OLYBDR (Olympic Peninsula Backcountry Discover Route) Labor day Weekend

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Maddaddy, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    THE WABDR is on fire and a good portion will probably be closed for the year. So, instead, I'll be hosting a ride around the peninsula Labor Day Weekend on the un-official Olympic Peninsula Backcountry Disco-Route.

    More information HERE.

    You must RSVP HERE.

    Limited to 12 riders.

    This is an easy/intermediate with some 'fun' sections and lots of scenic views (Weather permitting). The route is about 450 Miles (65% off-road) Recommended for those with some riding experience, and or have taken off road training due to daily distances, some uneven terrain and moderate hills.

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  2. muddyJ

    muddyJ Shortcut ahead!

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    IN..

    Thanks for organizing this Maddaddy..

    I've been wanting to do this loop for a while..
    (I've been on half of it..)
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  3. brooks

    brooks Been here awhile

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    I tried joining the group but it kept saying there was a problem. Long story short I will be gone already on a ride but if you want to go ride any of these sections before that I'm down! I'm in port Angeles and I have a BBQ and beer!:evil
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  4. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    Strongly considering, wanted to see details i.e. how many days, riding time etc. as I like "long days" :-)
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    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    Or see what is going on on your site. BUT I can buy stuff, priorities I guess.:lol3
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  6. Igotthis

    Igotthis So Close...

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    You first need to join meetup.com, then submit a request to join the group. I use meetup for quite a few rides, both street and dirt. Highly recommend the site.
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  7. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    Yes, you have to join. I like it for many reasons, but mainly it's a great way to organize and event.

    Meet Friday Night, Ride Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

    Daily mileage is 130-150 each day.

    THIS IS NOT A &#8216;GROUP&#8217; RIDE. However, no solo riding.

    The ride will be clockwise around the Pen so you can bail on the west side on Monday at several location.

    The route has been scouted and is fun!

    This is an easy/intermediate with some 'fun' sections and lots of scenic view (Weather permitting). The route is about 450 Miles (70% off-road) Recommended for those with some riding experience, and or have taken off road training due to daily distances, some uneven terrain and moderate hills.

    Knobbie Tires Always Recommended

    Bring your GPS!

    This will be limited to 12 riders due to camp space and sanity.
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  8. onewoodsrider

    onewoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I just joined meet up again myself. I wouldn't mind riding with you guys, but I might have to bail Sunday night or early Monday morning. Not sure my wife would forgive me if I skip our anniversary. I am very new to dual sporting and camping off a bike though.

    Todd
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  9. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    We'll forgive you. That should be good enough.:freaky
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  10. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    That route is like deja vu from a couple of rides I've taken in the last few weeks. Awesome, awesome riding out there, but beware the closed routes. It feels like there is a passive attempt to get closure of certain areas by not maintaining a lot of the forestry roads ... but conspiracy theories are for another thread.

    Going to check the calendar and see if I can make it.

    What you can expect ... forgotten roads ...

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    ... hidden views.

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    Shaky picture of one of the closures I found, taken in the hills just to the west of Hood Canal - I think this is on your route, but would need to pull up my tracks to be sure.

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  11. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    I have always been curious about that area. I have ridden the loop on 101 a couple times and this looks like a bunch of fun. What kind of bikes are you recommending for experienced riders? Could you define 70% offroad. Is that all dirt and gravel forest roads or is there some single track trail mixed in there? Would a 2001 Tiger with boxes be too big?

    Thanks, Joe
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  12. Fabricator

    Fabricator Hello Moto

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    That looks like the washout at Fulton Creek on the NF 2510 north of the Hamma Hamma Road... it is still closed there as of last Saturday. Easy bypass - take NF 25 (Hamma Hamma Road) down to Hwy. 101, then go about 4.5 miles north to Seamount Drive which will take you back up to the 2510 just past the washout. Hope they get that fixed soon because the entire 2510 is a great piece of road!

    Looking at the route chart, the 2510 is included on it...
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  13. OlyRider

    OlyRider Long timer

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    Curious.

    Is that the same section of road that was repaired about four years ago "with" that culvert pipe after it had been washed out in the big storms ten years ago?
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  14. Fabricator

    Fabricator Hello Moto

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    I don't recall that culvert being completely blown out before, but do remember the road being damaged, but passable after the Dec. '09 storms that did so much road damage on the Peninsula.

    I think that location would be a prime candidate for one of those huge open bottom arch (fish habitat) culverts, similar to the one that went in several years ago on NF 2441 at Quitter Creek.
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  15. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    Thanks for the heads up. I'm pre-running that section next week.
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  16. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    This event is full. You can get on the waiting list.
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  17. muddyJ

    muddyJ Shortcut ahead!

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    Are the GPX tracks available somewhere?
    If these tracks are being shared, I'd really like to add to them by documenting camp spots, amenities and optional routes..
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  18. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    Tracks will be available at a later date.
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  19. muddyJ

    muddyJ Shortcut ahead!

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    Well done, Greg...
    Not only did Greg provide an excellent route (with some bonus obstacles), he also provided nearly dust-free riding with almost no rain, There were several cooking demonstrations, surprise food deliveries, a lesson on how to acquire beer when the nearest store was 40 miles away, a demonstration on pannier repair, a lesson on how to repair plastic with nothing other than a hot nail and zip tie, a scavenger hunt that included looking for the most unexpected item in the dark, how to set up a tent in 3 seconds, how to comfortably ADV camp on a KLR with no luggage other than a milk crate, and in my group... team bike lifting.. (KLRs are Heavy..)
    I'm probably forgetting a few things, but I'm sure everyone else will chime in..
    This should become a yearly event!!


    Here's a few pics from the weekend.


    Greg, going over the route with us Friday night..
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    Breakfast at Logger's Landing..

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    Stopping at the High Steel Bridge.

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    Saturday night, around the campfire..

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    Greg swears this gate was open a couple weeks ago..

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    One of Greg's cooking lessons. (Fortunately, he made enough to share... Mmmm...)

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    Sunday night at Rialto beach..

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    And our fearless leader, helping with bike repair..

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  20. muddyJ

    muddyJ Shortcut ahead!

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    Adam made a great video with some highlights...
    Adam and Ashley were in front of the group most of the weekend, even though they had the heaviest bikes!


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