Central Washington ADV Ride w/live blogging

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by DualsportWA, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. DualsportWA

    DualsportWA Adventurer

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    Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that my friend Rob Lutz and I are headed out on a dualsport adventure ride starting this Friday 03/15/2013, and I'm going to be bringing a Panasonic Toughbook H2 and mobile Wifi access point so that I can blog in realtime from the street/trail/campsite!

    Here's the official kickoff:
    http://gavingear.com/2013/03/13/central-washington-adventure-ride-2013-part-i/

    I'll be blogging to my website from Windows Live Writer on the Toughbook, and will do my best to keep this thread updated when I have new posts, but you can also follow via RSS/email from my website.

    Rob will be riding his KTM 400EXC, and I'll be riding my Husqvarna TE-610 - so we'll be riding a variety of terrain and are really pumped about seeing some new places in WA, trying out new gear, etc.

    Here's a pic of bike as I start packing up:
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  2. hootch

    hootch Been here awhile

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    You are in my dirt. Have fun! If you guys need a hand, send me a pm.
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  3. WAknobbyknuckles

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    right on, looks like fun. So what's the final route plan?
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  4. atravlr

    atravlr www.atasecuretravel.com

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    Please photo on what you are taking or a detailed list. At the end of your trip, name the items you wish you had brought and what items you did not need to haul. For some reason I find it interesting on different riders must haves. Thanks and have a safe trip. Good Luck!
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  5. robl245

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    We're still working on it. Tony sent us some suggestions on a direction to go, but I'm sure it will evolve as we travel as the realities of travel speed and actual distance become apparent.

    At this point, the basic plan is to head from the Wenatchee area north east toward Electric City following gravel, dirt and 2 track. We'll be going through as many out of the way places as we can. Places like Jamison Lake.

    Then probably a little more east, then south toward Moses Lake, through the dunes, Potholes, then east toward the Columbia River, then north to Vantage, then back up toward Wenatchee. Our previous discussion was about that last leg on specifically how one can get from Vantage to Wenatchee given current snow conditions and closures. Not sure on any of that yet. I don't know how many miles that will end being yet, so I don't know what is actually realistic. Gavin will have our exact route when we're done though, so we'll be able to tell you exactly. So far though, it's looking to be pretty fun.

    Rob
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  6. robl245

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    We'll try and do that. I've read all sorts of ride reports about what people have taken, this is my first time taking an overnight dirt bike ride, and the packing is harder that I thought it would be.
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  7. robl245

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    My riding partner started this thread, but I noticed the forum title says epic rides 1 week or longer. As awesome as I think our trip will be...
    I'll just toss out there that this trip will only be three days, so maybe not quite enough for the grand and lofty "Ride Reports" forum???

    Just sayin......
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  8. robl245

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    OK, I have to be cool and post a bike pic too. I'm leaving Spokane after work today to head for Leavenworth, so this is what I'm riding waiting patiently in the back of my pickup.

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    I know a lot of you would probably ride that type of bike all the way out there too, but I have to start small on this long distance riding thing.

    Here it is all loaded up and ready to go (at least it felt like it while figuring out how to pack it)
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  9. WAknobbyknuckles

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    " Our previous discussion was about that last leg on specifically how one can get from Vantage to Wenatchee given current snow conditions and closures. Not sure on any of that yet. "


    Ya, I have been holed up here with no dirt way out because all of the closures. Still working on a good route to Wenatchee though. Have fun this weekend:clap
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  10. DualsportWA

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    Final stages of trip prep! We start the adventure tomorrow morning.

    Here's my writeup:
    http://gavingear.com/2013/03/15/central-washington-adventure-ride-2013-part-2/

    And my list of gear:
    1. Sleeping bag (5 deg F rated)
    2. Inflatable sleeping pad
    3. 2-person tent
    4. Clothing and toiletries (black Dirt-Bagz duffel)
    5. Blue paper shop towels
    6. Fire starting supplies and first aid kit
    7. Cooking tins
    8. Headlamp and flashlight, batteries
    9. Rotopax 1-gallon tanks: Gasoline (red), Water (white)
    10. Tripod stool
    11. Tire irons and tools
    12. Micro stove and propane cylinder
    13. Manfrotto camera tripod
    14. Panasonic Toughbook H2
    15. Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard and mouse (Bluetooth)
    16. Garmin 60CSx GPS
    17. Mobile WiFi access point
    18. GoPro HERO2 cameras (2)
    19. Memory cards
    20. Canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera
    21. 580EX-II speedlite flash (may not make it in!)
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  11. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I don't see the kitchen sink?


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  12. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    Comon get riding already :lurk
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  13. DualsportWA

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    OK, I had to trim the fat- A LOT. I ended up leaving my beloved Canon 5D Mark III, tripod, and a bunch of other stuff! We're posting this live from Big Wally's in Coulee City WA!

    Here's a couple updates - we've had quite the adventure so far, including Rob losing 1/2 his oil, meeting a small town NAPA shop owner, driving in the dark, and more!

    Full details here:
    http://gavingear.com/2013/03/16/central-washington-adventure-ride-2013-part-3/

    http://gavingear.com/2013/03/16/central-washington-adventure-ride-2013-part-4/

    Here are some of the pictures:

    Packing up:
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    Eating lunch at my cabin in Cashmere:
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    Rob's oil leak: (bad gasket from side cover replacement)
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    Joe- great guy! Owner of the Waterville NAPA who met us when someone called him on our behalf:


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    Rob finishing the oil leak fix after dinner:
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    Cruising today:
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    I'm hoping to send another update from the campsite tonight if we have Verizon coverage (we have a mobile Wifi hotspot).
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  14. DualsportWA

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  15. DualsportWA

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    Another post up! I'm catching up on this- a few more posts to go.

    Full post: http://gavingear.com/2013/03/18/central-washington-adventure-ride-2013-part-6/

    First half of the last day of the trip!

    Started off at Starbucks, then on to the hotel where we planned our route for the day.

    Bikes packed up and ready to go:
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    Getting off the pavement for the day (great high speed stretch!)
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    Cruising down the dirt road:
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  16. CoupleMoreCorners

    CoupleMoreCorners The Dude abides.

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    I read through your report form your link. I grew up in Cashmere and have ridden all around there, but have never really gone East, since I didn't have a dual-sport until after leaving. It was nice to see home. I'm sure I've ridden buy where your cabbin is now many times about 20 years ago.

    I now live in Portland and am planning to run a section of the ODBR with some friends this year. Your ride only made me more excited.

    I've decided not to take the SLR, but am thinking of how to bring the iPad.

    I'd love to hear your retrospective on what you took and what you planned for.
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  17. robl245

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    Well I haven’t posted many times on here, I’ve been a lurker mostly. So, here’s some background on me and my take on this trip. For quite a few years, my friend Gavin and I have talked about doing a trip like this, ever since we came across Tom Meyers and his company ‘CycoActive’. He would take these multi day rides from Seattle across the Cascades on his XR400. Like this:
    http://www.cycoactive.com/Adventure/Photos/XJkOXE/Horsethief-500-1998

    We both had dual sports at the same time while in college, (XL600s) but our riding back then was pretty much limited to the Moscow / Pullman area. We both rode to school each day on them, Gavin to WSU, me to U of I, then occasionally we’d ride all over Moscow Mountiain. Here was mine:
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    After college, the heavy and difficult to start XLs were passed on. Gavin sold his, and I traded mine for a KDX, and my riding pretty much was stuff like this for the next several years.
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    And this....
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    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>But, that thought of the dual sport adventure ride was always there. Here was the picture in both our minds (stolen from Tom’s website of course. Thanks Tom for the inspiration!):</o:p>
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    <o:p>Dinty Moore on the fire in the middle of nowhere. Although it seems simple enough, the Dinty Moore remains a goal since the winds of the Columbia basin prevented us from the experience. I hope the coyotes enjoyed it though.

    Next step, packing....
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  18. robl245

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    OK, so how in the heck to carry the stuff I needed on my dirt bike? And, what should I be taking? I know it seems obvious. After much reading on here and elsewhere, the answer for me was to be found at Giant Loop. I purchased the Coyote with dry bag, plus, they had a great deal on the 2012 model from the clearance rack although it was white, not orange. Then after 100000000 trips to the REI in Spokane and various other sporting goods stores spending $????? (I don&#8217;t want to know) on stuff I ultimately would not take, here&#8217;s the finished product. (all loaded up - 2004 400exc with BD dual sport kit, EE seat, Clark tank, 14/48 gearing, grip warmers and Elephant Ears)
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    I wound up following a lot of Dave&#8217;s off road adventure touring packing list found at the bottom of this page. (Daves List)

    I found that a Marmot Trestles 0 bag will not fit in either the coyote (at least with all the stuff I thought I needed in there too) or the drybag. So, it&#8217;s in its own dry bag strapped down to the top. Fortunately it&#8217;s fairly light. For summer riding, I may purchase a lighter bag. I also may purchase the Giant Loop Great Basin dry bag to use instead on the back of the coyote if I can fit the sleeping bag in it. Those are stinkin tough dry bags.

    Here&#8217;s how I wound up packing up. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    The coyote comes with three stuff sacks for the left and right leg and the top, which made things pretty easy. Just stuff the stuff sacks, then drop the stuff sacks down in there. In one leg I dumped all the smaller camping stuff (stove and fuel, water filter, cooking kit, fire starting stuff, ect, plus all the coghlands crap I didn&#8217;t actually use). In the top sack, I put all the food I brought. Nothing like stopping wherever and actually having food to eat. In the other leg, I put a fuel bottle with engine oil in it (wound up not helping me much), my Exped SynMat 7 pad, and my tent.<o:p></o:p>
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    Coyote Dry Bag:<o:p></o:p>
    A ton of clothes, most of which I didn&#8217;t need. Another lesson learned. I mean, I filled the bag with clothes. I'm not sure why I did that. I had this urge to for some reason.<o:p></o:p>
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    Added dry bag:<o:p></o:p>
    Sleeping bag strapped to the top with my rain gear stuffed in there also. Made it look top heavy, but wasn&#8217;t too bad. Just fluffy stuff up there.<o:p></o:p>
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    Blue rolled up tarp:<o:p></o:p>
    The blue thing behind the yellow bag was a home made tarp shelter. I made it for where we had been planning on riding the Olympic Peninsula instead. It just wound up flapping around in the wind at night, so down it came. In the middle of the night. It sucks bringing something you wind up not using, cause then you have to lug it around the rest of the trip.

    Next, the route.
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  19. robl245

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    I essentially got on Google Maps and browsed around looking for cool looking deserty areas to try and ride through. Here was my first attempt...
    Section 1
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    Section 2
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    Section 3
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    Well, that turned out to be a lot more than we could actually do. My friend Tony (hayshaker) gave us a bunch of suggestions on where we should try and go. In the end though, we had to just go and what happens happens. Not to mention that the last leg there up the west side of the river is Red Dot, as has been discussed in related threads. Bummer though, since it looks fun.
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  20. robl245

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    First a stop at Gavin&#8217;s newly purchased cabin to check that out. This place would be great place to trail ride from, it's a little ways up in the hills south of Cashmere.
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    Next was up toward and over Badger Mountain out of Wenatchee. We headed up into the hills on Blue Grade rd just north of the hwy97 / hwy 2 intersection going into East Wenatchee. On the map, it looks pretty straight forward, but the reality was gates and an absolute maze of roads going every which way. We successfully navigated that area and intersected with Badger Mountain rd (although not without backtracking dozens of times and ending up on the wrong side of a closed gate and no tresspassing sign).

    Looking back down toward Wenatchee at the bridge we had just crossed.
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    Had to go that way to get to Badger Mt. rd.
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    Looking north up the river toward Entiat<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>Rocky Reach Dam</o:p>
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    <o:p>Looking back down toward Wenatchescratch. I mean Wenatchee. Once we reached Badger Mt. Rd.</o:p>
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    <o:p>The top of Badger Mountain. The roads turns from asphalt to dirt here. On our way back over this thing, there were dozens of sport bikes wizzing up and back down this thing turning around at the dirt. The paved side really would be a great sport bike ride.
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    Down the other side right above Waterville.
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    A very different view than the Wenatchee side.
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    What have we here? A ski lift on some dude&#8217;s farm? Cool! Don't know if it's still used or not.
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    [SIZE=2]Right after this though, we ran into the first of the few issues we had. All my fault. Installed the stupid gasket wrong. Moron.[/SIZE]
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