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Old 06-20-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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Hoh Rainforest Ride. Treacherous Water crossings, Awe Inspiring Vistas... WOW!

If you can't tolerate graphic photos of Adventure bikes on their sides in swollen creeks, stunning waterfalls, epic scenery and 60 of the nicest ADV riders around then click the back button now.

This is how I spent the weekend of June 10th riding with some awesome people.


First lets get the "Epic Rainforest" photo out of the way...

There, now that's done we can move on.


How about a "teaser" photo of the before mentioned creek crossing.

More on this later....



Thanks to the crew at Altrider everyone had an awesome weekend riding the beautiful back roads of Northwestern Washington State.

The event started Friday afternoon where everyone was to meet at the remote camp site by lake Wynoochee.

Jeremy from Altrider arrived with a large group from Seattle with no rear brakes on his newly painted 950 KTM.


Soon a crowd gathered and the media showed up!



Actually that was the film crew from Curbsyde Productions who came down from Canada to cover this event.

We also had Tom Foster from Australia's TrailBike Adventure magazine in attendance as well.

People kept arriving into the early evening.



Here is a rare "still" shot of John Isenberg.


Besides the "usual" GS's and KTM's there was also quite a few VStrom's, KLR's, DR's and even a Triumph Scrambler!


How about Bill Hucks heavily modified TW200!



Nice airhead (the bike not Chris)



Why is everybody in line?


This is why!

With Toms help (background) Mary spoiled us with Elk stew, Real NW clam chowder and the most killer fry bread around!

Roasting "Diet" marshmallows by the fire


The next day we awoke to bright overcast (better than rain) and everyone gets ready for the morning ride.


With a quick check of the routes that Dave from Griptwister Tours set up we are ready to go



Joe and Flora from Curbsyde Productions followed our group around and got some great footage.

Here Joe is explaning what to do if a bear attacks while Flora listens intently



Nobody said anything about BEARS!




Ready to go





The ride started out on nice gravel forest service roads

Photo credit Curbsyde Productions


And wound up into the foggy Olympics



My thanks to Joe and Flora for sending me some additional photos to use in my ride report. I actually have a couple photos of myself riding for a change!

Everyone had a choice of different routes they could ride during the weekend.

Here are a couple of places I pre-rode 2 weeks prior that other people did that day.










Here is the motley crew standing by for instructions on the next "shot"


The photo group consisted of yours truly, John Isenburg, Jason "Hollywood" Williams, Whitney Koeberle, Joe Lloyd from Curbsyde, Tom Foster from Trailbike Adventure and we were later joined by Jeremy Lebreton from Altrider.


Yea, it really is that beautiful around here!

Photo credit Curbsyde productions

I have so much more to post...Stay tuned


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Old 06-20-2011, 02:16 PM   #2
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Great to see a thread started for the terrific ride. Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:07 AM   #4
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Laugh MOAR please!

This was a great weekend. Met some really cool peeps and there were 4 Blue KTM 990s in one spot!

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Old 06-21-2011, 09:53 AM   #5
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This was a great weekend. Met some really cool peeps and there were 4 Blue KTM 990s in one spot!


We meant to get a pictures of all the Blue 990's together but I don' think it ever happend.

Got to be a record
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:39 PM   #6
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Hoh Rainforest Ride page 2

Thanks for the nice comments guys.

Now back to our regular programming....


Did I mention the scenic vista's?




Nice twisty roads




Love those twisties




Peace on!




How about two up on a GS, I have a hard enough time solo!



So after a great morning of riding and sight seeing we get back to camp a little early so Jeremy has this Idea about going back to the creek/river where I baptized my GS 2 weeks earlier and BRING A FILM CREW!

Whenever a crowd gathers you know this will not end well.



Jeremy getting interviewed while Dave.....




Getting all set up.




Jeremy had a little hiccup going across but with Andre's help saves the bike from taking on any water.




Things went smoother coming back



Oh yeah!!



Besides the slippery rocks the deep loose gravel makes crossing challenge




So after watching a couple of successful crossings the group wants to see a "Big" bike go through..

This is where our friend Andre Corpuz steps up with his beautiful HP2

looks good so far..



Then it happens, I think Andre and myself have the same inseam challenges




Jeremy jumping right in to help a fellow rider



He's laughing with you Andre not at you...



Look on the bright side, your bike isn't dirty anymore!


So they pulled the plugs and got the water out.
The bike was up and running in about 10 minutes (gotta love those Boxers)

So Jeremy volunteers to ride it out but needs Andre to give him a push...


If Andre wasn't totally soaked before he is now!

Coming back across Jeremy almost dumps it


But with Andre's help he makes it across



I just want to say you can tell a lot about people by how they react when things go bad. These guys had a smile on their face the whole time they were dealing with this.

I think the ADV crowd in general tends to be like this, that is one of the reasons I like to attend these kind of events.

So that is what we have done so far and it is not even lunch time yet!



I have to get back to work but will come in early tomorrow morning to finish this ride report up.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:34 AM   #7
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That was quite an exciting morning.

Andre's ready to try again!



We get back to camp and have an incredible lunch (thank you Mary)

Here is Jeremy no doubt talking about the mornings adventures

Photo credit Curbsyde Productions


Here Mateo Navarro rests up after a hard morning ride



This was Mateo's first real off road ride and he did awesome!
Both he and his father (Alberto) were on 650 cross country's




Time to head out for the afternoon loop (well over 100 miles)
Our destination is lake Quinault

We ride pretty fast on forest roads and a little pavement to get there.

Photo credit Curbsyde Productions


We stopped for gas and to use the head but the station did not have one (or so they told us)
The attendent pointed us down the road to the Quinault Lodge so off we went.

We had to wait a few minutes because they were cleaning the restrooms.
Imagine the horror the cleaning crew felt when they saw four VERY dusty adventure bikers walk in to use them after they worked so hard.

Back on the road.
It was kinda nice to ride some twisties without any dust

Photo credit Curbsyde Productions



Here were are regrouping at the Rain Forest Resort getting ready for some epic scenery



Despite the soggy spring the roads were quite dusty



There are six more bikes behind John and Jason in that thick dust

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Tom (on the right) is from Australia so I'm sure a little dust is nothing to him



Here we are at this drop dead gorgeous waterfall where we stop for some photos



Here "Hollywood" Jason Williams poses for the camera



Can't escape the paparazzi even in the rain forest



Yet another beautiful waterfall



This never gets old!



Always looking for a challenge Jason scopes out a possible new trail



If you come next year to do this ride make sure you bring plenty of memory cards and batteries because you are going to need them!



Here is "Fearless" Flora from Curbside Productions shooting John Isenburg



Life is good!

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On our way back we stop for some gas.


Say hi Deanna!



Hey! My cell phone works



So we make it back to camp without incident.

Other people start showing up and we hear there was one flat (that got fixed twice!) and this Triumph broke it's shift lever



The funny part is this rider was carrying a SPARE!


Obviously a well prepared rider!



After another epic meal it's time for Awards!

Here Brianna and Jeremy hand out some nice swag



Chris and Dave having a good laugh





Meanwhile poor Don Hogan and the Curbsyde crew were busy putting together the days clips so we can see them later




Time to hang out by the fire and talk about the days epic rides



That's one way to warm your toes!



Nothing like fresh oysters by a campfire (who needs marshmallows)



So the next morning I awake to this!



What a great place for a campsite



We squished a few bugs yesterday




The fog burns off pretty quickly



Waiting for the "Cowboy" coffee to brew




This dog was amazing. He slept the whole time we were there!



More early risers (Deanna)



Breakfast is served




After breakfast people start breaking down their camps and prepare for the trip home




Again I would like to thank the AWESOME crew at Altrider for putting on such a great event.

If you missed it make sure to set aside time next year to come, you won't regret it!


See you next year!

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Old 06-22-2011, 01:09 PM   #8
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:30 PM   #9
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Wow! You did a great job capturing the mood of this event. Great photos!
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:35 PM   #10
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Thanks guys, I really appreciate the nice comments.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:14 AM   #11
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Nice pics. Thanks for sharing. However all those pics and only one of the Scrammie? I'm disappointed.....
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:39 AM   #12
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I totally agree Mercenary.

I really wanted to get some pics of that Triumph in action but I failed.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:10 PM   #13
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Here's the video we took for the Hoh Ride!

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Old 06-28-2011, 04:20 PM   #14
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looks like a awesome event.

Only speaking from a customers standpoint the altrider guys have been awesome, would love to join in on one of these rides and meet them in person.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:35 AM   #15
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Dammit!!! Why do I live in the southeast?!!! Thanks for the awesome pics and great commentary!!! Looks like a blast.
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