Bad Ace WABDR Washington Back country Discovery route, Second ADV is the charm

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  1. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Day one, 1/2 ish way to Packwood

    Well after a bumpy first Motorcycle Adventure I think I have the kinks worked out except for an over abundance of confidence (see my T2 report for further) . I had seen all the video clips of the WABDR with the guys on the big 1200GS and a week prior I ran into a guy who said “A 250!!, you could do it in 2 days” Yea if those big bike boys can do it in 3 days I should be able to “burn through it”. I had bought the map ( BUY THE BUTLER MAP) and planned to do the route with a buddy but he kept moving the dates around so I get this text message at 0709 hrs on a random Wednesday.:eek1

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    :fyyff Well I have some unexpected time off of work so after stewing about it at noon I get the go ahead from my girlfriend and pack up my crap. Having done one adventure already I had all the stuff and trimmed the fat down to minimum. Hell man some random dude at a gas station told me I could do it in 2 days, he never saw my skills. :wink:

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    I mention I might meet the lady at Mount Rainier on Saturday, with the overabundance of confidence apparently I have no concept on milage and time. Iv’e traveled most of the world solo because I found waiting around on other people to do adventures just doesn't happen; do it solo or don't do it all and stuff usually works out 90% of the time.

    I had not ridden the WR250R for a few weeks and it feels like a mountain bike after riding my new to me 09 Weestrom back from Utah then up to Leavenworth Washington and back.

    :clap Lets roll folk... Early afternoon 3 pm start ;no since in hanging around here I will get as far as I can before it gets dark . Jump on Hwy 14 on the Washington side from Portland to avoid the Super slap which is a beautiful ride and then traffic jamb on the most beautiful portion of the road. :evil

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    I cant think of a better place to get stuck in traffic. I walk around and take some pic at the amusement of some of the cagers.:happay
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    Off to a beautiful start and this is going to be bad ace I believe especially with a real GPS and maps this time:deal. . ( New and improved bigger pictures as requested on the good stuff)

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    Get as far as trout creek campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, awesome camping spot and its a ghost town since it post Labor day. Cook up the freeze dried feast and off to sleep. Great spot if your up that way.

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    I get a whopping 102 miles and I am happy to be back on an another adventure falling asleep in my tent. :D

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  2. TouratechUSA

    TouratechUSA Made For Adventure

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  3. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Up and Oatmeal action to start off, :puke1 I still need to get the food stuff dialed in. Minimalist packing compromised by deliciousness. Off to my first full day and come across this amazing spot at Takhlakh Lake which was a campground, awesome place. :eek1 Seriously! That is F’in awesome!!

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    The first pic is hard to see but it was a thin sheet of water going off the side of the mountain, I was just blown away by the scenery and I live up here but have never seen it like this. No need to muck it up with rambling.... carpet picture bomb commencing :clap

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    :dgI land in Packwood and eat lunch at a place called Cruisers, the place across the street "Peters Inn" had lots of folks in it but it looked more bar like with a few Harley's so I opted for this place. Wow stink eye from everyone in there and service sucked, I was looking forward to the chats and banter I had through my last trip in Idaho. “Hi there” :wave Old crusty couple looks up ...no anything, copy that sir I should have yelled “B-14 anyone have a Bingo” for some actual recognition. I eat ( which is tasty) in peace and it sounds like a Greek wedding in the kitchen from all the dishes banging around. :ear

    :wingsBack into the woods please and after some slab I am there, just more amazing country around every turn. Sorry there are no cow collisions or getting lost but this is going so much smoother, the WABDR follks already did the heavy lifting with GPS tracks and maps.:bow Thanks guys. Anyway mo picture time

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    After my first big peak White Pass I run into ADVbeno :type on a BMW 650GS stopped looking at his Android tablet trying to figure out the trail, good system but a pain to stop at every turn and pull out the tablet makes sure your on the right trail. I did this with my iPhone in Idaho so I understand the pain. Turns out he is doing the trail solo and his first big trip ; so we decide to team up. He is from Germany and representing it well; BMW and Heidenau K60 tires. He says he doesn't want to hold me up since he just started out riding last year so I explain we both suck at this. He is on a two week vacation and ask what my schedule is , I finish it when I finish it is my response neither of us are in a hurry; I am getting paid by the hour here.

    I asked if he had dropped the bike yet? :muutt "No ,never have he responds", sorry I jinxed ya brother.

    The only real difficult part of the whole trip was Bethel Ridge, which has a easier bypass if you want it, not really difficult but the baby heads and steep incline is a challenge, these were later dubbed moon rocks. We run across two guys from Canada doing the trail North to South and they said these moon rocks aint nothing.

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    I was glad I wasn't on the 650 and liking my 11.8 inches of ground clearance on my 300 lb bike. I know I know its not the bike its the rider well I need all the help I can get. ADVBeno did a scratch test for his first drop a ways back. Luckily some trail magic occurred and a guy in a truck stopped came by and helped him pick er back up. I waited toward the top for a while and figured something was wrong. I walked down the trail a few to see if I could get a look to where he was at and he dumped the bike on the side as I was getting ready for a picture of him. He was loving the moon rocks. We woke the bike up from its nap after several pics. The BMW was unharmed and doing well. He is handling that bike way better than I could.
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    Holy moly more amazing views, these were one after the other and it was like that the entire route.:D
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    We mistakenly thought Cleman Mountain was Umtatnum Ridge and was the last hard part of the route and were super stoked as we drove on the paved road thinking we were about to land in Ellensburg. :whipWTF as we stared at the intersection back on dirt, we still had another hard part Umtanum Ridge, it was almost dark and there was no way we could do it at this hour. I hate taking bypass routes and easier sections. I believe its hard for a reason and do it as its intended to be done. “Be here now” is phrase I pulled from Deep Survival, awesome book by the way and a must read for any ADV rider . It means plans change and although you don't want to take the bypass you have to. Things change, so its gravel road to Ellensburg. I hope I didn't miss much

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    Land in Ellensburg after nightfall and find a remodeled Motel 6, it’s ultra modern and like no Motel 6 I have ever been in. By that I mean it was nice ...really really nice. 50 something bucks also. Highly recommend staying there, you will be surprised.

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    Guy at check in is super friendly and funny; he recommends the “Palace Cafe”. Good eats and I was surprised by downtown , pretty nice place.

    :freakyAfter dinner grab a few 24 Oz Horse c$#k beers. The german ADVbeno picks Coors heavy, (thats the original Coors). Coors Heavy? Thats what my dad drinks! so he gives me shit for my Coors lIght. Coors Heavy?? Who drinks that under 60 ...I know its the banquet beer and all but since there was no Spatten or Becks in the horse size it would have to do.

    Great day and only one lay down for me where I jacked my wrist, it’s getting fat but Coors Light should bring the swelling down.

    My one pair of socks are getting rank so a little dip in the sink and that should keep them from giving me MERSA for now.:tb

    Great day, now I hope my riding partner isn't a murderer since we split the room.
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    136 Miles and loving every turn, even the moon rocks.:rofl
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  4. wyoly

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    "Great day, now I hope my riding partner isn't a murderer since we split the room"

    I am sure your roommate is thinking the same thing:lol3
    Good start to the trip, can't wait to see more.
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  5. D-Stylz

    D-Stylz Been here awhile

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    Lovin' the commentary! A buddy (Dansrc51) and I did this in early August. It's great reminiscing through your report. Looking forward to the rest. Cheers! :freaky
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  6. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    :DGlad you guys are enjoying it, motivates me to know people are actually readng it, todays post took 3 f'in hours :cry
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  7. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Up and on our way hoping to knock out a section and half today, I talk to my lady and laugh about how I though I would be meeting her in Mount Ranier tomorrow:norton. Off we go and the road to the top of of Lion Creek mountain has a large portion that is paved. Hunters are in full effect and everywhere , wondering if maybe high viz jackets might be in order. I assume since my bike isn't Prius quiet :ear they should be able to figure out I am not a deer.:eek1 After yesterdays lunar expedition I think we are happy to have smoother roads. One thing I realized and very important to know is that the GPS tracks do not take you to the top of the peaks sometimes. That maybe a slight detour and by slight I mean maybe a 1/2 mile or mile. These are not to be missed so make sure you venture off the path you wont regret it. You hear that .....air raid sirens? Yup pic bombs dropping

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    Smooth sailing today just beautiful country and amazing riding , no wrecks no drama to quote the ADV legend LittleWan “The trail givith , the trail taketh away” I suppose this was a givith day. A little bump in the road with the closed Mission creek route, luckily trail magic occurred and somehow I had cell service and was able to look up the ADV post on that closure. The garmin routable maps on my Oregon also routed a work around by Beehive reservoir. Stopped for lunch in Cashmere a cool little town and grabbed some pizza.

    Now on our way to Chumstick mountain and it is was awesome, not to mention I have a new word to use around stupid folks, “Hey chumstick what the hell ya doin” Nice ring don't you think? One more thing, we rode to the top of chumstick peak and found a giant pile of nails and screws piled around the brass peak marker. Watch your tires, maybe just walk up there. Anyhow pics are worth a thousand words so this chumstick will zip it.
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    Making our way into Ardenvoir we made a wrong turn toward the end and came out on French Corral road at the intersection of NFS 5700. Lucky we did otherwise we wouldn't have found the best camping spot of the whole trip “The Alamo”. :thumb

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    I called it the Alamo that since It had an old root cellar and stone walls on the property ; it was right along the Mad River also. It was a huge area and blocked by rocks to keep out cars and I would have never though it to be a camping spot if not for the “No campfires sign”.
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    It was a huge spot and not on the map, I was hoping some other ADV riders would swing by as there was enough room for a dozen. Anyway it’s not on the map but here are the GPS coordinates 47.74875666 -120.394555 if your in the area. It’s also close enough to run into town and grab a 6pack of tall boy beers. Since you have the river ( camp fridge) your beers stay nice and cold.

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    The next day we learned from the owner of the cafe it was a house for a timber man named Charles Gray but the house burned down. So maybe instead of the Alamo call it, Charley’s house. I Took a picture out of a book about the history of the spot and ol Charley if your interested.
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    Glad to be back camping, Kokanee and freeze dried gourmet now that’s livin son and after 117 miles river chilled Kokanee taste mighty fine. :1drink



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  8. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    PDX A!!
    Sorry I'm late to sign in, I suck. :cry
    Been too busy to read other RRs, barely taking care of my own sh*t.


    Thanks for making the pics bigger, they're perfect. :D

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    OK, on with the report....
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  9. Olybear

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    :lurk Thanks for the RR. I hope to do this ride next year since it's in our backyard. What a great NW summer for riding.
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  10. G-ree

    G-ree Adventurer

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    Tell me about the Mission Creek re-route. Where did you find it? Is it because of a washout I heard about?

    I'm planning on doing the ride as soon as there is some rain and the fires go out.
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    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    Love it...all pics of my back yard, but still great to see em on here.

    In fact, we just camped at Takhlakh Lake last weekend, its amazing how you feel as though you could just reach out and touch Mt Adams from the lake...its so close it looks like a painting.

    I never tire of looking at our fantastic scenery...thanks for the report. :clap
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  13. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    I just had Garmin route it, there may be a much better re route as this one is mainly pavement, just take beehive road to the county road and take a left, here is a pic of the map, just click on it for a bigger one. Hope that helps. Thanks to all for the nice props, now on with the report.


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  14. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Off to the Coopers General Store for breakfast and downtown Ardenvoir, dont get lost.:lol3

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    :jump We headed uptown and found Coopers Cafe, the lady running it said a lot of the WABDR riders help pay the bills in the summer because there main source is in the Winter for snowmobilers. Nice lady and she showed us the book talking about our camp spot, help support the businesses. Good folks here, I suggested she put up a WABDR map and have people sign it or pin a map where they are from. Curious if that happens, the store had a few of the butler maps for sale as well.:flug

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    Ok back to the dirt and to Lake Chelen, no drama just good roads and great views, stole a few of ADVbeno’s pics here

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    In that pic you can see my almost bald POS trail wing tire, what a f'in joke. I have now upgraded to a real tire the Dunlop 606.

    The section that says “Overgrown but passable” , its overgrown but I thought it was fun since I felt like I was going someplace a car wasn't going to pop out of.
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    Lake Chelan was gorgeous but I would rather be back in the woods, so on to what we hoped would be Carlton. Just up and over two peaks.
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    Made it to Carlton and grabbed some learning juice :beer :roflfrom the fancy general store, rustic on the outside but remodeled on the inside with organic food and wine, interesting place. Anyhow off into the forrest a few miles up the road and found a spot near a camp refrigerator with tons of cow poop but thats the best we were going to get. As we were setting up the sky was turning red and I told the ADVbeno “Red sky at night sailors delight, means its going to rain” luckily it rained because I was talking out my ass.
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    Only night of rain the whole trip, tomorrow last final push to Canada and unlike Taco Bell when you make a run for the border here it better be before 5:00 pm because it closes. :hmmmmm

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    131 Miles and a few more to go:p3rry
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    great stuff more please:freaky
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    Great report. Im on my way to the trail in 2 weeks, so long as the weather reports stay clear. Thanks for all of the info.
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  17. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    :eek1 Dont miss the ice caves in first stage!!!!!!!, they are kick ass. I skipped them but went back two weeks ago to explore. The GPS coordinates are 45 57.676 -121 37.923 for one of them but had trouble locating the other. Also right next to the caves are Natural Bridges, not as cool ( no pun intended) but since they are close worth checking out those are at 45 57.663 -121 39.458 Have a great time. Enjoy the moon rocks.:puke1 and looking like Tron in your ice cave pictures


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  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks for the ice cave photos! :thumb

    We skipped the ice caves, but it's fun to see them.

    (I didn't get the Tron thing at first, but I got it now :D)
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  19. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    So pack up the stuff after trying to dry it down a bit but its not to bad, looks like it might rain some more so we gear up appropriately and in about 20 minutes we are melting as the sun comes out and its a beautiful sunny day with great ridding. I was looking forward to Ruby for what I thought was an old ghost town where I could take the cliché picture of looking out some old house window. Alas Ruby is merely a sign.:deal

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    The section went through some beautiful meadows and was very different from much of the riding up to this point then it turned into what felt like Colorado. This was much of the trip I cant thank the folks who put this route together its truly amazing. Ughhhh sniffle I promised myself I wouldn't cry :(: In retrospect the only crappy part about this trip has been that the rides around Portland are not cutting it for me, the bar has been raised to high.

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    Pulled into Conconully for lunch and were Welcomed , this place was great and food delicious, this route is really helping out these small town businesses. So much nicer to hand your money over to good people as opposed to Burger Globo Chem Corporation. :spam

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    Since we were flush with time today it tuned into a photo shoot with ADVBeno or as I call him &#8220;brother of the wheel&#8221; and I taking turns doing some hardcore motorcycling ( watch video to get the joke). By Hardcore I mean flybys of the camera. I have no shortage of pinup pictures of the bike in various poses but none of me so it was nice to get a few to send to the folks.

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    At what I believe was Lone Frank pass it was the screen shot on the WABDR web page so had to get some shots of that. Open the silos its a picture bomb

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    Look at the time, we are going to finish the sum a bitch today. The final push to Canada with 30 minutes left before they close the border.

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    I wanted to do the Steve McQueen border crossing from the The Great Escape , C&#8217;mon I had the German chasing me but no hills and it didn't work out well for Steve.

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    :freaky My initial plan was to go over and at least grab a beer. ADVBeno being from Germany didn't want to mess with the customs folks since his process is a bit more complicated than me crossing. The border crossing is as I would have hoped, small and un assuming. I was under the impression ADVBeno was going to see about coming across after talking to US Border guys. Before crossing we took a bunch of pics on the road which I was leery about since you don't f around that close to the border.

    :wave:p3rry I drove by and waived goodbye to the Customs guy, and up to the Canada crossing which looked like an old house. The guy was very nice and asked why I was crossing this out of the way border crossing, &#8220;because it was on the map&#8221; and went into explanation of the WABDR with visuals. I looked back but no ADVBeno? I pulled in to Canada another 30 feet took some pics and went back home, shortest international trip ever of 5 minutes.

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    :DIf this was the worst way to cross a border I was running a close second, two weeks , two weeks. I guess these videos dont show up in mobile devices sometimes, if so this rr makes no sense. :tb

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    :devildog Now it gets interesting, first of all when crossing the border its &#8220;yes mam no mam&#8221; &#8220;yes sir no sir.&#8221; These folks have a hard job trying to find the 2 bad apples out of the thousands or regular law abiders who cross the border. With that being said I f&#8217;ed that all up. Now bear in mind that this crossing is unbelievably underused and no one was around... I had just passed here 5 minutes ago dressed like an astronaut on a bright blue dirt bike with yellow bags and waived at the Customs guy. :wave

    :bueller He didn't even recognize me, huh? ADVBeno then took some pictures of me in the sally port which sent the customs dude into a tail spin, He yells Camera!!!! The other customs guy comes out and is directed to ADVBeno saying &#8220;That guy came out of no where&#8221;

    :nono By nowhere he means been there walking around for 5-10 minutes at the least crossed border in the US. Customs guy #2 makes ADVBeno erase all his photos he took of me and the customs guy; fair enough he doesnt want to be on advrider.com 360 degree awareness:norton bro stop hassling my brother of the wheel (watch said video) we are hardcore bikers.:ymca:ymca:rofl

    :doh I had assumed they had talked so I was trying to talk to ADVBeno and ignoring the customs guy , bad idea. I know better; now they were checking the German&#8217;s papers, great he's getting deported and I will get the rubber glove treatment. I was trying to find out if he was coming or not was my explanation I apologized profusely that I thought they had talked and he saw me cross 5 minutes ago. He said he didn't know he was there and never saw me.

    :asshat After all that I go back to the US and given my ass hat behavior these guys were firm but polite and there actions appropriate. But seriously 360 or at least 180 degree awareness my man.

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    :queenie: :happay Well time for a celebratory dinner and learning juice ; off to Oroville but first a stop by the cheapest State Welcome sign ever, budget cuts are hitting us all hard I suppose.

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    We ate at FB&#8217;s family grill and the food was fantastic and service excellent. We jetted down to Omak and stayed at the cheapest place we could find, the Roadway Inn. I hate getting ripped off at $75 a night this was a rip off, the first room AC wasn't working and it was nasty. They were cool enough to get us another room which smelled like a grow house ( weed) whatever the AC works.

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    Tomorrow would be what I was expecting to be a lame ass slab day, O how I was wrong.


    136 Miles, International travel, and a contact high from our hotel room. What did you do today?

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  20. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    :sick Luckily we awoke without a contact high from the weed stink room and prepared for what I thought was going to be a crappy ass slab day to Seattle. We were following the route laid out on the map and needed to go that way anyhow; to be honest I almost skipped it thinking it was going to be just big Highway.:lol3 This was to say the least a surprise but I am going to ruin it for you, sorry. It is f&#8217;in awesome. Only twist was a cold snap and I froze pretty good as I was not prepared; otherwise you must must check out this route. Picture Armada dispatching to your ocular area forthwith.:p3rry

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    On the way you will stop through Winthrop, cool town in old west style, try and hit this place for lunch. A bit Ye old T-shirt shop touristy but still cool.
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    After finishing the scenic route me and ADVBeno parted ways at some Buffalo themed restaurant,:cry he was going to camp in the area and hope it wouldn't rain. I had a an old friend in Seattle for a trade show but all the downtown Seattle hotels were crazy expensive with $40 parking rates:ken; I tried to get them to waiver on this since my bike took up less space but no dice. The idea of going to a bar dressed like Neil Armstrong was less than appealing so I would see him tomorrow :freaky. Time for the old contact list iPhone....... hey ......hey I was going to surprise my friend and his wife in North Bend with a house guest:wave , first I needed to get there and dear Seattle area friends your traffic blows, after so long in pristine wilderness this was like being doused with scalding hot milk. Which would have been nice as I was still freezing in my mesh jacket.

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    57 may not seem cold but I was hurting for hours. I couldn't embed the video but this is how I felt.

    http://youtu.be/2qnv8uo8RcY

    I eventually made it to my buddies in NorthBend , a pretty cool town also. Off to bed in a weed stink free room and I was finally able wash the socks I had been wearing for a week. It&#8217;s the little things in life.

    About 250 miles and one more day to get home.

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