Naomi & Alberto do the WABDR on two F800GSs - 2012

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MotoLara, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. jackattack

    jackattack Adventurer

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    The burn area you passed through was from the 2006 Tripod complex fire. I burned pretty much the whole summer and up into BC. It was the largest fire in the US during 2006. I am impressed that you rode the Chopaka road, Scary even in a car.
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  2. K0ncept

    K0ncept Been here awhile

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    You are tough as nails!! Not many women have what you have... And riding that heavy of a bike with that much stuffed on it....


    Great Report you guys!! Naomi we need them to clone a few more of you and send one my way :norton


    Beee Safe out there and please keep the reports coming!! Great Stuff!

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  3. Trek68

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    Great report. Thoroughly enjoying it!! :clap
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  4. naotweed

    naotweed Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the support. I have a sister haha:rofl
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  5. DetoX68

    DetoX68 Been here awhile

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    Just found this report, I love it. :thumb
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  6. K0ncept

    K0ncept Been here awhile

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    a Twin? that rides also? :evil :freaky:1drink heheheh PERFECT...
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  7. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Wow guys! What a ride!! :eek1

    Simply awesome views, and I have to say, you guys have WAY more tolerance for bashing your bikes on the ground than I do....lol...I was mad at myself for throwing my GSA down once! :D

    And yeah Naomi, you should start a training academy for single women who want to snag themselves real prize catches like ADV'ers! :rofl

    But no, seriously....:evil


    Have a great ride, will be checking back to read more!
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  8. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    We did that route at the beginning of August I remember all the scenery in your photos. The baby head sized rocks on the section that was never ending lava rock was miserable. F800GS with an extra 120lbs is not a place to ride that shit. We were all happy to get through the ball bearings. Love the fat rattle snakes at the bottom after the road and through the two gates over the bridge. That made us stop and recharge in Yakima. 37c was very hot and miserable. The washout and tree comming up was sketchy. LOL.

    Ride safe
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  9. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Awesome adventure! Thanks for posting all the wonderful pics!
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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    sweet. thanks for the kind words!
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  11. MotoLara

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    After what had transpired yesterday we obviously chose to use the easier alternative route this morning. The description said that the difficult part was rutted and my shoulder just couldn't handle anything too rough. It was sore, I had a small range of motion but for the most part I could ride my bike without issue.

    We first made a detour to get some gas, and then we joined the WABDR. This little section was almost half paved which under the circumstances was quite welcome. It was a twisty little mountain road that went along the side of a valley. There was some cool basalt rock formations to see but mostly just your standard forestry roads. It was gravelly in sections and a bit too much washboard for me in my condition but we just took it easy. Nothing seems hard now after the pain we endured yesterday.

    Juice for our Iron Horses
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    We all like pretty flowers, right? :flug
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    Once again, the day started with some nice vistas
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    close up
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    The valley down below
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    Naomi getting ready to roll
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    At some point Garmin decided to stop displaying the waypoints, we don't know why and we never got them back. So we just picked the roads that were heading back out to the highway. We are not sure if we left the WABDR or not but the roads were nice. We passed these two older gentlemen sitting at the side of the road in their lawn chairs, beside their camper vans. They were so friendly; they gave a wave and a tip of the hat. Those guys were probably the highlight of the morning haha

    The paved road was nice, highway 12, as it skirted around some nice lakes. We ended up getting stuck in a construction line-up for like 20min, but it sounds like we made out okay as some people were there for almost 45min. We were cruising throughout the twisties and then suddenly when we came around one corner there it was, bam in your face, Mt. Ranier. We had to stop for a picture. The volcano is impressive and from the viewpoint it feels very close. After the picture break we continued southward to Packwood. I was feeling kind of lazy and wanted to stop for a meal in Packwood. I didn't feel like eating my own snacks today. I said to Alberto that I couldn't come to the US and not have a burger, so we stopped at the self-proclaimed best burger place in town. I was happy with my lunch but Alberto was less than impressed. It seemed like a popular place though, and the break was welcomed.

    bits of twisty pavement :clap
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    Mt. Ranier view point
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    Close
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    Closer :lol3
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    Clouds lingering @ the base of the volcano
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    A 'dream' effect for a dream view
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    More smooth & curvy stuff :wink:
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    Even the license plate was part of the previous day's carnage :lol3
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    Burger time @ Packwoods!
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    Naomi really liked her order! (me? not so much)
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    Back down the road and our Garmin was still on strike and not giving us waypoints. We got lost and then checked the paper map to get us going on the right track. We had to use a combination of the paper map and the roads shown in Garmin. It was actually pretty easy to navigate in this area. There were lots of signs, and it was a pretty busy area too (we saw lots of other vehicles). Some really nice horsey country and campgrounds along the way. Lots of exploring to do in this area.

    Nice riding area indeed
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    Yes, you guessed right: Nomi is looking at her precious map :rofl
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    Another nice spot to enjoy
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    Both in the same photo! :clap:clap
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    What a view!
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    Looking for a place to camp
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    Chasing Naomi :gun1
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    This recreation area was kind of cool, there are tons of backroads but also random paved sections of road. We ended up on this really twisty nicely surfaced paved road. We were the only ones there and I think I could hear Alberto yelling woooo in his helmet as he negotiated the sweet corners. We ended up stopping in a really empty campground near Trout Lake for the night. Just how we like it.

    Alberto L. vs Albert E. :poser
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    A nice camping site to finish day 6
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    With easy access to fresh water! :clap
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    Trying to get Garminio to cooperate :whip
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    Doing some bike maintenance
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    Air filter didn't look too bad... cleaned it anyways
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    Good night.... Irene :lol3
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  12. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    THANK YOU for all the great stuff you guys make including the sponsorship of the WABDR, OBDR, etc :thumb
    No wonder why we passed through endless burnt forests on our way south. The Chopaka rd is near the Canadian border - if I remember right - ... it was steep, dusty and a bit rocky but nothing like the Umtanum Ridge / Baby Head Hill.
    Cheers :freaky

    muchas gracias! :wave
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  13. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    We love reading our own RRs as well :lol3 we plan on turning them into photo books for our coffee table :wink:
    Nikki (Naomi's younger sister) also rides! she has a Katana 750 and this summer rode up to the Yukon Territories on it ... she has some crazy adventure stories to tell and a few 'scars' on her Katana's fairing :D
    That's what the crash bars are for :evil ... and like Charlie Boorman says 'if you ain't crashing, you ain't trying' :p3rry:smile6:super
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  14. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    The lava rocks were a bit uncomfortable to land on when I went flying over the handlebars :p3rry .... a few times :lol3

    For us, mere mortals, the F8GS was a bit too big and heavy (loaded up) for a couple of the WABDR sections but for more experienced riders it might not be an issue :jjen
    Cheers! :photog

    :beer
    De nada! :ilmostro
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  15. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    Great stuff as always :clap

    I still remember your panniers from the time you were in Chiapas, definitely one of a kind and difficult to forget :lol3
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  16. MotoLara

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    We only had a small section left of the WABDR to do this morning. Or at least it looked small on the map. As it turns out it took us longer than we had expected. It was one of those things that when you are already kind of in the mindset of going home the riding takes longer. We kept thinking we were close to the end, but the waypoints just went on forever haha. The ride was nice though, but there wasn't much scenery to take in. We passed the most bikers than any other day though, 4 in total. We had only seen 9 up until that point in the whole trip.

    The last leg of the WABDR
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    Nice views from start to finish :clap
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    Not to be a complete baby, but my shoulder was still sore so I was happy to be doing low key riding cause I couldn't stand on the pegs without discomfort. The easier the better for me at this stage in the game. In hindsight I could have gone to the hospital to get myself checked out, we have insurance, I just didn't expect to still be in pain this many days later. And by now we were heading home, so I figured I would just go see my doctor once I got home.

    We eventually finished the last of the dirt sections of the WABDR and decided to skip the "Bridge of the Gods" to get a jump start on the ride home.

    'End of the dirt' triumphant photo :freaky
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    Doing stuff for the sake of doing stuff isn't really our thing. In an effort to avoid the I5, or anything that resembles the I5, we decided to follow the recommended Seattle to Stevenson route for the WABDR and boy we were in for a treat. At first we thought that Garmin was crazy because he was taking us left and right and left and right, but we didn't care because what we were treated to was some of the best street bike riding we've ever encountered. Endless twists, with decent pavement and good visibility. It was smooth riding all the way. We were ripping it up and enjoying ourselves immensely, not to mention that people in WA State are the most polite ever! We felt like Moses as cars quickly pulled over to let us through. This meant that we enjoyed uninterupted twists pretty much the whole way back to Packwood. Can we do that again?

    After we filled up with gas in Randle we realized that the we weren't going to make it to the 5:20pm Black Ball ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. Alberto wanted a do-over on his burger from yesterday so we went back to Cliff Droppers for burgers. I had the same thing, he chose the 911 burger and enjoyed it more than yesterdays selection. We also met a biker (R1) from Nanaimo who had gone down to CA for the MotoGP at Laguna Seca. Nice to see people out and about enjoying the roads.

    A quick stop with a view
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    B&W pic ... why not, eh? :wink:
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    This time my burger met the expectations! :nod:nod
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    We continued north through Mt. Ranier National Park taking our time. Didn't really see much scenery, I think you get a better glimpse of the mountain when driving in a southerly direction. Either way it was a nice easy ride, and we were starting to put some serious distance down. We eventually popped out into what we called "populated Washington" and started to hate life. Traffic lights, traffic, crazy freeways. It was unpleasant but necessary. We had asked Garmin to take us to Port Angeles the fastest way possible so we knew it was going to come to this. The minutes seems to tick away so slowly when cruising down a 2-lane freeway at 110kph. Oh and the seat on the F8GS isn't the best place to be sitting either. It felt painful and served to reaffirm how much I dislike cities or anything resembling a densely populated area.

    Back on a concrete jungle :arg
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    surrounded by caged 4-wheelers :puke2
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    When we arrived in Port Angeles we went down to the ferry to see what was up. To our surprise there was still another ferry tonight. We were going to miss the last ferry home to Salt Spring but at least we could get a jump on things and get back to Vancouver Island tonight so we bought two tickets and waited for our ferry. The ferry was at 9:30pm, and after we boarded I promptly fell asleep upstairs. I woke up to us arriving into Victoria where we punched in the nearest campground suggested by Garmin and set out. Going through the border was a breeze and the officer was very friendly. He asked us about our bikes and a little about the ride. Good times all around. We ended up staying at a campground I didn't even realize existed, practically at the Swartz Bay Ferry terminal. We set up camp in the dark and crashed for the night.

    Port Angeles ferry terminal
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    Getting off the ferry on the Canadian side! :clap:clap
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    'don't follow the light!' :lol3:lol3
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  17. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    Hey! hola! haha my panniers are unique I know :lol3
    Did we get to talk / meet in Chiapas?

    Saludos mi hermano, me alegra que nos encontremos por aquĆ­.
    Salud! :freaky
    Alberto.

    PS: sorry guys for not updating this RR for a few days. We were away for a few days and joined this years BC Big Adventure Trail Ride (which was AWESOME!) I posted some photos HERE (and on the following pages as well)
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  18. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Have you guys ridden up to Mt. Baker Washington yet? Congrats on finishing the WABDR! Part of it is closed now due to fires
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  19. uzbek

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    found you again. great report, as usual!:clap
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  20. naotweed

    naotweed Been here awhile

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    Only been up there to go skiing. No biking around. Honestly this has been the first summer we've ridden the BMWs "locally"
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