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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by RoninMoto, Apr 14, 2012.
It rained from Sisters to Florence Oregon. Hopefully I get some clears skies tomorrow.
What's your ETA for Vancouver? When you get into town and you need a meal, lunch or dinner is on me.
If you need some help with local bike resources, I'll do my best to point you in the right direction as I have a 690 as well. Maybe even set you up with a contact or two for Whistler.
Best of luck with the trip.
ps - what the hell are you doing on the slopes that you break two boards in 3 days?
Noah may be in the Yukon by now ?... or riding round Alaska dodging Bear and Crazed Red Necks driving boulder pitching Semi-Trucks. Keep you head down!
Hope the weather clears up for ya Noah. But consider this bit Boot camp for Peru' and Bolivia! Good luck man, Ride On, Ride On!
Y practica su Espanol! !Que le via muy bien!
I'm in washingon right now. I will be starting into canada next week. I will be posting pics in the next few days when I get intenet (not cell phone).
Its about time I post some more stuff...
After hanging out in Bend Oregon for 4 days, it was time to hit the road. From Bend up to Sisters was sunny but the clouds were looming over the mountains. From Sisters to the coast I was in a downpour. I am so thankful for the heated grips and Klim gear on this trip.
Some where between Sisters and Eugene. Not as fun back tracking as the first time.
Pizza and beer in Florence Oregon. This is all the further I could go in the rain. Hotel with a hot tub is a must
It was raining when I woke up... and it continued most of the morning. By the time I made it to Hwy 26 to go to Portland the sun was shining through. I went to bar my friend works at "Putters" in SE Portland and an inmate recognized my 690 there. PM me if you read this man, I didn't remember your name. Sorry I couldn't nerd out on the bikes more.
Oregon coast north of Florence.
Pine trees growing in dune sand? Only in Oregon I think.
Fish Tacos at "Fat Freddy's" in Pacific City Oregon. They were great. Go there if you are in the area. Pacific City is on the coast where 101 splits off for a while. Very cool little town with a surfing vibe.
Spent the day recovering from the night before with friends. Portland can be rough on a young guy. :eek1
Breakfast at the Acropolis club was steak and eggs for $8. Hwy 26 back to the coast was busy with weekend warriors trying to get to the coast on a sunny day. Once I crossed over into Washington at Astoria it was smooth sailing. 101 goes in and out of some interesting bays in southern WA. Made it all the way to Quinault lake and camped back in the woods because all the lake campsites were closed. Beautiful river and mountains with snow. The pictures just don't do it justice.
Met these two gents at a wayside stop. They were out on a weekend trip and enjoying the weather.. suggested I go up to Lake Quinault to camp. THANKS GUYS! It was amazing!
Getting to the campsite. Looking North.
Dinner: Broccoli and cheese rice.. with extra sharp cheddar added. Just because.
Saw some very cool waterfalls that I missed on the way into the camp site. 2 sunny days in a row. WTF? I had to go to Olympia to get fitted for a Gerbing heated jacket liner for the way up to AK. They didn't have my size in stock but a place in Seattle did. I picked that up a few days later after going around the Olympic peninsula. North of Aberdeen, WA, 101 splits away from the coast. 109 is a 2 lane black top that hugs the coast and ends abruptly in Toholah in the Quinault Indian Reservation. The GPS and Google showed dirt roads connecting to 101 so I thought I would give it a shot. I made it until I was 5 miles from 101 and there were some signs that said "Quinault Tribe members only" so it would be best to turn around. Back tracked to Pacific beach to camp the night in a very windy spot. Still a great view though.
Playing with shutter speed..
Scary bridge in the Quinault reservation. I had to cross the thing 2 times. :huh
Campsite for the night in Pacific Beach
The view when I arrived.
The View before Bed
Had to get creative to give the tent some strength in the wind. Extra stakes would be helpful. The moto and a sharpened stick driven into the dirt will work for now.
Woke up to rain. Had to pack the tent away wet. It kept me dry though. Headed north to Moclips then took the "Moclips HWY" to 101. It rained the whole day to Nordland near Port Townsend. My good friend Bjorn is doing boat building school there and the craftsmanship was pretty impressive. Very neat town. Time to dry out for a day.
Water bubbles on the outside of the tent
Bjorn and the boats
Steak, Clam stips, salad and frys at the Valley Tavern. Great place in Nordland.
It rained all day. Called the KTM dealer in Port Angeles to see if they could do my service and I decided to do it on my own. "Uller" sent me a message offering his shop. That dude has everything! The highlight of my day was a burger at the Valley Tavern. You need to get this if you stop there.
Look at it. It just oozes greatness.
Nordland's Mystery Bay
Went down through Bremerton, Tacoma, and up through Seattle to Marysville to Brad's house (Uller). We had my bike torn apart in no time at all... and back together by midnight. Heated jacket outlet installed, oil changed, valves checked and error codes cleared. Thanks bud!
Them man in his shop.
Looking at my error codes
Checking valve clearances.
From here I plan on snowboarding Baker this weekend and Vancouver island next week for a few days. Then up to Whistler for a few days on the board.. then up to AK! Thanks to everyone sending me invites for food, beer, and/or a place to stay. This truly is a great community of people.
Great pics Noah!
You must be in your 20's still.. I look at the food pics, first my mouth waters, then my stomach churns. Wish I could still eat like that.
Keep it comin'!
Heres a free topo for Canada, dont know much about it, but it has some good reviews.
Good luck withh the trip, Todd
How many miles on the valve check? Any out of spec?
I did mine today and all were in spec at .09 so I left it alone.
Not sure if you're passing thru Tucson on your way up from Mexico, but if you are, I have a garage and a couch (maybe a spare bedroom, if my roommate ever buys a damn house) for you. And cold beer. And good Mexican food. And a damn good mechanic who does a lot with 690's.
Noah had around 4,500 miles if I recall correctly. Three (2 exhaust and one intake) were at 0.08 and one intake was at 0.09. Specs are 0.07 to 0.13. He too left them as is.
He is headed to AK the then is gonna just swing down to his place (in Minnesota) prior to catching a plane for Europe. He decided take another look when he gets back home.
I got a chance to take a good look at the Rally Raid Fairing/Light/Dash/Tank setup that he has. It is a really nice kit and I'm sure will give him a bit more enjoyable time on the long sections compared to stock.
I was 4500 on the oil but 5700 on the bike. Other then that... what he said
I will check it out. I have a full street map of canada from www.openstreetmap.org. its a pretty cool site. The wiki page has links to full countries usually updated weekly in an image file to drop onto the memory card of the garmin. Canada was 1 gig. Haha.
and to think I thought some dirt fire roads up in the arrowhead out of Tofte would be an adventure..
have a safe journey!
Good man Uller!
They are.. And I plan on riding them some this summer.
Envious. Liking your bike choice as well. May be my next purchase for a more street oriented trip. Will be following along to see how it does and of course for the adventure!
I rode the 690 up to Mt. Baker and snowboarded Saturday and Sunday It was a pretty crazy party. Every character comes out to party for the closing weekend at a ski resort. The sun was out for both days on and off and the snow was decent. My friend Bjorn camped out Saturday night and skied both days with me. We were joined by another friend from Seattle on Sunday. I don't have any pictures from snowboarding but I do have 25 minutes of video to sort through and edit. :huh
I stopped by Capita snowboards in Seattle on Friday and they gave me a new board to replace the one I broke in Bend! :eek1
Saturday morning getting ready in the parking lot.
Coolest VW I have seen in a while
Woke up early enough on sunday to see the snowcats still running. Brings back memories of operating a snowcat in Motana.
Rained all night but we were warm.
Wild life looking for food.
Wild life found food.
The sun broke through about 10:00 on Sunday.
Remind me to bring my snowboard with me to Argentina in 2 years :)