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Old 05-08-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Washington East-Siders! I need some route advice

I'm going to be riding up from Portland to visit my sister in Moses Lake area in June. Currently planning on taking the WABDR up toward Ellensburg (assuming it's passable by then) then slabbing it to her place.
If anybody has any advice on a different route going southbound, I'd appreciate it! I'll be on either a WRR or Husaberg, so it doesn't need to be big bike friendly, and even if I only end up on twisty pavement or interesting back roads, it'll be a hell of a lot better than the super slab!
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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From reports, the south legs appear to be ok. On a smaller bike, I'd continue up to Cashmere and take Hwy 2 out towards Ephrata/Soap Lake and then drop SOUTH into Moses Hole. More scenic and not as high-speed.
There is also a WABDR thread here in the PNW forum.

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #3
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From reports, the south legs appear to be ok. On a smaller bike, I'd continue up to Cashmere and take Hwy 2 out towards Ephrata/Soap Lake and then drop north into Moses Hole. More scenic and not as high-speed.
There is also a WABDR thread here in the PNW forum.

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Thanks 1911! I'll definitely check that out for the northbound trip!
I was mostly looking for advice on how to get away from the WABDR for my southbound leg, which is why I didn't ask in the WABDR thread.

Thanks for the advice!
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Ahh, so I'm dlesxic...dyslcix....dyslks.... can't tell North from South. Having just driven it, I'd probably drop south towards Othello and use surface roads back southwest to, ummm, Gotta check the map more... TriCities? And pick up the WABDR again heading south. You can get from Goldendale to Stevenson, off the WABDR, I think the road is 141. Pretty drive.


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Old 05-11-2013, 04:22 PM   #5
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I've imagined riding the Canyon Rd from Ellensburg to Yakima, and then Signal Peak Rd, Klickitat River Rd, Glenwood-Goldendale Rd to Hwy 142 to get to the Columbia River.
Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity yet, maybe some locals can chime in...
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I just did a ride in that area recently. My favorite part was cutting across the Yakima reservation between White Swan and Glenwood. Super fun mix of about 30% gravel road and 2/3 quality FS type paved road. There's a few sections in there where you have the sight distance to really open it up to triple digits if so inclined.
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I just did a ride in that area recently. My favorite part was cutting across the Yakima reservation between White Swan and Glenwood. Super fun mix of about 30% gravel road and 2/3 quality FS type paved road. There's a few sections in there where you have the sight distance to really open it up to triple digits if so inclined.

Interesting! No problems from the BIA?
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Nope. They have some cops, but I seriously doubt that they ever go back there. I saw a total of 3 cars/people in the 60miles or so across the reservation. There are no rules that I'm aware of pertaining to access on tribal land, but then again I'm no expert.
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Interesting! No problems from the BIA?
It's not the BIA you need to worry about, it's the tribe. A few years ago motorcycles were outlawed on the res., street, dirt, didn't matter. I don't know if that's changed.
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Nope. There are no rules that I'm aware of pertaining to access on tribal land, but then again I'm no expert.
Here's hoping you don't gain that expertise the hard way.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:45 PM   #11
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It's not the BIA you need to worry about, it's the tribe. A few years ago motorcycles were outlawed on the res., street, dirt, didn't matter. I don't know if that's changed.

You're right. I was just using BIA as short for the res police.

Not to hijack my own thread too much, but from what I was able to research, access to paved roads is open under federal agreement as a result of non-res federal funds being used to pave them. That being said, when you pit obscure federal laws against the dude with the badge and ticket book, the guy with the badge usually wins...and I'm not a big fan of gaining expertise the hard way either!
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This may vary from tribe to tribe. I live near the Swinomish reservation in Skagit county and there are no limitations here. That said, there is also a large portion of tribal land which is leased to non-tribal folks 100yrs at a time, so there are lots of plain old white folks living on the reservation.
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You're right. I was just using BIA as short for the res police.

Not to hijack my own thread too much, but from what I was able to research, access to paved roads is open under federal agreement as a result of non-res federal funds being used to pave them. That being said, when you pit obscure federal laws against the dude with the badge and ticket book, the guy with the badge usually wins...and I'm not a big fan of gaining expertise the hard way either!
I've never heard of Tribal police writing tickets, they do have a jail though, and they can certainly impound vehicles.
There are roads and highways across reservations that are unrestricted, US Hwy 97 for example, but there are many roads that are restricted by tribal law.

Consider Moses lake towards Othello through the potholes then west, following Crab Creek, through Smyrna to the Columbia at Beverly, then south to Sunnyside and Mabton, then Mabton to Bickleton and Goldendale. Then follow the river on the WA side.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:42 AM   #14
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The canyon road from Yakima to Ellensburg is a sweet ride. then from Yakima you could take highway 24 to 17 up into Moses lake. Be carefull on the rez paved roads are fine but they can get pretty picky about motorcycles on they're dirt roads. DAMHIK.
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If the signs say tribal members only, respect it. I was once escorted onto and off of tribal lands in order to get to a fire camp. This was on the Yakima reservation... and there were signs, rather large ones.
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