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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Deanman, Jun 26, 2014.
Should be fun!
I'll be watching
(!Also from PA)
I'm sitting in the Kooskia Cafe in Idaho. Free wifi, but osting from the iPad is proving frustrating
Half the time I grab a link from smugmug and go back to the RR, everything disappears! I need a real computer!
I left about 10am in a light rain.
Stopped at a car show iron the way out of town:
Took a short side route:
. I only got a few drops until I hit Quilcene, then of course got wet over Walker Mountain as usual. Pretty low tide as I rode down the canal,
nice marine smell all the way. I took the McLeary exit and as I slowed on the off ramp, a bee or some kind of stinging insect nailed me right in the neck! Unsurprisingly, it stung for a bit, but luckily I'm not alergic or sensitive to bee stings so I just kept going. The left side of my neck is a bit on the red side but no other ill effects.
I followed Mox-Chelalis road South, out of McCleary, but got screwed up somewhere and didn't quite follow the route I'd written down (and left at home), but I made it to I-5 and Hiway 12 without hitting the freeway at all. Some nice back roads, including Michigan Creek, and Ingalls Rd. Cool.*
I stopped in Atia, or Adia, or something like that, at a little tiny park. Or I guess it was a park. It had a medium size picnic table under a cover just barely big enough for it, and the strange thing was the table and benches were really tall. When sitting on the bench I couldn't even touch my feet to the ground! Weird. A table built for Doug. But I ate my sandwhich and commented on Michele's post on FB. She put up a shot of me all packed up, geared up and ready to go, in front of the garage. I wonder if she posted up on ADVrider... But I have no connectivity here so II can't tell.
Continuing East on 12, I stopped in Packwood for a candy bar for desert and *tried to use the bathroom to fill up my water bladders, but it was NASTY in there! So I went across the street to the little coffee stand and asked the cute coffee girl to fill up my camelbak and Dromedary, which she did. I tipped her a buck and thanked her profusely, and she said she was glad to help.
Last year Michele and I stopped and camped on our last night at this cool little site next to a stream. Michele suggested I stay there tonight and I thought "great idea". So a few miles East of Packwood I saw a familiar looking FS road and took it, and sure enough about 2 miles up, there it was!
I was elated that I found it so easily, because I really wasn't sure when I took the turn. So I parked it for the night.*
I'm the only one in the campground, and it's nice to just sit here and relax after riding all day. I had some anxiety and stopped a few times to check my rear wheel (did I forget the spacer??) No, it's fine. Is all my gear still lashed on? Yup. But I'm pretty sure I forgot my 2 spare camera batteries. Bummer. Soon as I can tomorrow I'll find some cell service and make arrangements for Michele to mail them to Diane. Hopefully.
Somehow I goofed up my odometer when getting gas, so I don't have a milage for the day. So I zeroed it after fueling up, and a while later looked down and it was at 200 some miles! So I must be hitting it somehow or??? Not really sure.
Dinner is a Rib eye from home:
Total lies for day 1: 276
Horizontal bike events: 0 so far!
and a real computer, so hopefully I can get caught up a little faster now...
Day 2 Mon June 30
I had set my alarm for 5:30 but I ended up going back to sleep until almost 8:30. What the hell, it is a vacation, right? But I did want to get a msg to Michele about my batteries, and I knew I would stand a better chance of getting them on Thursday if she shipped them before noon. I had some oatmeal and was back on the road by about 9:45.
Hiway 12 was beautiful, the sun was shining,
and I felt great!
Here's a glamour shot with Rainier in the background:
I told the gps to route me to Stanley avoiding highways, and had fun picking roads I thought would parallel and rejoin the hiway, and did pretty well. I ended up in sunny side about 1 so I went to Safeway for some tortillas, a one serving thing of cream cheese, a small bag o salad mix and a bag of pepperoni slices. I went to the park a block away that I'd spotted on the way in to town, and had a nice lunch. I also filled up my water bladders.
More nice roads:
I kept heading East, and took a couple gravel ridge roads outside of Yakima I think. Black snake was one that was pretty cool, another was called Buiscuit ridge. Damn cool.
All this took up a lot of time, and I kept thinking I would find a campsite along the road somewhere.
I considered 3 or 4 places, all of which were pretty bad for one reason or another, and was getting pretty desperate when I finally spotted a large open area on the right. It looked like a county road dept site, with a few gravel piles here and there, and a lot of open space. I settled for a small clearing in some trees in the back, and set up my tent just as the light was fading.
Dinner was left over steak, a tortilla, and some lettuce. I didn't bother cooking anything.
There are some geese in the water next to me and they are honking up a storm. Hey! Shut up! I want to go to sleep!
Total miles for the day: 394
Horizontal bike events: 1 (I dropped it turning around on a narrow dead end road, sorry no pic.
This is gonna be good! I'm in.
I woke up nice and early this morning. Had my coffee and oatmeal, and was on the road by about 8am. I did have a little mishap this morning:eek1
I loaded some stuff into the R pannier and turned around to hear a "whump". Sure enough, the bike was taking a nap. This time it left a mark:
Bummer. And worse, the crack I had welded in January opened up again:
So I'll have to watch that...
Anyway, here's a shot of my campsite this morning:
And one from the highway looking down onto it:
As I put my helmet on I noticed this:
which sucks! No tunes! Not sure if this occured when the bike toppled and sent the helmet rolling on the ground, but I'm guessing so cause it was fine last night. Sorry Deanwife, I will be spending a little more money. I will order a new one from Sena and have it shipped to one of my upcoming destinations.
Not wanting to stay on 12 the whole time, I routed my way to Peck, ID
along some beautiful gravel roads:
Some 60mph gravel:
then on to Nez Perce, where what do I see but this!
I'm part of the committee that is bringing this to Port Angeles in August. I looked around for the driver to say hi but couldn't find the rig anyhere. What a coincidence. Hi Mike!
Downtown Nez Perce:
, then some more fine roads to Kamia and Kooskia:
where I am now.
Next it's down to McCall, where the Kooskia Rangers told me to check in with the McCall Rangers and see if I can get across the Payette Nat'l Forest towards Stanley without using any pavement. My next hard deadline is to meet an old friend in Stanley at noon on Thursday, then we'll ride down to Hailey ID to celebrate the 4th.
Stay tuned for more...
Have Fun Dean! will watch when I can.
by the way this is Lou
Looks like a great ride...
Looking good, Dean
Are you following a portion of the Idaho Backcountry Discover Route? Looking at the route posted on the Best of Montana, there is a ghost town in Custer, which is near Stanley, population 67.
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I'm all in. Look forward to seeing your trip.
I think I like this trip. Nice posts and plenty of pics. Keep it up!
:slurp Just popcorn isn't enough.
Enjoying the ride report. You guys out the west really have beautiful roads to ride.
We might cross paths on the TAT.
Ride and camp safe.
This looks to be good!
Following along with great interest, did this a few years ago with a friend, kudos to you for doing it alone. Safe travels,
in for adventure!
Great start Dean,
I am in, hope you have a great adventure!
Hi Dean, i have been enjoying your adventure so far. Very brave to be doing this solo. I look forward to the next report.Ride safe and good luck.
Great adventure!!! Subscribed. Best wishes.
Hi everyone, sorry for the delay, but finding connectivity has been a challenge the last few days. I'm here in Hailey ID and will spend tomorrow here then head Eastword on Saturday. I'm well and comfortable and finally getting around to checking in with you all.
Great to see some familiar faces here. Hi Lou, Hi Steve, and hey Russ, welcome to the Asylum. Glad to have you all along. Steve, hopefully you can chronicle the Montana trip for us.
I will be continuing my story but let me first say that my biggest challenge by far on this trip so far has been this ride report. :huh
Posting and dealing with photos on the iPad has been problematic and frustrating, and I'm really disappointed to discover that somehow I have lost a bunch of pics I emptied the memory card after uploading everything in Kooskia (pronounced "Koos-Key" by the way) but the pics I'm missing are from after that. Sigh.
But life, and the ride, goes on. And I still have some good pics. Here's a teaser: