If you're going to be dumb you better be tough

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Loud Al, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. Loud Al

    Loud Al .

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    Solo riding in the Cascades, sure I can get around that snow.

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    That ravine dropped down about a 100 feet.

    Uploading pics more soon.
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  2. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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    I was wondering how your trip went.....................good to see ya made it home :D


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  3. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    That's the Allan we all know. :lol3 I hope the rest of the ride report has your bike upright.
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    Rule #1 of ADVriding: never drop something you can't pick up.
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  6. TripleTee

    TripleTee Over the river

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    WOW!! - so how far DID you tumble? And how did you get that beast back on its feet solo?
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    I can't believe YOU fell over. :lol3















    Glad yer OK. :D
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  8. Loud Al

    Loud Al .

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    So it supposed to be HOT here in the valley so I decided to head for the mountains and do a little camping. Couldn't find anyone to go with me so I went solo. It was a great day for a ride warm but not too hot. I was headed up to Detroit Lake and I decided to try the dirt route.

    Passed a nice waterfall on the way.

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    I got on the dirt and there were tons of people around. I guess I wasn't the only with the idea of heading to the mountains to escape the heat.


    After I passed Sullivan Falls the people started to disappear.

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    Guess nobody has been up here yet this year.

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    After a little trimming I was on my way.

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    The view was nice.

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    Where I was headed, looks like snow.

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    Gotta go back to work, more later
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  9. Loud Al

    Loud Al .

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    So I continue around the corner and I start to see water on the road, this shortly turns into a stream. I figure this isn't a good sign and this is what I find.

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    I hiked a little farther up the road.

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    I figure it is only going to get worse from here so I have to turn around. At this point I'm 12 or so miles from Detroit but with my backtracking I'm looking at about 60 miles.

    Down the mountain I go, I pass a couple of quads heading up the road, they had a chain saw because the tree I passed under is gone now.

    I get into Detroit and there are people all over the place I load up on supplies and head out. I take the first logging road and start heading up. Every place that looks half decent already has someone camped there. Every time I get over 4,000 feet I get turned back by snow. I head down to the main road and travel north for a few miles until I see another likely looking forest road. I head up that and other at the turn I don't see another person. I rode up and down every spur but didn't see any spots that struck my fancy.

    It was a great day and the mountains were on display
    Mt. Hood
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    I ride along for a while and the road is just built into the side of the hill and it is starting to get late. I figure I will continue to pavement and
    try the campgrounds along the Clackamas River.

    I can see that the road is going to start going down so I should'nt hit anymore snow.

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    As I come around a corner I can see snow on the road but I figure I can sneak along the right hand side (The side closest to the ravine). Like a dumbass I don't scout it I just go for it.

    More in a bit.
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  10. DAKEZ

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    Throwing you down in the dirt that is. Or so I've been told. ya, ya, that's it I heard it from someone.:wink:
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    More please!
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  12. Louis

    Louis Been off road... on a K12

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    :lurkThis is pretty good...
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    I hope you make it out ALIVE !:rofl :rofl :rofl
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    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    southforkspeedster koolaidless

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    Keep it coming Allan:deal :clap

    Oh yea', you're new screen name better suits you:wink:
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  16. Yossarian™

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    Show us the biff again! :evil
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  17. Loud Al

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    So I'm riding next to the snow and the road surface is a lot softer than I thought it would be, I get about past a hundred feet of snow and I can see around the corner now. The road is blocked! I stop and figure I will just push the bike back. Well the wheels sunk a couple of inches into the road as soon as I stopped. I tried to push it back and it didn't want to move. I carefully get off and try pulling the bike back. I loose my footing and the bike starts to lean away from the snow, I push it so it lands in the snow.

    I pick up the bike and try to drag it back down the trail and then I drop it the other way, now I'm in trouble.

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    Now I start to take stock of my situation (should have done that before I decided to go around the snow, all I was thinking was if I get around this snow bank I'm home free)

    It is 4:24 in the afternoon, I'm alone, the bike is on a severe slope, nobody really knows where I am, I haven't seen anybody in a couple of hours and the cloesest people are about 12 milse away. I have a spot sattelite messenger but the only people who I know are looking at my tracking information are 3,000 miles away. I figure I got myself into this mess I will have to get myself out. On the plus side I have food and water, I'm not hurt, I have camping gear.

    I take stock and wander around for a while I need to anchor the bike because everytime I touch it the bike slides a little further down the hill.
    I have rope and ratchet straps on the bike, of course the rope is in my tank pannier under the bike and the straps are under the bag strapped on the seat. I have to wresetle that stuff off the bike without falling down the hill. I get the rope and straps out and now where am I going to anchor the rope. I see a tree way up the hill, I struggle up there and tie off the rope.
    It is now 4:40 PM

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    I attach the strap to the bike and the rope. So far so good now I have the bike stabilized.

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    Now comes the hard part.

    Have to get back to work, I will finish this tonight.
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  18. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Nice work and ingenuity on getting your bike stabilized against further movement down the slope. :clap
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  19. Rainier_Rider

    Rainier_Rider Gone

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  20. jtb

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    Don't forget to come back! I want to know how you got out of this...
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