WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

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

  1. Ridetosea

    Ridetosea Adventurer

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    The omission of the first section was based on time constraints as the world outside of riding still exist. This choice has nothing to do with section one as I have never seen it. Wait, I have the next four days off, perhaps I will load up the Orange ATM and go check it out? If I start now....
  2. davehg

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    That was a group I was with. We started in Conconully and ended up in Cle Elum yesterday. Great ride. Only sucky part was my GPS (Garmin 60Csx) fell off its mount and I couldn't find it. It's got my phone number on the start up screen if you happen to come across it. It was on the last 10 mile section coming into Cashmere (if you are headed south from Ardenvoir).

    The only really rough patch was just outside Cashmere, where the washout was. Big bikes had to move carefully and remove their panniers to be safe. Just past the washout was a large felled log, and no easy way to get the larger bikes over it.

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  3. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Our group of 2 KTM's (350, 690) just returned on Sunday from a quick 3 day trip, north to south. Great trip :clap

    Surprisingly, encountered a number of rider groups, more than expected. Between chelan and cashmere, near chumstick mtn ran into a 3 groups riding north; sole rider (don?) on top of chumstick, 3 big bikes and 2 street bikes (yep). We pointed the lost street bikes riders north onto the correct FS road :D. Fiberglass fairings were not looking pristine, sorry no pics.

    Section between cashmere and packwood (193mi) was a long hot day and good work out. More rock sections than recall from our ride last year. Up on bethel ridge ran into 2 groups; jason blasting south on big 990adv and local ken from cle elum out for day ride. Nice gents...

    btw, washout side hill was in very good condition
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    further south of main washout, guess what, yep more washouts
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    amazing views, table mtn
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    mt cleman (rainer in distance)
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    very small sampling of pan heads up on bethel ridge
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    Between packwood and stevenson ran into this group of 2 with electrical issues. The Suzuki in pic below kept blowing main 30amp ignition fuse. Left them with a spare 15amp, which is all I had in the big type fuse. Hopefully they (you) made it out okay and trip ended on positive note. Believe he mentioned 3 rear flats to that point was well.

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  4. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    FYI- big fire burning near Thorp and Reecer Creek will be closed. Serious fire with structures down.

    TONY
  5. Sapling

    Sapling Been here awhile

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    Jason here... Good to meet you guys out there!
  6. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    Can't add much to the report. lot's of rock's for lot's of miles. It was a great ride!! I'm posting video to YouTube as I type of the trip.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/650tom
  7. Dorian

    Dorian huge carbon footprint

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    Did a day ride last Saturday on my 12GS with my friend Mark 990KTM; Packwood to Carson. Passed several northbound groups during the day. There's quite a "blu groove" forming along the route :lol3. I'd say communities along the way are seeing a little increase in business.

    I need to take a weekend to knock out the Carlton to Canadian border and then can say I've ridden the whole thing (not all at once tho) :*sip* FUN!

    - Dorian
  8. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    I highly suggest the little cafe (Wind River???) near the gas station in Carson. My wife and I stopped there Saturday and had a great meal at a decent price. To me this is a large part of the route, the little mom and pop type of places. Coopers General Store at Ardenvoir is another.


    Man....that FS25 road is one rough ride on a Goldwing Trike. :eek1

    TONY
  9. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    Met you guys in E-burg at the Bar-14 Ranch. You were just getting off the bikes as my wife and I were leaving on the Goldwing. Glad you had a good ride..

    TONY
  10. stigmatic

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    You guys were close...this is Shawn (not Don...maybe I need to enunciate better) the solo rider that you met on top of Chumstick. Finished the trip just fine on Saturday, with the exception of the GPS on my iPhone stopped working about 2 hours after I met you guys. Made for an interesting final day...only got completely lost one time (where I resorted to traveling in general cardinal directions based on where the sun was). So I guess I'll bring a backup GPS next time! Or maybe a riding partner?

    Nice running into you guys.
  11. Dorian

    Dorian huge carbon footprint

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    On that subject had a good burger and a beer outside on a picnic table in the shade at the cafe in Trout Lake. I was even asked for my I.D. for the beer (I'm 56). Of course she was kidding me - but I left a nice tip anyway. So I guess it worked! Trout Lake is only 7mi off the main WABDR route down the 88 road. It was a nice break from the heat and dust - plus it was lunch time!

    - Dorian
  12. Sapling

    Sapling Been here awhile

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    The Taylor Bridge fire will definitely impact the lower and upper green canyon area leaving Ellensburg headed North!! As in its on fire!!!!!!

    Check before you go!!
  13. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    I can say for sure it is closed. Liberty was on an evacuation order and I finally recieved notice to provide an engine. It is blowing up again this afternoon. The best reroute may be Colokum Road. till things cool off.

    Live radio feed...lots of tanker plane radio traffic http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=2317

    TONY
  14. Sapling

    Sapling Been here awhile

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    Yep... Had this on since yesterday afternoon... Crazy....

    Fire is just passing Pheasant and pushing east. The white line is the WABDR. They say its less than a mile from the forest line to the north of there..... Not getting better anytime soon!

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  15. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Hey Shawn, sorry I'm just getting old and forgetful. No harm no foul...

    The route certainly would be a lot more tricky without a GPS. Although you really can not go wrong if off-route, lots of neat old roads up in those hills.
  16. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    The e-burg Bar-14 served a mean lunch. Nice to meet you and your wife Tony. Your Goldwing was really impressive and setup nice.
  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Will the active map on page 1 reflect wildfire closures on the route fellas ?
    It's a possible game changer for sure.
  18. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Tony,
    if the fire is moving east, wouldn't Colokum Road be right in the cross hairs as the fire presses east ?

    Im still about 3 weeks out, but trying to build a contengency plan.
  19. Maddaddy

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    I'll see about it.
  20. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    It is directly East of there but is not in immediate danger. It all depends on the wind and reports are that it's calm in the valley this morning. I will try to keep updated posts as time allows.

    TONY