Where to Meet ADV Riders - South Sound

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by GSHighlander, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer

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    Monthly Pavement Ride out of Olympia.

    I used to post these rides more often but I've been slacking. We are still doing our monthly Second Saturday street ride out of Olympia. We try to spend very little time on freeways or major highways and primarily ride curvy roads through (increasingly rare ) uncrowded areas. All sorts of bikes and riders are welcome (except A-holes who endanger others). We really do mean it when we say ride your own ride (because we are getting older) but usually a couple of us can accommodate you if prefer a "brisk" pace (generally not sport bike fast).

    In any case, tomorrow we are going to include the Tahuya-Dewatto area in the ride. Meet at 9:30 at Bayview Thriftway in Olympia for 10 departure.. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

    Tod
  2. peterman

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  3. dammitdave

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    Why We Ride​

    I had been thinking all day “ 'Really should get out for a ride today, it's been two weeks!” Anxiously sorting gear and setting up the new tent for next weeks' cage camping trip is stressful. Camping off of the bike has been the rule for a dozen years. So after shopping for lost or tossed and missing items I cleaned windscreen and visor and pulled on my new to me mesh gear. Boots, bags, gloves and helmet and we're good to go. Unlock the steering, reach down to remove the disc lock.....huh! I had put the disc lock on backward, exactly centered on one of only three spokes on the cast front rim. Doh! 'Could not insert the key.

    Disassembling the barrel key allowed me to turn the tumbler and remove the key whilst holding the lock cylinder dangerously close to the point of re-latching. That much multi-tasking almost put me off the ride.

    Warming the bike up as helmet and gloves are donned reveals the fuel level is too low for more than a trip to the filling station. Since the fuel stabilizer must be found we'll take time to check tire pressures too.


    Rolling into the narrow street seems awkward and the engine too loud for a lazy, humid Sunday afternoon. Halfway to the filling station the backward lock is forgotten. Pull the gas receipt out of the pump and the low fuel is also out of mind. Some slack witted cager leaves too much of a gap in the string of traffic heading out of town and it's mine with one cold blooded bark of exhaust.

    These folks are in a hurry; we almost made it up to the speed limit by the highway 20 junction. Patiently following three cars back is not my style but even then the speed limit only got cracked(not broken) when I slipped past. My luck held and I got to toss the twisties over Eaglemont before catching up with a belching blue VW diesel. Southbound traffic on 101 peeled off for Kingston and Bainbridge via 104 and the highway was mine! At least until it started to rain.....


    Putting on rain gear at the Crocker Lake angler's access was an exercise in balancing the need to cover up with the need to watch the huge swirls in the lake as trout and bass fed on emerging insects. Suitably suited I rode to the Lake Leland access and watched bait fishermen fishing and talking about catching.

    Riding South along the shore will bring you to the Leland cutoff road, likely the road through this valley before the highway was built. Narrow, tree tunneled and wet the road winds along the base of the hill rejoining 101 just North of Quilcene. Give this one a try next time through.


    Slow down, like I did, going through Quilcene. Speed is a real concern there and emphasis patrols are likely to be uncompromising. It takes exactly 2 minutes to travel the 30mph zone that includes 10 intersections and a school zone. Yes, even you can behave for 2 minutes.


    Wet pavement demands attention on the curves ascending Walker summit. Dry pavement gets the same treatment as I descend the curves to Bee Mill Rd at the speed limit. Link the straights together for four minutes and you're at the Halfway House for chicken and dumplings with soup or salad and fresh berry cobbler for ten and fifty!

    Leaving the restaurant I see an older gent admiring the shiny black Vstrom. “Sure is a pretty bike” he says. Instead of telling him it's really kind of “spaceship/industrial/nee hideous” I grin stupidly and say “Thank you, I'm really enjoying the bike”. We stood in the parking lot and talked about old Indians, Hendersons and his wife's kids learning the usual lessons on an RMZ250.

    Rolling home at “0'deer thirty” I kept the levers covered and the head tuned to swivel for 35 quick miles. The highway was lit by the still bright sundown sky filtered through tendrils of fog forming in the cooling air. Parked, unpacked and pooped I don't give a damn that I should have been in bed a half hour ago.

    I might do it again tomorrow. dd
  4. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    Nice! I bet the native rhodies are looking good in that neck of the woods

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  5. dammitdave

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    What Broke, that sounds like a good excuse to go for another ride. I know several places at different elevations that have rhody's. The DR needs some exercise next week. dd
  6. MasterChief

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    Great story Dave.
    I got a good laugh reading it. Especially this line "Yes, even you can behave for 2 minutes." Are talking to me?

    I'm glad to see you're enjoying the Vstrom.
  7. PNWRR

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    l00kee what I found on page 6 :*sip*
  8. erg59

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    I am going to ride out of Enumclaw over to Hwy#12 then east to the Bethel Ridge rd and ride that over to Hwy410 and then ride up little naches and over the hills back into greenwater and home. If anyone wants to meet up and ride along feel free..... Oh sunday 7-24 as early as possible 8:00am or so...
  9. dammitdave

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    Just got home from a week of riding in SE Idaho. New territory for me. I'll post a link to the RR here. dd
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  10. dammitdave

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    Yesterday we went for a ride over FR27 and 28, from Quilcene, to check out the fall colors. My pal Brooks tagged along on his Super Sherpa to keep me honest and add some time to his kitchen pass.

    It was cool but pleasant riding from Port Townsend to Quilcene. Once we started climbing on FR27 it got downright chilly so we took the side road from the summit to the top of Dirty Face for the sunshine and views.

    Here's the state DOT reference monument on Dirty Face Ridge.
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    FR27 Crosses the summit from the Big Quilcene River to the Little Quil River drainage.
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    A view of Mt Townsend from Dirty Face.(note the clever sun shade in the upper left)
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    Suitably warmed we continued on to FR28 through the cold and shady by alternately warm and sunny timber past Lords Lake and Bon Jon Pass to FR210 W of the Mt Zion trailhead. This old road parallels 28 for a couple of miles on the South Slopes of Mt Zion exposing riders to more sunshine and a view of the mountains to the South. Like BMW riders we could smell the coffee at the Longhouse Cafe in Blyn, so it was down 2840 in that wonderful fall afternoon light to Woods Rd and West to Blyn.

    We elected not to push the Sherpa slogging home on the slab but returned via Woods, Snow Crk and Lords Lake Loop to Center Valley Rd in Quilcene. Nothing spectacular as there were few showy leaves about, but it was a completely relaxing romp along easy forest roads. Dave
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  11. XICAQUE

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    bro, no pics. would love to see them.
  12. dammitdave

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    Hah, got it fixed! dd
  13. PNWRR

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    Nice one DD. I may use the 3 day weekend to get back out there. I was on that summit a few weeks ago. Somehow, we always end up there, it's a fun ride anyway. Funny how that air chills so quickly. Hope to see you soon. Bill
  14. Gootch

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    Late notice for the monthly Oly street ride. We are heading to Windy Ridge (I don't think it will be too crowded.)

    Meet at Dancing Goats Coffee Shop at 9:30 for a 10 o'clock departure -- Dancing Goats is at 111 Market Street (the north end of Capital Way across from the Farmer's Market). This may (but only may) give the worst of the rain a chance to settle down. We are then heading toward to meet Dandemotoman via a few non-highway roads

    Then we'll back road it as much as possible to Morton or Randle for lunch. After lunch - assuming the weather isn't drowning frogs - we can run up to Windy Ridge. I think we will get some rain but except near the top the temperature shouldn't be too bad. Feel free to come on out.

    Tod
  15. dammitdave

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    Got out for a mental health ride Tuesday afternoon. Rode West on 101 to Blyn via Old Gardiner Rd, Chicken Coop Rd and a side trip out Miller Peninsula. Beautiful fall colors were everywhere bathed in fall's perpetual evening light. After a snort of java and warmer gloves the gravel on Woods Rd set up a dull rattle on the skid plate giving a beat to the sweet strom slalom through the trees. Be careful out there; I met the deadly Subaru wide on a corner made blind by brush. Only by standing on the pegs was I able to see the unlit cage in time. I don't believe the driver, on the inside of the corner, saw my high beams until my handlebar deliberately ticked his mirror. Man, were his eyes BIG!:yikes I met two other rigs that looked like scouting hunters and saw a young family walking back from a look at the gorge on Snow Creek. I saw possibly my largest grouse ever on Woods Rd and blacktail ears in the brush on Snow Creek near 101. It was really chilly in the timber reminding me to set up the heated gear for the next ride. Get out there before we can't...dd (left the camera on the counter at home...doh!)
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  16. dammitdave

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    A Short Ride to the Bakery



    Yesterday afternoon the weestrom took me for a ride to the bakery on Pickering road just off of SR3 East of Shelton. It was a good test of the recently installed Kenda Big Block as the pavement was wet, the forest roads were muddy and both had a carpet of slimy leaf litter and wind scattered limbs. And while rain wasn't predicted, the sky was low, dark and pregnant with possibility.


    A quick ride on SR20 from Port Townsend is usually interrupted by slow traffic just as you get to the twisties on Eaglemont. It was....grrrrrrr Fortunately the blue hair set was headed to Sequim and we enjoyed a real leg stretching South on 101 to Snow Creek Road. Up Snow Creek to the Triple L(Lords Lake Loop) took us past the reservoir on FR4850 climbing still higher to the left turn on FR27. Climbing up FR4850 took me through the drizzle and out into warm(for that altitude) sunshine.


    Clouds Shroud Mt Townsend
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    Crossing the Little Quil
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    Riding above the clouds
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    Snow on Mt Townsend
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    cont'd

    Mt Brotherton(2)
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    Dropping down the broken, slumped and potholed pavement portion of FR27 we returned to gravel on FR23 for the run East to 101. Cars obligingly moved to the right to free up the full joy of the twisties over Mt Walker to Brinnon. Sweeping swiftly South over the Dosiwallups and Duckabush, with their carpet of drought browned brush between the braided channels, the little strom devoured the remaining turns and elevations to Hoodsport.



    Lilliwuap(2)
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    cont'd

    Local traffic was light and polite up to the turn at Brockdale Road. Stringing together Brockdale and Mackewin Prarie roads takes you up to SR3 near Allyn. A short ride East to Pickering Road brings you to the Cafe and Bakery for pastry and coffee.

    The simple pleasure of apple danish(did we thank those people?) and coffee made me ponder how little I wanted to deal with Belfair traffic and the Hood canal bridge on a windy day. With that thought I was forced to ride back up the canal stopping to climb Mt Walker for photos from the viewpoint before returning home.

    The Kenda performed very well. I didn't air down for the forest roads so the steep downhill bits were the only place where I had to pay attention.



    Looking West to the Olympics
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    Looking North
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    Quilcene in the Fading Light
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    Thanks for riding along, dd
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  19. what broke now

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    Lots of nice miles there, DD.
    I hear Klay's Burger shack makes a nice lunch near the bakery, but haven't tried it yet. no place warm to sit, though.
  20. dammitdave

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    I'll have to look that one up next time I get down there. Thanks for the tip, dd