It was an awesome day for two different rides by our members!
We had one large group of 22 bikes, (18 of which were Super Teneres) in the Olympic National Forrest and a group of 4 members from Oregon tackled the Gifford Pinchot National Forest,
1st up, the Olympic NF ride……..
The Olympic Forrest ride was our 3rd Annual “High Steel Bridge to The Wynoochie Dam ride for BBQ”
We want to send out a huge thank you to the crew at Brothers Yamaha in Bremerton Wa. that opened up 30 min early and had breakfast waiting for us. The sale on gear was extremely appreciated!
Mike Gebhart started off the ride by showing us one of his favorite routes along North Shore Rd to get us warmed up on some most excellent twisty dirt. Thanks Mike!
Back on the pavement along both sides of the Hood Canal thru Belfair and Union, we stopped on the Skokomish Indian Reservation for a top off of fuel and snack before heading into the woods. While we were there, a nice lady in a blue van pulled up and saw all the Altrider stickers on our bikes and asked if we had done the Altrider “Ride the Hoh” , it was Mary the awesome chef that helped make those events very memorable.
At the high steel bridge, we split into two groups to take different routes cutting down the 22 bike conga line and dust. 35 miles of a fine mix of dirt and gravel with a few rocky parts kept everyone on there toes( most were standing anyway). A couple guys had slow speed tip overs and only one needed a roadside repair to zip tie his luggage rack back on.
We did pass about a dozen other Adventure riders on Triumphs and BMW’s, it’s nice to see others out.
We all made it to the Wynoochie Dam as scheduled but a few had to get back to family so they headed home. The rest of us stopped for one last photo op at a vista that overlooked the Wynoochie valley. The Wynoochie Valley road from the dam to Montesano is a real gem in the PNW, it’s 35 miles of glorious curves, the northern half is new pavement that’s wide and pristine while the lower half is much tighter with a few blind corners. You’ll be smiling the entire way.
The Ranch house BBQ didn’t fail to deliver. Nothing beats a full belly after a long day in the saddle.
The Gifford Pinchot Ride by Paul Nelson, Kevin Russell, John Copland and Josh Feller and a last minuet add on known only as “Don”
I’m still waiting on a few of the details but from the posts on Facebook it was a great(and eventful) day of riding section 1 of the WABDR with lunch at KJ’s Bear Creek Cafe in Trout Lake then up to Packwood, over to Randle and down the newly opened Forest road FS-25. On Facebook they told of an unlucky/inexperienced Goldwing rider wearing only shorts, tank top and nazi style novelty helmet that Don and Paul found on their way down to Carson. They are guessing the rider hit the corner too fast and high centered the bike throwing him down the embankment a bit. The guys got him in a passing good samaritan’s car for Carson, they said he looked shaken up and might have had a broken collar bone and ribs. He skinned up his knees, elbows and hands a bit too . ATGATT people!!
Below are the pics they posted, click on them to see them full size.
Thanks to everyone that made it out for both rides!