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    Points (Farthest) Northwest in the Continental-USA and trails back home.

    This past Thursday began the finest weather of the year (80-90s and NO RAIN), and just so happened to coincide with my days off. I hadn't taken the big beast out in quite some time, so it was time to change the 10-gallons in the tank out for some fresh stuff.

    I stopped little on the way west - racing the day to arrive near sunset, and stopping to visit friends along the route.

    The route being from Tacoma, WA over the Narrows Bridge and up Hwy 16 to Hwy 104, to 101 and eventually onto Hwy 112. (Hwy 112 is the third best MC road in Washington , it also follows Juan de Fuca Strait to the mouth/via Pacific Ocean)

    The first picture is of "Sail Rock" (Near Neah Bay / Makah Indian Reservation):


    Then it was a race against the setting sun to hump 1/2 mile down a foot path to the end of America. It worked out very well, and these are all undoctored photos from my Nikon D-80 set to landscape (auto):

    Cape Flattery - USA (As far North and West as you can go without getting wet.

    A most excellent site to gaze upon - the waves crashing into the rocks and filling endless caves with millions of gallons of water per second. It was quite relaxing to just sit there and behold millions of years of evolution in action: (Views to the South)






    (Views to the North)




    A view to the West (Tatoosh Island and Lighthouse):


    After the hump back up the hill - Dumbass me wore my R2P jacket, backpack and carried my tank bag filled with goodies down the trail and it was rather humid in the forest. I climbed aboard the war-waggon and headed up to higher ground for one last photo of the Cape and Tatoosh Is.


    Next was to find a place to set up camp, drink some beer and relax the night away. (Hopefully find some nice neighbors that already had a fire going. (No pics of that but I was very successful they even fed me more food ):


    Campground was close to this: (Hobuck River)


    Which was near this: (Pacific Ocean)


    We (the neighbors who were there fishing for Flounder but struck out) sat up late into the night, drinking and talking - they were also from Tacoma)

    In the morning, which was a rather rude awakening with 25-mph off-shore winds battering my tent at 04:20 AM I managed to lay there until 05:30 before getting up. (I thought my bike might get blown over and wanted to check on it. It was fine but now I had to go pee time to get up...)


    The trail down to the beach was right in front of me: (In front of the tent door that is)


    About a 100' away was the Ocean looking south along the coast:


    Back at camp after an early morning stroll, I shot a few more pics and readied myself to take down camp: (White Tag Mahal is where I met my neighbors)


    Remember I said it was windy...

    As I pulled up the stakes and walked around taking the rain-fly off, I unfastened the last buckle on the rain-fly as a gust of wind ripped my tent from my other hand and it took off rolling across the ground at 20-mph... it stopped short of the trees in a ditch after I caught up to it... (No time for action shots here, but it must have looked hilarious to others watching)

    I departed the campground and snapped a few more pics before leaving Makah Indian Reservation and Neah Bay, WA:


    There must have been over a hundred male and female Bald Eagles waiting for morning breakfast in and around the harbor:


    It was getting to be another glorious day.


    One more shot along Hwy 112 after leaving Neah Bay: (That's British Columbia in the background)



    This was only the scenic side of my trip thus far. The journey back home, included lunch and a quick ride with my friend David Hough on his old faithfull BMW /7 side-car into the mountains.

    More later.
    Russ
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    part two

    Ozette Lake (Olympic National Forest) and Hoko River area.

    This is a quiet little pearl nestled in the woods and far off the beaten path of society. Besides the Park Ranger's office, there are two campgrounds and a General Store with WI-FI and a pay phone. That's about it.

    (You will need a back country permit to camp or hike into the wilderness here, and it has National Park fees like elsewhere - unless exempted)

    Beautiful serene lake with low grass lands and rising hills all around should keep the naturalist happy.

    Boat Launch:


    I guess power boats are welcome, but something human powered would be bliss.

    The lake:


    After coming back down the mountain, I had remembered a place to stop that had access to the Hoko River. This was a fast moving river that was crystal clear and definately worth dropping a fishing line into.


    Gore-Tex boots rock - view from the water:


    Obligatory (posure) picture: (No Starbucks to be found )

    (Had to justify bringing the tripod along)

    Back out on the Hwy (112) heading towards Joyce for lunch:



    More to follow...
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    part three

    In the small town of Joyce I filled up the beast with gas for the second time this trip (at no time had I used more than four gallons x 2 thus far). While getting gas, David pulls up on his side-car 100/7 and says, "How are you doing, having a good time so far?" "Where are we going to eat?" (There are only two places in town and the one across the street was just opening up for the day. I said up to you, this is your backyard, not mine...

    I paid for gas and met him across the road.


    We talked and ate, and had some really delicious homemade blackberry pie ala mode.

    Talking with David Hough is always facinating and enlighting. We discussed "Quantum Physics" and the relationship of the universe - regarding motorcycles.

    (David has helped me become a better writer (published in the BMW MOA) and he has always been there for me to bounce some safety facets of riding off of him first. A true gift and gentleman for all us riders)

    After fueling our bellies, we took off for a ride over one of his favorite roads, Twin Rivers road (FS road that connects Hwy 112 and Hwy 101 West of Lake Cresent).


    He led and I followed. After stopping for this magnificent water fall from snow melt I raced up and snapped a few pics of him going up the hill.


    Don't worry about the "Old Man" slowing you down, he buggied up the hill faster on three wheels and a 30 year old bike than most people are willing to do on two.

    He really knows how to ride that thang.

    Less than a mile after this last photo we got to a Road Closed sign, some orange cones and the snow line. The road was missing about a quarter of what should have been there, and on the other side of the snow drift was fallen trees, upturned roots and massive rocks all slid down the hill from last years flooding and heavy rains. (I don't know why I did not take any pictures, guess I was just awe struck at the damage this far up a mountain.) Funny thing was before we left the diner, the owner said the road was open, and we'd have no trouble crossing the ridge over to Hwy 101. He must been thinking of a different road with the same name (Twin Rivers/Bear Creek Road).

    Dave was short on time, so we headed back to Hwy 112 - this time with me leading down the hill. I stopped again to snap a few pics as Dave came down the road: (Oh yeah, that was after a spotted bobcat ran across the road in front of me. Dave said the bears don't take kindly to motorcycles and I should avoid them.)


    We got back on Hwy 112 and headed East to Piedmont Road (Paved twister) over to Lake Cresent.


    Stopping for a water break and shoot the breeze a bit before the ride back home, we stopped at this little day use area on the other side of the lake from Hwy 101.


    After that and a guy that claimed his Shelty (dog) rode a Harley, Dave had explain the finer points of a "Johnny Cash" BMW with Ural side car. What year is it? "Well, it's aaaaaaaaaaaa '65 '66 '72 '73 '75 BMW RT100/7 with '72 '73' 78 and some '83 parts from a Russian tub, with some handmade custom parts to fit it all together... (I made up all those years don't quote me on it...)

    After we shook hands, knowing that he was going home, and I was going to keep on going (home) we rode Hwy 101 back through Port Angeles to Sequim.

    More to follow, you all will think I'm nuts - and you are probably right.

    Don't follow a GPS unless you know what the outcome will be... and never leave home without a saw and your PLB (Personal Locator Beacon)
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    part four

    OK, time to finish this up and get on with why you should never leave home without a saw and your PLB (in fact your whole survival kit).

    I had plenty of time to get home on a Friday night. I didn't want to get back too early (because of traffic), I had a nearly full tank of gas in the KC-R1200GSA "Tanker" and so distance wasn't a problem.

    I had earlier in the day, set my Zumo GPS to 'Shortest Route' as opposed to 'Fastest Route' because of what I was trying to do throughout the day - get lost and have fun.

    So when Dave and I separated on Eastbound Hwy 101, and I punched in "Home", I was ready to follow the pink line all the way home.

    Traffic was really bad Westbound with the nice weather and Friday commuters, and there were enough slow people going East that we were all stuck in two long lines going nowhere...

    When I got closer to a place callled 7 Cedars Casino (Sequim Bay) I noticed my GPS was telling me to turn right (off the Hwy) and take Woods Road. I noticed it too late to make the turn, but by the time I could consider a U-Turn it gave me a new route. A route that I knew existed but had never taken.

    What the heck, I'm the adventuresome type, I head up Chicken Coop Rd and begin to follow the pink line on Mr. Zumo...

    As I enter some Forest Service roads, there are no gates (always an issue out here), hoping that when I get to the other side there will not be a gate, was always in the back of my mind.

    So without further ado - I'll pick up my camera for your entertainment.

    The first FS roads looked to be parallel to Hwy 101 and I figured I would just get dumped back on the highway... That one dead ended after about three miles into the backcountry. I reprogramed my GPS to find fasted way home and kept following the new pink line... maybe a big mistake, maybe...

    I'm going down this road, it starts out like a typical FS road (NF2986), wide, graveled, and smooth. Three miles down this road, it begins to get narrower, more like a 4X4 road with grass growing in the middle and getting narrower all the time. GPS says turn right in 1.2 miles. another half mile and now it's more of a jeep trail:


    Then it becomes two rutted tracks:


    Still no problem - only a half mile to the turn, plung on through... Then I head down some steeper terrain, the road/trail turns into two muddy tracks. It is begining to get difficult to balance the beast, so I kept rolling along to the bottom.

    When the road turned into an ATV trail about as wide as the mirrors and some spots banging the top of the windscreen I knew I was in for a good time. Only 0.2 (tenths) of a mile to the turn onto another FS road. It's muddy and narrow.

    Looking forward:


    Looking back:


    Almost there, sheesh I hope I don't have to go back up a mile of sheesh...


    Anybody care to guess what is in front of my bike?


    P.S. I'm still on the FS road, but now it's turned into a forest... without road
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    Hi Russ

    Quote Originally Posted by PacWestGS View Post
    Anybody care to guess what is in front of my bike?
    From the angle of the photo, I would guess it is you.

    Nice ride report. That remarkable weather made for some fine photos

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    Ha ha ha...
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    part five

    Yep you guess it (well, maybe)


    This is commonly refered to as a man made barricade - dig a trench pile the dirt high... prevent vehicular traffic

    I walked around, walked through it - sank up to my ankles in mud and well, did a lot of this *head scratching*

    I found a way out through the woods - but it was through a mud bog to get there:


    I looked and thought, and snapped away with the camera the angles I was looking at:


    And then got busy building a bridge with what I could find...



    The two logs (each about three feet long and eight inches round) were easy, I had to cut two more and move the rock from one place to this place (the rock was key to providing traction, because the logs were all slippery) All together they only had to displace the mud for about a second times 2 (wheels and 600 pounds of bike crashing down into them) From about three feet up (almost vertical), and allow me climb out a 1.5 foot cliff on the far side...

    In theory this would be no problem on my dirt bike, in fact it looked like a nice jump over the ditch...

    After several jumping up and down tests, I removed everything off the bike, strapped on my helmet and rode up onto the hill. There was only about two-inches under the skid plate, but not enough room to park the bike and take another picture of the beast perched precariously over its eventual test or doom.

    I said to myself, WTF are you thinking, go back up a mile of mud, this is a $20,000 bike, it weighs 600 pounds, this would not be a problem on a dirt bike, don't worry you know what you are doing, WTF I'm all alone and will be that way after I break my leg.

    Well, I just told myself - look up, look up into the sky and lets just do it.

    Rev'd the motor, slipped the clutch out and ripped straight down into the divide...



    The front was smooth as glass, popped right up off the Cedar stump and cleared the far side cliff, the back however slipped off everything but the rock and by the time it too hit the Cedar log, was going sideways. Stay on the gas and get-r-done...

    It took all of 30-40 minutes to scout the area, build a bridge, get up the nerve to do something really stupid all alone, and all of three-seconds to defeat the man made obstacle.





    Fresh mud from crossing, dried mud from earlier:





    I only wish someone else could have been there to document the victory, but a tripod will have to do:


    So, with the bike reloaded, I get back on track and head the next three-miles down various FS roads (Snow Creek was in there somewhere I think before all this).

    What's the one thing I worried about before I even got this far?
    Russ
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    part five - final

    Yeah, uh huh... A forking gate. (I had already decided I would drag the bike under it) As things turned out, I had a few inches to spare on each side, but not lengthwise... How to bend a GSA around a "Tree stump and a Gate post"



    Drove it in high, then cut the front as hard as it will go. The fender thingy was all folded into the stump and the foot peg came to rest against the steel support beam. Bike not going anywhere, I stepped back to shoot some pics:




    Everything was going smoothly, lift here, wiggle there, and roll it a few more inches forward until clear. Start motor, (standing on left side of bike) and ride it up and out of ditch - not quite, bike goes forward about two-feet and the front wheel stops dead in a hole burried beneath grass, back tire spins into ditch and wedges pannier rack against stump.

    A little more lifting the backend back up out of its now wedged into stump spot, rock front back and forth until getting out of hole, and not drop bike, during all this...

    Start motor, standing on left side of bike, and run it down and out of DITCH!



    Nothing in front of me now...



    Load up, ride down 1/4-mile to Wycoff Rd, get back on Hwy 101/104 and go home.

    I am totally stoked, this bike is way awesome, and even with all the fuel onboard, I believe it is lighter than my R1150GS, at least the tail section is...

    So thanks for coming along, I had a great time and although my bike now has some "Character" marks, it's not been down - yet?

    PWGS
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    Nice job Russ. When I come to a gate I always look around for the secret hiding spot for the key. Where's the big blue cooler with all the beer?

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    I have carried a folding shovel in the past, must remember to put that back in packing list...

    Bolt cutters won't work here. The locks, three of them, are flush mounted up inside the big box - seen over the rear seat in the photo. You cannot get to them.

    How are you doing? (All healed up)
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    Fantastic trip report and images, Russ! Thanks for taking us along.

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    Great pics! I have family in Port Angels and have traveled to Cape Flattery, Neah Bay, etc. a few different times, however have never had the good weather that you had, at least in your pics. Im jealous that you ride in that part of the country

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    AWESOME report.

    Thanks for sharing.


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    Good picts.. Russ... way to get the new cycle muddy and broken in s...

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    Hey Pac West GS, I very nearly took off up Chicken Coop Rd, just liked the sound of the name. Bloody glad I didn't, I didn't have the saw, the SPOT locator or my GPS (working-loose wire and dead battery) or your tenacity. Well done, nice pics.

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