A couple warm days and a little geocaching

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Ladybug0048, May 19, 2013.

  1. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    After a long winter all the sudden winter changed to summer over night and we had a beautiful week in the Spokane area. I decided to take advantage of the early warm weather last weekend and headed out right after work Fri. :ricky
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    I keep working on learning to pack light but it’s just not happening. :lol3

    Trying to stay off Hwy 395 and Hwy 2 as I headed north I had a route worked out that would sort of zigzag my way north. That didn'’t work out the way I wanted since I was looking for a dirt road between Deer Park and Springdale but I ran into a couple of dead end roads instead of the road I wanted. I’ll find it some other time.

    I managed to stay off the Hwys other than a few miles even though it wasn'’t the route I planned. Finally at Chewelah, WA I headed into the Colville National Forest on Flowery Trail.
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    There is still a little snow up on the ski runs.
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    Stopped here.
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    People have been decorating the signs.
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    Stopped for a geocache.
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    Not much further I stopped for another geocache and the GPS is telling me to go in here. OK, I will. :D
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    I didn’t find the cache but I found this.
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    It’s not far from the road but you can’t see it from the road even knowing it’s there.
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    This looked like a good place for a cache but no luck. Guess I’ll have to return. :evil
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    And up the road another 5 or so miles I stopped again for a cache. This one had me walking a little further but a nice view was promised so I went for it.
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    Flowers are starting to bloom. :flug


    Oregon grapes making themselves at home in Washington.
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    I don’t know what this is but there were a dozen or more up on the hillside.
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    While I was up on the hill I saw a car drive by on the Flowery Trail then the car turned around, came back and parked in front of the Superbug :pynd. That made me very nervous especially when the guy got out of his car and opened his trunk. :eekers Not sure what the heck the guy was doing but I started making my way back to the bike and not being at all stealth. Before I got down the hill the car left and I continued on to the bike since I wasn'’t comfortable leaving it unattended out there. I didn'’t even look for the geocache but I did enjoy the view.


    With it getting late it was time to go find a camp spot. My plan was to head up Winchester Creek, since I knew there were good spots for camping along the creek. I headed up a road I thought would connect with Winchester Creek Road but my GPS started nagging me to turn around so I did after a couple miles.
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    A short distance down the road I found Winchester Creek Road and realized the road I was on would connect with Winchester and I was about where it connected when I turned around.
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    The road was nice and the weather was beautiful. It felt so good to be out riding especially since I didn'’t have to wear numerous layers to keep warm. I was really looking forward to camping. :kumbaya


    I found a great campsite and there was even fire wood already piled up and ready to burn.
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    With the bike unloaded I found a perfect spot in the trees to set up my tent. It was fairly close to the creek and I would be able to listen to the creek as I drifted off to sleep. Well, that was my plan anyway. As I started setting up my tent I discovered I had a tent pole snafu. One of the poles didn'’t come on the ride with me. I spent a bunch of time trying to figure out if I could set the tent up without it. I discovered I also didn'’t have bug repellent or the cord I normally have in the bike. Trying to packing light might not be in my best interest, I forget things that are needed.

    After a bit of fighting with a tent that wasn’'t going to go up I decided to head to Newport and get a room. I don’'t like riding after dark and it was late enough I was really going to be pushing it to get to Newport. There is a geocache near the campsite but I didn't take the time to look for it. :(:


    It’'s too bad some people leave their garbage behind.
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    I don’'t think Toby Keith intended for people to leave red solo cups out littering the countryside after proceeding to party.

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    I was really pushing it but I made it to Newport just a few minutes after dark.
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    A little later I’ll be back to tell you about the rest of my ride.
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  2. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    Nice to see you got out to enjoy the weather. What is the width measurement on your set up? I whine about the width of my Rotopax/Wolfman setup but guess I'll quit snivelling.
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  3. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    About 36" just a tad wider than my handle bars so I need to pay attention to my wide load back there. :D
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  4. sector

    sector Long timer

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    Hey LadyBug! Thanks for sharing your ride. Too bad you had to go for the hotel on such a nice day. But, stuff like that happens when you downsize, I know! I'm still learning to downsize onto my XT225. Super fun way to go, though. Less is more.... right? Unless you end up in a hotel room ...:ear Lookin forwrd to the rest of your ride report.
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  5. Ladybug0048

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    Hi Sector, nice to see you here. Next time I'll be better prepared. :lol3
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  6. Ladybug0048

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    Even though I woke up early I took my time relaxing and waiting for things to warm up some. It was a beautiful clear morning but a little chilly yet. I headed up LeClere Creek road from Newport and into the Kalispel Indian Reservation.
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    The Usk bridge was exceptionally lovely.
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    Tromping around in the wet grass left my riding boots cleaner than they have been in a while. :D
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    Stopped for a few minutes at the church, which is a much different place of worship than where the Kalispel worshiped years ago.
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    I’'ve never been to a Pow Wow but I would like to attend one.
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    Next stop.
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    People have been worshiping here for many years and the Kalispel still hold mass at least once a year in the grotto. Much different than the little church I had just stopped at.
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    Before going to the main cave I wanted to visit the cross. The trail is nice and easy to the caves.
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    After this the trail got a little more difficult.
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    I needed to climb this to the upper trail. It’s fairly steep not flat like it looks in the picture.
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    It did get a little easier after the climb and I was rewarded with some flowers.
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    And a pretty view.
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    Four trees behind the cross had these markers on them but I don'’t know what they are for.
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    Made it to the cross.
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    The last time I hiked to the cross was about 15 years ago and there was an easier trail on the opposite side of the cross and I thought that would be the best bet for going back down. The only problem is the “easy” trail looked harder than the one I had come up. The earth looked very sandy, slippery, and steep. I decided to return the way I came up.

    When I got to the downhill portion of the trail I sat on the edge of the trail for a bit contemplating how I was going to get back down.
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    Even though it looked intimidating I figured if I could get up the darn thing I could get down it. Finally I did by straddling the log and sliding down it. I was carrying a tripod, which didn'’t help, but I made it down without any problem. I was glad I was wearing riding pants though. :lol3

    Back to the nice groomed easy trail.
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    Entrance to the main cave.
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    It looks like walking into a big mouth using a tongue for a walkway.
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    The pulpit.
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    Imagine someone talking from the pulpit and looking at this view while listening to the message being delivered.
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    Time to move on up the road.
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    The Pend Orielle was very still as I rode along.
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    The bridge to Ione, WA is pretty with a nice new bright coat of paint.
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    Le Clere creek (I think).
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    I like wooden bridges so I needed a picture.
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    As I got close to this I could feel a cool breeze before I saw the falls. I was past the falls before I saw them so I turned around and went back for a photo. It was one of the many reminders of why I enjoy motorcycles. Feeling the change is the temperatures as you ride. Feeling what'’s around is just one of the senses that is stimulated while riding that you don'’t notice in a car.
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    Sullivan Lake.
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    My plan was to ride over the mountain to Priest Lake.
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    I knew I was pushing my luck this early in the season but the road sure was good and mile after mile the windfalls had been cut out.
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    Sullivan creek was really flowing.
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    Things were looking good. I was about to the top and still no snow.
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    Cute little mini waterfalls aren'’t good for the road.
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    A few little spots of snow didn'’t seem like a big deal.
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    Now this seemed like a little bit of a bigger deal.
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    And this was a big deal…. Yep, I’m not getting through.
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    Time to turn around and go back.
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    I might return next month and try to make it to the lookout. I'’ve never been there and it would be fun to see.
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    Since I couldn’'t get over the mountain it was time to stop for lunch. I found a nice campsite to have lunch in.
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    Yum. Chicken salad and cinnamon apples.
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    Someone has been scratching on the trees.
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    I wondered what was damaging the trees. Elk, porcupine, bear, cougar…..

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    Nice to know if I camp here there’'s a food container.
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    Back to Sullivan Lake.
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    It wasn'’t as smooth as earlier.
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    Crossed the pretty orange bridge at Ione. I found it interesting that the deck was painted orange too.
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    Stopping for the last geocache of the weekend.
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    Peering through the window of the closed store.
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    It was a warm day, 80 degrees in the shade.
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    Found it.
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    One last shot along the Pend Oreille River.
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    From there I headed home without any more stops. My original plan had a few other roads and another mountain to try to cross but without my tent I needed to go home.


    Next time I will be better prepared and be able to camp.
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  7. Mustangshelly

    Mustangshelly Adventurer...hardly

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    The mighty Superbug all "road-tripped" out. Kinda amazing how much stuff you can get on the DR200. Did I tell you that we stopped at a weigh stsation on our way to Hell's last year? 500 pounds all together! AND, I was still able to cruise betweeen 60-65 on the highway.:eek1
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  8. One Fat Roach

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    nothing wrong with a little junk in the trunk. Lol. Nice report. I wish my phone would load ALL the photos.
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  9. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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  10. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    Great report Ladybug! Thanks for sharing your adventure and beautiful photos, I enjoyed your trip. :clap
    Thanks for the good leads on a couple caches along your route. We really enjoy geocaching but have a tendency to not slow down long enough while on the bikes to do more then get a quick photo of the views before moving on... I'm going to make a point to stop and get more smileys this year while on my bike. I'm thinking the Hell's Canyon area might be a good opportunity for some fun finds in June. :beer
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  11. Loud Al

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    Nice report, I like that orange bridge.
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  12. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    great photos!
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  13. Edwards

    Edwards Gravel Eddie

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    Nice report LB. That bridge is cool, and the grate is um, interesting to ride over with full knobbies.:huh
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  14. AUWalker

    AUWalker Been here awhile

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    Looked like a great ride! Thanks for sharing.
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  15. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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    Thanks LadyBug, nice report. Glad you got out on an Adventure.
    Leaving that tent pole really didn't save you much weight :lol3.
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  16. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost,
    Geocaching while riding is a lot of fun. I go in spurts with caching and I DNF one heck of a lot more than I find. I really like it when caches take me to places like that cabin.

    There are a bunch in the Hells Canyon area to look for. We'll have to see who can find the most in the area. :deal

    Edwards,
    That bridge does get the bike dancing a bit but at least it's short.

    Tom,
    You're right I didn't save much weight or space by leaving that tent pole behind. Next time I think I'll take it with me. :lol3
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  17. Mr Dual Sport

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    Great RR and photos!:clap
    Look forward to meeting you in less than a month!:freaky
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  18. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Thanks for the great ride report and photos :clap

    Have you been getting lessons from Allen? :D
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  19. Ladybug0048

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    As a matter of fact Allan has taught me a lot. I'm a slow learner but he is patient. :D
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  20. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    There is hope for you after all. :D
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