Two more WR250R's Washington to Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ManLee, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    damn....i've been waiting for this....big ride on small bikes.

    ride safe and keep us posted.
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  2. Piston

    Piston Been here awhile

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    I'm in, cause of the great photos :thumb
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  3. ManLee

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    Day 2 - June 22, 2013
    Ardenvoir, WA to Ashcroft, BC
    346 Miles


    Here's me with my folks. They left for there own Alaska adventure about a week after us. 2 months on the road in a truck and camper. That would be nice but we have to work for a living and only have 3 weeks. Maybe our paths will cross. Yay right, like tha'ts going to happen.
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    We took the WABDR out of Ardenvoir but hit the highway after Lake Chelan because I had reports there were still some snowed in sections. This is a big turbine at a rest stop from one of the damns along the columbia river.
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    We were back on the WABDR near Twisp. A couple of shots between the North Cascades Highway and Conconully.
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    There were miles of the these ponds and marshes up in the high country. I expected to see moose at any minute. We didn't.
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    Here's some vid dean took of the Ruby Grade. For some reason I didn't get any pics, probably too scared. Its steeper than it looks and if you go over the edge its all over, "cept for the cryin". (Sorry vid no worky, check back later I'm trying to figure it out).



    Gas in Conconully. They don't have a bathroom or a garbage can. You have to go to the state park for those things. They just want to sell you stuff. I don't blame them, my wife doesn't like me messing up the bathroom and leaving my trash around either.
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    We hit the Night Hawk border and were asked the usual questions. When I told him where we were going he looked at my Dunlop 606 and said "You're going to burn the nobbies off that thing. You need better tires."

    Once we hit Canada we slabbed it. I really wanted to do the KVR on this trip but we were afraid there just wasn't time. Its close to home so we'll be back someday soon to do it.

    Here we are at The community of Spences Bridge on the Thompson River in BC. My aunt and uncle live just up river from here. They have a cattle ranch and we were told if we make it today there would be a ham dinner waiting for us. We better get moving the skies are getting dark up river.
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    We didn't make it before the skies opened. Thunder and lightning all around. Nice to have a hay shed to pull into.
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    A couple of pics at the ranch once the rain stopped. Now time for a shower, beers, a ham dinner and another bed to sleep in. Man this Adventure riding is easy.
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  4. RACINGTHESUN

    RACINGTHESUN Been here awhile

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    Right on agree with your assessment of Yamaha. They are my favorite brand for big boy toys.(Sorry, girls play with them also) Loved my Grizzly 700, it was an awesome machine that carried me back 80 miles into the sticks of Alaska camping and gold prospecting. Never found any Gold, spent to much time fishing and 4wheeling.:rofl They forget to tell you that prospecting is hard work. Also had yami outboard, 1300 Royal Star Venture, and that is going to be my touting of Yamaha. Did test ride a WR250r, and I am getting one as soon as possible. Love that bike and am impressed with the ease it pulled my fat ass around with. Also, no vibration detected whatsoever while riding. Even in the dirt that I test rode on. Told the dealer, briefly took it on the dirt. His reply, "You son of a bitch" :rofl Just seems way better than my 2012 KLR 650 as far as handling and vibration. Wish I hadn't bought that piece of crap. Of all the 9 or 10? motorcycles I have owned, the KLR is by far the worst of the bunch. Didn't mean to hijack your thread.
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  5. RACINGTHESUN

    RACINGTHESUN Been here awhile

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    Loving the RR so far. Thanks for posting. Could you please list how much the campsites cost in Canada that you stopped at? Much appreciated.
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  6. Sidehil

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    There should be a category for Deadhorse! 16 to 26 a night can't exactly recall. This site is way to big and really needs some help! Webman slice it up a pinch!:beer
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  7. ManLee

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    Day 3 June 23, 2013
    Ashcroft, BC to Williams Lake, BC
    231 Miles

    This is probably one of the best days of riding in the whole trip. 231 miles through the Gang Ranch and it was almost all dirt.


    Needle in a hay stack. Don't drop a clear chain lube straw in a pile of hay. You will not find it.
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    This is my Aunt. She has lived and worked on this ranch for over 40 years. She's been on adventures all over the world and I was happy to share a part of my adventure with her and she was excited for me.
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    First stop for the day was to check out my Cousin and his wife's Cabin. My dad spent a summer here a few years ago building it.
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    Leaving my cousins the road was muddy from last night rain. This stuff was SLICK!
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    Thankfully the mud did not last long.
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    Upper Hat Creek Road on our way to Pavillion.
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    I was happy now. We were on BigDogs route heading to the Gang Ranch
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    The Frazier River below.
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    Except for a guy we passed on a tractor we didn't see a soul here. My aunt said there was a post office and company store but it was Sunday and most likely closed so we just of cruised on through.
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    It was hot today so we were thankful to find a creek with some shade
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    We camped at a nice grassy campground just outside of Williams Lake. Our first stop was at the cold beer store and we met a fellow rider who told us where to camp and even offered his front yard if we wanted. Wish I could remember his name or had gotten a pic. You meet the nicest Canadians at the cold beer store.
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    Camp set up, mountain house meals brewing and we get hit with another thunderstorm. It seemed to be the norm for the first part of our trip.
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  8. ManLee

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    The tail bag is the medium wolfman expedition. At first I thought it was too big but it allowed me to put a rubbermaid container in the bottom and it seemed easier to pack and close a partialy full medium bag than a completely stuffed small bag.
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    In one side bag I had my sleeping bag, big agnus mattress, small pack pillow, and all my clothes. The other bag had my tools, toiletries, gloves, hat warm gear and water. Stove axe, pump other camp gear and food went the tailbag.

    I had a 3 gallon IMS tank and a 1.75 gallon rotopac that was usually empty. Other than the haul road and one other time the 3 gallon tank was enough. I also had a couple of MSR bottles for an emergency.
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  9. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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  10. burtonrider3889

    burtonrider3889 Been here awhile

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    Posting this for whoever's interested, but take any comments over to the Youtube video itself so we don't derail this.

    Great ride report so far!

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XbGCXy0l14A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  12. HPTuner

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    Another WR250 fan here. Subscribed & great so far! :thumb
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  13. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Anyone have any idea what container that is? I would assume its cut down some?

    That is an awesome idea! :deal

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  14. j-zome

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    Great Shots! Thanks for sharing. I'm in.
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  15. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Enjoying the report too. I have WR250R and my wife has a CRF250L. We leave tomorrow to trailer to CO/UT and then ride the COBDR & UTBDR for 2 weeks.

    After reading BigDog's report about AK, it got me interested in the WR250R and I'm loving it.
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  16. DingWeed

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    :clap:clap Bringing back Great memories!!! Great pics!

    Thanks
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  17. biker_gunner

    biker_gunner 2wheelsonly

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    All I can say is WOW! The pics look amazing and I have to imagine you guys are having one hell of a time.:clap
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  18. wayne_l

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    you guys past me,headed north while I was headed south from dust to dawson ride..i laughed my butt off the 250 was lugging same bags my 650 was and I felt over loaded ..
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  19. Llamaha

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    You have more stuff on your motorcycle than I have in my apartment...
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  20. ManLee

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    Day 4 June 24, 2013
    Williams Lake to Vanderhoof
    206 Miles


    Between Williams Lake and Quesnel we traveled a country road that followed the Frazier river but on the opposite side as the highway. It was recently resurfaced with a chip seal according to the project signs and may have previously been gravel. About 60 miles of grassy fields, pine forest and cattle.

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    After Quesnel we were back off the pavement. This road was heavily travelled with log trucks but most of it they kept watered down. It was wide and smooth and the trucks hauled ass. I followed an empty for quite a ways at 60MPH until we hit a dry section and the dust kicked up.
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    Out of the logging areas and back into cattle and farmland. The people who live out here are really in the middle of no where.
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    Getting hot dry and dusty. Rolling hills and pecker pole trees as far as the eye can see.
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    Not PC and I might get flamed by some but it was late in the afternoon, getting hot, there was no shade anywhere. Dean and I each had an extremely warm and foamy beer left from last night in our packs. It was the best warm beer I ever had. We were in the middle of nowhere at the intersection of 2 gravel roads and hadn't seen anyone for several hours. Apparently the road we were about to cross was the main road through the middle of nowhere because we saw about half dozen vehicles fly by after we cracked our beers. I suspect Canadians can smell a pilsner from miles away.
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    At the time I thought crossing the 1000 mile mark was significant so I took a pic of my GPS. Only 5205 miles to go.
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    We camped next to the city park on the river in Vanderhoof. Once again we get set up and a thunder storm rolls through.
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