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Old 04-13-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Lunch and a Ride to Steptoe Butte
4-12-14 It was a good time.

With the weather forecast calling for 100% of sunshineSaturday was a good day to get together for lunch with friends and take a ride. The Spo/Cda group invited the Palouse Riders to join them and a plan was made.

Rainbow007 met me at my house and the day started nice as we rode out Dishman-Mica

 

 
Headed for Rockford we spotted a couple of bicyclist but not the ones we were warned to watch out for.

 
There is still a little snow up on the hills over in the way of Mica.

 

 
There was a car club out enjoying the spring weather too.

 

 
They were well behaved when we saw them but the Palouse group had a different impression of them. They missed a turn and made some bad decisions as they were working on correcting their error. Luckily the Paulous Riders were paying attention and no one was hit.
 

 
The Palouses made to the lunch place before we did.
 
What a great looking group of riders.

 
Glassman and Squirrel weren't going to come but changed their minds and showed up a little late and missed the photo. Smithe showed up on Smithe time and wasnít there in time for the photo either.
 
Lunch was yummy but I didnít get a picture of the table full of food.
 
Time to ride, sort of . . . .

 
It took us a while to get going after lunch since there was some serious tire kicking needed to be done, a lost key had to be found and a test sit was in order.

 
I think Live2Ride is telling AirheadBruce that his Harley doesnít fit in with our cool bikes and he needs to go home.

Truth is AirheadBruce had a hot date with a pretty lady and he preferred that over riding with a bunch of dirty bikers.
 
This bike is cool. All the plastic has been coated with bed coating. I took a number of photos of it during the day but never did get what it really looks like. The bed coating catches the sunlight and shimmers like it has glitter in it. I just couldn't get it in the photos so youíll have to take my word for it or show up and see it in real life.

 
 
Our fearless leader, Live2Ride

 
We briefly discussed with the size of the group that we might want to meet at the top of Steptoe Butte but then it was decided we should pretend we are Harley riders and parade up. (All Harley jokes are just in good fun and not intended to mean spirited.)
 
And the parade began.

 
I took up the tail so I could snap photos as we rode.

 

 

 

 
We donít have the parade formation down as well as the Harley riders but we didnít do too bad.

 
We met some real Harley riders and they sure were looking at us funny. They probably havenít seen a group of dual sport riders that big before since dirty bikes donít usually run in packs of more than 3 or 4.

 
The sky was interesting with the clouds doing a dance of their own.

 
 
We did the speed limite in the towns but was a little more spirited on the open road.

 
Thereís Steptoe Butte

 

 

 
Everyone grouped up again at the base of the Butte.

 
Paparazzi

 
With no guardrails it sometimes feels like you will go right off the side of the butte.

 

 

 
Up to the top we go.

 

 

 

 
Whatís a parade without music?

 
At the top of the Butte we were greeted with those two young men practicing their music. It was very cool and reminded me of the
Viola-tor and his love for playing music on mountaintops. If you get the chance read his ride report, itís good stuff.







Back to our happy little group.
 
In the spirit of doing a Harley type parade a little fix here and there was in order.

 
And the band kept playing.

 
Chain adjustment

 

 

 

 

 
The weather looks pretty danged threatening. On the butte we were in the clear most of the time until white flakes started to falls on us but only a few.

 
We were treated to Frosty the Snowman as the snowflakes were falling.

 
As you can tell I enjoyed the music up on the butte.
 
We had fun visiting and looking at each otherís bikes.

 
Part of the Palouse.

 

 

 
Another attempt at getting a photo of the glimmering KLR didnít produce the sparkle but it did produce this.

 
It was time to go before one of those storms decided to land on top of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Last one to the bottom is a rotten egg . . .

 

 
Looks like Iím the rotten egg.

 

 

 
At the bottom of the butte everyone headed their own way. The Palouse Riders headed south which was the clearest option while some folks headed back the way we came and others headed up Hwy 195.

 
Rainbow007 headed N. on hwy 195 and I intended to take us on a scenic route on the way home and not stay on 195. When I was hit with the strong head winds and there were storms swirling all over the place I decided to do the sensible thing, stay on the highway and just get home. It was boring but quick and we didn't get rained or snowed on.
 
Thanks to Live2Ride for leading us to the top of the butte. It was great seeing you and I hope to see you more this year than I saw you last year.

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Old 04-13-2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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Nice day ride. I like your black and white pix. Bet you guys weren't expecting to see a two man brass horn band at the top! I love fun surprises like that!
I'm going to check out the viola guys report too.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:48 PM   #3
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At first I was looking for a bike with gigantic panniers, but then I re-read.




Anyway, looks like a good ride.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:59 PM   #4
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Excellent ride report, LB. Thanks for the pictures and thanks for organizing this. Had a bunch of fun!

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Old 04-13-2014, 07:23 PM   #5
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Great pictures LB, still waiting for Double Thumpers pictures.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:38 PM   #6
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Great pics. Looks like fun was had by all.
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:57 AM   #7
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Nice day ride. I like your black and white pix. Bet you guys weren't expecting to see a two man brass horn band at the top! I love fun surprises like that!
I'm going to check out the viola guys report too.
Thanks. The brass band was a fun surprise. It really added to the day.

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At first I was looking for a bike with gigantic panniers, but then I re-read.

Anyway, looks like a good ride.
Were you looking for a pannier to jump in to go for a ride? It was a great day. It was easy relaxing ride with a great group of folks.


Thanks everyone, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I too am waiting for Double Thumpers photos. I suspect he will get them posted once he gets set up with a photo host so he can post the pics.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:20 AM   #8
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VERY nice ride report!

Awesome views! Thanks, Ladybug !
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:52 AM   #9
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:51 AM   #10
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Thanks for the report, great pic's,and a real butte!
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:46 AM   #11
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Nice RR LB! I had fun with my class Saturday but that looks like a LOT more fun. Perhaps next time. :-)
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:06 AM   #12
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Great pics and report, I know I had a blast! Can't wait for the next ride, speaking of which, it's going to be pretty amazing out this coming weekend.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:23 PM   #13
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OK ....... First try at posting pics on ADV .....

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Old 04-14-2014, 08:26 PM   #14
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Some more ........

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Old 04-14-2014, 08:29 PM   #15
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Looks like it's at least working.....


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