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Old 10-18-2012, 08:04 PM   #586
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But, the pee was actually the worst. Cows have HUGE bladders!!!


hence the expression for heavy rain: "like a cow pissing on a flat rock"
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:12 AM   #587
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I'm all caught up now.

I got a late start but I managed to catch up on your report before you finished it. Great report as always. You guys keep outdoing yourselves.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:35 AM   #588
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Customs guy had a Goldwing?


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Old 10-19-2012, 10:13 AM   #589
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Thumb What a cool video....

"Jimmy Lewis shared this link on facebook today. Matt made the highlight reel."

If that video doesn't make you want to ride, your heart isn't beating. Also makes me want to drink the kool-aid
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:39 PM   #590
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Hey sion! nice word picture.

Hi Bronco, glad you're caught up!


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Customs guy had a Goldwing?



Heh. That wasn't a very good pic. I can't quite make it out...You tell me.





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If that video doesn't make you want to ride, your heart isn't beating. Also makes me want to drink the kool-aid
Hurry! They stopped making the 990!











Day 43: 8/3/12
Osoyoos, BC to Lake Chelan, WA 254 miles








As I mentioned, we didn’t have any paper maps of Washington.
Just the WABDR tracks we got here.

Matt plugged those into Norm and we just did whatever that plastic box told us to do.
So, most of the time I had no idea where we were.
If you see any glaring mistakes, feel free to correct me...




Oh, I think I linked to the wrong page of the website in the last post.
There’s a little more info if you start on the home page.
WABDR.com




Watching the Section 5 video, I see that we did Ruby Grade this day...





I took a photo of these guys in their Klim gear -
I'm pretty sure this was Conconully, but only thru the process of elimination.
We didn't stop.
The gas truck was filling the tanks when we got there, so we just kept riding.















This must be on Ruby Grade.
Sorry, guys - that’s it. Didn’t take a photo of the sign or anything.
Just another road.















Maybe these rocks are part of it?







These ruts, too?














Mud.







I do remember this silt.
The dust is from making matt stop so I could take a picture.
I didn’t wait for it to settle.















The bike was still making an awful “whomp whomp whomp” noise.
Matt stopped to oil the chain (he was always trying to keep that sucker oiled)
It didn't really help.







The MT21 isn’t great.
After looking at the photos of our D908 at Radeks, Matt and I agreed we should have kept that 908.
It probably would have held up better than this thing did.







Rally front looks ok.








It was a warm day. I think it was 99° or 100° at Lake Chelan.
This is at Carlton, around 5:30pm.







Oh, good - a sign. Now you can see where we were.
















While we were riding along, some crazy bird went running across the road.
WTH? Was that a chicken?
Matt stopped so I could look.
It was this guy.
“I’m sorry, I thought you was corn!”







Another sign.























Is this Gold Creek Road?
Maybe.







Pretty views.







So, this must be Copper Ridge Rd.







Look at this little guy!
We’ve been seeing lots of cute rock sculptures lately.







Matt has such good eyes - he noticed a chipmunk on top...







See him eating up there? Nom nom nom.







This photo was a little blurry,
but it reminded me of a painting.
so I made it worse and bumped the saturation.




Nah, it's still just blurry.











There are lots of fancy homes as you approach Lake Chelan.







It was freaking HOT in town.
I tried to get a shot of that bear sculpture...






It was a friday evening and it seemed like everyone was drunk and sunburned.
We stopped at a gas station and got some grape powerade.
(the cashier is the one who told me it was 99° or 100°)
Matt wanted to look into that “whomp whomp” noise...






He noticed the counter sprocket was a little loose.
Plus, it was missing a tooth!
Matt tightened the counter sprocket and oiled the chain again.
Need to keep an eye on that...






Every campground around was stuffed full and crazy loud.
We didn’t even bother stopping.
When we went past this place,
Matt said, “nice resort...”



haha, thanks.





Our plan was to get up in elevation and find a spot to free camp.
Some place cooler and less...festive.




Pretty view of the lake.






We ended up finding a great spot!
There was a campground nearby, but it was full.
Just outside of the CG, we found a barely traveled road.
This spot seemed to be an old turnout or something.
There was a fire ring, but no number, so I don’t think it was an official spot.







I took these pics the next morning -
there’s our tent, and to the left, the unused road...






Standing on the main road, looking at the unused road.
I think the marker says “211”
Our camp is just out of sight down there...








It was perfect.
(pic of Norm shows the GPS waypoint)
There was even a vault toilet within walking distance (in the campground parking lot)





Dinner was a real hodgepodge.
Kidney bean curry, a can of chicken, a thing of stuffing...







Mixed with sauteed bell pepper and onion.







It was delicious.







I forgot I wanted to use this Mameshiba for the cows last night.
Dang it!
But, chili beans are just like kidney beans, right?
Close enough.
It’s friday! You have to have some Mameshiba.
I need to have some Mameshiba...









And look - Norm has been hitting the pipe extra hard...




550 miles per hour???


Oh, Norm.

I think you need to get back to the ship!




You guys really need to watch that one. It’s my new favorite.
(if you click on the link you only have to watch half. If I embed, I'm afraid I'll lose you before the best parts )
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:11 PM   #591
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Look at this little guy!
We’ve been seeing lots of cute rock sculptures lately.





oh man, the synchronicity of this one is just amazing...you see, I just started reading Ghost Rider by Neal Peart...and I just today read the part where he mentions seeing these

Inuksuk : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk


sculptures as he rode across Canada and into Alaska...I'm pretty sure thats what you saw.


oh, and holy shit that Shatner clip is hysterical
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:57 AM   #592
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Heh. That wasn't a very good pic. I can't quite make it out...You tell me.









Rally front looks ok.









When we went past this place,
Matt said, “nice resort...”



haha, thanks.








Yup, Goldwing.


I just ordered one of those Rally fronts to try on the BMW.


Nice resort.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:01 AM   #593
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oh man, the synchronicity of this one is just amazing...you see, I just started reading Ghost Rider by Neal Peart...and I just today read the part where he mentions seeing these

Inuksuk : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk


sculptures as he rode across Canada and into Alaska...I'm pretty sure thats what you saw.


oh, and holy shit that Shatner clip is hysterical

Thanks for the info, sion!
That’s really cool. It makes sense we saw those in BC.

I really like those, will have to do more research on inuksuk...

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Yup, Goldwing.


I just ordered one of those Rally fronts to try on the BMW.


Nice resort.
Oh, let me know how you like that rally front!
matt sometimes uses the rally PRO front on his XRR...
(the PRO knobs melt away with a big bike)







Had to work late yesterday, sorry to make you guys wait...
ADV is dead, though! Not much activity at all, huh?






Day 44: 8/4/12
Lake Chelan to Wenatchee Forest (wilson creek) 134 miles.






For some reason, we got a really late start today.
I have no idea why. Neither does Matt.
Unmotivated, maybe?
Anyway, looks like we didn’t get rolling until 10:30.





Today we covered Section 4 and most of Section 3.
Blurry map for day 44
(I was too lazy to break out the photoshop, but we started around the top of the map, near lake chelan,
and ended near the bottom of the map. at the edge of the forest)






Phone code thingy Section 4 video.




Leaving the campsite around 10:30...









When we watched the WABDR dvd at Questor’s, the only thing I remembered was “The Jungle”
That poor FJ! Scratched to hell...







Didn’t take many photos, but...
I have a short (2 minute) video of the Jungle for you:






How’d you like that near miss at the end?
Good thing we were both on the wrong side of the road in that one.
Every time someone tries to kill us, they’re on a KTM.
(whether it’s on the trail or with some GPS tracks )

















Nice roads, nice riding.







Another blurry photo, hit with the painting stick.
















Pretty view of Lake Chelan.















There were lots of scenic views today.







































While we were on these switchbacks, we stopped to have a waterbreak.
It was another hot day and there aren’t many trees or shady spots.
We hadn’t seen any traffic, so we stopped in some shade, even though we blocked the road slightly.



So, of course right after we got comfy, we could hear a car coming.
We weren’t the only ones who were surprised - all of a sudden we heard something crashing through the brush.
It looked like a polar bear or a white gorilla was running down the mountain!



Unfortunately, we had to move the bike for the oncoming pickup, so I didn’t get to take any photos til it was really far away...
We're looking at the pink circle...







Bigfoot type photo... <---(you don't have to watch the whole thing, it gets pretty out there...)
but, here it is zoomed in. Mountain goat, I assume.
Huge one.






















The turnoff for Ardenvoir must have been around here somewhere.
We totally missed it.















We saw this stream and decided to pump some water.















Tire pics, just because.

MT21






rally front - almost 3000 miles on it.






I'll leave you here while I make breakfast...

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Old 10-21-2012, 11:11 AM   #594
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Day 44: 8/4/12 continued
Lake Chelan to Wenatchee Forest (wilson creek) 134 miles.























Here’s where we figured out we missed Ardenvoir...























Reminiscent of BC, only not steep or rocky...








Just pretty.
















We went up to a lookout and followed the path instead of the main road.
These roads were a little too wide and easy.
Where are the avalanches?







Oh, was this Chumstick Mountain?
It’s somewhere around here (in the next pics...?)







I had some video, but it was pretty boring.
Just took a few screen shots.






























































That’s Cashmere, across the highway.







Welcome to Cashmere!







Bank.







A bike/tire shop would have been great. No luck.








Home of the Bulldogs.






We must have gotten fuel, though I don’t have any recollection.
Or pics.
Have a photo of this cute house, though...








This road had some sand with hard ruts underneath.







Radek had said we would like Devil’s Gulch.
But, then he remembered we’d be fully loaded with all our gear.
Forget it then.
He said it’s great with no luggage, though.


We rode past the Devil's Gulch parking lot...
Ah, too many bicycles.
We didn't have a discovery pass, either.
Kept forgetting to look for one, but we figured we'd get one in Wenatchee.





Here’s the washed out road.
Our WABDR GPS tracks sent us right in.
Okey dokey.







We didn’t know what to expect, so Matt didn’t have the GoPro on.







This section was pretty narrow.







Our side bags got caught up on one part,
so I had to help ease them through...














It was a super short section, though.







Muddy puddle watercrossing.







Lots of bicycle tracks...






It’s nice knowing there’s no cars coming (we hoped). At least they'll be going slow.
But, watch your head!
















Oh, more washout!






I could have sworn we had video from part of this washout road...
Not the narrow first part, but later...



I'd better go look before I pass this section.
I’ve got some other stuff to do today, but I’ll be back later.




here, you can watch the Section 3 video while you wait...



Have some Mameshiba, too...






Hey, I looked that one up - it's true!

I was starting to think those Mameshibas were full of crap...

Sorry, Mameshibas!

LittleWan screwed with this post 10-21-2012 at 08:37 PM Reason: that thing is a stream, not a puddle. Guess I should correct myself, although no one else probably cares.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:15 AM   #595
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Hey Wans,

You guys please be a little more vigilant out there on the trail.

That "stealth cow" picture sent shivers down my spine! Supposedly, the "stealth cattle" up that way have almost completely decimated the local Bigfoot population .................. so sad really. (Read it in the Weekly World News.) Good thing you saw that nefarious bovine ....... before it had a chance to sneak within striking distance. They look innocent enough, but don't be fooled.

(Everytime I eat a cheeseburger, I consider it a little personal victory for the "good guys".)

Little known fact for you two: The beef cow was first domesticated by the Chinese. They were then used as guard animals at the Royal Palaces for several dynasties. Brings up the oft forgotten China-India Beef Wars chapter of their history ............ from under appreciated guard animals on one side, to being worshipped and adored by millions on the other side ............. the 25 year skirmish was inevitable really, now wasn't it?

Thanks for posting! Enjoying it!

Oh yeah, I've watched miles and miles of wildlife film over the years ........................... and that was NO white gorilla. I would go along with the Polar Bear theory though. (I don't think they have mountain goats up there do they?) Climate change and global weirding, huh?

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Old 10-21-2012, 06:39 PM   #596
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Looks to me like a spruce grouse. They are notoriously dumb. Usually they will stand there... and let you hit them with a rock.

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haha, Hi ROAD DAMAGE...
You had fun with that...


Glad you're still reading...




Thanks, TwilightZone!
I knew one of you guys would identify that bird











Day 44: 8/4/12 continued
Lake Chelan to Wenatchee Forest (wilson creek) 134 miles.







OK. I found some video, but it was super short and hideously boring.
You get screen shots instead...















































Woo! A log in the road.
Aww, this reminded us of BC...







































Gate on the other end...






Well, that was fun.


























This lookout was really nice.
We even stopped to admire the view a bit.















Baby ruts.








The light was crap when we rode through here. It was too bad, because it was pretty.








Lion Rock was to the right. ---------->






We could easily have kept going (it was only 6:15),
but it was still warm and we wanted to camp at elevation.
We always tried to camp in the forest if we could.
Nicer, quieter, and cooler...




We hadn’t seen any signs for campgrounds,
so Matt had Norm look for water...
That little plastic box kicked butt!
Tweaker or not, he found us a great spot.







Wilson Creek.
There were some horse people (and horses) in a campsite over on this side...







Luckily, there was clean access on the other side of the road.
At first we were just going to pump water (upstream) and keep looking for a site...








But the river was so inviting. A bath started to sound good...







Then Matt found a great spot up in the trees.
It was nice and private. I guess we can just make camp anywhere, right?







Oh hai, we’re in our
bathing suits!




Holy crap, that water was cold!
Still felt good to be clean.




Flowers for Ladybug...








Thai sweet chili noodles and a can of chicken for dinner...







Tasty.







Over dinner, we talked about how we thought we were supposed to have gone to Wenatchee today.
Didn't people on the WABDR go to Wenatchee?



Yeah.
So, now that we're home and I'm looking around online...
I guess they only do that when they detour around the washout.
Or, if they have a map.


Because, look -
That red thing is Lion Rock. We were camping Southeast of Lion Rock...






We weren't even close to Wenatchee today.
No Discovery Pass for us...






I have tire pics again...














Tall trees.







Looks like we had a clean and sober Norm
today!





He must be bucking for a promotion...








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While we were on these switchbacks, we stopped to have a waterbreak.
It was another hot day and there aren’t many trees or shady spots.
We hadn’t seen any traffic, so we stopped in some shade, even though we blocked the road slightly.



So, of course right after we got comfy, we could hear a car coming.
We weren’t the only ones who were surprised - all of a sudden we heard something crashing through the brush.
It looked like a polar bear or a white gorilla was running down the mountain!



Unfortunately, we had to move the bike for the oncoming pickup, so I didn’t get to take any photos til it was really far away...
We're looking at the pink circle...







Bigfoot type photo... <---(you don't have to watch the whole thing, it gets pretty out there...)
but, here it is zoomed in. Mountain goat, I assume.
Huge one.






http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly...ar_bear_hybrid


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Had to come to work to do it though. Too busy to read this at home.
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