WABDR>UTAH>LA>OR in August

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by brzoza, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. brzoza

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    Definitely not epic but wanted to share my small solo adventure. Beginning of August I set from Vancouver BC for the WABDR.
    My one and only bike is an adventurized husqvarna '16 fe501. I purchased a Kenda K784 for the rear, a windshield on craigslist and loaded my mosko 80 soft bags and went from north. The inland PNW was experiencing a heatwave at the time. The temperatures were soaring above 100 degrees that was nearly as hot as the arizona desert later.
    After 5 or 6 days in Washington I decided to keep going south as I had time on my hands. Rested 2 days in Portland at a friends house, fixed my broken side stand and jumped over to Utah heading for the UTBDR. Every leg of it was mind-blowing. After the canyonLands white rim I had to cut short my trip due to family reasons and head to LA. The temperatures are somewhat high and I'm really looking forward to finish the BDR next spring or autumn.
    The over circle through LA and and the oregon-california mountains was about 8000km/5000miles long. It was overall pretty hot but I encountered 2 hail storms and some really cord freezing mornings in Oregon. My non ventilated gore-tex Jacket was a curse in the desert and a blessing on the north californian coast.
    There has been enough said about the BDR's so here are some pics:

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    baby head hill
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    Behind the windshield my travel companion Benny.
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  2. brzoza

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    Wasatch mtns
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  3. brzoza

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    Fires before green river. That was the hardest and hottest part of the desert.
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  7. brzoza

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  8. brzoza

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  9. brzoza

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    And finally the mountains on the california oregon border

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  10. DualDawg

    DualDawg Been here a while Supporter

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    Over 5,000 mile ride on a 5oo through intense heat, smoke, and hail! Yes, that is an epic ride! Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. brzoza

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    thanks!
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    Looks like a good time.
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  13. rlbruski

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    Looks like it was a great ride!! Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Oh2RideMore

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    Love the pics. That 501 sounds like a great bike. Did you put an 8" race light on it?
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  15. brzoza

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    yes. it's a trail tech. I modified it years ago (had it on a previous bike) it has a dual beam LED.
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  16. Oh2RideMore

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    How does that race light work, throw light far enough out? Good cutoff on low/high?
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  17. brzoza

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    Im using it for about 4 years now, the low beam cut off is not as good as a dedicated dual beam mirror but good enough. The light pattern both high and low works well for me. this a modified hack, the original came only with a tiny halogen flood light bulb. Im using a 40W led. depending which led design you would use and how you would fit it in would give you different results.
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  18. jho410

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    Looks fantastic! Do you have GPS tracks you'd share for the Nor Cal portion?
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  19. superfunkomatic

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    Thanks for sharing. Some really good pics in your report. The Northern California fog is amazing.
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