TW200 Visits Quartz Mountain-Manastash Ridge, WA

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Macadam Drifter, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    Did a 90 mile day trip to Quartz Mountain today. I got the TW ready for the ride last night.

    I got up this morning and had some fresh blueberry pancakes and a nice cup of coffee. By 7am before things got too hot I was on the road. Gassed up at the Midstate Coop in Ellensburg and then headed off for Manastash Road.

    Here is a picture of the bike loaded and ready for a day trip. I have a gallon of water in the MSR water bag that rests on the fuel tank. This has worked well for me for 1000s of miles. When I stop-I just open the valve and enjoy my personal drinking fountain.

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    Rest Stop along Manastash Creek.

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    Cabin off the main dirt road.

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    I checked out this campground. This would be a nice place to set up a base camp for a weekend and then explore this area in a little more detail.

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    Just before the summit there is this sharp left turn and the exposure here- though not extreme-if you are not careful could be dangerous. Just before this left turn on the uphill grade someone has painted the word SLOW on a tree in orange paint. After completing the left turn the views toward Mt Rainier are spectacular. It was then that I saw this memorial-a rider was killed here-I don't know the story-but I sat there for a while and gave a silent tribute to this fallen rider.

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    At the top of mountain is a campsite with two picnic benches and a view to kill for. Regrettably, today was really hazy-but I will be back again on a clearer day. But here are a few pictures from the top.

    Interesting wind weathered trees:

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    Mt Rainier

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    Views to the northwest.

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    After a brief rest and small snack I headed back to Ellensburg.

    Homeward Bound

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    Roads on this trip included:

    Manastash Road
    FR 31
    FR 3100

    MkD
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  2. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Very nice, and I still covet your bike+gear.
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  3. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    That is so cool! I saw a couple of these at a recent trip to Colorado and was intrigued. Need to investigate a little more. How many miles are on the little mule at this point?


    John
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  4. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    Coming up on 8,000 miles and running strong.

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  5. badweatherbiker

    badweatherbiker Been here awhile

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    That rack system is the best I have ever seen an a bike! I want one of those TW 's one day and if I get one I have to have those racks!
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  6. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    The front rack was made by CycleRack and then was modified to accommodate front panniers.

    The rear rack is a Frankenstein. The foundation of the rack again is made by CycleRack, the pannier attachments are Happy Trail and owner designed, the trailer hitch component of this rack is DMC designed. Also DMC beefed the design to improve durability.:clap

    Here are some detailed pics:

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    MkD
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  7. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    THAT, is a very cool rig. :nod
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  8. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

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    :clap :clap :clap
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  9. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    Klay,

    Thanks for the compliment.

    I'm hoping next year it will get more use.

    Also I'm working on getting a hitch for my F650GS so it too can pull the Unitrak trailer.

    Tomorrow I'm hoping to get in a day trip to Mt Rainier.

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    MkD
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  10. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    Good to see that you are out and about. I always enjoy your Reports.
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