Rocks Flyin', Me Cryin', and God Looking On - A WABDR Adventure

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by therivermonster, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Good report , and thanks for reminding me about discovery route . After it cools off a little , i may try a few legs of it on day rides from my location . I ride a WeeStrom and am an older guy . How many sections do you think are pushing it for 500 lb bike and no knobbys ? I just wouldn't be having fun in that kind of heat . Any nice lower leg bruising after all those falls without lower body armor ? Finally got some full mesh last summer , love it . I will be keeping an eye out for your future reports , thanks again .
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  2. adventurerik

    adventurerik Never stop exploring

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    Great report and pics Blane :clap. I look forward to some more dirt adventures in the near future......
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  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    We rarely see other riders on the trail, but there were tons of people on the WABDR! I was really surprised.
    Yeah, it's hard to remember to exchange info. Just getting ADV screen names is tough!
    We once met a guy at a campground who carried rider cards (like a business card, but with a pic of him and his bike and his contact info) and I thought that was a great idea.

    Feel free to PM us any time!
    Well, originally Matt got a SPOT so I could see where he was when he was riding solo.
    Now that we do so much 2up, we use it so family and friends can keep track of us (I rarely call or email on the road).

    We've never had to use it in an emergency, and frankly, I don't have much faith that that it would work.
    I mean, maybe someone would check on us eventually, which is nice. But I wouldn't expect an immediate rescue or anything.
    It is something, though. :dunno Especially if you ride alone.
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  4. zoomzu

    zoomzu Been here awhile

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    I ate soooooo much I was inundated.
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  5. ADVNCW

    ADVNCW Banned

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    From our experience, camping in Wenatchee is not all that great. First we headed up the road to the country camp, but were turned away because they don't take tenters. The gentleman at this camp recommended the fair grounds in Cashmere so we headed up there. The fair grounds camping area was like a gravel parking lot fenced in with chain link fence. It was depressing. It was getting late so we decided to head back to the state park in Wenatchee. At first sight it looked to be OK. Nice green grass and not too busy, but then the mosquitos made their assault. There were mosquitos everywhere -thick as soup, but we were tired and decided to stay.

    We set up camp - I set up my tent for the first and last time of the trip only because of the bugs, and we proceeded to the bathrooms to rinse our clothes out and take cold (free) showers. It felt great. It was very warm that night, so no sleeping bag was needed.

    Look at all that green grass and they make you set your tent up on a patch of wet sand. :-/
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    Camping at Skeeter City marks the end of day 2.[/QUOTE]



    Wow, lots of nice high country to camp. I would suggest that. Even say, up on Chumstick Mountain- there is a spring on the road a few switchbacks from the top of Chumstick.

    I live in Leavenworth, would never recommend camping low when there is so much nice stuff up high! This has occurred to me before when previously I read about camping in the valleys, commercial $$ camps etc. The good stuff is up high, and free!

    But I am really enjoying your TR and will start my own WABDR soon.
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  6. therivermonster

    therivermonster Been here awhile

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    Wow, lots of nice high country to camp. I would suggest that. Even say, up on Chumstick Mountain- there is a spring on the road a few switchbacks from the top of Chumstick.

    I live in Leavenworth, would never recommend camping low when there is so much nice stuff up high! This has occurred to me before when previously I read about camping in the valleys, commercial $$ camps etc. The good stuff is up high, and free!

    But I am really enjoying your TR and will start my own WABDR soon.[/QUOTE]

    That's one thing that we never did was camp on the trail up higher. I think that this was probably generally getting into town late leaving just enough time for dinner, gas, and finding a close camp.

    Maybe we'll try to plan a bit different next time so that we can grab food a bit sooner, and then head out on the next leg for a few miles to find camp.

    Like you said, FREE!!

    ADVNCW, I look forward to reading your RR.
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  7. therivermonster

    therivermonster Been here awhile

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    Hey Gramp-Z!

    Get out there and ride some of that dirt, man! I think that your Wee should be easy on everything and even doable on section 2 if you're motivated. If you want a riding buddy, let me know.

    Surprisingly the only leg injury happened when Erik dumped it in the rut up on ridge in section 2 but it wasn't a big deal. I suppose the lesson to learn here about wearing proper riding gear came when Erik did a good burn job on his leg while wearing shorts. No worries otherwise.
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  8. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Thanks for the pics and report, glad you finished as a group!
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  9. Stromius

    Stromius Adventurer

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    Great RR! :thumb
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  10. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    I think I read the ride report the two Canadians on the F800s did for this trip. I remember seeing pictures of the orange boxes. I think they mounted their GoPro on the handle of them.

    Nice ride report and pictures!
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  11. Rodeojones

    Rodeojones Adventurer

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    Great report...thanks for taking the time to share with all of us. Being an aspiring ADV rider, please explain "Pita" when describing your two riding partners. I got the humor in it but wasn't sure what it meant...are they vegetarians!?!? :rofl
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  12. greyguy1

    greyguy1 n00b

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    Awesome RR, thanks for sharing. Looks like a great time, hopefully next year for me if I can find some folks to go with.....SWMBO doesn't like the idea of solo.
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  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    excellent :D
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  14. therivermonster

    therivermonster Been here awhile

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    Vegetarians??:roflThat's awesome!!!

    Nope. Not vegetarians, but there was a bit of hen pecking at times.

    I think that it's important to have understanding, patiance, and most of all try your best to communicate well. Sometimes this is hard to do on a trip.

    Get out there and ride!
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  15. FertileLies

    FertileLies Adventurer

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    Great RR, thanks for the inspiration, pictures and info. Anything you wish you'd had brought along with you that you didn't or forgot? Planning a WABDR trip for next year.
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  16. smjon

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    That was a very fun RR thank you for the reading.
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  17. eckleman

    eckleman n00b

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    Great ride report! I just finished the WABDR this year with my buddies a couple of days ago. I wanted to post because of one of the pictures that you posted of two guys you met at the DQ - I'm one of the guys that wasn't with them due to a crash and subsequent broken leg. I noticed later that you mentioned the GS lost it's rear brake going down one of the steep descents. That is exactly what happened to me on my GS when I crashed. (I grabbed a little too much front brake in a panic :huh) I have heard that the rear brake problem is common with these bikes and a flush followed by DOT5.1 / brake line change to SS line fixes it. I just thought I would let you know.
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  18. therivermonster

    therivermonster Been here awhile

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    Hi Eckleman!

    It was a bummer to hear about your crash and subsequent broken leg. No good, but I'm sure you have a great story. It's great to hear that you had the chance to finish the trip with your buddies this year.

    About the rear break issue... The bike I was on was a DR 650, not a GS. But it sounds like it is the same issue nonetheless. I still haven't flushed my rear break fluid yet, but it's on the list of things to do.

    Keep riding and stay safe!


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