WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Roonie, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Slow and steady wins the race. I'll probably challenge you for last in camp. Ask those who did the GripTwister a few years ago. They may remember when my riding partner and I showed up at camp at 10pm after riding in pitch black over a "little" pass on the peninsula.

  2. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Timmer,

    Be honest about it, you just want the Ural's to carry the coolers, ice, beer, steaks, firewood, extra gas, camping gear...............................:lol3

    Seriously it would be fun to ride with a bunch of two wheeled miscreants, we might need somebody to flip us back on to the rubber side down configuration. Your time frame sounds good to me and starting on the southern end and riding north works for me. Lets kick this around and see what shapes up. :deal
  3. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I'm going to start a new thread on the planning for this ride.
  4. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Hi fellas,
    Question on the route. Is it suited for big trailies like the GSA or the new Yamaha Super Tenere ? Just how knarly will it get ?
  5. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    I agree with waiting until after the 4th of July. That seems to be when the spigot is finally turned off for the summer.

    Wish I could hit WestFest with you too, but will be paddling down the Little Spokane River that Saturday with a pack of wild and crazy Unitarians.
  6. liceyscrub

    liceyscrub ADV rider(mostly solo)

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    I can't make the dates thrown out there, but I am planning on doing the ride 8/11-8/16 if anyone else is interested in those dates. I will be camping most of the time and usually destination minded so should be able to do it in 5 or 4 days.
  7. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  8. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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  9. SeattleTrails

    SeattleTrails KTMer

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    The WABDR route is suitable for all dual-sport and adventure bikes from 250cc to 1200cc. We had a R1200GSA in the inaugural ride and it did fine (but it was dumped a few times). There are a couple loose and rocky climbs that will challenge a new rider but anyone with decent experience that knows their bike well will have no problems with this route.

    The only drawback of the 250cc bike would be getting the bike to the start if you are riding to Stevenson. My KLR-250 would have made it there just fine if avoiding Interstate speeds (70mph for long stretches), but I loved having my big bike (KTM-990A) on this route especially because I was carrying heavy camping gear. There is also the long paved section on Hwy 12 from Packwood to the east end of Rimrock Lake but again a 250 can handle the 60mph roads.

    The Urals will be challenged on the entire route up and over Umtanum Ridge (I would not do it in a Ural myself - no way). The overgrown section just south of Lake Chelan will also challenge those wider rigs and there is a lot of exposure on that section (and it's a rocky descent). The other section that might be tough is Road 324/325 on Bethel Ridge that has VERY deep ruts in some sections. All three of these tough sections have easy bypass roads. Get the Butler Map to see where I'm talking about.

    Be sure to watch the documentary film including all the segment videos (I'll post those in a bit) before going on this trip.

    -SeattleTrails
  10. SeattleTrails

    SeattleTrails KTMer

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    ADV Riders, I think you all will enjoy these videos. They will make you want to ride this route end-to-end this summer. Enjoy!

    Section 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN6c3gCQu3M

    Section 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZNeEhZpNW0

    Section 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DowObUO691I

    Section 4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZwCCUvKAD0

    Section 5
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYsAmmqJq88

    Section 6
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELcg2CXxDiQ

    The hour-long documentary is coming soon. Pre-order it at Touratech-USA.com or watch for showings in your area (see below).
    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/...ountry-Discovery-Route-Expedition-Documentary

    The first show is at South Sound BMW on March 5th:
    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Advent...ntry-Discovery-Route-Expedition-Movie-Premier

    -SeattleTrails
  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Perfect. Thanks ST.


  12. Time Traveller

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    What teasers these are!:D




  13. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    New to this thread, but this sounds like something I would be totally interested in assuming you don't mind an Oregonian tag along. I'm up for just about any date. Would it be safe to assume a total of 7 days, or should one plan for more?

    Thanks!!
  14. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    See this thread for the sign-up for 7/31 departure: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=658594
  15. SeattleTrails

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    We did it in 7 days and we were filming the documentary (only 6 riding days but we had an additional day in there for an emergency - you'll need to see the "extra footage" on the DVD to see what I'm talking about). So it really is just a 3-6 day trip. It depends on why you are doing the trip and how you want to ride it. At times I love pushing my limits and riding like a maniac to get my adrenalin rush and at other times I'm riding slow looking for side trips to explore. This route can be done either way - fast for fun or slow for exploration and discovery. There are many vistas but two you must see are the summits of Chumstick Mtn and Cooper Mtn. There are many side trips too - you'll need to consult maps and probably pick them ahead of time otherwise you'll miss them. You can camp or stay in motels but either way it's nice to settle in early and enjoy the evenings.

  16. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy SeattleTrails,

    I don't know you, to my knowledge I have never met you or rode with you, I don't know if you have any Ural riding experience or have ridden with Ural's in the dual sport environment, that being the case what follows is NOT to be taken personal, its a request for information. :deal

    You stated in an earlier post that you wouldn't take a Ural on this ride, I watched all of the videos you posted and unless the grades are much steeper then they appear in the video and I know that this can happen, or you didn't include film of the nasty sections of the route I didn't see anything that a Ural shouldn't be able to do. I have ridden my Ural in the Dirty Face Dual Sport Rally a couple of times, I have ridden it in the Black Dog Dual Sport Rally for the last five years, have ridden it OVER Mengel Pass in Death Valley, have ridden it in Moab and many other places most folks consider impossible for the Ural.

    That being the case I am asking this question in all seriousness, do you honestly think that it is un-wise to take a Ural on this dual sport ride? I do NOT want to go on this ride if it is honestly unsafe or if doing so would pose a burden for others that we may ride with; on the other hand it looks like it would be a lot of fun.

    My plan if I and other Ural riders do this is to HAVE FUN and NOT be in a race, I would rather take six days to do this and enjoy the ride, the views, the camp fire and the camaraderie of others rather then dash from one end to the other and miss the beauty of the area and photo opportunities the ride will present.
  17. frdbronco8

    frdbronco8 Been here awhile

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    Damn these winter months! Its like waiting for christmas when its July. Watching those makes me want to pack up and head out first thing in the morning. The areas around Conconully remind me of when I was a kid dual sporting on my family vacations (before I knew that it was even called dual sport) and I cant wait to be able to ride Ruby Ridge and Skull and Crossbones again.

    I would be very interested if someone made a route that used this as a base and interconnected as many sections of singletrack as possible. Either way for someone like me who is never going to be able to take the time to do a trans continent trip, this would be the ultimate adventure ride in our own back yard.
  18. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

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    My plan, too. I'm slow anyways, and I like to stop and take pictures and look around. I'm doing it with friends, and for fun. Don't care if it takes longer than it's "supposed" to.


    1911fan
  19. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    I'm always afraid that I'll be holding people up. I'm to poor a rider to go fast . :rofl And I'm bringing my camera too.

  20. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

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    We're getting to be quite a crowd, lloks like half-dozen of us from the Wenatchee area. I think we're going to head down the night before and start the ride headed North from the campground. C'mon along!


    1911fan