WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

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

  1. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    @thewozza , I highly recommend Badger Mountain Brewing, it's owned by a friend and he makes a variety of great beers. In Cashmere, MP111 usually has a good selection and good food. Also check out Country Boys barbecue, another friend and great food.
    @Rover31 I'm worried about you guys and the Brender fire. Everything OK?


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  2. Rover31

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    Thanks we are good today. Fire is 6-7acres now it's up on one of the ridges so it's not traveling well. 30% contained and luckily very little breeze also. Crews and two helps dropping buckets. Hoping for the best it's blowing up all around us though. The Jack Creek fire and the Chelan fire are setting spots off miles from the original fire. Four fires within 40 miles (almost 30,000 acres total) and another 25k burned 60 miles away, its sooo smokey!
    Other than that it's all good! Thanks!

    Don't forget El Chavo here in Cashmere for what are voted the best tacos in WA state! Yummy stuff and right next door to Cashmere Powersports for your moto needs.
  3. thewozza

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    So Cascade Locks is evacuating, so I may not go down as far as Carson/Stevenson to start the route. I'm coming from up the Seattle area so I figure I have some options to cut across Gifford Pinchot NF.

    1) I can stop in at Packwood and head North again. That's easy and I may just do that if things look spooky down there.

    2) I could go a little further South on WA-131 and then cut across the map on Cispus Road (NF-21) to get back on track. It's quite a bit North of the East Crater fire, and it looks fun on the map. Is this a ride-able road, or some rarely used goat-track?

    3) Going a bit further South again I could stay just outside the evacuation zone of the East Crater fire. I figure I can take Meadow Creek Rd (NF-30) to NF-24. Then go around Twin Buttes, through Tire Junction and then to NF-88 back to the track. What's the state of these roads - are they ride-able and does anyone ever go on them or am I completely on my own?
  4. anoxion

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    Trout lake areas were open this afternoon but I actually went through trout lake and the fire hall was very active. In Carson tonight and it's apocalyptic down here with the Eagle creek fire in Oregon. Going to run for the coast after some time in Portland, the gorge is a mess!
  5. anoxion

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    It seems the Seattle stuff is coming from Oregon? Trout lake was open today but the fire hall was very busy. The smoke was down low, up higher was much better! Met a couple nutters on fat bikes that did section one in 12 hours yesterday, impressive to me!
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  6. clawdog60

    clawdog60 Long timer

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    Still better than central Illinois
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  7. Ojai Rob

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    Haha! Thanks for the update! A buddy and I are doing it on the 15th with an adopted rider that we picked up on MOA we all have 1200GSA so looking forward to everything before and after that section! Joy!
  8. BMWHD passion

    BMWHD passion Adventurer

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    We were bout 34 miles from Chelan on Section 5 today and came upon fire crews who were surprised we didn't know road was closed. No markings on south end. They let us thru as was safer than turning back.

    Beware may be closed signs posted soon. Saw some as we were departing forest road.

    The heavy equipment has really created a lot of deep silt from mile 34 to 40 so beware for many weeks to come!
  9. thewozza

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    Was that the Uno fire? I wondered about that one, inciweb says the closure starts at the intersection of Grade Creek Rd on the track, but as far as I can tell doesn't include the track itself. Maybe they've expanded the closure but not updated online.
  10. BMWHD passion

    BMWHD passion Adventurer

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    I don't know this area, where they stopped us and had big rig in road was just downhill from where map shows Fox Peak , on the 600. Incident website mentions road 8200 being dozed used as firebreak I assume. Closure signs were up going southbound on the 4330 few miles from Hwy 153.
  11. BMWHD passion

    BMWHD passion Adventurer

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    And yes the Uno fire
  12. Chickenmunga

    Chickenmunga Been here awhile

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    if anyone comes across a luminaid or two center caps for an scs aluminum truck wheel, please PM me, my buddy is missing them somewhere between Packwood and Canada :lol3
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  13. thewozza

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    OK I'm in Carson at walking man brewery, got my growler filled and I'm ready to go. Air quality isn't too bad, considering the mess at Cascade Locks.

    It'll probably get worse. Keep an eye out for me if you're on the trail, I'm on a ktm 690 loaded with a rainbow assortment of bags.
  14. thewozza

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    I made it to Ellensburg!

    Unfortunately baby head hill was the winner so I had to go all the way back and take the bypass. Goddam that was hard. Bike is OK and me too so I guess that's good - I fell down twice before I gave up I just hope that the gopro caught it.

    But the ridge was really pretty, I had camped out in that section so I was on the hill by 8.30am.

    I saw someone's Tiva and a skinny purple water bottle (it was still leaking water) on what I think was Bethel Ridge. That was beautiful up there.

    There's not too much smoke so far. Carson of course had some, it reduced sunlight to the point where I just used my clear goggles. But from the ice caves on its been mostly clear. From the baby hill ridge you could definitely see smoke, but it didn't really affect the views much - still really pretty.

    Edit: nap time

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  15. Chickenmunga

    Chickenmunga Been here awhile

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    I'm currently up near Chumstick mountain, specifically 47.617893,-120.363283. Super windy last night and this was one of the better places that provided some modicum of a windbreak without us having to drive another hour in the dark.
    Ellensburg was very hazy work smoke back on Friday, but everywhere else has been good.
    One hindrance we had is getting on route from Leavenworth - we thought we could use Dryden road, but that's all blocked off with private retreat areas. We went further up to Nahahum Canyon Road, which was a success. Today we will meet up on route 4 and get to the base of Lake Chelan

    Pics from our Chumstick area camp:
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  16. Chickenmunga

    Chickenmunga Been here awhile

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    Hey all, I'm back home and recuperating at work - we got a late start, did route 4 from our camp spot near Chumstick to Lake Chelan state park, then slabbed it back to home. The truck pulled into the driveway here in Hillsboro at 1:12am, what a haul.

    Big wave again to the trio on VStroms and a green FJ, it was fun running into each other. I guess we camped just a few miles away on Chumstick, to bad we didn't meet to swap stories.

    A question of safety/etiquette for the rest of you all:
    How should I be handling blind corners on 2 wheels or 4 wheels? I tried taking it really easy, going wide when I could, and blasting the horn a few times on the approach. I got a few hunters a bit upset at me :norton
  17. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    Slow and wide is good - I am doing the same, no honking (the other rider will not hear anyway) and in many cases you are protecting yourself from a cow, deer or downed three that might be hiding there. You got brain, protected by a bucket - USE IT! :jack
  18. Ojai Rob

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    Always stay in your lane, you never know when someone is doing the same!
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  19. JONK

    JONK Been here awhile

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    Agree, stay in your lane and don't always expect others to do the same. I was on the greenwater route a month or so ago and a quad and dirtbike came barreling around a blind corner on the wrong side. I was headed uphill so I had plenty of time to stop but the other dirtbiker was in full slide and passed me out of control on the wrong side. If I was a jeep he would have been a smudge on the bumper or forced off the road
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  20. JR1

    JR1 Been here awhile

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    I have permanent damage to my hand that causes me a lot of pain when I ride for more than a couple hours or do any type of work that requires holding or gripping, and it will only get worse with age. I also lost nine months of income. All of this was due to someone riding on on the wrong side of a blind corner. Even though our combined closure rate was only about 15-20mph, he and his bike were nearly double my weight so for me it was like hitting a brick wall. Blind hills or corners, reduce speed and stay as far as safely possible to your side. If people would follow this very basic safety rule, situations like mine wouldn't happen.
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