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Old 02-10-2013, 07:30 AM   #31
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Thoroughly enjoying this and looking forward to more. Thanks for sharing another adventure with us.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:35 AM   #32
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:16 AM   #33
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keep it coming, looks like you guys had/having a blast. That curry gorp looked really good, thanks for the simple food idea, making me hungry.

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Old 02-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #34
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Been waiting for this! some real ADV! Thanks for all the hard work Q~
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:39 AM   #35
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Day 5: Thursday September 8th, 2012

Ok.
So here's the disclaimer...
CJ was the guy who wanted to ride the WABDR.
Also, CJ is a really good motorcycle rider.
Also, CJ has an AWD 950 with a Rekluse clutch.
So what does this mean?
It means that we HAD to ride all the hero routes. No alternates, and no skipping sections.

So this morning we leave the campground, and almost immediately the WABDR becomes a trail... a narrow overgrown trail.


A twisty narrow trail.
(The green route is the trail we rode, and the yellow is the road that is the sneak route.)


A steep twisty narrow overgrown trail.


Again, I was only able to stop and take pictures on the easy sections.
I know CJ has some good "action shots".

But when we got to the top, the views were amazing.
Looking forward...


Looking back the way we came in yesterday.


And down there is the lake we were at less than two miles ago.


At this point, we connected back with the main WABDR, and followed forest roads along the ridges.


This was easy riding with great views.


And this kind of riding went on all day long.
We spread out to avoid each others' dust, and just rode.
Every 10 miles or so, we would regroup and make sure we were all doing OK.


Basically the WABDR links up a series of forest roads, and they have done a really good job of finding the most scenic ones.
We would ride for hours never seeing anyone else...


The views were impressive, and it was easy to let your mind wander.
We would stop every once and a while and just take in the amazing views.


The riding was easy, but you still had to pay attention. A simple lapse of concentration could result in a very nasty accident in a very remote location.


Here comes Jeff enjoying the ride.


I stop to take a panorama shot.


At each high point there were amazing views. You could see for miles and there was no sign of civilization.


We were deep in the wilderness.
Eventually we get to the summit of Mount Chumstick. Elevation 5810.
It's an amazing alpine environment, and the location of a former fire tower.
Time for victory pictures.




After enjoying the views, we head down to the next town of Cashmere.
It's been a tiring day, and we didn't get much of a breakfast.


Rumor has it that somewhere down there is a great BBQ place. That's what kept me going. I was getting grumpy due to lack of food.

But on the way down, we see these two Urals on the side of the forest road.
Lo and behold! It's my good friend Mr. Cob, and Spot the wonder dog!


Holy heck, what are the odds of this?
I've known Mr. Cob for years, and rode with him a bit many years ago when he did his cross country ride to New England. It was amazing to see him again.
Russian Iron.


Spot the Wonder Dog meets his new best friend in Jeff.


But soon it was time for us to get back in or on our vehicles and continue.
Bye Spot.


About an hour later we go to town.. and found what I had been dreaming of since breakfast... BBQ!


We have been riding hard for days now, and honestly have not been eating as well as we should have. So now it was time to PIG.




Huumm... What should I have?


We stuffed ourselves!




and then the food coma hit us hard.


After our naps, we fueled up the bikes, filled up our water reserves, and headed into the mountains again.
Were headed to the Beehive reservoir area.

We got to a section of the trail that was closed due to extensive trail damage. But we ignored the sign and pushed on...
And soon we discovered that the sign was right.
Do we turn back? Of course not! We're studly tough ADVenture riders.
The stream had eroded the road.


Is there a way through?
I think we can sneak long the right side. It's narrow and the drop into the stream would be bad, but we go for it.


I make it without any drama, but it was tricky. I felt like a circus bear on a bike. Move slowly, and keep your balance. It's too narrow to even "duck walk" the bike.

Here comes CJ.


and the final surge through the stream back onto the road.


We all make it through without any problems.
(But we heard that an earlier rider went off the edge and his BMW R1200 ended up upside down in the stream.)

Anyway, we're good, and the trail goes on...


There were even a few downed trees to keep things interesting.
It's really interesting on a fully loaded Adventure bike...


We climb up over the ridge and notice that a big storm is coming.
So we drop down the other side and find a protected place to camp near Beehive reservoir.
I quickly set up Camp Snuggly before the heavy rain starts.


We slept soundly listening to the rain on the tents.

It had been a difficult day.
The steep twisty section this morning, lots of riding ridges in the afternoon, and the final washed out section all took their toll on us.
As a group, we were holding it together, but there was definitely the possibility that any one of us would get tired and say or do something that would upset the dynamics.
We had been riding hard, for almost a week with very little rest and relaxation. I know I was getting irritable at times. But having good, experienced, and understanding friends makes a big difference.

Stats for the day:
112 miles. Moving Average 21mph.
Moving time 5:20 Stopped 4:05 Total 9:26

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #36
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We got to a section of the trail that was closed due to extensive trail damage. But we ignored the sign and pushed on...
And soon we discovered that the sign was right.
Do we turn back? Of course not! We're studly tough ADVenture riders.




We all make it through without any problems.

It's really interesting on a fully loaded Adventure bike...

Yay! I'm glad you guys did that washed out section!




go KTM!
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:09 PM   #37
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Yay! I'm glad you guys did that washed out section!




go KTM!
I told you the Wans would show up. Where is the Mameshiba link?

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:27 PM   #38
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I told you the Wans would show up. Where is the Mameshiba link?

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Like this? www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjmQw3JaTsE


Gosh you guys are demanding.
WABDR and talking beans...

Sometimes I wonder...
(Kelly? How do you do all that you do?)
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:16 PM   #39
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:26 PM   #40
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I told you the Wans would show up. Where is the Mameshiba link?
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hey! I've been here (post #5)



Maybe you'll see BigWan when Q gets to the KTM rally!

(Mameshiba? ooooh. I try not to drag the crazy into other people's reports...)



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Gosh you guys are demanding.
WABDR and talking beans...

Sometimes I wonder...
(Kelly? How do you do all that you do?)
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Whoops. There's the crazy! Heh heh. Thanks, Q!

hope you don't mind some nuttiness seeping into your story.

I was trying to be good, too.
It took a lot of self control when you mentioned big buttes on page 1...

Sorry for the hijack!
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:09 PM   #41
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Maybe you'll see BigWan when Q gets to the KTM rally!
Sorry LittleWan. That's what I get for getting distracted by the pictures and skipping the comments.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:32 PM   #42
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:25 PM   #43
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waves to Jeff and Craig,
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:03 AM   #44
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Day 6: Friday September 9th, 2013

Another great nights sleep.
The thunderstorm had blown though overnight and the air was fresh and quite a bit colder.
We made a small breakfast, some coffee, and packed up camp and hit the trail towards Ellensburg.
The trail took up back up the ridge, and we were treated to wonderful views.


But in the distance we could see that the storm the night before had started a few forest fires to the north where we had come from.


Fortunately we were headed south and the sun was drying out the trail nicely... No dust.


Just easy forest roads and great views all morning.


Eventually the trail took us down off the ridge and into some deep forests.
Being from the high desert of Idaho, this is a treat.
Soon we came to this famous cabin, and stopped to shed some layers.




Back on the bikes we rode though more deep forest. With the sunlight beaming down through the trees the effect was hypnotic.


Eventually the trail took us back up onto an exposed ridge line and the views returned.
We could see Mt. Shasta.


Just great views everywhere.


KTM prOn.


We were all hungry, and raced to the next town for gas and breakfast.


In Ellensburg, we found the diner. (Looking at other peoples Ride Reports, we all seem to find the same place.)


I remember it was really windy, and we thought the bikes might get blown over.


Inside the diner was a history lesson in American automotive past.




Monster breakfast burrito for me please!


I'm missing a few pictures of the next section, but it was the climb up to Bethel Ridge. There was a small stream crossing, and some steep loose boulder strewn roads that got us up the ridge where there was a massive Microwave relay station.

But once on the ridge, the views were epic.
A totally exposed ridge line that went of for about 5 miles.




Jeff stops to get rid of some fluids, and take in the view.



And then... all hell broke loose.
Dropping down off the ridge was misery.
There was a super steep section of nothing but softball sized rocks.
(Other ride Reports have pictures of this. It was too steep to stop and take pictures.)
The bottom was several miles of steep washed out boulders and eroded trenches.
Just creeping along trying to pick the best line... Dropping onto holes, working the brakes and clutch for what seemed like forever. By the time we got to the bottom I had such forearm pump and my neck and shoulders were aching. I was tired and really pissed off.
So tired in fact, and almost angry, I didn't take pictures for the rest of the day...
Bu the trail went on. After the Bethel Ridge section, was another climb, to another ridge. I was pissed and angry. So I just threw caution to the wind, stood up on the pegs, opened up the throttle, but my trust in my animal brain and the KTM's suspension and ripped the mountain a new _________.

By the end of the day the result was this.




Yeup. I blew up the Super Enduro's rear shock.
We stopped at a small general store, picked up a few beers and rode into the nearby forest and decided to call it a day.
The storm front the night before had brought crisp cool air and fairly high winds.
We set up the tents.


Found a sunny spot to watch the sun go down, and I drank my beers and tried to stop my arms from shaking.


It was another tough day, but Craig and CJ were still smiling...
What good guys.

Stats for the day:
140 miles. Moving Average 26.1
Moving Time 5:21 Stopped 3:30 Total 8:40

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Old 02-13-2013, 09:00 AM   #45
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I thought you'd just parked in the same place a Harley did.

When I had my SE I learned that when you saw the red mist and were riding in anger you had to be aware of two things:

1) you were going really frickin' fast, faster than you thought, and if you crashed it was going to hurt

2) if you hit something hard, I mean really hard, something on the bike was going to break. Not because it was not designed properly but because the bike weighs so much. Physics is a harsh mistress.


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