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Saturday, June 15, 2013 Meet Up is doing a ride for those that do not want to go on their Iron Butt 1000 mile ride that day. Meet up in Woodinville WA, ride Stevens Pass to Wenatchee WA, over to Yakima WA, up Hy 12 to Chinook Pass and back to Woodinville WA. About 400 miles and 8 hours with stops. Looks like 5 riders, Daboo is one as am I.

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Let's do it without the Meetup group. It is getting larger than I like, plus as you mentioned, it looks like a 130 mph group is forming.

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Daboo and I may just cancel the group ride with them and go on our own.

Any one else?
 

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Dave, I suggest we go as the route is planned...through Hwy 2 first, and end up in your back yard.

Two things come to mind. One is that the places I want to take pictures of, are on the right side of the road as you head into Leavenworth. It would save crossing the road repeatedly to catch the spectacle the river is now with the snow melt. The other is that the traffic gets really bad at the end of the day on Hwy 2 as it squeezes through Goldbar, Sultan, etc. till it gets to Snohomish. I don't think you get the same traffic jam at the other end. Doing the route clockwise makes sense. It's a longer ride for you in the morning, and longer ride for me at the end.

I want to enjoy both the ride...and the scenery we'll be going through. I'd feel that way, even with the Burgman 400. But I don't wish to push the NT either. I'm good with riding it in "normal" conditions, but I'm not willing to push it to the limits. I know the bike can handle it; I'm just not sure I can. So like I usually ride, I plan to stay within 5 mph of the speedlimit which should allow us to enjoy both the scenery and the road. :)

I'm looking forward to this. The weather should be good with a window of nice weather on Saturday. Somehow...I'm not sure how...I have 2200 miles on this NT with only about 4 weeks of riding time. :roll: I'm enjoying the bike, and this should give us a good chance to get out. I look at it as payback for the lousy weather we normally ride in.

Tipsoo Lake is right next to the road. It'd be worth a short stop there.
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Dave_J...so far, no one else has decided to do this with us. Where do you want to meet?

Also, where do you want to gas up at? I've got a range of 225-250 miles. 8) :p

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If we meet in Monroe, I can gas up there. Breakfast at Patty's Egg Nest. If the plan is to go to Blewett Pass then down to Ellensburg to Yakima, I can gas up in Yakima. Lunch at Miners. A Miner Burger and a bag of fries. Hardening of the arteries in a sack. :D

But if the plan is to go to Wenatchee then down around the Gorge at George and back to Ellensburg thats 192 miles, close to my 200 mile range. The wind in the Vantage to Ellensburg area is a bear and last time I tried it on my Burgman my top speed was 45 MPH because it was blowing me sideways off the road. Even the Semi Trucks were passing me. :shock: I'd perfer to pass on that trip.
 

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The start time is negotiable, but I'm thinking let's meet at Patty's Egg Nest in Monroe at 7am. I'm hoping at that time, we'll be able to get seated quickly. Whoever gets there first, gets a table for the other (and anyone else who wants to join us). Let's plan on kickstands up when we leave, so gas up prior. The ride is 8 hours minimum, so I'm thinking that's at least 10 hours with breaks and lunch. Probably more like 11. That'll get you home by 5pm, and I'll be home up north by 6pm.

Here's the route I'm proposing. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Patt ... ,8&t=m&z=9

If that long URL doesn't work, here's a short version. http://goo.gl/maps/vVPYy

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A few weeks ago, a trip like this was proposed by Julie D on the Meetup group. She proposed going through the Yakima River Canyon (WA-821 S). Lots of twists and curves. It sounded like it would be fun. So the route takes us from Ellensburg to Yakima on WA-821.

I'm assuming you'll drop off at about point F. Gas in Ellensburg and/or Yakima. Distance to Ellensburg is about 146 miles. Distance to Yakima is about 184. That might be stretching it, if you get on the throttle in the corners on the Yakima River Canyon road. From Yakima, it's about 130 miles to gas in Enumclaw.

Here's a picture from Google Maps at Chinook Pass to whet your appetite. :)


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Hope you have time to take some pictures. :roll:
 

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Hope you have time to take some pictures. :roll:
There will be time made just for that. The problem is Daboo has a special filter for his camera that filters the rain out of his pictures, and the foreigners think it never rains up here, so they all buy up all our houses at twice market value. Not bad if your selling your home.
 

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Dave_J said:
[quote="Desert Rat":3dhonq8a]Hope you have time to take some pictures. :roll:
There will be time made just for that. The problem is Daboo has a special filter for his camera that filters the rain out of his pictures, and the foreigners think it never rains up here, so they all buy up all our houses at twice market value. Not bad if your selling your home.[/quote:3dhonq8a]

I'm flying up there this Sunday for the cruise to Alaska my wife & I are taking. Guess I'll find out for myself about all the liquid sunshine you guys have. :toothy2:
 

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Mike, we'll save some for ya. Dang Foreigners. :twisted:
 

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Dang it...the one day of summer is scheduled for Sunday when he passes through. Now he'll tell everyone about the sun in Seattle. :roll:

I hope he brings his winter coat though. The high is about 20F less than his low back home.

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Mike, we'll save some for ya. Dang Foreigners. :twisted:
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Yea in the winter time you guys are called snowbirds down here in the desert. We'll still take your $$ though. :lol:
 

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Daboo said:
Dang it...the one day of summer is scheduled for Sunday when he passes through. Now he'll tell everyone about the sun in Seattle. :roll:

I hope he brings his winter coat though. The high is about 20F less than his low back home.
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It has cooled down here low has been mid 70's hi 105 or so. Last Friday it was 114 so 105 is nice. 8)
 

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Last Friday it was 114 so 105 is nice. 8)
From your high to our high thats a 60+ degrees drop. Bring your parkas and hand warmers. Our mornings have been 49ish for my commute. 114 - 65 = BURRRRR
 

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Just saw this posting just a little to late to do this run, installing motolights my tupperware is off, :cry: 2 Hrs to get to Monroe plus the rest then back north 2 Hrs . I would if I could.
 

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Just keep an eye out for the future. I will do at least one, if not two runs up to Artist Point which is much closer for you. This was kind of an anomaly for me, in that I was able to plan ahead. Normally, I look at if I'm teaching at church that Saturday morning for the Men's Group, if I'm going to the prison on Saturday morning, etc. ...and if that and the moon is in the right phase :lol: ...I'll make a post a couple days out and ask if anyone wants to come along wherever I'm riding. I don't normally plan anything two weeks out.

Dave and I just independently found a ride posted with another group and both signed up. The more I got to thinking about it, the more I wanted to not go with the group. I'm always torn between enjoying a fast ride (which is no where as fast as some like to ride), or soaking in the scenery because we are so blessed with what we have all around us. I wanted to stop for pictures and knew that some people would be chaffing at the bit to get going. So Dave and I decided to go without the group. I guess Dave doesn't mind waiting for a slow poke like me. :D

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Dave...or anyone else wishing to join us at Patty's Eggnest in the morning, here's the weather forecast for the route. Looks good, except for the potential thunderstorms, near Mt. Rainier.

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Off to bed...

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Well it looks like its just Chris and I. We will meet up in the city of Monroe WA for breakfast at 07:00 AM. If anyone else wants to ride, meet us at Pattys Egg Nest on the east side of town just off State Route 2 around 7AM. It should be a nice warm ride in the 80's. It will be really chilly at the top of Stevens pass in the morning, dress in layers.

May do lunch at Yakima Training Center. I spent two years there as the communications chief. I know about every MSR (Military Service Road) and FSR (Fire Service Road) in and round that place. Or maybe Miners restaurant in Union Gap (yes Gary Puckett was from Union Gap WA) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn0ZJHVH17I
 

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Daboo said:
Dang it...the one day of summer is scheduled for Sunday when he passes through. Now he'll tell everyone about the sun in Seattle. :roll:

I hope he brings his winter coat though. The high is about 20F less than his low back home.

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[quote="Desert Rat":2jsoowkl]Hope you have time to take some pictures. :roll:
There will be time made just for that. The problem is Daboo has a special filter for his camera that filters the rain out of his pictures, and the foreigners think it never rains up here, so they all buy up all our houses at twice market value. Not bad if your selling your home.[/quote:2jsoowkl]

Emmet Watson would be proud of you guys. :D

You do know who he was - right? Does 'Lesser Seattle' ring a bell?
 
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