WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Roonie, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Harder1

    Harder1 braaaap!

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    Nice! I'm headed to Hood River on Friday. Did you take FR23 too? I heard it's still snowed in at Baby Shoe Pass? Thanks for the update.
  2. kbarrans

    kbarrans Adventurer

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    Great! I'll be riding Section one North to South on Friday and South to North on Sunday. Thanks for the info!
  3. Rockaway

    Rockaway Gregtiger800

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    Thank you much strykerpro. I hope the snow continues to melt as we forge our way north..:-)
  4. michaelyogi

    michaelyogi Been here awhile

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    i was up to 6000+ in the Loup Loup area this last weekend. Snow is disappearing fast. Dust is the word in the lower elevations. I haven't checked the Chelan/Methow Sawtooth divide yet. Maybe next weekend.
    Gettin' close...
  5. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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  6. NWBoarder

    NWBoarder Whitmeister

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    I'm bummed we didn't try it on our way home from Hood River Monday.
    We did a bunch of research that morning, and everything we checked (online) was closed. Oh well.
  7. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    W00T!! Mrs1911fan and I have three days to ride the WABDR on my birthday weekend in mid-July. We live in Cashmere, so I'm considering slabbing to Chelan and riding to the border from there, or slabbing to the border and riding back from there.
    I'm planning on the northern half for best scenery and easiest riding, I don't want to take her up (or down) Babyhead Hill.

    Open to suggestions or better ideas, but three days of riding.... Whee!!



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  8. Tom Myers

    Tom Myers Adventurer

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    A passenger walking Babyhead hill is about 5 minutes of the ride. Some other stuff in there that you'd probably be inclined to ride, that a passenger might not enjoy. But as usual, the views are worth the effort.

    3 days is good. Recommend to make sure she gets what she enjoys, and wants to do it again.
  9. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Maybe I should clarify. She'll be on her own bike.


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  10. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    If you want to by pass Cleman and Umptanum Ridge, a good bypass is to take Naches / Wenas Rd to the east.
  11. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    7 of us are riding south to north, complete route.Leaving Steveson on July 13.


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  12. bgt595

    bgt595 Been here awhile

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    Just some general questions, but of you group how many are experienced and have done something like this before? What's your estimated time frame?

    I'm setting up a trip with a couple friends for a little later in the summer and was just wondering.

    Thanks
  13. michaelyogi

    michaelyogi Been here awhile

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    5 days made for a nice relaxed, yet moving-on-thru, trip.
  14. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    1/2 of us have 30+ years each offroad the rest are fairly new to offroad but MANY years of riding .We are giving our selfs 6-7 days but plan on 5.
    We are having a breakfast meeting in about a hour to make sure everybody is on the same page.


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  15. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    The wabdr is doable for new riders. I always recommend not setting a destination as a goal, but to think of it in 'days to ride'. "I have 5 days to ride the wabdr" and ride as far as you are comfortable in those days.
    You will find that you have far more fun and no stress of being on a schedule.

    I also recommend for all new riders (and experienced) to take training. A one day class will transform your experience in of road riding. Doesn't matter were you take it, but taking a structured class pays off big time.
    Advice from friends can help, buy often doesn't because they may not know the breakdown of a technique or how to coach or convey the information.

    Happy riding!
  16. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    It's the combo of novice riders riding big bikes (e.g., R12GS) that I believe gets a lot of folks in trouble. Throw in some time pressure, bravado from watching the online trailers (showing very experienced/skilful riders going faster than most normally would), and the necessity to keep up with buddies and you can have a very bad concoction. For most of the WABDR, you're a LONG ways from the nearest ER.

    As this poster says, not being on a hard schedule and just riding as fast and far as you're comfortable each day really helps.

    - Mark
  17. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    We have my 350,2 KLR650's,3 NC700x's and a 800 explorer going


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  18. Rockaway

    Rockaway Gregtiger800

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    Leaving tomorrow!!!! South to north out of Carson. I'll try to give reports as we travel. Wish us luck.:-)
  19. bgt595

    bgt595 Been here awhile

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    The reports will be great to hear... Our group is leaving more toward August, maybe we should pull it back to something more like early August or late July??

    Ah decisions!!
  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Good luck. !!.
    I will be waiting on your reports..


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