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Old 08-18-2012, 11:04 PM   #31
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The parking lots full of Harley guys so I say hello fellow motorcycle afficianado and get the stink eye from several;whatever dude a hello back wouldn't crack your billy bad ass facade now go rub your bike with a diaper.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:57 AM   #32
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Puke Day 9 Beartooth Pass Awesomeness

We get up earlyish and have a great breakfast at the hotel and Lost Alaskan is to head off home afterwards. As we are packing up he ask if I am up for a little dirt action. Shit ya man, just down to road he finds Miller Rd that tuns into Lulu pass rd. Off we go and I am following. The 990 is eating up the rough stuff and I am impressed, great little short trip with amazing views. This was the last bit of real dirt I would see for my trip.











As the great pumpkin 990 takes a rocky turn it decides to take a nap and blows up the windscreen. Luckily Lost Alaskan used to be a Russian power lifter in his previous life and is able to push the thing up as I am pulling from the other side. Upright he packs up the busted windscreen to the back ; I was thankful he didn't leave it on the trail and trash it up and hope everyone else out there would do the same. At the end of the trail we part ways. Great guy and really knows his stuff adios Lost Alaskan it was good times.







Now off to the Beartooth pass, no reason to muck it up with words I will let the Beartooth picture bomb do the talking. Pure badassness and every turn I would stop for more pics.





















Now for the very long haul to Great Falls; nothing much to report except a near collision with a deer for the pirate riding a few hundred yards in front of me. So close even billy bad ass had to pull over to catch his breath. Ok now I am the deer hunter watching ever so close to the edges of the woods. Some pretty scenery along the way, love Montana.












Stop in White Sulfur Springs after this handy restaurant reminds me to Eat, big day there as the parking lot fills up.





I get into Great Falls late so have to grab a hotel want to be in town to get a new tire in the morning. Grab a 24 Oz big beer can (my friends call these Horse Coc$s) at the store down the road. I guess quads are street legal here as they are cruising down main street, kind of weird.





No true mile total for the day but I assume a lot, my gps ran tracks together for some reason.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:58 AM   #33
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Eek Day 10 New Shoes and Mudslides

Well after the very long day I woke up in my Hotel room and for the first time almost dreaded getting back on the bike. I walked outside and wanted to move the WR closer to my room. As soon as I started up and backed her out a smile went across my face, alright it was going to be another great day I suppose.

The night before I had researched the tires for my bike as my rear tire was almost bald at this point. I was going to walk into the Yamaha dealer and tell the proprietor “Please sir I would like the Dunlop 606 please and he would remove them from his vast collection of tires”. The reality was more to the effect of hummm what do we have that will fit your bike in stock ahhh the Trail wings, here you go.

I found Steve’s sports Center in Great Falls and these guys were great! Super friendly and everyone there seemed happy to be there, this is what I envisioned a bike shop to be. I asked for a favor if I could get squeezed in as quick as possible and they told me they treat travelers first. Boom right in for a new tire and oil change. They even let me watch them do the work in the shop in hopes I could learn something. I really like watching people who know what they are doing. Jake was the mechanic on bike and he was big into backcountry riding and camping as well. Nice guy and I cant recommend this place enough truly a pleasure to visit.





With a new shoe on the WR I was off to Glacier national park to ride the famous Highway to the sun. I told the guys in the shop and they said it was closed because of a mud slide. WTF? Really? a little check of the internet and sure enough a large section was closed but some was open, o well. I am headed there anyhow. Some long stretches of road with crazy wind blowing me around and the 75MPH speed limit is not fun on the WR in head winds.





When entering Blackfeet Indian reservation there was a pretty cool sculpture made out of old car parts, you can also see how bad the wind was as well. Maybe not an issue on a bike bike but brutal on the WR.









When I get to Glacier I go to several camping spots and everyplace is full, I even went to the primitive out of the way ones only to find them full as well. I eventually went to a KOA which are usually the worst and this one was crazy full. Even the gal working there said she had never seen it that full commenting it looked like a refugee camp. Much to my surprise the tent camping spot #13 was very secluded and felt much like any other State Park. Here are a few teaser pics of the park. No real milage for today as the GPS again ran tracks together .










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Old 09-05-2012, 02:24 PM   #34
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Great report.... you had me chuckling at the Yellowstone "conversation". I was in Yellowstone the last week of July and the traffic/drivers was just plain stupid.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:22 PM   #35
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Cool2 Day 11, Going to 3/4 of the road to the sun

Well up early for me and I try to get into the park before it gets Yellowstone style. The mudslide is still blocking the Going to the sun road and wasn't expected to be cleared until 1 or 2 PM so I drive as far as I can turn around then make a giant loop around to the other side of the park and grab the other half up to where its blocked. Picture bombing commencing...






























I used a Butler map of Montana to send me on a tad longer route but well worth it around Orthop Lake. I pulled into Eureka Montana on my way there for gas not knowing I was so close to Canada. I wanted to swing up to Canada and get International Adventure Rider status but no Passport on me, I would be a lowly domestic Adventure rider for now.

I had started to think I was somewhat hardcore since numerous people thought I was crazy to do this trip on basically a 250 dirt bike. I saw a guy on a road bicycle getting something to drink wearing a Lucky Labrador riding jersey from Portland Oregon. I asked if he was from there and he said he was actually from Seattle. Wow I said you rode that all the way from Seattle. Nope he replied, from Virginia. WTF!! He flew out there and has been riding back for about 4 months now. He was just doing it to do it and loving every minute of it.

You hear that .......pshhhhhh that was my ego being deflated and a reality check. This guy has peddled his ass all the way from Virginia on a seat way smaller than my Wolfman fender bag and as hard as my tire. That guy was hardcore like a diamond and I was hardcore like ummm an old bagel. Here I am thinking I am special doing this on a 250, stop whining about your seat and get rolling on your MOTOR cycle.

Rode around Orthop lake on the NF road on the west side of the lake which was all to myself and very scenic. The road was in rough shape and had more tar snakes than the Well of Soules ( get it?)





The folks at Black Dog Cycle works told me Sandpoint Idaho was the place to be so I was on my way. Beautiful drive and glad I chose the route. After grabbing something to eat I am surprised to find the campground full,







Mother trucker it was almost dark. Time to ride the bike like a crotch rocket and get to a hotel in Couer d’Alene. I stay in the first hotel I find, Super 8. I like to call it Super 8 ball since its full of meth tweekers. Long Long day and although the carpet is moist in the room its off to sleep.

Holy crap I went 454 miles that day, didn't realize that until now. One more day to go until this ride report is put to sleep.


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Old 09-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #36
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Pissed Day 12, Rock me like a Hurricane

Up and Atom to the Super 8 Ball breakfast of powdered eggs. I see a few outlaw biker guys there, I avoid eye contact but I am dressed in my Klim jersey so they ask me about my bike. Nice enough folks to me but hoping they didn't shiv me with a toothbrush for riding a metric bike. I see them again later and they have a chopper in the back of a truck with Buddhist religious symbols or perhaps more likely Nazi Swastikas. Ahhh Super 8 ball where the cultures come together.
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Time for a ride so I pick out some random route to avoid the freeways and go through beautiful farmland and cool small towns.















I land in Walla Walla and learn that a massive storm with hail is coming through, think I will stay here for a while.



Storm passes and its early I cant hang around in Walla Walla so F it Ill push on home to Portland.

Brilliant idea... I will take HWY 14 on the Washington side through the Columbia River Gorge home( those who know about the wind here know I am not exaggerating) . Hello wind, nice to meet you I am new to riding I haven't experienced what its like to ride in a hurricane yet so can you assist me with my continuing motorcycle education.



I believe it was 75 MPH gust but I am no meteorologist could have been less. You know those Motorcycle use extreme caution signs, well they were blown all the way flat on the ground. Wanted a picture but I was scared to stop.









This was really scary bad with a few times feeling like I was going to be put on the ground having to pull over to catch my breath riding sideways. I felt my helmet shifting sideways on my head. This was stupid I was going to be blown into the other lane at some point not to mention I could barely maintain 55 much less the suggested 75 MPH I should have been lower down in the gorge on I -84 but no way to get off HWY 14.

I eventually stop in a cafe and there were several workers there who had been sent home because the wind was to bad at the job sites. Back on the bike and cross the bridge to Biggs Junction. I fill up my 3 gallon tank with yup 3.076 Gallons! Lucky I didn't run out of gas on the bridge coming across! I had been getting 200 miles a tank the whole trip and I was at 140 miles, Head wind = massive fuel economy drop, the education continues.






I push to Hood River and the wind stops, smooth sailing back to Portland where I get home safe and sound.


Never will I go ride the Gorge without first checking wind reports.



428 miles, another long day

So to recap, about 3500 miles and amazing amazing trip. Awaiting me at home is my toilet seat sent to me from Klim. No real issues and to answer the big bike question I was asked by several folks. I was glad I had my bike hundreds of times and wish I had a bigger bike a few times. I am no BigWan or Radek or other legends of the 990 so until I hone my skills the 250 will do me just fine. On a side note one month later inspired by LittleWan amazing ride reports I flew to Utah and bought an 09 Weestrom so me and my lady can go 2up, but on pavement and fire roads for now...baby steps folks. Thanks for watching, stay tuned as I just finished the WBCDR; Holy cow that was bad ace. Been riding since May and have over 7000 miles on the WR and another 2000 on the Strom. Thats it , I hope somebody pulls something useful from this or was mildly entertained. I have been super grateful for all the post on ADVrider as I learn my way around bikes. I never realized how much work people put into posting these things; they take forever to do.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:51 PM   #37
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Great ride report. I liked the Harley riders stink eye comment. Son and I pulled in to Lowell, Idaho this summer and got that look from a guy on a 1200 GS. He had every farkle imaginable on that bike and yet not one ounce of dust or dirt. He saw our filthy bikes and just sort of turned around and ignored us.
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:11 AM   #38
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I flew to Utah and bought an 09 Weestrom so me and my lady can go 2up, but on pavement and fire roads for now...baby steps folks. Thanks for watching, stay tuned as I just finished the WBCDR; Holy cow that was bad ace. Been riding since May and have over 7000 miles on the WR and another 2000 on the Strom.
Woo! Congratulations!
You're not wasting any time, are ya?
Riding since May and already 9K miles!
Getting ready for some 2up action...
The Washington Backcountry...

That's awesome, PDX A (that's your Beastie Boy name)!

looking forward to your next ride report.
Maybe you can make the photos just a tiny bit larger for the next one. Not huge, but a little bigger.
You take really nice pics!
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:19 AM   #39
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Great ride report. I liked the Harley riders stink eye comment. Son and I pulled in to Lowell, Idaho this summer and got that look from a guy on a 1200 GS. He had every farkle imaginable on that bike and yet not one ounce of dust or dirt. He saw our filthy bikes and just sort of turned around and ignored us.
Thanks ; not sure what's up with the some Harley guys and not waving either. I figure they are so new to riding perhaps they don't have the skills to ride with one hand.


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Woo! Congratulations!
You're not wasting any time, are ya?
Riding since May and already 9K miles!
Getting ready for some 2up action...
The Washington Backcountry...

That's awesome, PDX A (that's your Beastie Boy name)!

looking forward to your next ride report.
Maybe you can make the photos just a tiny bit larger for the next one. Not huge, but a little bigger.
You take really nice pics!

O I usually run by the monikor DJ five ohhhh but PDX A, I like it ! Bigger pictures, done. Thanks. You Ms Wan take amazing pictures and my lady loves your reports! We are planning Alaska in June next year thanks to you guy! Yea 9k I have to make up for lost time and the only way to get better is time on the saddle
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:30 AM   #40
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Public Service announcment Video or PSA

For those you find the bovine collision amusing, just watch this PSA and for those who don't believe me just ask this scientition. Given the chance a cow would kill you and everyone you care about!!

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Old 09-14-2012, 02:50 PM   #41
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Awesome ride and awesome story. You and I think alike. I've been bumping around the west on a mighty XT250 (you think you get grief about your small unit?). Doing it on a little bike enhances the adventure and builds character. But I intend to buy a wee strom in the spring so my "ole lady" can accompany me.

I'm going to check out that rail trail up thru Island Park next time I'm up that way. -al
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:29 PM   #42
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.....thanks for the RR and hope to share your aventure some day but I'll need a week to just get there from Ontario Canada. Guess that would be 1/3 the adventure.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:28 AM   #43
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Great RR Super photos and stories!
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:45 AM   #44
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Great Job on the report PDX A! I really enjoyed your sense of humor and photos.
It was fun to read a report from the perspective of a new rider.

I have to say, I feel a little guilty after reading about your single track fiasco.

That morning you approached me and asked what our little group was doing, and I told you we were looking for tight fast two track. I think your response was something like "what's two track?"
I should've pointed you in the direction of Byways, he's the one who led the ride to Yellowstone on the old railroad grade. Instead, I think I just said, "You don't want to be with us." Sometimes I can be a real dick. Sorry.

I'll bet looking back though, you are probably happy about being on that single track ride. You got to peek behind the curtain a little and see what's possible to ride, and aspire towards.

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:38 PM   #45
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Nice report!

It looks like you were able to get a taste of all of the kinds of riding that makes riding a dual sport so special.
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