of September. The beginning of the ride was Labor Day Weekend.

Last bit of advice - take a light bike. While Mike P did it on the big GS it is not a trip for everyone to make on a big bike. Mike is the youngest and strongest of our group.

One more thing. I dont think you will see any other ride reports of someone or a group doing the WABDR and the OBDR back to back. It's a workout.

Someone asked about the Wolfman bags. The Ortliebs I have on the WR have been with me now a number of years and have a hole here and there as well as some of the straps are broken. Before this trip I ordered the Wolfman racks as I am sure to replace the Ortlieb's. I just bought the Wolfman's from an inmate. Great bags for this kind of riding.




I told ya DP was gonna tease us. Gonna keep everyone hangin on while he is sailing some stupid ship or something.


Actually, Little Wan & Big Wan did it last year two up on a KTM. Their report is on here--search Gettin' Dirty with the Wans

I'm enjoying this one as well. Y'all are doing great & having a fun time. That's what it is all about!!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:47 AM   #116
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Frank -

Thanks for the report. Life long Washington resident and enjoyed seeing parts of the state I hadn't seen before so I appreciate your efforts. How did your DR and your mods work out for the trip? Looking to do the Race Tech suspension upgrades on my DR so interested on your feedback.

Thanks

Mike

Hi Mike!
The DR was absolutely perfect Mike. I would not have changed a thing. The RT mod is a big band for the buck. Very good at sucking up the rocks


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Old 02-07-2013, 06:56 AM   #117
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Thanks everyone for tagging along.
And for you Washintonites. Please accept my apology for taking liberties with your state landmark names like Bethyl Ridge and Lake Chilean. Lol
Spell check isn't picking up on it and I got a lot going on right now. Posting a rr is more time consuming then the actual posts of it would indicate so bear with it fellas if you don't mind.

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:00 AM   #118
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Carry on Frank. We appreciate the story and pictures. Some of us don't care as much about spelling and grammar as others.
It all looked GREAT to me!
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:09 AM   #119
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We come up on Haney Meadow



Not too long after you guys went through, there was a helluva fire in the area. The cabin looks like this now:

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:23 AM   #120
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Laugh Funny stuff there.....

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We could use him out here, somebody keeps running into the Golden Gate Bridge.
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