3 days 1000 miles backroad WA and OR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mr. matteeanne, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. mr. matteeanne

    mr. matteeanne Bender can pass him Supporter

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    3 Splendid days. Cut short by an oil leak, and the smell of BBQ for the 4th
    The way out of WA was at the SW tip. One of those bridges that go on forever.
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    To this point, things were not looking good

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    If you FF'rs are ever ready for a get together, I know a good spot.

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    The Oregon Coast kicks ass, a must see. Surpisingly light traffic for around the 4th.
    But Cannon beach was a fookin zoo. Yuk!
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    My company features "Tillamook Cheese" so by dropping by the birthplace of the cheese we buy, I can write this off as a business expense (photo proof!:poser )
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    An Atraction just down the road from the "Worlds largest non-stick skillet"
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    In my haste to get out of town, I was really pushing my laden KLR. I made a pass on a line of cars and semis heading out of WA going down a huge hill.
    It was fun till I looked down. Note Max Speed. God forbid I would have needed to brake.... I slowed wtf down after that... (It's vacation after all)

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    The first night I camped in Oregon. In a camp ground. I had beer. Thats all I remember, oh, it did not rain. The entire ride was secondary roads and forest roads. I was tired of the heat, tired of wrasslin the laden bike. Felt good to sleep.
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    I was "God Knows where" on a forest road in Oregon, and came to this rickety bridge. I stopped in the middle to take a pic, and realized with my horrible footing, I could tumble off this bridge in a split second. So this was the only pic I got :rolleyes
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    WHat kind of force of nature does it take to cause this? That's 4' thick concrete bridge.
    I wonder what the river looked like on that day?



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    My plan was to slab it down to CA, Redwoods, and then east to Utah, but I was blazing by some fantastic views, and said F**k it, I'm hangin'!
    I decded to head North through the Heart of the Cascades.
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    I denied myself no road, no avenue. I must have taken 30-40 roads "to the end"
    Some of the Alpine Meadows were incredible. Sure wish i'd had someone there to so, Holy Shit, are you seeing this? That water so clean. It was a glacier just a little while ago.
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    There was clumps of dirty snow, but I thought it would be too poser to take pics of such a site.

    Mount hood. The grey area in the forgroud is where a huge wash had gone through in the recent past. It was 1/4 wide of nothing but rock. Every bush, tree and blade of grass were gone all the way up to the mountian.

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    Fresh kill.
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    Second day of camping. Unsure of location, had much much more beer. No Pictures
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    The south side (Not blown up) Of St Helens.
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    It's like 160 degree's in the shade again, I reiterate, FYYFF
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    No pics of it, but on the second night, I woke up in my sleeping bag with both claves in full charley horse! OWWWWWWW!
    In my mad dash to get out of sleeping bag, and tiny one man tent to stand up, I even pulled a muscle in my neck! WTF! Dehydrated Much! Wow! Woke all my neighbor camper up with my cussin and yellin... Well it hurt! Hell I was afraid to go back to sleep (it was 2 am) it hurt so bad!


    How big was the explosion that was St Helens? Those are tree's in the water of that lake 27 years later! Hundreds of miles of forest gone. To this day, no tree's grow in the blast zone. Just shrub. I read that the first couple miles of land were scrubbed 2-3' deep, tree's were ground to dust.
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    This is 10 miles from the blast

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    Please realize this pic of the Valcanoe clearly shows where the mountain used to be.
    The sheer vastness of what happened is not really comprehensible. That is steam btw.

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    I take the customary walk around the bike before I climb on, WTF? Oil! I check and it's a full quart (it holds 2.5) low. The wife calls. (We been feudin, she wants me to come home, she's making a 4th of july feast. BBQ< Fresh Made Breads, Corn on the Cob, Beer,......

    Now some may say I high talied it home cause of the oil leak, and yet others will say it was for the BBQ, but only I know for sure

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    With my new business opening soon, this will likely be my last ride report for a while.
    Good times.
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Magnificent ride and pics! Thanks for posting! :thumb Interesting pics of the after math of Mt. St. Helens.

    What is that thing on the back of your KLR? :ear
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  3. Live2Ride

    Live2Ride Not Famous

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    Great pics, I took my kids up to Mt St Helens 9 years ago and the trees where floating in the lake then.
    Oh, is that a Vetter top box on your KLR?
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  4. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    I've been to all of those places your rode your bike to...

    But this is fucking beautiful:
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  5. mr. matteeanne

    mr. matteeanne Bender can pass him Supporter

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    Sweet...
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  7. ClearwaterBMW

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    excellent
    save and ear of corn for us

    great thread
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  8. SloNEZ

    SloNEZ Guano Loco

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    Couple of those St. Helens pix are real nice, too.
    A ride like that and then home to a grill full of yummies?
    Can't beat it!
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  9. oldx

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    Good report and pic's. Too late to come over for dinner?
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    GOOD STUFF Matt! :thumb



    UHHhhhh? what was leakin? :ear
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  11. greedymonkey

    greedymonkey Been here awhile

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    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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    Thanks for the writeup. I love the Oregon coast. Its been way too long since I've ridden down there. I've been through the Tillamook Cheese factory many times. I had heard that one of the two blimp hangers burned down some years ago?? I've been remiss in not riding down all around Mt. St. Helens too.Getiing time off lateley is about impossible-started a new job last June and the wife wants to use my week of v acation to go to Maui.
    Thanks again.

    jon in Puyallup
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  13. George Papadopolis

    George Papadopolis between

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    fing Martha Stewart has nothing on you:lol3
    Good on ya pal, fer a killer ride:clap
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  14. FtWorthRED

    FtWorthRED Ft Worth R.E.D.

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    I enjoyed the story and photos. I worked in Eugine forr 9 weeks and traveled 5000 miles in 8 weekends. I saw much of your trip first hand.

    I always learn something. I have never carried a repelling rope on my KLR, now I will need to add it to my trip review list.
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  15. Oly

    Oly Deadlines whooshing by

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    Great report, thanx. :thumb
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  16. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    good shots, great ride. the PNW is the best. St Helens is amazing. Spent 2 nights on the summit back in hi-school before it blew up and many summer days up there but it's still spectacular. How about that new road along the ridge above the Toutle?
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  17. Gasket

    Gasket Wandering Samurai Supporter

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    Great report. In late May, I rode my GS down to Oregon, crossing at the same place. I headed west on 30 before turning south and into Corvallis via the back roads. Beautiful country.

    Next day, I set out east over the pass on Hwy 20 and into Bend and La Pine to visit family. Spent a day on the area back/dirt roads around the local lakes and surrounding area. It was a great ride but dropping my fully loaded GS with no riding buddy to give me a hand picking it up was a bitch.

    I just rode my Rocket III from Florida to home, via Green Bay Wisconsin. Had a ball.

    I am just down the road from you and PM'd you.....Mike
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