2012 West Coast Discovery

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Thanks again for sharing, Soooooo looking forward to the OBDR this year. Ride on :clap
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  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    What an epic ride report. Five stars. :thumb
  3. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Sorry to see and hear about the fires that ravaged the area after we cam through.

    We didn't do it.....


    Rumor has it that Docking Pilot is mentally exhausted after putting together the first few days of the Ride Report so much so that he is on retreat to renew his creative writing talents.
    The ride report will resume when he has been cleared by his nurse.
  4. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    awesome!
  5. TK-LA

    TK-LA SoCal Rider

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    Would this nurse be of the kind that charge hourly and are found on Craigslist or in the back of certain free weeklies?
  6. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We break camp slighty after Dawn.
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    And ride down into Packwood in search of Bigfoot.....I mean Breakfast. :dg
    I also pack up some dirty laundry and send it home to my wife :lol3
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    The weather was unchanged. Clear blue skies :clap

    After breakfast, we saddle up and head into the:
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    We start the last stage of the WABCDR. We will sleep in Oregon tonight.

    The route starts off easy and walled in by evergreens.
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    We begin to wonder if this "Pacific North Wet" moniker is a hoax. :lol3
    I mean we are on the 6th day and have yet to see even a small cloud. Not that we were complaining!

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    We make a stop and pop the helmets at Takhlakh Lake.
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    We push on, and the riding gets more intresting.
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    We take Tourtechs advise and make a stop at the:
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  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Again we stop and pop, this time at the Guler Ice Cave.
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    Dark, deep and cool in there.
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    Bruce ventures deep. You do need a flashlight in there as it's "pitch".
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    Cold enough to keep ice
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    A shot from in the cave looking up and out.
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    We head back to the bikes and keep moving toward the Oregon border.
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  8. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    More good, enjoyable riding on the southernmost section of the WABCDR.
    Mounted up, we boogie on.
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    Along the WABCDR
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    Well, for you readers, I almost, but not quite, wish I could provide you with a little drama in this RR, you know, a crash, a pacific storm blowing in and marooning us in tents at 6k feet, mechanical issues to overcome. But I can't. Not even a flat.
    Extreme planning and good luck mostly, pay off.

    Mike just having a ball.
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    The trail narrows down quite a bit here. Looks like a very old road at one time. Someone had cut away a lot of blow downs along it, leaving what looked like horizontal Pungi sticks that intruded somewhat onto the trail.
    In fact, another WABCDR rider had reported he hit one and it flung him down like Rowdy Roddy Piper throwing Super Fly Snooka to the mat. That would end his WABCDR quest and make him just another victim that the WABCDR Venus Flytrap would consume.
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    Around 4 or 5pm we see:
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    Brucee, being way out ahead and had some time to kill before we showed up, & was enjoying a cold beer at a pub. We all joined forces, bid farewell to Washington State and the WABCDR, and crossed the Columbia River into Oregon.
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    UP NEXT:
    Day 6 and our first taste of Oregon ! :clap
  9. byways

    byways byways

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    What a milestone. Just amazing, guys. This report will become the BDR bible ... the blueprint for a success trip.
  10. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    After the long hard day to get to Bethel Ridge the next day, our last in Washington was a treat.

    Docking Pilot may think he is our leader....
    But just to ensure that he can find his way we leave him subtle hints...

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  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    It was about 610 miles in length. We took no bypasses and rode it in it's entirety. The overall route goes from mild to big bike technical. The most challenging section in our minds was Wenatchee to Packwood.
    The route was a busy one. Lots of riders, most of them running south to north. But again, it was labor day weekend.
    Beautiful views of Washington's majestic mountains, lakes and evergreens. Did I mention evergreens ? :nod
    Friendly people, almost like NJ :lol3 and good food.
    Thanks Touratech !! And the Butler Maps for it are well done and a must !
    We loved it :thumb
  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We overnighted in Hood River Oregon just over the border.
    The usual, swim, a few drinks then a fine meal. Then we decide to kick it up a notch, "boy, it would be great to get a massage, I mean we're on vacation after all". :wink:
    So, I call Valeries Massage :sweeti and get Valerie on the horn.
    "Valerie, this is "The League of Adventures" "He-men Adventure riders in need of massage from you woman"

    She answers,
    "yea, that's great, I open at 10am"

    :(: 10 am ? We'd be 50 miles into the bowls of Oregon by then. Dam, "oh well" I say to the boys. Maybe next town.

    But John and Bruce were hell bent on the massage idea, and even suggested they just massage each other.
    Whoa !! :huh Time out!!

    We'll have none of that here in "The Leauge of Adventures" !!! I say......
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    Nah, John didn't suggest that.

    OK, enough of the joking around. On with Oregon !!
    Our plan was to connect onto the OBCDR "Crown Jewels" section where we would then cross over into northern California a few days down the trail.

    Tell tale smoke from a large wildfire on the Washington side of the river.
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    Starts out nice and smooth with Mount Hood as the backdrop
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    A strongly massaged Bruce rides by
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    Mount Hood gets larger then life!
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    We ride on........
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  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Being a dog lover AND the father of a baby Bichon named Trixe Ann Marie,
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    I couldn't help but notice these flyers posted every 200 feet throughout the forest. A lost Bichon. It tugged at my heart, and actually made me home sick.
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    The route gets a little spicy and again has mr wondering how Mike is making out on the Panzer. The pics do not tell the true tale. But it get to a good steep downhill, severely rutted with drop off to starboard.
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    The route even throws us some sand.
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    And then we hit our very 1st route malfunction............
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  14. byways

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  15. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    The trail just dead ended. No way out except this single track.
    Me and John volunteered to run point and report back.
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    Then this trail peters out. We dismount and scout on foot.
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    We come to this lake or reservoir.
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    We decide there is no way out and we will have to re-route around.
    I turn the DR 180' and head back to Bruce and Mike.
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  16. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We quickly re-route.
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    And stop at:
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    Rounding the lake we stopped again as it offered a hell of a view.
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    Continuing on:
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    Notice the backdrop
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    We enter:
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    We stop for lunch
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    And then it's 5th and 6th gear material............
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    We are zeroing in on Sisters Oregon for the night.
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    And then arrive late afternoon.
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    John starts calling around. "is there a hot tub" ?
    We check in:
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    And then slip in:
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  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    After the hot tub we head for the pool to just kick back. The weather was absolutly perfect. Clear, huge sunshine, 0 humidity (I guess thats an east coast thing :lol3) and temps in the 70's. It was ideal.
    We were loving life.
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    I perform my nightly ritual of the sink wash and dry.
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    Then we head across the street for dinner. On the way we stop to restock on a few items.
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    :dg
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    What a great town Sisiters was. We chose to eat outside and watch the local play horseshoes.
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    After a really enjoyable evening and day of riding, we walk back to the motel and call it a night.
    Look at that sky.
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    NEXT UP: :thumb
    We penetrate further south into Oregon on the OBCDR
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  18. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Care to comment on your choice of riding gear? Jackets/pants? You guys look ready for all weather conditions but I see John and Bruce chose Klim "in the boot" pants. Surprised given the chance of rain.

    Your making me take a second look at the DR 650. Always thought of it as bike that stopped making technological improvements and left to languish on showroom floors. I mean 5-speed tranny, air cooled and carbureted? But yours somehow looks more modern and purposeful. Maybe all your mods brought it into the 21st century. I miss the bottom end torque on my WR250R and ability to haul the mail on the open tarmac. I like especially in the monochromatic dark grey paint scheme. Nice job!

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  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Hey Skip !
    Shhh, dont give Bruce any more amunition with the DR :lol3

    "It's the best bike I ever had" :augie

    Seriously though, I love the bike, and you know I had a few. For some reason, this one hits the spot. Its just "easy","simple" and "reliable". Throw a jet kit in the carb and the bike just rips. It has an oil cooler and so it actually stays very cool (source DR thread). I am never looking for another gear even on the open slab as she is geared very good. And they can be hard to find new on the showroom floors after May as Suzuki limits production #'s. Coming off my GSA it feels like a 2 stroke 250 ! :lol3
    I'm really diggin it, and dont have any plans to sell it.

    We all had rain gear stashed to go over our riding gear if needed.
    It wasn't.
  20. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    That's not the OEM taillight on your DR. Is yours off the enduro model? Looks much better.

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