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post #1 of 40 Old 02-14-2007, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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The February Tour

I was finally cleared by my docs (kinda) to return to riding my bike. I did so a few days ago and it felt fantastic! I not only enjoyed all of the work I did over the winter, but it just felt flat great to be in the saddle (a new corbin.) I had planned to visit a friend on the other side of the state today and based on the fun I had around town, I began to considering riding. It's only 6 1/2 hours by car, thought I, so it couldn't be too much longer by bike. I was wrong.
So at 0500 this morning (35 degrees,) she was loaded and ready to roll:



I started down the road and made it a whole mile before realizing I forgot my fender bag containing spare tube and tire irons. Rewoke the wife as I pulled into the drive. Not good.
Anyway, about 2 hours later, I pulled onto the Bainbridge Island/Seattle ferry. I arrived just as the ferry finished loading so I ended up at the rear of the deck. Not a bad view, however: good bye Olympic Mts.!



Here's my parking space for the 35 minute ride:



Heading toward the emerald city:



As soon as I hit Seattle, guess what began. Yep, rain. It wasn't raining hard all of the time, just most of the time. At least the temperature was climbing: 39 degrees! Rain kept with me as I rolled into North Bend on the Western slopes of the Cascade Mountains:



At this point, I was about 25 miles from the pass. Oh yes, a pass. Folks were talking about snow or mixed snow/rain and I was nervous. Well, there's nothing for it, so off I did ride. Arrival at the pass, 3100 feet, showed 33 degrees with rain:



Whew, the worst must be over. I am still dry, the rain surely will stop soon and it will be getting warmer. Hope is kindled:



However, soon the East side of the Cascades began to reveal fog. Freezing fog. Never been in freezing fog on a bike. It's pretty cold. The fog hits the bike, gloves, helmet shield, etc., turns to droplets then freezes! I was in that lousy stuff for just over an hour. Those heated grips were paying dividends! One of the rest areas:



The fog gave way to overcastskies and really cold air. Tolerable, however. Soon the scenery began to improve. I saw some wild horses:



and made a new friend at a coffee stop:



Soon I hit the fertile flatlands of the palouse. I smell cows.



Eventually, I made it to Spokane, pulling in at 2:00 this afternoon. 9 hours in the saddle all in the 30's. I think a heated vest would have been outstanding today. Fortunately, KLRGunn couseled me to layer up. I wore more than I thought I needed and found it not enough. Plan to meet up with Mr. Gunn in the next couple of days then heading to Oregon. I will post more here as we go!


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Thanks for sharing that with us Jamie! :razz:
I'm glad you are "on the bike" again.

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Great report, and pics. I have to ask WHY would you take a mop bucket on a ride with you like the one in the last picture? :w0026 I think I would have settled for a gallon size. :lol: Waiting to see your next adventure. Good job again.

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:c00201 Back in the saddle again,Allright! I was wondering just the other day how you were coming along.What a first ride even with a new corbin.You have spectacular scenery to ride thru,even in the freezing fog :c0080.Your bike looks good,christmas must have been very,very good to Jamie.Glad to see your up and moving again,and looking forward to your and Kims post

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I can't believe you rode over here. :shock: The pass was the unpredictable part. Glad you made it ok. I am headed out to our shop today and will be back this afternoon. PM( or call) me where in Spokane you are and Jake and I will ride in and meet you, and yes, I still think your cookoo :lol:

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Well Jamie, I figured if you rode from Seattle to here, the least I could do is ride 15 miles to Spokane to see you. Got the bikes out this morning and fired them up. Jakes gonna ride one :c00201 and I'll ride the other :c00201 . I will call you later today and get your address. See ya tomorrow.


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Great report, and pics. I have to ask WHY would you take a mop bucket on a ride with you like the one in the last picture? :w0026 I think I would have settled for a gallon size. :lol: Waiting to see your next adventure. Good job again.
That is actually a secret "KLR Trailer" that I have been working on and you caught me during the trials portion of the process. I have a slight wobble @ 80mph indicated. :lol:

Mike,
So far, I like the MEFOs just fine. Oh, and BTW, I found a new MEFO supplier for us all. I just paid 192.00 for front and rear + shipping from KLR650.com. This new guy can get the same tires for 140.00 plus shipping. I'll start a new thread on that soon.
Oh and the corbin. Wow! After all that time in the saddle, it felt like a 2x12. Looking forward to getting the thing broke in.

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Well Jamie, as you know, it rained for about 2 hours last night then turned to snow. I had the bikes by the door ready to go but the snow has changed that. Its 10:50am right now and pouring rain, so it looks like we will be coming in by car.


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Dang guys and gals, there is just something about snow and motorcycles that don't mix well for me. Maybe the white stuff blurs my mind, or maybe the white stuff needing the temps to be so low. ops:

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