The Adventures of Tyson and Hobbes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by av_mech, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. KiLO

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    I am finally making some headway on this thread... About half way through. Awesome stuff!

    Sorry if I've missed it, but how do you like the GPS you're using? Is it the Garmin Map 62stc? I am using the PeakLife unit, which is fairly decent for the price, but I'm considering switching to something else.
  2. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    There's nothing quite like waking up in a tent on a motorcycle trip. And sharing that with an awesome woman that likes it just as much as I do makes it even better.

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    While packing up in the morning, I felt kinda rushed. I knew we hadn't paid because Washington has to be different than anywhere else I've traveled. I didn't know I had to get a pass ahead of time.

    Sure enough, here comes Border Patrol. I guess we are near the border.

    "Hey baby, wanna go ahead and cover up my gun over on the table please?"

    He rolls by and sees we've got US plates and waves. He slinks off through the campground.

    I feel a little better, but it's still time to move.

    Soon, here comes the county truck. They get out and ask to see our mythical "Discovery Pass."

    "Sob story, outta state, blah blah, late last night, tear...."

    They had it in their heart to not make a fuss.

    On the road! Well, gas first. Rolled in on fumes and put 4.93 gallons in. No problem! We had another 10 miles yet easy!

    Breakfast was particularly good this morning. Nothing special, but it was fun to be in full vacation mode with a full day of riding ahead.

    We lingered over a third cup of coffee and watched the local yokels gawk over Hobbes in the parking lot.

    We took the Joyce-Piedmont road south towards the Olympics. The road was twisty and soon narrowed to a single paved lane as the road fell off a ridge to the shore of Lake Crescent.

    There was a sign warning no commercial traffic was allowed with out a permit. So naturally, we come head on into a full size semi truck on the single lane section! Good thing we met him in a brief straight. Any other place and we woulda been toast. And for the record, I think I was actually doing the speed limit for most of this section.

    I don't have any idea what in hell he was doing on that road. There was no way he was getting around some of those switchbacks he was headed for. I'm just not sure what goes through some people's heads.

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    Just a very small section of very long highway that gets these East signs.

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    I had called ahead during breakfast to find out what roads were open into Olympic National Park. Good thing I did because every road we wanted to try was closed. Hurricane Ridge was open though and the weather forecast was great.

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    Nice day on top of the Olympics! Sunshine! We got off the bike at the visitor center and walked around for a few minutes. Time was a bit short since we had a ferry to catch later in the day.

    We walked across the snow to see over the other side, had a few pics taken of us, and looked out on the impressive range.

    Of course I had noticed on the map there was dirt road that lead off the summit. I had to peer over the edge just make make sure it was closed. It went way down and I bet we could have made it around or thought the few snow drifts there were. I wonder how much the fine would be for bypassing a gate in a national park?

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    Time to head back down.

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    Our Olympic Peninsula excursion is coming to a close. Time to cross a few bridges and set a course for the Bainbridge Ferry to Seattle.

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    See the ferry there? Yep, that's the one that pulling away just as we arrived. Gotta wait an hour.

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    Here's Hobbes going for the second boat ride of his life.

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    An overly friendly guy started chatting to us on deck as we were leaving port. He was in uniform and very eager to talk. There wasn't anything wrong with that, other than I've never ridden on a ferry and I'd like to spend the time talking with Tamara instead of making small talk with him. My expression says it all in this photo.

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    I made a polite and graceful exit from the conversation to go watch Seattle grow closer.

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    When you get off the ferry, it's like you landed in a different world. From the small towns and wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula to DOWNTOWN!!! You are right in the heart of it from the get go. A fucked up crack head, a yuppy mom out walking the kids, guys in suits riding bikes, and all sorts of great smelling food. Lots and lots of activity. I love it!

    I later find out my pillion doesn't feel the same. I hope I can remember the correct adjectives she used. It was something to the effect of; "There is so much sadness, hardship, and despair in big cities. I could never live in a big city again."

    If I had my druthers, I'd live in a medium city like Boise. So I do. But, I have spent much time in larger cities and loved it. Put me anywhere and I will thrive. I love the mix of people and ideas. The good food. The variety of music. The endless opportunity for things to do. It's just tougher to get in touch with nature. And that's what is important to me right now.

    We are stopping in to see a very old friend of mine from the drunken days of snowboarding in Colorado. I've known this guy since 2002 and we have been very good friends over the years.

    He's late. Over an hour we are sitting in his driveway. Full moto gear. Dirty. Tired. Hungry. Not starting out so well.

    He finally arrives and so does his roommate shortly after with two very drunk and very uncouth girls.

    Tamara says, "I always wondered what kind of girl a guy with 'truck nuts' hanging from the hitch ends up with. Now I know."

    We got a shower and head to dinner. A nice Thai restaurant on the Sound. The food was good but the timing sucked. The minutes ticked by as we all waited for the plates to come one at a time.

    After dinner we stopped for wine at Trader Joes.

    Back at Shawn's the conversation was dominated with old stories. Stories from a different time in my life. A different world. A world Tamara has never known. And I like it that way.

    It was nice to see my friend for an evening, but we are both ready to get the hell out of the city. Back on the road where it is just us. No more distractions from what is really important on this trip. Me 'n Tamara 'n Hobbes.
  3. jerdog53

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  4. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I could never deal with a huge city like that. Would I live there if I had to? E.g. for work? Sure. But it's not really my thing. I did enjoy Southern California, but the place I liked the most there was when I lived in Colton, just south of San Bernardino, in the mountains on a canyon road.

    I'm glad the various "authorities" didn't give you too much grief. It used to be that the Oregon pass worked in Washington and vice versa, but then they got greedy.

    When did you do this ride? I've been wanting to do the Olympic Peninsula for a while.

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  5. ORexpat

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    Wasn't greed from the "authorities." It was right wing legislators who decided that state parks weren't worth taxpayers money and sliced much of their budget. Figured that users would pay for the "Discovery Pass." Apparently they also didn't fund any way to get the pass at the parks themselves. Gotta go on-line, call ahead, or find a merchant who sells 'em.

    That Pass is a pain. But even with it, Washington parks are deteriorating rapidly. STUPID legislators! (My opinion only, apparently).

    BTW, if you do camp in a State Park, if I understand correctly you don't need the Discovery Pass if you register and pay for a camp site. I may be wrong, haven't tried it yet.
  6. Rob.G

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    You've got that wrong. Consider who's been in charge in Congress since 2006 -- the Democrats. The so-called "Right Wing" isn't all about taxes; it's the democrats. They're about REDUCING taxes and REDUCING gov't size and spending. But right now there isn't a thing they can do. Sure they hold the House, but that means nothing since the Democrats hold the Senate and the Presidency, so any tie will be chosen by a Democrat.

    Furthermore, Washington is a Blue state through and through. There is no "right wing" influence there to do what you're claiming.

    I don't want to turn Tyson's thread into a political debate, so I'll stop there.

    Rob
  7. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    That's correct, I just camped at a state park a couple weekends ago, and they didn't make it very clear on the website that that was how it worked. When we pulled up to talk to the camp hosts, I asked for a discovery pass, and the lady gave me a weird look and was like "I'll sell you one if you really want it, but you don't need it if you're camping."

    Funny seeing the antipathy towards Seattle as a "big city." I couldn't live in the highrises of downtown, but the residential areas strike the perfect balance for me--all the amenities of a multicultural city, but plenty of wilderness within an hour's drive/ride. I think of Portland and Vancouver much in the same way--long live Cascadia!
  8. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    I believe he was talking about state politics, not federal. Western WA is blue, more specifically Seattle, get east of the mountains though and many things get redder. :wink:
  9. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Indeed. Much has been written recently on the problems the start park system is having.

    Hijack over!
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    True, BUT, it's going to be the state-level elected representatives. I just checked and it's still Democrat-led, 57/43 in the House and 51/49 in the Senate. So they make the rules. To find out the real story, you'd have to find the actual laws that were passed affecting this stuff, by bill number, and then find out who exactly voted for it. Then we know more who to blame.

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  11. rockhopjohn

    rockhopjohn I LOVE Orogenies

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    This isn't a place for political arguments, please take it somewhere else.

    As for the trip, it looks like a ton of fun, even with the rain. I just can't do those kind of miles yet. I just did 500 miles in two days, and my body is killing me.
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    One of the best pictures all trip. :crash

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    Winner! Great trip and pics. Thanks Tyson and Tamara!
  13. av_mech

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    I don't think either one of us slept well that night. Too much wine. Neither of us felt good and it was setting in how far of a ride we had to do today.

    That last day of trip. It can be a weekend, week, weeks, or months and you will always have get home-itis. Only about 500 to go. But why not make it longer?

    We had decided to take the scenic route. Stevens Pass versus the interstate the entire way.

    We were out of Shawn's after a good bye pretty early. We had a pretty decent breakfast in West Seattle at Luna Park Cafe. Time to worry about the weather. Solid rain nearly the whole way through western Washington.

    I was reading reviews about putting Rain X on plastic. Some say yes and some say no. Some say hell yes and some say hell no! Well, thank you internet for your concise conclusion. I'm doing it.

    After a missed turn and a tour of a West Seattle neighborhood, we finally got to the parts store. Applied the Rain X and plugged in our heated gear.

    Onward!

    Oh wait. Traffic.....................

    Onward!

    It's freaking cold. And raining. And it's a cold rain. Got fuel and headed down the two lane towards the mountains.

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    I pulled off the highway to see if we could photograph the beautiful river we were following.

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    There was a wayside where we stopped. We got off for a few minutes. I added another layer of wool to try to save some more warmth from heating the atmosphere in Washington. It's my heat dammit!

    We've been in solid...steady...rain since we left Seattle. Probably a 100 miles. My feet are totally soaked and blocks of ice. I have no feel for my rear brake and shifting is done through muscle memory alone. I seriously need over boots or new boots all together. Anybody wanna buy me some Sidi Adventure Rains? Not you Tamara. :)

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    We press on to the Summit of Stevens. Now it's really cold and I'm actually paying attention to make sure the road isn't freezing. There's fresh snow in the trees about 200 feet higher.

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    Finally we are over the pass and descending. Its warming a bit, but still raining. The rain has changed too. I remember the rain feeling warm on this side of the pass. I was actually enjoying the ride again.

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    It's amazing how big the Wenatchee River is for how high in elevation it is. There's some killer whitewater and I know Tamara and I were both thinking about how much fun it looked.

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    We stopped in Leavenworth to check directions. Still raining hard....

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    And then another stop for more directions at a cross roads.

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    Finally, the clouds part. Blue sky ahead! Still cold, but it's not raining anymore.

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    We got fuel, toe warmers, and food in Cle Elum. I was the typical morotcycler. Boots off to bare feet in the restaurant. I had to change socks and install the toe warmers. I didn't care about regulations.

    The food was pretty good. Chicken fried steak and some good vegetables with mango cooked in. Didn't expect that!

    Back on interstate and it's time to move! The average moving speed from here back to Boise was probably about..er..um... I would never break the speed limit. Remember, the government is watching now....

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    So, so, windy across southern Washington. There were a couple of gusts that really blew us. Tamara said the only time she was worried about crashing the entire trip was one of these gusts we caught.

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    Blah, blah, blah, interstate. But oh, this is adventure for those Harley guys!

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    In the Blue's and getting closer...

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    And that's the end. The last photo and the end of the story. 1700 miles in four and a half days. Tamara was wonderful pillion passenger and a joy to be around. Hobbes ran perfect and I guided us safely there and back.

    Til next time....Rubber side down.
  14. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Awesome!! Loved reading about it and seeing the photos!

    BTW, I do Rain-X on my helmets too. Works great.

    Rob
  15. av_mech

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    Have I mentioned Tamara is a badass? It's really one of the things I like the most about her. A woman with an adventurous spirit is worth holding on to because they are few and far between.

    She's pony girl. Horses are her passion. And not just having them so they are pretty to look out a kitchen window at. She races endurance. Just think cross country moto enduro on a horse. For 50, 60, 75, and even 100 miles in a day. Yeah, she's a badass.

    It's Memorial Day weekend and she has a race at Oreana, ID which is "just down the road." She went out on Saturday night to set up and let Jammer rest before the 60 mile ride on Sunday.

    I was all loaded on Hobbes and left right after I closed the store. Just a few highway miles to get there. About two hours worth from downtown Boise.

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    Home sweet home at Tamara's rig. Yep, she set up this whole thing. Everything in it's place and organized. A check list for everything.

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    We went to the rider's meeting just as I got there. After that was over, it was back to the rig to fire the charcoal and rib eye steaks. She feeds me well.

    An early night in prep for an early day tomorrow. We both slept great. The bed in that little camper is one of the best I've slept in. Eggs and sausage for breakfast before the ride.

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    I go back to camp and have a second cup of coffee. There are several vet checks through out the ride and I am going to meet her there to help during the rest time. But, Hobbes is a little faster than Jammer so I had few extra minutes to knock the sleepy out of my head.

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    I found the ranch where the vet check is. And it was a good thing I left when I did. Jammer is a new horse for her and he was moving!

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    I hold Jammer while she gets a snack and hits the bathroom. Soon, the hold is over and she is off again.

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    She is headed out on a 30 mile loop. I've got four hours to play before she returns.

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    She's off on her steed and I'm off on mine.

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    The rain showers were pretty coming over the Owyhee mountains.

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    I was going to go screw around by the snake river and try to run some trails by the bank in and out of the canyon. But, I ran into private property really quickly. So much for that. I guess I'll go to the mountains! I've never been over to Reynolds. I think I'll go there.

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    From here I can see the valley where Reynolds lies. And I can see a road heading up those mountains there. I think I'll head over there.

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    I've now crossed the valley and I'm on a ridge I've never been on. I've seen the southern Owyhees and the central Owyhees, but not much of the Northern Owyhees. This is all new. The exploring is seemingly endless in this part of the world.

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    I've passed through a gate and I'm high in the Owyhees. Stands of Aspen are in full spring green and the air is fresh. The only people I have seen since I left the pavement were a couple of guys out hunting birds off the road. Deserted.

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    It's decision time. I have a deadline. Do I head back the way I came? Or do I keep going all the way to Silver City on the little thin red lines the map shows. I'm gonna be pressed on fuel and time. I think I should keep going. It's no fun seeing stuff I've already seen.

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    Up until now it has been pretty clear what way I needed to go. I can see War Eagle Mountain and I know the direction I must go. The problem is, the turnoffs become much more frequent as you get closer to the historic mining area of Silver City. I've actually got to turn on the GPS for once!

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    A very steep, loose, and rocky descent brings me to the conclusion that I made a wrong turn. I was headed North again. That's not the way.

    That descent was one of those that I hoped I wouldn't have to go back up. It seems every time I get that feeling, I should just plan on going back up it.

    I made it and it was fun! It's pretty gratifying to get a 500lb, 93hp bike with street tires up a 500 yard, 10% grade with baseball to basketball size loose rock. A hoot 'n hollar type of moment.

    I found my way to the main road just to the west of Silver City. Finally. The road really goes down back to the Snake River after Silver City. I'm so worried about making it to a gas station, I actually shut the bike off and coasted about 10 miles down the mountain.

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    I made it back to the vet check with more than enough time. I waited around for almost an hour before she came in. We had lunch together and I sent her off on the last leg to the finish.

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    I left the vet check and HAD to get fuel. I went north about 15 miles to the nearest station and showed 2 miles to empty on the computer. Good thing I coasted down the mountain!

    Once back at camp, I changed out of the protective gear. I grabbed my camera and took a little walk to get an action shot of Tamara. Endurance is a lot like enduro. You see them at the start, the pit, and the finish. Nothing during the race cause they're out.

    I found a nice little spot and waited. It reminded me of hunting. Just sitting in nature and being part of the surroundings.

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    She saw me and yells she's blacking out and needs food! I was more than a little concerned and snapped one more photo before I booked it back to camp and the finish.

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    I brought her some food and she admitted it wasn't totally blacking out, but there was a serious lack of fuel in her body. She had a long day!

    Jammer was in fine shape and several people commented on it. She decided to enter him for Best Condition which requires a few more vet checks than normal.

    She didn't get it, but he showed very well. She finished 5th out of 26 on a new horse. Jammer's a pretty awesome animal.

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    The rest of the night was spent eating and drinking wine with the other riders and families. We had a great night together.

    In the morning I helped her pack up the rig and get ready for the drive home. She was obviously going to take longer in the truck and trailer, so I was gonna do a little more exploring.

    I made the same left at Murphy and followed my same track from yesterday to Reynolds. Except when I got to Reynolds, I made a right instead of a left. I was going to take Salmon Creek to Wilson Creek and come back out on the same highway and burn asphalt home.

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    Memorial Day has come to a close. It was really awesome to see more of Tamara's world. It's a pretty cool world and I'm happy to alive and well in it.
  16. flyboats

    flyboats Adventurer

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    That is All just so COOL!
    I wish you would get set up with a 1 gal Rotopax. It would take a lot of stress out of my life! :D
  17. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    I'd kill the smallest, whitest baby seal to be able to ride in that kind of weather right now. So sick of the heat.
    Great pics.
  18. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Tyson, You gotta' keep this thread going, somehow. :evil
  19. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    Yeah man what happened to you??
  20. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    That is waaaay too many "labels" to give to human beings.
    So I say.....YOU've got that wrong, AND you didn't stop there, now didja?

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    Sorry Tyson, sorry Hobbes,
    but political crap-talk pisses me off,
    ...and it absolutely DOES NOT belong here.