Rideabout 2012

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Garry_88, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Garry_88

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    Hi everyone, I will keep this short and try to post many pictures of our summer trip thought BC, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

    3 riders;
    David, 1200GS, our good friend
    Josée, 650GS, my wife
    Garry, 800GS, Me

    This is our planned route, it will change, highlights of the trip should be the KVR, WADBR and the back road to Barkerville.

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    enjoy
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  2. GB

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    As many pics as you can sounds good :thumb

    Safe ride :lurk
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  3. Garry_88

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    As you can see I am not one to wright much, when I look at all the ride reports all I do is look at the pictures, anyone with questions pleae ask and I will reply asap.

    Garry
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  4. Garry_88

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    Only 400km today, ok enough writing, more pictures

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    good night everyone :freaky
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  5. Garry_88

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    Only 200+km today via the KVR

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    Tomorrow the USA
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  6. John Nash

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    Looks like your havin fun.I am leaving Maryland Aug.11th and heading for Keystone SD then kinda doing the same trip as you guys.I am from Nova Scotia and did the cross Canada trip Jasper / Banff ride in 1986 on my then 1981 R100RT into BC and down the caost of WA, OR, CA across to the Grand Canyon and Durango CO Denver and back to Toronto.I am really looking forward to this trip to the PNW Yellowstone / Glacier.I will enjoy following your RR.You all be safe and enjoy your adventure.
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  7. Garry_88

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    Ok I forgot to post a photo of the new bridge at the old waskout, whoever made it was thinking about us, we were able to ride our bikes across.

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    more later, uploading pics as I write this
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  8. Garry_88

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    Good of riding in the fog.and rain



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    Seattle and Touratech tomorrow $$$$$$$$$, oh yea.
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  9. Garry_88

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    So far the ride has been very good, we met a lot of other bikes with great advice and we followed thier advice on some of the routes. The US 20 though the mountains was amazing (cold and wet). Osoyoos was very warm and the campground we stayed at was also great, close to the beach and lake.

    Highlight #1 the KVR from Castlegar to Grand Forks done the views are amazing too bad we are not supposed to be there.

    July 19, off to Seattle today and 1 day rest, going shopping at Touratech and we may stop at the BMW dealership on route.

    Garry:clap
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  10. Garry_88

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    Well the ride to Seattle was fun, lots of back roads and ocean views. We stoped at the BMW dealership and spent a few $$$, pick up the map of the WABDR, good thing its raining today (20 July), David and Josee both got t-shirts and a few other things before we leave to get to our hotel. The dealership is a must if you are in the area, great people and great advice for our trip, thanks guys.

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    PS. planning is an art, and luck, I don't know which on made us get to our hotel yesterday but with all the rain in Seattle today a dry and warm room is welcomed.
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  11. Garry_88

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    21 July,
    Seattle to Cashmere and the start of the WABDR, when we got the WABDR we were all happy to see an easy route on single track road until we got to the "closed road".
    The GPS was telling us that this was the road so around the gate we go, lots of room for us the pass, no issues, about
    300 meteres ahead the road is washed out but there is a goat trail.
    David goes frist and makes its to the water crossing and waits for us.
    I get on Josee bike and try the trail myself only to hit the rocks and scrap the side of her box, but make it regardless.
    When I go with my F800GS I am unable to cross the rocks since my bike is wider and I need some help from Davis and Josee,
    once that done no issues.
    I cross the water crossing on both bikes very cool, We are all happy another "event" on our trip done, So off we go again.
    2-3 km ahead the road is wasked out again but this time it is beyond our level of riding skills and it's late in the day so
    we dicede to trun around, F**k beaten by the trail.
    We get back on the road ahead towards Ellensburg to find a campground, which we do about 35km north of Ellensburg.


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  12. Garry_88

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    22 July
    Ellensburg to Elbe
    We try on hand at the WABDR again on section 2, we take the alternate easier route, and make all the way to Nile.
    Here it starts again, this time it's not our riding skills or navigational skills but large rocks at the end of the brigde
    that is preventing us from passing, we try to find another route but no luck.
    PS the GPS is telling us to use an old road that is now private land, no good.
    So back on the road towards Paradis we go via the 410, 2 passes(Chinook and Paradis) both the temperature drop to 11C, F**kn COLD, but well worth
    the ride up and down.
    In Paradis, Mt Rainier is covered be clouds, oh well so is life.
    We camp at the Eastcreek campgound, very nice and it as all we need, even internet, limited in speed.

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  13. Garry_88

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    23 July
    Elbe to Carson, Via Mt St Helens
    We start the day early and stop in Morton to buy food and gas, while David and Josee are getting the food I decide to clean
    our chains only to noticce that Josee panniers mounts have come off, no issues I have tools.


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  14. Garry_88

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    24 July
    Carson to Heppner
    Cold morning again 8C, we have a good breakfast and agree to stop at a resturant for lunch, yum hamburger. We follow the river
    east The Dalles, lunch at Big Jim very good. After lunch David brings us on some very nice back roads and even a gravel road
    That over looks the river, amazing view again. We take a break late in the afternoon on the side of the road in the middle
    of nowhere and some guys stops and talks with us for almost 1/2 hour about everything under the sun, very nice people here indeed.
    Still on the backroads, that are nicely paved, until we hit gravel, no issues the road is nice, after 20km the WABDR again.
    What do I mean, well the map and GPS say there is a road, but no road to be found. Backtrack we go again, this is getting
    to be a habit for us, oh well we are improving our offroad skills.
    Oregon doesn't have the same amount of campground we find out late in the afternoon, we have to travel an other 100km to find
    one in Heppner. We set up camp and have a few beers before retirering for the night.
    PS. David has made this comment a lot since we have been in the states " there is a lot of Prius here", and has I am writing
    this one drives by.

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    Short ride today we stoped at 3 in the afternoon, laundry day and some time to enjoy the hot weather with a cold one. We stop at the Log House RV park, all the servises one needs.

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    http://www.loghouservpark.com/Home_Page.html

    Brian is a great host and will take great care of you, bikers welcome.

    Ok now for some pictures

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    Next Hell's Caynon
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  17. Garry_88

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    26 July
    Enterprise to Oxbow
    We only travel about 200km today but what a ride, Hat Point is a must for Adv Rides that are in the area. the view up at Hat Point tower is amazing, you get to see a protion of Hell's caynon. The ride up is also great, over 30 km of gravel single track road up an 16% incline full of truns and switchbacks. After almost an hour at Hat Point we head back down, our pace is way lower with more cars going up, at the bottom I take the time to clean up, being last and all. We end the day in a USFS campground for only 8$, no internet, no power, and no dog barking all night.

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    On the fire tower at Hat Point
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    PS there is a campground near Hat Point lookout, the veiw in the morning must be amazing the only thing you need is water, no rivers close by.
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    Great night again in one of campgrounds very well maintained by the USFS, only 8$ (cool). We get up nice and early, we are doing the Hell's Canyon road to the dam today, hopefully the weather will nice. Really not much to add what has already been said about this road other than the tempurture is now at 36C too hot for me, Alaska where are you now. We ride until McCall and stop at one of the campgrounds in town, need internet (wonder why?) only to be told 20$ per tent and all the tent site with shade are gone, we try to deal for a RV site at 30$ for 2 tents but the owner says 50$, so motel here we come. Motel downtown 65$, way better deal.

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    28 July
    McCall to Agency Creek (near Tendoy)
    Nice ride up and down the canyons, being nearing alot about Stanley, well we are here in Stanley, don't get it. The place is
    very nice the gas station, resturants are all old fashion so it does have a certain look, this weekend there is a big music festial
    going, not going. We carry on North, the weather goes from good to bad but only a few drops of rain but the wind is bad blowing us side to side.

    We take the Lewis and Clark Lemhi pass road and camp down at the campground near Tendoy (5km). We had gotten some steaks
    in the afternoon to cook on the fire pit that night, and let me tell you that not even the Keg could of made them better.
    There is a trail that heads up the hill, so I ctake the camera and walk up about 300 mteres to take some wild pictures.

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    Thanks David best steaks ever
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    Agency Creek Campground, cost 0$, location N44 56 59.6 W113 33 29.7
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    So clean I had to take a picture, wife approved
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    29 July
    Agency Creek to West Yellowstone
    In the morning we carry on the Lemhi pass road, amazing view i=once at the top, the road down is easy and smooth, we ride
    almost at 80kmh. Back on pavement for only a short time we head for the Bannack pass long, rough, one water crossing but
    worth doing once. The climb is easy compared to other passes we have done but seeing Angus beef, wild horse is pretty wild.
    In West Yellowstone no campgrounds are available, so out comes the $$ for the motel, too much since there was no laundry.

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    Long but nice ride with 1 water crossing
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    At home now so more to come soon.
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