The First Cycoactive GPS Ride Report PNW

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by das Rider, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. das Rider

    das Rider Professional Hobbyist

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    I am filing the first Cycoactive/Touratech GPS Ride Report for 2005 with a heavy heart. In a word I can describe it as WET. Well the part I saw anyway, which was just the first waypoint of the first route, at Enumclaw.

    It all started early this morning with; weather reports, radar images, and email and PMs to the intrepid souls I would start this adventure with. Right from the start I knew it would be wet, rain was in the forecast and on radar.

    We lost our first soul before the trip began, it was too wet for him. Four of us decided to ride to the rendezvous point. So we gathered our courage and headed off into the storm. Four GSs, an 1100, an 1150, an 1150 Adventure, and a 1200 sat in the rain outside the Burger King in Renton as we sized each other up. This was a hardy crew if I had ever seen one, which I hadn't.

    We struck out for Enumclaw in the rain and wind taking a scenic farm country back road route. Too bad visibility was down to my speedometer. We rode triumphantly into Enumclaw and stopped to top off our tanks. While inside the station I was told that it was snowing up in the mountains. A customer had given that report to the proprietor after having camped in the mountains last night and reported his car covered with snow.

    Now this was perplexing news indeed. How would I break this news to my companions or should I hide it from them, to speak of it never more? I did what any hardy adventurer would have done, I ran screaming like a little girl, "it's snowing in the mountains, it's snowing in the mountains!" Well, not exactly.

    Another one our souls confessed that he was freezing. He had not prepared for these conditions and had no more clothes with which to cover himself. He was turning back. Our men were dropping like flies. The rest of us looked deep into each other's eye's, wondering which one of us would be next. As visions of the Donnar Party floated through my thoughts I heard my own voice, as if I were not speaking, but rather hearing myself speak. My voice suggested it was not prudent to attempt the mountain crossing in these conditions. That we should not risk becoming caught in the snow and marooned in the mountains until the spring thaw.

    We looked hard at each other and then at the ground. We could no longer bare to look each other in the eyes. We had given up, we were defeated. We decided to all go down together, we would all turn back now. We switched off our GPS units and headed back toward civilization.

    On the road home we passed two motorcycles with side cars and up to six additional Adventurers headed toward Enumclaw. We waved to each other and I thought I caught a questioning look from some of them. Where are you going, the route is this way. We could not warn them of their impending doom, could not stop them. Knowing not heir names nor faces makes it easier to write this. May God have mercy on their souls. And may God forgive us for turning back.

    das Rider
    September 10, 2005
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  2. CascadeThumper

    CascadeThumper Critical Adventurer

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    Dictionary dot com defines discretion as:

    Ability or power to decide responsibly.
    and someone once said that "discretion is the better part of valor".
    I do not think you were defeated at all....I think you were exceedingly...
    Valorous

    Dictionary dot com defines valorous as:

    Marked by or possessing great personal bravery; valiant.

    In short....you made the right decision --- smart, Very Smart !!!!
    The route will still be there once everyone is dry and warm and there will be plenty of beautiful Indian Summer weather to enjoy it properly !!!!!
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  3. Guaglione

    Guaglione Country mice

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    yeah, well, all I know is that I generally don't mind a little rain. A LITTLE RAIN. By the time I got back home, my feet were soaked (so much for waterproof boots) That's a bad way to start a two day ride.

    Besides, I needed a nap.
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  4. toothy

    toothy Grin

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    I wussed-out even before planning for that ride. So I win.
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  5. gentry

    gentry For Reasons Unknown...

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    I rode up to Starbucks to give tickets to wtrlgd..... does that count?? :ear
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  6. batfink

    batfink squid vicious

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    A little rain. We know something about that don't we Luca. A little rain.
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  7. Guaglione

    Guaglione Country mice

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    I am beginning to think that I am some sort of a rain god. Whenever I go out, the rain clouds follow me and shower me with their love and affection.

    bastards.
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  8. gentry

    gentry For Reasons Unknown...

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    you need a thumper...... :evil
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  9. GSguy

    GSguy Here's a quarter.

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    And you need a fire road/highway bike :D
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  10. gentry

    gentry For Reasons Unknown...

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    wurkin' on it.... sold two bikes and bought three this year already.. :D


    Im decidin' but I dont want to buy something right now only to have a new version released in a month...

    The Sprint aint goin' to happen....just cant justify it for useage.


    A Tiger or V-Strom might.... The DL1000 loaded to the gills is looking like the best candidate right now.... practical and fun.
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  11. GSguy

    GSguy Here's a quarter.

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    Yea and the years not over :rofl
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  12. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    Hi Guys

    As one of the four riders who was at this meeting of the minds that made the abort call, all I can say is I lied, and hooked up with some riders at Charlies
    Restaurant and had a blast.:vardy

    Pics to follow soon

    Tork
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  13. Gregarious

    Gregarious Been here awhile

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    Yes, it was a soggy one on the way to the start of the GPS 2005 ride, and my riding partner and I questioned each other a number of times on the way to Greenwater and during our breakfast in Enumclaw: "if you don't feel up to it, just say the word, I won't be offended...", or "this could be an omen -- turning back could be wise", or "man, this just sucks -- why is this fun?" etc. etc. He was suffering from a severe migraine which often incapacitate him, and I was a soggy, wet mess from the waist down.

    Yet like a couple of eedjuts, we continued. Slowly but surely, the rain gave way to mist, which gave way to overcast skies, which gave way to dry sunshine and clouds. We were also rewarded with some of the coolest tracks and roads I've ridden to date -- especially between Naches and Ellensburg.

    Thanks Touratech!
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  14. horsew/noname

    horsew/noname I've been thru the desert

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    Tork- You need to tell your buddies to get some good rain gear. As bad as the rain was thru Enumclaw, I never got wet anywhere, not even my gloves were wet. My only problem was fogging up the visor. But we were glad you made it, and it was worth the effort and we apprieciate Cycoactive for putting on a great time.
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  15. das Rider

    das Rider Professional Hobbyist

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    Good for you. You were the only one who didn't seem ok with bailing. I felt bad about deciding for you. 4 of the 5 guys in our group had GPS and all went or stayed home. We had a hell of a ride home, especially on 405 in heavy traffic in heavy rain and road spray. I don't want to do that again. We should have back roaded it.

    We've got the route and will be looking for a dry weekend to try it again. I feel good about my decision, for my part, I had a great time with my wife this weekend and I get a pass for another weekend. I'm glad it worked out for you.
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  16. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    First off, thank you to the guys who braved the run from Renton to Enumscratch
    It was awful and you all have your reasons for turning back. But I only get a
    number of kitchen passes and I did not want to waste this one:deal

    I met up with a group of riders just leaving Charlie,s at the same time Tom from TT was getting there. This is when the state trooper stopped and told us there was snow on Chinook Pass :vardy

    Well it was decided to head on up to Green pass and check it out,
    The farther up we got the less rain we found, at the top of Green Pass I am told that there was dusting of snow, I would not know as I wasi just tring to keep up with these guys.

    We rode down to 410 and gassed up.
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    This shot is somewhere between the the thick gravel that kicked my ass and the water crossing.
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    We made it to camp, the first ones there :freaky

    Here are some shots of camp
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    Beer and Chili was consumed.

    Sun morning I took the big pig up to Quartz Mountain
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    It was a fun ride, thanks to all of the TT gang

    Tork
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  17. gentry

    gentry For Reasons Unknown...

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    I found it! If I can get one in Red Im set...
    link
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  18. gentry

    gentry For Reasons Unknown...

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    Nice!
    :thumb I love riding out there.. pity its covered in snow most of the year... :cry
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  19. ttechchick

    ttechchick Go big or go home!

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    Thanks to all you stalwart riders who braved the weather! It was great to see such a good turnout, even with the crap weather! Lots of boots and gloves drying by the fire!:roflAs I was in charge of bringing the food and beer, the reception I received upon arrival was exuberant to say the least!! :clap And Spike thanks all of you for taking care of stick duty. He was wiped on the way home! The 6 hour trip home, thanks to the closed pass. I did manage to do a little more off road time in the Exploder, found a nice forest road that bypassed the wait outside of Ellensburg. Had quite the caravan behind me! So again, thanks to all who made the trip, and we look forward to seeing you all next year. And kudos to Mike Paull and Chris Polland for making the trek with side cars!!:thumb
    Jill
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  20. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    Hi Jill :wave

    Thanks for the good eats and beer :freaky

    John
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