1st Ride Report, Mt St Helens here I come!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Rainier_runner, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Rainier_runner

    Rainier_runner Heh..?

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    To preface, as indicated in the title, this is my 1st ride report. I've only been riding since the end of May. And my 1st and current steed is a KLR 250. So that being said, on with the show, and be gentle...

    Yesterday I went for a ride from my home in Rainier, Wa to Mt St Helens. The trip was approximately 202.x miles driveway to driveway... Approximately, LOL.[​IMG]

    I of course neglected to take a pic before starting, but I was a 1389 and change.[​IMG]
    Here is the end result. Sweet time piece huh...[​IMG]

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    Averaged right at 60 mpg and didn't burn a drop of oil. And I was straight working that little beast. Lots of long hills in 5th gear at 7000 rpm, and cruising in 6th between 6000 and 7000 rpm.

    Some pics headed to and up the hill...[​IMG]

    Sweet mural.
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    First close sighting of the beast.
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    1st descent view point.
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    On top at the Johnston Ridge Observatory.[​IMG]
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    Unfortunately there's no pics of the bike and mountain from here. Had to hoof it to the observing platform.

    On the way back down...

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    Trying to be artsy...[​IMG]
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    Some random panorama shots. Trying to figure out all the different tricks and functions on my camera. It's way smarter than I am. There not all great, but here ya go...

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    And my personal favorite.

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    That's Mt Rainier on the Left.

    And Lastly some pics on the way home.

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    Why yes, that cedar tree is in the middle of the frame![​IMG]

    A break in the shade. 85 deg and all black riding gear makes me hot!! Wait, that didn't come out right.[​IMG]
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    Kind of a wierd little spot in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road. Just some bridge like structure into some old growth for viewing. But I love big trees and enjoyed the cool down.

    And the rest as they say was history. Went hell bent headed for the air conditioned house and my waiting wife and baby boy.

    Can't say enough good about this little bike. Been great to learn on and gets me where I need to go. Lovin my day trips whenever possible and can't wait for my week long trip in September. Until next time, ride safe. [​IMG]
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  2. BeezaBoy

    BeezaBoy Been here awhile

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    Great photos.
    I've only ever seen that mountain from the air.

    Looks like a nice ride, and your bike is pretty cool looking too!
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  3. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Cool beans.
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  4. Nightfall

    Nightfall Disco-Trash

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    Very nice, Washington is one of the few states I'd love to live in.
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  5. ozmikl

    ozmikl Been here awhile

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    Rainier
    I enjoyed your RR keep em coming, I was in Oregon and Washington a couple of years ago and rode up to Mt. St. Helen I still think it was one of the most awe inspiring vistas I have seen anywhere, the Lake full of trees and the "blast" area where every tree is blown down facing the same direction, just plain awesome.
    love that part of the world, you are a lucky guy to live there.
    Michael
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  6. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    a majestic place... no doubt
    amazing to think how much "stored energy" is lying below her
    nice pictures
    enjoyed the report
    thanks for sharing with us
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  7. mutt550

    mutt550 restless soul

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    Nice RR!! Just got my klr jr this summer looking forward to putting some mile on it. Been using it to get back and forth to work on, ready for some FUN miles.

    What tires, rear rack and exhaust you running?
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  8. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Not bad for a first ride report, not bad at all, in fact pretty darn good. Mt. St. Helens is pretty incredible. Watching the blast zone recover over the years has been interesting.

    Thanks for taking the time to share and I hope we see a lot more reports from you. Enjoy the ride. :clap
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  9. Rainier_runner

    Rainier_runner Heh..?

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    Tires are Kenda K270, 5.10-17 in the rear, 3.25-21 in the front. The rack is home made. The exhaust is FMF. Real happy with everything so far. Absolutely love the trips I've been able to take so far. Have fun on your new addition, get it out there and ride! :beer
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  10. Rainier_runner

    Rainier_runner Heh..?

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    Thanks everybody for the kind words about my ride report. I was a little hesitant at 1st to do it as I've only recently purchased my 1st digital camera...:huh And I'm not exactly a word smith... So for me currently, the adventure is taking pics worth a s#!t and conjuring up the words to connect it all and make it at least semi interesting. Getting out there and seeing the world is the easy part! So thanks again. :beer
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  11. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I really miss that area your pictures really take me back...

    Great job with the pictures. Keep playing with the camera, it gets easier, and keep posting your RR's I love that area!
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  12. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    nice pics, well done for a first one, I rlly like the tree in the car :clap
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  13. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Your ride report sure brought back the memories. I was in the Army stationed at Ft. Lewis and was working the day the mountain erupted. I will never forget looking up in the sky, seeing the ash plume. Scooped up some ash from a rest area near Ellensburg on a trip home. The ash was piled up like snow.

    I went for a visit back in 1991, which was the first time I saw the damage in person. I'll never forget that eerie feeling. Oh, I'll also never forget Harry Truman. So many interviews with him before the eruption. I'll have to see if I can find my long put away photo's of the eruption.

    Nice place to visit for your first ride report. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Hey Rainier,

    just stumbled onto this while looking back at my Cali Roadtrip RR.
    Nice job on the report. :thumb

    I like your setup with the wolfman gear.

    It's been over 2 decades since I visited St. Helens. Think I'll need to include that as one of my short trips when the weather allows - like next summer :lol3

    As for the camera, you've got the right idea - just keep playing with it.

    It's all about learning to use the tool. No matter what camera you're using you just need to figure out its abilities and limitations. The beauty of digital cameras is that you can learn much more quickly than in the days of film cameras. You can take hundreds of pictures, getting immediate feedback on what works and what doesn't. Dive into the manual and menus and learn all of the modes if you're into it. Once one masters the tool, composition comes naturally. Everyone develops their 'eye' with practice. You got some nice shots - I like the second "artsy" one :lol3

    Looking forward to more PNW reports from you. :lurk
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  15. jwitten

    jwitten n00b

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    Hey Rainier_Runner: You must've moved on from the KLR 250 as I see a DR now in your stable. Just wondering how you liked it overall. I just bought an '04 KLR 250 as a first bike. Middle aged guy who has never ridden before. Just looking to do some easy exploring and adventuring. Didn't want to overwhelm myself with a bigger bike. Not really interested in freeways and busy downtown traffic (wanta stay alive!) and for now just wanta ride the quite backcountry roads and some dirt/gravel forest service and logging roads in the area (I'm in Puyallup). Just curious? Did you do any mod's to it?

    Jeff
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