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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motobiko, Jul 15, 2019.
Great trip, thanks for writing it up. I am following along!
Nice write up!That must have been around 7 years ago? Some of those places looked familiar. Definitely want to come back on a smaller bike.
Day 52 9/3/19
Woke up early and packed up the tent to hit the road. I wanted to make it to Sydney to take the noon ferry to Anacortes. Sadly I missed it by 15 minutes. So I went to Tim hortons for a coffee and saw there was a 3pm ferry leaving Victoria to port ángeles. So I rode down there just as they closed the gates. They said they were full, but I think the border guards just didn’t want to go over any more passports. There’s always room for one more motorcycle.
Went to the capital grounds for a few hours. They were neat to check out.
I was sure to leave early enough to get back up to Sydney to catch the 6pm ferry to Anacortes. Made that one with plenty of time to spare. Got into Seattle about 1030 to stay with a friend.
Deer on the island
‘‘Twas a 350mi day
I update the route every so often, this year I added 500 KM to the North Island section, the plan is to edit the write up over the winter to reflect the new sections..
Days 53-58 9/4-9/19
I got up at 530 to hit the road to Rainier National Park. I wanted to hike the Wonderland trail, which is 93 miles and circles mt Rainier. You need a backcountry camp permit and some of the sites only have 4 spots they can fill up fast. I was at the Carbon river by 7am ahead of everyone else. I still had to refigure my route 4 times to get one that worked. There’s 6 different starting points and you can go clockwise or counterclockwise. I elected to start at Longmire the next day.
Ran around and dropped food off at Mowich lake and White river campground while trying to write up a buy sell agreement for my place back in Colstrip. I had been trying to sell it since May and finally found a buyer. I stopped at a library and wrote up an agreement and signed it and emailed it to him to start the process.
At the end of the day I camped south of box canyon in the National forest. I had my backpack hanging off a hiking pole on my bike and the mice still got into it and emptied around 8oz of nuts out of it.
Parked the bike at longmire and hit the trail around 1pm. Got a late start so wasn’t real happy about that. And it was hot. Too hot for hiking. I was sweating pretty good half an hour into it. Great views though!
Lots of blueberries
The big peak!
These berries were within a two foot radius of each other right by the trail
The mice got into my hat during the night. The Evidence was inside.
Okay gotcha. Lots of great roads to ride there. Smaller bike can go more places and around more locked gates haha. I saw a Ktm 690 in one of the pics by Vernon Lake. You must have rode with Noah when he was there at the beginning of his rtw trip?
Yep, Noah has been here a couple of times.
looks like a fun hike.. judging from the plant...the berries are huckleberries not blue berries...
Thanks! There were about 3 different kind of berries, the reddish ones(what we have for huckleberries in Montana), light blue ones(blueberries?), and really dark, almost black ones(not sure about those ones). All really good. I ate a lot of all of them, so did the bears lol.
Huckleberries in oatmeal for breakfast during a backpacking trip in the Beartooths by Mystic lake July 2018.
Yeah I thought he went there during his trip. It’s been a while since I read through his ride report though.
My old 690 would have been a lot of fun there or my 701. Maybe next trip.
Few more pics from the wonderland trail-
Time to celebrate!
I had originally wanted to do the tail in 5 days but got a late start and was off pace the rest of the trip. Did 21 miles one day but most days did 15ish.
The first three days were nice but the last three were quite rainy. Had to pack up my stuff all wet. The last 2 miles of trial were raining quite hard.
Rode a couple hours to Vancouver and stayed with an old SA amigo, pdx_alamo for a couple nights to recover and dry out my stuff.
9/12-13/19 days 61-62
Left Vancouver, wa and went to Beaverton by Portland. Had another friend there I wanted to see. He also had some Klr parts for sale I was looking for. I have 95% of a Klr at home scrapped together from about 5 different bikes. Just need a few more parts to put it together. Then I’ll have an 08 Klr with 15k miles for $1700ish.
Turns out his parts were for a first gen Klr so they wouldn’t work for mine. Anyway we rode out around MT Hood and had a good time in town.
700grn .500 S&W
9/14-15/19 days 62-63
I left Beaverton and went to Eugene to see another SA amigo, Lee. We did a hike out by blue river lake I believe. Lots of blueberries on the trail. Must have been the right time of year for them.
Lee also had a 701 enduro. I have one at home as well. And he had a Ducati multistrada and Ktm 250 dirt bike. Good little collection. I took his husky for a quick spin and it was just like mine for the most part. Although lee has different mods on his.
Spent a couple nights there and hit the road to Cali. I took highway 58 out of Eugene and it pretty much poured the whole way until I got on the other side of the mountains and on highway 97. Rode down to Altura and camped off the highway.
300 mi day
9/16/19 Day 65
It was super windy camping this night. My tent was on the verge of collapsing for most of the night. The rain came back as well. I repositioned the bike to block some of the wind, which helped but was still annoying.
Temps were in the 40s most of the day. Rain and Wind. I thought California was suppose to be warm and sunny????
Got into the 50s around Reno, then the rain quit by the time i got to Topaz Lake. I stopped and had supper at the gas station by Lee Vining. They have good food at the Woah Nellie Deli at the Mobil has station at the corner of 120 and 395 highways.
Went on to the hot springs off the Benton hot springs road. Wild Willy’s hot springs are free and toasty. Great sunset too.
If you have lived in Bishop, CA you know the name Schat
I was going to hike Split mt(14er) but there was a bit of a glow going on above the trailhead. So camped elsewhere.
Haven’t checked back in a while...so, not so sunny Baja? The rest of the island pictures are really cool, glad you had fun here. The Multi turned into a pumpkin the day before Halloween....looking forward to spring. Enjoy Mexico! Viva!
Yeah it’s been one heck of a trip. Torrential downpours or hot an sunny in Mexico!
Guatemala is nice too!
Hope ya get some nicer days for getting the Duc out!
9/17-20/19 days 66-69
I stayed around Lone Pine the next few days. Hiked MT Russell and MT Carillon after camping one night at Upper Boy Scout lake. I had to get a camping permit at the Inyo National forest office right south of Lone Pine. They limit how many people go into the Whitney zone(the area a few miles around Mt Whitney, 14505’ highest point in the contiguous 48). Most people put in for a permit in the lottery, since it is a very popular hike. I got a walk up permit since I took the less traveled north trail.
Ridge at the summit
My tent is here. From Russell peak
It was a nice couple days to be out in the Sierras. Russell is about a mile north of Whitney and just over 14000’. Carillon is about 13600’.
Off to lone pine peak-
On top of Line pine peak with Whitney right above my head in the background and Russell and Carillon off to the right.
Had a nasty downclimb on the west side. Shoulda taken the south ridge.
Then did Lone Pike Peak(12er) the next day.
After that I blasted through Death Valley to Las Vegas. I had a $108.50 round trip direct tickets to Billings and back. Left the bike and flew home to sign papers to close on my place in Colstrip. Had been trying to sell it since May. Finally found a buyer for it!
Days 70-72 9/21-23/19
Well my flight from Vegas landed in Billings late Friday afternoon. Had a friend pick me up. Finished up some little things around my place before I sold it in Colstrip. Had to borrow a friends bicycle to get around town for the three days I was there. Was nice to see some old friends, I have lived in Colstrip, MT since 10/28/06, so had a lot of people to say goodbye to.
I was really relieved to get my place sold before winter. Otherwise i would have had to either had someone look after it or rent it out. I could have made money renting it out, but didn’t want to deal with the hassle when I’m out of the country.
Played a few games of cribbage as well.
Snow already in the Beartooths!
Also, the ride from Lone Pine, CA to Vegas was nothing but a dust storm. Sometimes I could only see 100yds in Death Valley there was so much sand in the air.