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Old 10-22-2012, 11:43 AM   #601
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Thanks for the fire station pic back aways!
That Polar/Sasquatch is pretty cool, but now they'll probably make WABDR off limits because uf the endangered species act
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #602
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That "near miss" wasn't at the end for me...


My 640...


It was right in the middle cause I was involved. Sure glad we were both on the wrong side....I told my brother the same thing 5 minutes later when I found him at the bottom of the jungle (he missed the turn at the top and had ridden the road to the bottom) Great to read all your ride reports...Stay right except to pass? What fun is that?

Glad to NOT meet you...
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:49 PM   #603
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^ ^ ^ ^ That's awesome!



More zoom on the bear! May be a Spirit Bear?

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:33 PM   #604
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My 640...


It was right in the middle cause I was involved. Sure glad we were both on the wrong side....I told my brother the same thing 5 minutes later when I found him at the bottom of the jungle (he missed the turn at the top and had ridden the road to the bottom) Great to read all your ride reports...Stay right except to pass? What fun is that?

Glad to NOT meet you...
Hi, Brokein2!
Your bike is so distinctive, I was wondering if someone would recognize it!

Yeah, glad we didn't RUN into you on the trail...

Do you think you could have stopped?
Saw your dust in the video and it looked like you were on the brakes...
We had too much momentum, Matt said we couldn't have stopped.
Close one.


That was one of the very few times we've been on the wrong side of the road.
When we had that close call on the Magruder, we were on the right side, the other KTM 990 was on the wrong side...


Well, aside from that, hope you and your brother had a good ride!
Thanks for posting!
Watch out for those KTMs....




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More zoom on the bear! May be a Spirit Bear?




When we were looking at the photos, Matt said, "oh, it's that bear from Lost..."







But, really. It looked like a bear when it was running down the cliff, but I'm sure it's a mountain goat.
A big one.


They're really muscular and stout. And, native to Washington state.



Photo from an article about a mountain goat killing a hiker in Olympia, WA.




hobbes, I tried to zoom in more, but there's no more info available. It's only a crappy point and shoot!








OK, you guys - I'm uploading pics for Day 45...
I hope to have something ready tonight.


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Old 10-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #605
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Hi, Brokein2!
Your bike is so distinctive, I was wondering if someone would recognize it!

Yeah, glad we didn't RUN into you on the trail...

Do you think you could have stopped?

Saw your dust in the video and it looked like you were on the brakes...
We had too much momentum, Matt said we couldn't have stopped.
Close one.


That was one of the very few times we've been on the wrong side of the road.
When we had that close call on the Magruder, we were on the right side, the other KTM 990 was on the wrong side...


Well, aside from that, hope you and your brother had a good ride!
Thanks for posting!
Watch out for those KTMs....


No chance of stopping ( I got on the brakes just in case) I am glad we all have enough miles under our belts to stay in control in those little panic moments. That too was one of the only times for me in the other lane....there was a lot of traffic out that week on the WABDR and I was hoping most of us were trying to ride the "correct" track.

I have stopped by meeting people on the trail before but it usually involves paramedics and I thought it best to just enjoy the trip with the other KTM riders like you two. Thanks for keeping me honest...
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:27 PM   #606
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I am glad we all have enough miles under our belts to stay in control in those little panic moments.
Yep.
(The guy on the Magruder freaked out and almost lost control of his bike...)

All's well that ends well...









Day 45: 8/5/12
Wilson Creek to Horseshoe Lake Campground 195 miles








Today we finished up Section 3, did all of Section 2 and a little of Section 1.
I tried to put pink dots to indicate our campsites.
They’re a little off, but close enough.





WABDR Section 2 video - here.




We got another late start today.
Matt’s air mattress had been losing air during the night.
Since there was water nearby, he took some time to try and find the leak.
It was near the valve. My fault for over-zealous tightening. Oops.







It was after 10 by the time we got going.
The morning was pretty and we weren’t in a hurry, so we went back up to Lion’s Rock to take a couple photos.
Mt. Adams on the left and
Mt. Rainier on the right.







Mt. Rainier.








Went to Ellensburg.
At least the trail goes right through town so we couldn’t miss it.
It was a Sunday, but we tried to find a bike shop anyway.
This MT21 was wearing out FAST.
Matt thought if we could find a shop, we might find some old (used) tires by a dumpster.
Maybe we could "trade" for one that was better than ours...




There was Yamaha Jack’s...




Wow, never seen such a neat and tidy shop area.
No old tires anywhere. What the hell?





As we were leaving town, we saw a KTM sign from the highway and made a quick U-turn.
When we tried to find the shop, it was locked up like Fort Knox.












Crap.





We went around this sign. We wanted that left right there...








Oh, we could use some color to spice up today's photo selection...
Have some green...








Into the dirt...








I think there was a creek crossing after this, but I didn't get a photo...


























Hmmm. Not much happening here.
Oh yeah, looking at this photo reminds me - it was hot that day.









Really hot.









Radio tower thingies.


















I guess this is going up to Umtanum Ridge...










I wasn't even sure I had a photo of this rocky section, but I do.








And, look! We even have video.
It's not very exciting, but watch it anyway. This is where everybody always crashes.
(is that enough incentive? )
HD if you want to see the rocks...


















According to my journal, we had a bunch of near-washouts today.
I wrote, "our tires are trying to kill us."
I guess I was a little nervous.












But, so far - no crashes or get-offs.
Whew.



Hey, after talking about that near miss, does anyone else have MacGruber! The guy's a frickin' genius. MacGruber!
stuck in his/her head again? No? Just me?
Oh.





LittleWan screwed with this post 10-23-2012 at 05:23 PM Reason: apparently I was under-selling that video. It's still not very exciting, but, whatevs. Watch it! ha ha :)
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:40 AM   #607
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But, really. It looked like a bear when it was running down the cliff, but I'm sure it's a mountain goat.
A big one.




Yeah, when you look at the back legs in your picture it looks goaty. Pretty cool to see!!
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:36 AM   #608
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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)

I have read many of your posts - Summer of Stupid, etc.... - Your posts are AWESOME - thank you. Every time a watch one of your videos and especially watching the ones of you guys in BC - I think - I doubt I could keep up with you guys on my XRR. I know for certain I never want to ride with Matt while he is on his XRR I also use a Rally PRO on my XRR love it. Thanks again for your ride reports they are the best part of my day
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:37 PM   #609
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Had to come to work to do it though. Too busy to read this at home.
Glad you're busy riding, redog1!






hey Bob, what's up?





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Yeah, when you look at the back legs in your picture it looks goaty. Pretty cool to see!!
A polar bear/grizzly hybrid/spirit bear would have been awesome,
but a giant Mountain goat was pretty neat, too.

We did see an actual bear later on (oregon), but he was too fast and I didn't even get a blurry pic.


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I have read many of your posts - Summer of Stupid, etc.... - Your posts are AWESOME - thank you. Every time a watch one of your videos and especially watching the ones of you guys in BC - I think - I doubt I could keep up with you guys on my XRR. I know for certain I never want to ride with Matt while he is on his XRR I also use a Rally PRO on my XRR love it. Thanks again for your ride reports they are the best part of my day


Thanks, utefan! that was really sweet of you to say!
I'm so glad that you're enjoying the report.
It feels like it's dragging a little, but I'm happy some of you guys are still reading.








All right you guys...
The WABDR isn't super hardcore...
But, what's up with the video watching? 5 lousy views for the Umtanum Ridge video??
And I know at least 1 of those was me, checking the quality...




That rocky stuff is rumored to be the most difficult part of the WABDR.
The hill is where everyone crashes, right?
I thought that was one of the highlights of the trail...





I was about to work on a short video for the next section, but I think I'll do screen shots instead.
And, Bethel Ridge? I'm on the fence about that one. Sigh.
Maybe no more video?
It's a huge pain in the ass anyway.



OK, I'm going to stop iMovie and work on screen shots instead.
I'll be back...


You can (not)watch some MegaForce while I'm gone.






Heh, I actually saw that in a theater...




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Old 10-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #610
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And, look! We even have video.
It's not very exciting, but we have it.
HD if you want to see the rocks...
ahem.

That may 'splain the lack of views

You talked ME out of it at least
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #611
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What a wonderful excursion and report. Lots of adventure and great pix/videos. Wonderful to see you having such a great time! Thanks for allowing us to share your experience.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:32 PM   #612
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What a wonderful excursion and report. Lots of adventure and great pix/videos. Wonderful to see you having such a great time! Thanks for allowing us to share your experience.
Hi Cannonshot!
Thanks for stopping by.
Sorry about all the lousy, blurry maps...






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ahem.

That may 'splain the lack of views

You talked ME out of it at least

Hmm. OK, you may have a point.

I went back and fixed that.
The video still isn't very exciting, but just watch it, ok?
It's part of your report reading duty.

We all have to do things we don't want to...







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Old 10-23-2012, 05:47 PM   #613
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Kelly and Matt -

Still catching up with your ride report and really enjoying it! I was just watching your videos in Black Dragon Wash and was wondering how you can do that two up without mangling (is that a word even?) your front rim? I don't get it! I put an Excel rim on my 990 about a year ago and I already have a couple of nice dents in it, even though I typically don't air down at all (about 32psi). And I ride solo. What are you using for the front rim?

PS You may not remember me, but we met on one of the Berryessa/Rayhouse Road rides this past spring. I was on a 2011 990R.

Looking forward to the rest of the RR.

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:09 PM   #614
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Video watch See, I can follow instructions but don't get too used to it.

Still enjoying following along, you reports are always fun.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:19 PM   #615
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I watched the video!!

Don't worry I went and watched the video!!!
I should have looked for some video of people crashing on that section to compare it too.
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