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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by maloryII, Jan 19, 2013.
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Where to ride?
I used the "kinda sunny" Saturday and >45F weather today to get some saddle time. Went out towards Rainier and stopped at Crystal mountain. Kinda pretty but flat and straight.
Today went out 3/106/101 (?) I think... through Gig Harbor and Belair and Union and down to Olympia and back up 5 to Tacoma. Some glimpses of the mountains, but overall strip malls and run-down "beach towns" and overall not so pretty. Also flat and straight.
Apparently I'm doing it wrong. Help me -- good day rides in the Tacoma/Olympia/Seattle AO? Rain/cold doesn't really bother me.
You're pushing the season a little; each of those forays get good in the spring/summer when the snow is gone.
From Union you can go over forest road 23 from the Skokomish estuary all the way to hwy 101 on the coast, and get good and lost on many lesser roads in between.
If you go towards Tahuya and take the road to Dewatto, look across the canal from there, you will think you are in southeast Alaska. Go north to Holly and Seabeck from there.
From Crystal you can go over Cayuse Pass and down to Randle, on fs 23 to Cougar or Carson and spend several days in there. Or go over Chinook and enter heaven [or close too it]. yer snowed out yet.
There's a good south sound group on here, post up and meet some people.
thanks guys, keep 'em comin'
if more exist
Am I a "south sounder"?
And is there a thread?
Putting around Belfair & Union puts you in their neighborhood. Check out Griptwisters tour , etc, too.
JBLM is , well, Tacoma. Probably more mid-sound. If ever there was a tired beach town, the city of destiny is it.
I like old highway 99 to Tenino - or even better, 507 to, erm... Johnson Creek road around the backside of Tenino to old highway 99 then hook a left at... what's that railroad crossing "town" there... just before Centralia... BUCODA! Yeah, that's it - Bucoda. Then you head over the hills to the Steam plant, swing back up on the other side on... wait... you ain't one o' them revenooers are you?
I guess it all depends on what you're looking for - a long loop, a balls-to-the-wall low-level flight path... I kinda' prefer to get lost and putt along from place to place versus the I-5 drudgery - so when I get the opportunity to explore connecting routes that's the way I go. You can get from here to Hood River (well - when the snow level goes back up) and have a nice combination of old farm roads and gravel/dirt with just enough pavement to refill the tank. Unless you're on a 25MPH sidecar rig - but I've got room to carry extra gas.
...and yes, Felix, you're a "south sounder" now. Give it a couple years and you'll start to grow moss between your toes. :huh
Oy! Good meet today - thanks for lunch.
I went tooling about on the little bike a bit - came home and my brakeline split
Guess the DR will rotate back to the rear of the garage for awhile!
Haha we must've cursed each other... the locking mount/bracket on my left Gobi hardbag disintegrated in West Seattle! Good thing I was parked. The weld that holds the lock to the bag cracked. If that had happened on the interstate...oh man... Could've killed somebody. :eek1 I gypsy strapped that bitch to the back and headed home...
This sh!ts pretty good stuff... an' they sell it in the Class 6(!)
...sorry if it's a little fuzzy - so am I right about nao. ...not so bad I can't fix mah HTML though...
Ewe get any ridin' in today? Got mah ninety-dollah brake line installed, the LB is about ready for play-time!
Yeah, Bulleit! My favorite. I bought some at the C6 this past Friday too!
I am on JBLM and although I do not have a beard or a huge red bike I am capable of some riding on my doctor 449 (Formerly a DR-350) It runs like a fat private headed for chow but looks like one too due to a bad paint job.
Also when I first got my bike one weekend I literally rode the entire training area headed out towards Olympia just stopping, hitting dirt rodes, then back on the hard ball. Haven't had any issues so far, as long as you don't get up on the OP's.
they aren't that fun to get on anyway.
Alright - we're gonna' have to meet for lunch on that one.
Oh, man, did I ever get a chuckle over that. If you ever swing up to the Ural dealer in Boringham, hit me up!