A February Expedition

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by RedMenace, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Andy and I loaded the 9 foot tipi and the rest of our camping gear on our bikes and headed up into the hills for a camping trip

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2446/1193436215_228Pa-M.jpg" alt="prep" />

    This was the first time I had tried carrying tipi poles on a sidecar. This is far from an ideal distribution of weight, and we had trouble lashing down the poles so they wouldn't shift. We stopped several times to adjust and secure the load.

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2449/1193439253_LU5sK-M.jpg" alt="lashing" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smload-1/1194679472_XGkNw-M.jpg" alt="securing" />

    We started seeing snow as we neared my intended destination

    <a href="http://adventuresidecar.com/"><img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2452/1193441544_HbJRV-L.jpg" alt="intersection" /></a>

    Unfortunately, the campsite I had in mind was clear cut recently. In place of the tall trees on a scenic bluff was a muddy tangle of slash and stumps.

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smsnow-6/1194678988_kSy9L-M.jpg" alt="snow and mud" />

    We pressed on and the road disappeared under snow.

    <a href="http://adventuresidecar.com/?page_id=72"><img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smride-1/1194679254_zbdTg-O.jpg" alt="cutting trail" /></a>

    I was nearly stuck when my bike broke through thick ice into a deep mud hole.

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2454/1193442914_xnQf6-M.jpg" alt="ice" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smice-2/1194679480_UxTkx-M.jpg" alt="icehole" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smice-1/1194678450_3vo94-M.jpg" alt="unstuck" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2456/1193444620_4NPM4-L.jpg" alt="ice and snow" />

    The snow covered deep ruts making driving challenging

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2457/1193445725_qsmNg-L.jpg" alt="ruts" />

    Eventually the heavily laden sidecar lost traction and bogged down in the snow covered ice

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smsnow-4/1194679056_TLLEM-M.jpg" alt="stopped" />

    We took a little hike to see if the road ahead was passable

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smsnow-2/1194679269_oqCAQ-L.jpg" alt="knock kneed" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smsnow-1/1194679244_5F2L3-M.jpg" alt="trees" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2461/1193447489_wXE6o-L.jpg" alt="vista" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smsnow-3/1194679114_MqVUh-L.jpg" alt="scenic" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2464/1193449986_qfBjh-L.jpg" alt="snowy trees" />

    We decided to backtrack and look for a camp site a little lower down the mountain. I chained up and we headed back down

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smsnow-5/1194679144_6PJrq-M.jpg" alt="chains" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2472/1193455509_xivEs-M.jpg" alt="backtrack" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2473/1193456092_CuMRj-L.jpg" alt="mtadams from cutoff" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2477/1193459730_JDWpJ-M.jpg" alt="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2477/1193459730_JDWpJ-M.jpg" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2480/1193462207_CcphF-M.jpg" alt="" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smmud-2/1194679156_gk6Qx-M.jpg" alt="" />

    It was getting late but we found a good camp spot

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2481/1193463538_4iGKr-M.jpg" alt="camp" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smtipi-6/1194678355_rXcbX-M.jpg" alt="tipi" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smtipi-5/1194678486_oDafE-M.jpg" alt="pegging down" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2485/1193468432_CWqqM-M.jpg" alt="fire" />

    <a href="http://adventuresidecar.com/?page_id=399"><img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2489/1193470945_AboDU-M.jpg" alt="sunset" /></a>

    the temperature fell quickly after night fell

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2494/1193473966_tqP8L-M.jpg" alt="dark" />

    Dinner was late, and we were hungry! Bratwurst, lamb and cabbage stew, hoe cakes and honey washed down with dead guy ale

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smfoodprep-1/1194678694_Dgjhs-M.jpg" alt="chopping onions" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smfoodprep-5/1194678342_UdVXf-M.jpg" alt="stew" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smfoodprep-4/1194678448_tNPfW-M.jpg" alt="cooking dinner" />

    After dinner we retired to the tipi for a hot whiskey night cap

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2498/1193476180_eYiXw-L.jpg" alt="brrr" />

    lulled to sleep by the flickering fire

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2497/1193475746_NKJ7n-M.jpg" alt="firelight" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smsleep/1194680782_ULgm9-M.jpg" alt="" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2501/1193477889_TQRnm-M.jpg" alt="snooze" />

    the fire was out when I awoke, and it was 17f inside the tipi, somewhat colder outside.

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2507/1193481215_p93Eb-M.jpg" alt="cold hearth" />

    a full moon hung low in the West when I got up

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smmoon/1194680823_HkprL-M.jpg" alt="moon" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2510/1193481857_HvUFd-XL.jpg" alt="morning tipi" />

    Behind camp, Mt.Adams was beautiful, softly lit by the first rays of dawn

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2515/1193484388_AMJi2-L.jpg" alt="MtAdamsDawn" />

    Andy made a fire in the tipi while I was wandering around. Our water jug had frozen overnight. We set it near the fire and it soon thawed enough to make our tea and coffee

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2522/1193486453_2QCRn-M.jpg" alt="thawed" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2520/1193485965_Aqywu-M.jpg" alt="coffee face" />

    I was pleased to find the eggs had survived yesterday's ride, safely packed in corn meal

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smeggcellent/1194680485_tpeF3-M.jpg" alt="eggz" />

    I got started making breakfast

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smcamp-1/1194680573_xSF2H-M.jpg" alt="morning fire" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smbreakfast-1/1194680836_uhXsr-M.jpg" alt="hoecakes" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smbreakfast-2/1194680743_KVT8u-M.jpg" alt="bacon,eggs,potatoes&hoecakes" />

    bacon and eggs, fried taters and onions, <a href="http://adventuresidecar.com/?p=1412">hoe cakes smothered in honey</a>

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2555/1193506774_aPpFu-M.jpg" alt="breakfast plate" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2553/1193504995_MncVi-L.jpg" alt="chowhound" />

    After breakfast we doused the fires, packed up and broke camp

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2556/1193507788_TJd7q-L.jpg" alt="poles and beds" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/smcamp-3/1194680602_gFpSM-M.jpg" alt="packing" />

    We loaded the poles butts forward and added a tie down strap to cinch them tight. This proved to be much more secure and we made the trip home without needing to stop to adjust the load

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2565/1193517363_Fzpuz-M.jpg" alt="poles loaded" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2567/1193520257_gzBRo-M.jpg" alt="valleyview" />

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2566/1193518329_cDz6a-M.jpg" alt="Swyers Drive" />

    and a good time was had by all

    <img src="http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/Img2568/1193520796_y5tVV-L.jpg" alt="homeward bound" />
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  2. Osadabwa

    Osadabwa Don't be Surprised

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    The ride looks fun, but that breakfast looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I don't envy the cold though.

    (Unsolicited suggestion: Secure those poles with strips of car or bike innertube cut lengthwise about 2 inches wide. It's an African solution that works better than rope, tiedowns or bungees for that kind of thing.)
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  3. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    thanks, I will add that to my bag of tricks!
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  4. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Looks like a great deal of fun in Good Liver territory! And you do lay on the feasts!

    Would you go into as little depth about the tire chains?
    Homemade? I'd guess.
    What kind of connector?
    How many per wheel?

    Thanks.
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  5. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    I use a snap hook to connect them and 5-6 sets per wheel

    more info on the old Adventure Sidecar website

    http://adventuresidecar.com/hackdchains.htm

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  6. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Thanks for taking me with you, Vernon; with pictures at least.
    Waking up in the morning and seeing this shot here:
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    That seems like it might make the whole cold thing well worth it !!


    For what it's worth, I've been doing a little bit of riding this Winter myself:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=658774&page=10
    But no CAMPING YET :vardy :eek1
    I finally just got tired of reading everyone ELSE'S Ride Reports.
    I can't wait for Spring to come around either.
    I also must. ride. now. :D
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  7. Rashnak

    Rashnak Lorem Ipsum

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    that breakfast pic made me hungry

    :dg
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  8. mac inger

    mac inger Been here awhile

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    So true. Amazing solid breakfast. I just got up and made me smth to eat:D
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  9. mikejet

    mikejet KlrKid

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    You could try a ratchet strap on those poles too. Winch it down nice and tight!
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  10. CharlesLathe

    CharlesLathe Been here awhile

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    Wow! You guys sure have the food thing going. On the road, I eat grits and tea for breakfast -- sometimes I put raisins in the grits.

    Regards, Chuck
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  11. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Red Menace strikes again! Great adventure! Thanks for sharing it :thumb
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  12. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    When's the next camping trip, Red ?
    That last snow is melting away, and it's a 45-50 degree weekend in the Hood.......
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  13. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    I'd like to get out again soon, but I have some projects I need to complete first(liner for the 16 foot tipi, poles and liner for the 14 foot tipi, R&R 4 bikes for the upcoming season, I just bought a rat 71 1 ton flatbed I need to rebuild the bed, R&R and build a tipi pole rack for, and of course, Taxes:eek1)

    Drop on by(I'll put you to work:evil)


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  14. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

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    That's an inspiring adventure.
    Thanks for the sharing:clap:clap:clap
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  15. Rev Wade

    Rev Wade Spiritual Director

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    Twas a great adventure! Vernon said we wouldn't ride much because he wanted to test out the tipi pole rack. Thanks to all the logging we ended up on quite a ride - much to my pleasure! Mud, snow, ice, more mud... :clap

    Food was amazing - - - but gotta remember to bring the water jug into the tipi on nights that drop to 17 degrees! One really nice thing about tipi camping is you don't have to get out of bed to start the fire - or make that first cup of coffee! (Unless, of course, your demented brother:ear makes you get up to take pictures of the moon setting over pink clouds!)
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  16. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Rat, as in 396 BB? Cool Truck. Looks in good shape, too.

    You get any weekdays off?
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  17. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Rat as in put together with bits and pieces. You any good at wiring? I get off early Friday...
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  18. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    :lol3

    I could wire it's....stereo, with no problem :D

    Friday's supposed to be nice again....
    I hafta go to The Dalles at 10am for a couple of hours,
    And I purposely scheduled nothing after that :wink:
    I'll stop over when I'm done

    I hope you don't mind,
    I dug up a bunch of your ADV Ride Reports and linked to them on the front page of the Riding Around the Hood thread.
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  19. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Don't mind the link at all. Apparently I have plans Friday and Sat evenings-the Twain play Friday and the sis in laws BD Saturday. Sunday I plan to do up some corned beef in the Dutch Oven while I fiddle on the truck. I will probably work on the truck or the bbikes Friday until it is time to go to the play. Drop by when you can, i will either be here or someplace else:D
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  20. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    My first impression of this report is that you guys had screws loose, and I don't meak on the KLR.


    But by the time I saw the cast iron fry pan with a big ol' breakfast sizzling in it, my mind was quite changed! :clap
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