Where to Meet ADV Riders - South Sound

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

  1. XICAQUE

    XICAQUE Q' pedo?

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    Well, if the Hungry Bear hadn't burnt down .[/QUOTE]

    When did it burn down? That sucks! Had a great lunch last time I was there.
  2. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer

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    The classic one on the Hood Canal burned down ... what 10 years ago? Longer maybe?

    (DammitDave, good on getting ahead of that Prius. Those bastards try to ruin every ride I ever take.)
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  3. dammitdave

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    The Hungry Bear burnt down on Halloween 2006 when somebody's cow kicked over a Jack 'o lantern...or something like that.:D

    The trip from Keystone ferry landing to Sharp's Corner by the refineries takes about 50 minutes at the speed limit. Add 5 minutes for every Prius in front of you on the ferry!
    I spent 9 weeks commuting to Yachats, OR to get my folks moved out of their house. Someone in the North Peninsula area was doing nearly the same commute in a silver Prius. On Thursday evenings they would pass me going well North of the speed limit before we got to Raymond - EVERY TRIP! I saw the car pass me in the Shelton area a couple of times on the return trip and once caught up with them in traffic coming over Eaglemont South of Port Townsend. Every time I see a silver Prius here in town I look for a driver with a nervous tic and maniacal grin. dd
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  4. orangeradish

    orangeradish Been here awhile

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    Geoduck in Brinnon has a pretty good burger.
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  5. dammitdave

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    Woods Road Redux


    After three hectic days in a row I needed a ride. With temps in the 50's how could I not? I fired up the DR and headed for Snow Creek/Woods Rd certain that anything higher would be snowed out.

    The roads were muddy and potholed from all the traffic pushed down off the high roads. Wood cutters were out clearing downed trees from last weekend's wind as the road unwound over to Blyn and warming coffee at the Longhouse. There's no Dunkin' Donuts in Blyn so half a dozen patrol cars lined up behind the DR like hounds scenting a fox. After coffee I rolled onto the highway, and back to Woods Rd, with my own VIP escort.


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    The road was muddy and there were still lots of windfalls
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    Along Lord's Lake Loop Rd
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    Lord's Lake
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    Snowline on 2850 a couple hundred feet below FR28
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    Fog low on the hills
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    Water gushes out of the hillside
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    Mt's Walker and Turner poke up into the haze
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    Lot's of grouse in this well watered re-prod
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    Spring's a comin'! dd
  6. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    Rode over to the big box stores in Sequim today. Snow Creek and Woods Rd to Blyn on the way over. A piliated woodpecker, in full breeding plumage, flew at helmet height formation-ahead for a hundred yards or so. At light throttle stealth we surprised a barred owl after something in the roadside grass. Found everything on my list at the small shops in town; nothing at Home Despot or Office Depot.
    'Aired the tires down and ran back to Quilcene via Slab Camp, FR28, FR27 and FR23. The forest circus had spread marbles on the dry parts and left the muddy bits alone. I managed, without mishap, to skate the not-so-wee strom from Taylor Cutoff to the Twana Roadhouse in less than 90 minutes. Saw a truly ginormous red tailed hawk just East of the Mt Zion trail. No pics today, just a splendid ride.
    I'll post photos of Twisp, the Loup Loup washout and Washington pass in the next couple of days. dd
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  7. Gootch

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    At least temporarily resurrecting this old thread to announce the small Oly group's monthly pavement ride this Saturday, 9/9/17.
    We are riding to the coast with a little run up to Lake Wynoochee. I think we will include Pacific Beach in this ride so we can enjoy some 109.

    Meet at the West Olympia Starbucks at 9:30 for 10 o'clock departure. This is the Starbucks at 315 Cooper Point Rd NW, Olympia, WA 98502 (same parking lot as Rite Aid); this is NOT the new one by Haggen. Come on out and enjoy some potentially refreshing showers at the beach.

    Tod
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  8. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    No need to resurrect the thread, it's always here waiting for an inmate to post for other riders in the area. So here goes.....

    Creston and Return on the 4th



    Years ago I picked up a pamphlet about the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area near Creston, BC. Soo, when the 4th of July found me with three days off and in need of a mental health ride that was a ride pulled out of the bucket.


    The plan was to ride East on SR20 and return on Canada Hwy3. Hwy 20 is still closed West of the Loup Loup summit but I was sure there was a forest road work around off of FR42 that would get me to Conconully. After fifteen miles of pushing a loaded v-strom up ever more rugged logging roads, I met a one eyed wood cutter whom assured me there was no way out of the Beaver Crk drainage. Cue the banjo music.....
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    Somewhat humbled and a little frustrated I snuck down to the highway summit and slipped past the “Road Closed” signs to FR41 South 15mi to Benson Crk and Hwy 153. To escape the valley heat I flogged the wee to Tonasket and East on 20 to Republic. Hydrating and stocking up at the grocery store in Republic drew the usual curiosity to a loaded adv bike and a very lovely lady gave good advice on the various routes East of Grand Forks, BC. Suddenly, Republic is looking like a destination.


    Crossing at Danville I picked up Can3 and hurried through Grand Forks at 30kph(18mph!) to Christina Lake for fuel before heading over the Old Cascade Hwy or Santa Rosa Rd. Of the two BC Forestry camps on the map, there was no trace of the first after a rough climb on switch backed, water coursed and washboard for 30km. With the sun sinking low the summit was abandoned in favor of pushing on to civilization another 36km away. Descending another 15km on marbles, in the fading light the headlight picked out the weathered sign announcing the second camp and common sense suggested that there was enough energy to pitch a tent but not enough to safely continue in the dark. The mosquitoes tried mightily to carry me off and would have succeeded save they were gorged on my blood and too fat to fly. Escaping into the tent I was just dozing off when four rigs rolled up and 6 or 8 young folks asked if they could set up camp with their dogs and noisy energy in tow. They seemed like a good bunch, it was the only campground(3 tent sites) for miles and they had no small children in tow so I surrendered. It's BC and weed is legal. The only worry is that we would get piss tested at work after sleeping downwind whilst they smoked at least two bales of pot.
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    Up at 5am, I packed as quietly as possible, patted the dogs on the head, and pointed the bike at Rossland 20mi away. At the Alpine Grind, good coffee, a three egg fritata and toast fueled the day ahead. Rossland is another resource extraction town diversifying their economy with recreation and tourism and a small town arts scene. Once again a pleasant lady filled me in on the virtues of life in Rossland and if I'd come back and stay she'd be happy to show me around town and some etchings or something. Thanks Shelly, I really did enjoy our visit!
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    Over the Schofield Hwy just 10km lies Trail, BC and its iconic smelter stack. Trail is also a happening town evolving as it's economy changes. We continue on to Waneta Jct and Hwy 3B over another climb and through picturesque little burgs to Salmo. At Salmo, Hwy 3 shares the roadbed with BC6 for 14km before turning East to cross the spectacular Kootenay Pass and the drop into Creston Valley. Just before crossing the valley floor to Creston, turn right and visit the Wildlife Center. When I stopped to visit there was a grizzly sow with cubs hanging around and a biologist with a pickup full of stuffed roadkill. It's a very interesting place.

    After luncheon at the junction, Rickies, I got talked into riding up the East shore of Kootenay Lake to Kootenay Bay and the ferry to Balfour. Yeah, it's twisty and all, but give it a miss. 30kph speed limits, gawking cage drivers and a hundred driveways to the mile made the trip more than a little tedious. It was really hot so a stop for refreshment at the Grays Creek store was a welcome diversion. I need to get back there and ride the Greys Crk Rd over to Kimberly and points beyond.
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    The Balfour Ferry was quick and convenient but being loaded nearly last meant working up through traffic all the way to Nelson. Wound up by all of the traffic, I made the corkscrew through Nelson in brilliant form and off to Castlegar in a trice. The ride from there to Christina Lake was some of the nicest road work in a long time. I met a group of vintage autos and pickups towing vintage travel trailers East on Hwy3. Every mile or two in that yellow and tan landscape would appear a brightly coloured and beautifully restored old rig towing a teardrop or canned ham. What a treat!
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    I fed a few more mosquitoes at Christina Lk that night and bolted for breakfast in Grand Forks at 5am. Eschewing the A&W for something less industrial I found a downtown bistro and had a great breakfast and coffee for $12cdn. From there it was over the hump through Eholt and down to Greenwood where flash floods were evidenced by sandbags placed to direct water down the side streets. Continuing on there was a queue for fuel in Rock Creek due to power outage caused by wind. I waited impatiently knowing I could make it to Osoyoos but likely on fumes. Fumes are useless when you're pushing a 500lb bike.


    The ride from Osoyoos was superb for making time on the slab. Traffic was light and easily managed all the way to Hope. Hope on the other hand was a zoo. A self service MacDougal's dispensed a double industrial cheese burger and ice water with very little swearing and a great deal of help from the management. For the slab run West to Abbotsford, the big duffel got turned fore-and-aft from its usual athwartship position. This cured the annoying side to side tug of the trailing vacuum behind me. I could've tried that 800mi sooner, eh?


    Crossing back into the Excited States at Sumas was hassle free and I enjoyed the quick twisties down SR9 crossing on Prairie Rd and working my way South and across the Samish flats to Whitney completing the circle to SR20 and home via the Coupeville ferry.
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    It was a bit of a push for 3days but very doable solo. The Creston Wildlife area deserves a few days to take advantage of dawn and sunset wildlife viewing canoe trips. The area between here and there deserves enough time to ride those forest routes East and West. See “Wandering the Kootenays With Gumby” in Ride Reports. Thanks for Looking, Dave
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  9. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer

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    Little pavement ride tomorrow.

    We're having our monthly Oly pavement ride tomorrow. Given the time of year and that it is Veteran's Day, I'm not expecting more than two or three riders but if any of you Advers want to shake off the dust and join the ride, you are very welcome. Here are the loose details:

    Meet at the Olympia Coffee Roasters downtown (600 4th Ave E) across from the Olympia City Hall at 10. We met there last month -- the place has plentiful parking, lots of seating, and good and affordable coffee. After the bench racing and coffee, we will ride towards Centralia-Chehalis for lunch (probably the Olympic Club because it has been a long time for us). We'll get there via Tono-Steam Plant-Teitzel and a few other back roads. After lunch, given even halfway reasonable weather we can head back north via Lincoln Creek and Michigan Hill or Lincoln Creek and Manners and roads in that area.

    Sure it'll probably be a little damp but that's not the end of the riding world. We are talking Thurston and Lewis Counties after all.

    Tod
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  10. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer

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    We didn't have the most adventurous ride on Saturday (but that is good on a street ride). We did have surprisingly clean roads (especially given all the leaves laying next to the roads), very little traffic, and were able to dodge about 98% of the rain. All in all, Saturday was a good day to be hitting those Thurston and Lewis County back roads.
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  11. joeaverage

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    Is anyone interested in a Cap Forest ride on the 24th? (Black Friday). I usually try to hit that before they shut the trails down for the season. The extended forecast shows little to no rain that day. I plan on staging at Waddell in the morning and riding for a half day or so depending on the conditions and how long I can last. I haven't been there since July but I would expect it to be muddy.
  12. K1200LT

    K1200LT Been here awhile

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    We rode the gravel roads last Saturday in Capitol Forest. Saw FOG, rain and a little snow at the highest parts. All in all a great ride. Roads were damp and even on the road at places VERY muddy and SLICK. While we were on the roads (75 miles), we only saw one bike on the trails but saw a bunch of mountain bikers. We were on bigger adventure bikes so no trails - well - one short one :-}
    We will be riding on Black Friday as well but probably else where. Enjoy your ride and be sure to give a report here. Thanks

    Steve

  13. RainRider45

    RainRider45 Been here awhile

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    What are you planning on riding Joe, I have not had my KTM 450 exc sense last spring.
  14. joeaverage

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    I'll be on a WR250F.
  15. Byway Writer

    Byway Writer Backroads Explorer

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    My family owned a cabin on Christina Lake for 50 years. It was on the non-road side. Everything was built hauling it by boat. It is a great area.
  16. Brokein2

    Brokein2 Been here awhile

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    Rather than all the mud at the Capitol Forest, I thought I would stay closer to home and try out my new GS1200 Golf Cart...

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    Leave no trace? Oops...
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    Thank goodness it was easy to putt right up the ditch and into the hole.

    Alright....the course is closed and homes are being built, so for a while it is open to Hooliganism.
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  17. Need For Speed

    Need For Speed Ridin' foolishly and frequently

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    Went exploring today, mostly pavement, but did manage to find some mud... 20171124_113505.jpg 20171124_135817.jpg
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    Need For Speed Ridin' foolishly and frequently

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