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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TigerTanker, Sep 21, 2017.
On Sunday we take off for a 10 day trip that will take us through Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California.
The plan so far is to hit;
Gifford Pinchot forest nestled between Mt St Helens and Mt Adams. The dirt riding trails here are best in world class. I've only ridden here a few times so this is a great way to kick off our trip. It's only 2 1/2 hour from home so if something goes terribly wrong...
After Tuesday we'll ride through the central part of the state, very wild and unpopulated, and make our way to the Columbia River. We're likely to spend the night in Bend, then at the crack of dawn and briefly visit Crater Lake, then make a line towards Downieville California for camping and two days of dirt riding. Downieville is supposed to be bigtime great riding, just outside of the Lake Tahoe area.
After Downieville, we'll be headed for Mammoth Lakes outside of Yosemite National Park. We will dual sport Yosemite and then find the good stuff in off road riding that the Sierra Mountains offer. We have rented a VRBO in Mammoth and then on the 4th my biz partner will take the truck and bikes home while I rent a car and head off to visit a client in Newport Beach.
My last trip in Spring took me thru the Yosemite area and I'm very excited to return!
I will be on my 2016 Husqvarna FE450 and Iceman will have his 2014 Husqvarna FE350.
The link for my last epic journey that took me from Washington to riding in Utah, Arizona, and California....
Almost 5 months ago to the day, this is where I ruptured my achilles. Still got a good limp going but getting there, unfortunately about 10 days ago I tore my calf muscle on the same leg. I have ridden 7,000 dirt bike miles in the last 12 months, and injuries are sadly just part of the "fun".
A slideshow I made of the last trip.
Moab can bite you. My buddy had a few not so pretty ascents.
I parked at the top, the wind knocked my bike over while I help my bud spin the bike around on the peg. It was one steep mother, hesitating was fatal. All good fun, no injuries other than pride when I had to jump two bikes plus mine over the crack on Poison Spider. Awesome scenery out there.
If you've never seen the West...damn...
TT Bell just released a new Husky helmet
Off to an interesting start. First ride day we had surprisingly wet ride, ran out of daylight, my bike ran out of gas. I have some sort of fuel problem only getting 25 not 40 mpg.
Went into some roots and over the bars. Crushed my thighs into bars for a painful flip off the bike. Decided to make today a travel day due to pain/injury. Should be ok in a day or two. On our way to Bend/Crater Lake/Klamath.
Shoot, that sucks! GoPro was running?
PS. Eldon and I saw your truck parked at the restaurant in Randle Sunday afternoon on our way home.
Yesterday we did the; Boundary trail, Snyder pasture, Wright meadows, craggy peak, Quartz mtn, and Badger mtn.
As daylight burned faster and my injury affected me more we were in a battle to find our way back to our camp at the 4 mile marker of 99 (windy ridge). So we found road 90 then drove up 93 to the top of wright meadow. From there we took the bailout trail 80. Well that turned out to be short and difficult. The trail goes through a creek and we were lucky the water level was fairly low. I knew I was just about to hit reserve.
Finally we found pavement and I made it all the way down road 25 until we found 99. I waited for 30 minutes in the dark, wet and cold for Iceman to get me some gas.
yup, saw you guys on your way home. Flag me when you post pics.
My 19 yr old daughter joined us for the first two days. Our dog Abbey loved it. Picture taken at Windy Ridge looking at spirit lake and Mt St Helens.
Gifford Pinchot forest is an amazingly beautiful place with incredible views of landmark mountains such as rainier, adams, St. Helens and Hood. But it’s very remote and the services very limited. No place to f*ck up. Yesterday we pushed the limits and a few small errors nearly turned into an ugly event.
Isn't that the truth. I found myself scooting down a fast section of trail catching some air, only to realize there was mere sparse vegetation to my left, protecting me from most certain death.
Bummer you had to cut GP short. Those soil conditions are rare.
Gifford is mysterious and deadly. Short season, weather conditions come from witchcraft and sorcery. 2 months ago it was a mess and still had snow, snow season already.
Two injuries in two weeks at GP.
So, really looking forward to Downieville, supposed to be a top ride area in California