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    Moving to Washington . . .

    . . . . the LEFT Washington.

    Looks like I'll be retiring for the second time in the next month or so. Looking forward to leaving the right coast and living on the left. Just e-mailed the rally chairs volunteering to help out next summer in Salem--went to college in Eugene a couple of centuries ago.

    Born in the little town of John Day, joined the Navy after college, and hardly ever returned. But now I will!!

    And very much looking forward to doing some PNW and intermountain west riding.


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    Early welcome to Washington

    Welcome to your upcoming move to Washington. I live in SW Washington (Winlock, just south of Chehalis). Where are you going to relocate?

    I grew up in Redmond, OR and spent many days elk hunting south of Strawberry Mountain in your old neck of the woods.

    Let me know when you get settled in and we can do a ride or many together. I retire in July 2013, but only work a day or two a week until then.

    Be safe,
    Keith

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    I bought a house in Silverdale, near Bremerton, during my last sea tour on NIMITZ just after Desert Storm. Kept it, just sold the Virginia place and paid off the Silverdale place and now I can afford to retire . . .

    Would love to meet you and ride. Marines and Navy always give each other flack--until the Army or Air Force show up, then it's Sea Service . . . .

    One son on active duty, aviation electrician stationed on the HW BUSH. One daughter just got boarded for an Army commission. Now I get to play both sides of the fence!

    I'll try to keep track of this thread and post when I get out there. Should be mid-February, but we may take the southern route depending on weather.

    Lookin' forward to it.

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    After you get out here, drop me a note and I'll buy you a cup of coffee at Barbie's Cafe at the Seabeck Marina...

    Good luck with the move!

    Cheers!
    Bill Johnston

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    Wow, that's close . . .

    Coffee sounds like a plan. I'm looking forward to the forest roads out there.

    My son and my GS at Dolly Sods in the West Virginia highlands, April 2010. Before I learned to put TKC's on it!





    I've really enjoyed our trips to Laurel Fork with an ADV crew.



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    So you have a GS and an Airhead? Cool!

    That means you can post on several forums here! LOL

    I also happen to frequent the Starbucks near Albertsons in Silverdale, if you'd prefer something other than just a plain cup a joe.

    See ya!
    Bill Johnston

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    Welcome to Washington state. If you ever venture way up north there's quite a few nice forest rides around here as well. Mt. Baker is nice after the spring thaw and of course there's the ride up to Whistler in BC. It would be nice to have all you guys come up from the greater Seattle area for a group ride someday.

    Cheers,
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    That also would be great. Around the Baker/Shucksan (sp) area, then maybe over to the dry side . . .

    I'd sure like to attend the Chief Joseph rally down in John Day. Haven't been back for several years. The Malheur forest roads would be good riding, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORexpat View Post
    That also would be great. Around the Baker/Shucksan (sp) area, then maybe over to the dry side . . .

    I'd sure like to attend the Chief Joseph rally down in John Day. Haven't been back for several years. The Malheur forest roads would be good riding, I think.
    As long as we keep on asphalt roads I have a r1100 rsl and I would leave the old girl (1967 r50/2) at home.

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    You might have been at Ft. McNair; ICAF?

    Don't want to get too real, too quickly . . . we'll probably keep an e-subscription to the Washington Post for a while.

    DCREZ, great term for the cranial rectumitis that seems to afflict at least 535 of our local folks--not counting the idiots on the Beltway. Out here, red light running seems to be a sport.

    Very much looking forward to getting outa' here.

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    Here!

    Well, made it out west! With most of the boxes unpacked and the sun out today, went for a ride. SeabeckS, must have been near your place.

    Took a loop around the western part of the Kitsap Peninsula this afternoon.

    Near Seabeck. More of the Olympics. Hood Canal and Dabob Bay in the middle ground.

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    Same spot, another view of the Hood Canal.

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    Hmm. Wonder why I kept my house here and moved back when I retired . . . .
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    Couldn't resist a photo of Mt Rainier on a sunny day in February in the Pacific NorthWET.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORexpat View Post
    Well, made it out west! With most of the boxes unpacked and the sun out today, went for a ride. SeabeckS, must have been near your place.

    Took a loop around the western part of the Kitsap Peninsula this afternoon.

    Near Seabeck. More of the Olympics. Hood Canal and Dabob Bay in the middle ground.

    IMG_1451_zps7e761122.jpg

    Same spot, another view of the Hood Canal.

    IMG_1452_zps4c447e0e.jpg

    Hmm. Wonder why I kept my house here and moved back when I retired . . . .
    First two pictures are Big Beef Creek and Estuary...the last pic showcases The Brothers in the Olympic range. Building a house later this year which will sort of feature The Brothers as a view point. On your GS there are some somewhat interesting backroads a bit further south on the Peninsula. I still get "lost" wandering around down that a way.

    Cheers!
    Bill Johnston

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORexpat View Post
    . . . . the LEFT Washington.

    Looks like I'll be retiring for the second time in the next month or so. Looking forward to leaving the right coast and living on the left. Just e-mailed the rally chairs volunteering to help out next summer in Salem--went to college in Eugene a couple of centuries ago.

    Born in the little town of John Day, joined the Navy after college, and hardly ever returned. But now I will!!

    And very much looking forward to doing some PNW and intermountain west riding.

    Congratulations on your second retirement and move to Washington. Hope this one sticks?
    Spent a week at the John Day Oregon State Park with my wife, Truck camping last year. Loved the town and surrounding area. Some nice folks live there.
    John

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