Mt. Hood to "Gerbings" via the coast.

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Squishy, May 2, 2011.

  1. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    A few of us from the Mt. Hood/Portland area, are going to the spring open house at Gerbings in Tumwater, Wa. May 14th.

    We are heading out Friday morning, the 13th, going to Astoria then up the Wa. coast & over to the S E side of the Olympic peninsula to tent camp Friday night.:freaky
    Saturday, ride to Gerbings which goes from 9am>3pm. Some will return to continue riding the Olympic loop, the others heading sth to Portland.

    Camp spot yet to be decided.

    Anyone wanting to do the Friday ride & camp, let me know if you're interested.

    Others wanting to catch up with the Olympic loop wkd ride, check this thread:

    Abandoned Men of the "All women's Adv Camp" Ride

    Who's in!!:thumb


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    Throttle body
    Asrvivor
    Threecows
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  2. Apple Jam

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    I'm in for the Hood to WA Coast run,
    then another night and a day through the Olympic Forest,....Extra IN.
    Breakfast at 8:30am Friday morning will make for a cold ride around the mountain, if the snow is gone from the roads by then.

    After tenting in <30 degree weather in a rather thin >40 sleeping bag,
    I might look into Gerbings battery powered jacket liners,
    if I can charge it from the bike during the day while riding.
    It'd sure be sweet to be warmer at night without carrying a bigger sleeping bag.
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  3. Ladukebob

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    I can so relate to this. I have a super lightweight down summer bag that was great for peddle powered touring because of the stuffed size and weight. But I froze my ass off every time the temps dropped below freezing. I ended up having to carry more clothes just to wear at night while trying to sleep. Last year I bought a new down bag good for 10 degrees. Surprisingly it's not that much bigger or heavier when stuffed inside the compression bag. What a difference! Sleeping warm, what a concept:clapAnd as a backup I carry a silk cocoon liner that packs into a very tiny bag. You wear it while in the bag and it makes a huge difference.

    Wish I had the time to go with, at least my checkbook will be happier. And my live in accountant :lol3
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  4. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    Different bag for each season ($50>$80 for a decent bag) & a good mat/cot under you is the ticket...i hope!
    I've heard of a few guys sleeping in their liners with an extension plugged to the bike (maybe whilst at a powered camp grounds).
    AJ, i can take one of the kids' hot water bottles for ya, if you're taking a pot. :lol3
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  5. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    ANYONE!!??

    COME JOIN APPLEJAM, & 3 OTHERS (SO FAR), TAKE THE FRIDAY OFF...AND RIDE.

    CAMP THE NIGHT:freaky, & GET FREE FOOD & POSSIBLE GIVEAWAYS AT THE GERBINGS GIG.:clap

    A FEW MORE WOULD MAKE FOR A GOOD SIZE GROUP...COME ON, CRANK IT UP!!
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  6. Squishy

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    This Friday the 13th, we're meeting for breakfast @ the Tollgate restuarant in Sandy on the corner of hwy 26 & Bluff rd @ 8:30am.

    The crew:

    Apple Jam
    Throttle body

    Asrvivor
    Threecows
    Squishy

    Each has been sent a map of intented route, & the likely tent campspot is somewhere near Lk Cushman NW of Hoodsport.

    I'm taking a detailed book map of Wa, & also GPS.

    Other than that...YEEHA!! Let's ride!! :D

    See ya Friday morning.
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  7. Apple Jam

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    Friday the 13th?????
    OUT.


    just kidding, see you Friday morning.
    I might meet you at your place, Squishy, I might head straight to Tollgate Inn.

    This all depends on several things, I just dunno nuttin yet, 'cept I'm goin.
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  8. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    That's funny!!:lol3

    You might want to call in on Vern & get a few rabbits feet.

    I'll PM my address to you.
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  10. matloik

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    Hopefully I will meet you guys Sat morning at Gerbins. I've got a little blown fork seal to attend to on Friday ...
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  11. Squishy

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    Will do.

    I'm fixin some last minute things here too.

    See you on Saturday.
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  12. Squishy

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    OK...haven't posted photos for years so here goes!

    Friday the 13th, what a beautiful day for a ride.
    AJ & 3cows met at my place, before going to the breakfast spot, where we met up with Throttle body & asrvivor.
    Great breakfast, then called in to Gresham KTM to find out what was taking so long with AJ's "other" bike.
    Headed over to 26 west, almost to Elsie, where we jumped on 103 to astoria...Excellent winding road.


    A leg stretch & liquid stop.
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    Astoria to Raymond, around the Wa. coastal regions, with a couple gravel short cuts, to be rewarded with an Oyster bar at the end of it.:clap

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    A good feed of Wallapa bay oysters, & a Macs.

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    Then onward around some more sleepy coastal regions to Aberdeen, (where a crazy wanker in a pickup nearly bunted me off the road, trying to pass everyone on a double yellow, with oncoming traffic):boid .

    Onward we went on Cloquallum Rd/Highland Rd/Little Egypt Rd, up & over through Dayton to highway 101 to Hoodsport.
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    At Hoodsport we decided to pass on the restuarant meal for Friday nights dinner & get groceries instead, for a cook up at the camp.

    We all loaded up with whatever we needed for a good night at camp, consisting of ingredients for AJ's cook up & as much beer as we could carry.:D

    We headed out to Lake Cushman, & found what we considered to be a perfect camp spot, with just enough light to prep dinner & organise sleeping arrangements...those of us that slept!!:lol3

    Lake Cushman.
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    Mike taking in the awesome mountains.
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    Our "organised" shelter.
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    Dinner was had, over a few cold ones with stories of who got who lost throughout the days ride.

    Gary, Jeff, Neil(me) & John...Mike on the camera.
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    Mike tellin some tall ones.
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    A couple of us managed to pitch our tents.
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    ...& the one's who tried to get some sleep, probably shouldn't have...


    Even a smile, good on ya Gary.:D

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    No rest for the wicked,. AJ & Throttle body live it up!
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    :freaky
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    Some tried to get their tents up...tried!!
    We found Mikes laying in the bushes, half made.
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    The lake was still very low when we call in at the northern end.
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    Back into Hoodsport to dump any of our trash & refuel.
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    Then onward South to Gerbings (heated motorcycle clothing manufacturer) in Tumwater, Wa.
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    A good turn out, beaut. weather, free lunch & a few giveaways, none of which we won.:cry
    We purchased the heated gear that we went for, & tried our best to soak up the nights overindulgences with lunch.
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    After a few of us forked out a few hundred for gear, we all headed over to Cabelas at Lacey for a quick look.

    Trottlebody, 3cows & myself headed South to Sandy, OR. The others, Applejam, Asrvivor & matloik went back up the Peninsula for another nights camp.

    All up i clocked around 550 miles over the 2 days ride, saw some real nice country, had a blast at camp & only hit rain coming back into Oregon...surprise surprise.

    A great ride was had, met some new faces & had a great time. Thanks for coming along guys.
    Let's do another ride soon.:thumb
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    Looks like fun. I need me some of that :nod

    Little bike is on deck and yearning to take me places :nod
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  18. Apple Jam

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    So let it take you to the "Hood" this Fri/Sat/Sun......

    My "Gerbings" RR is coming soon :wink:
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  19. Apple Jam

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    I'm a bit late posting up last weekend's ride to the Olympic Peninsula and Gerbing's Spring gig, but here it is.

    Friday and Saturday were nice Spring days, we had a good long ride up 101, with some "shortcuts" along the way.
    The gas stop on the West end of Portland:

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    The Oyster Bar lunch stop at South Bend:

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    Our Friday night goal, Lake Cushman, is a nice, big lake, if a bit low when we visited,
    located about 11 miles West of Hoodsport, just into the Peninsula:

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    The campgrounds were all still closed when we got there, but we had bundles of groceries, booze and beer, and it was getting late.
    We were hungry and tired, and in the mood to STOP NOW.

    So....the one of the gates seemed to be able to "allow" the bikes to get past,
    and we had the campground's Day Use covered area all to ourselves :norton

    Saturday morning Naptime for Mike. Actually, more like a slow recovery from a loooong night of hooliganistic looniness :freaky:
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    Saturday consisted of wondering in circles around the Big City,
    A new Heated Jacket Liner purchase at Gerbing's, where we met up with Matloik.
    Matloik had a rough start to his day, when he needed to "Shadow-ize" the ignition switch on his BMW, just to get down the road :lol3

    Asrvivor, Matloik, and I continued on to Lake Quinault on the other side of the peninsula, to spend the evening in the National Park.

    We found no stores, with decent substance for dinner, close to where we were, but we found a fancy restaurant on the lake:

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    We stuffed up on Blackened Salmon (nothing cheap at this place), then rode to our camp in the Nat Park Rainforest.
    We found a nice, single horsecamp spot that was about a mile before the proper campground.
    Just right for ADVers: We had the place to ourselves.

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    This was an Old Growth Rainforest all right, and just like a pic of a steep hill,
    pictures cannot do justice to the size of these trees, all covered with hundreds of years of thick moss.

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    The rain caught up to us in our tents this night, but the picnic table under that moss engulfed monster tree? Stayed dry as a bone.

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    Sunday's ride home rained. Period. :huh
    It rained all day for us, riding back down Hwy101.
    We rode and rode, and got no pics all the way home.
    It was truly time for the Hot-Tub when I got home around 7pm :wink:
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  20. Senor Siesta

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    AJ, Great pics none the less! Looks like a damned nice weekend...plenty of the best stuff :muutt :dg :freaky:lol3:kumbaya
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