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Texasl May 19th 2018 12:36 PM

Chinook Pass Ride
 
Almost every year I try to head over Chinook Pass right after it opens and trundle my happy carcass down to the Woodshed Restaurant and Lounge in Nile, WA. Anyone can do this during the summer, but it takes a special type of psychotic to do it when there are still 10 foot snow banks along side of the road and snow melt pouring across the road surface, but if you want a really kewl picture for your bragging wall nothing beats a photo of your trusty bike parked with a background of nothing but tons of snow. :cool:

I fully plan on doing this again this year, but with one disheartening change. The Woodshed is closed pending sale, so I will have to find some other place to shovel in food and coffee when I get to the other side. That will be figured out on the fly, and could range from checking up at Whistlin' Jack's, where if you come out of there hungry it's your own stupid fault, to heading all the way into Naches to sample the local fare. Naches is only another 27 miles down the road, so what the heck, and it leaves US 12 and White Pass as a viable option for the return trip. (Read my sig line; I really mean it. :D ) I really hate backtracking, so White Pass and SR 123 back to Enumclaw is my target route.

My target date is June 11th, which is a Monday, but that is subject to revision based on pass conditions, etc. If you have a decent sense of adventure and can play nicely you are welcome to join in the fun.

The Details:
•Fuel up at the Safeway gas station in Enumclaw and be rolling by 09:00
•Stop above Tipsoo Lake for photos (Tentative)
•Stop at the turn out just over the pass for photos and plotting
•Find food and coffee and figure out how to get home
•Go home

The Rules:
•Gear up for the cold and potentially adverse weather conditions. It will easily be in the 30's for part of the ride out and back, which puts the wind chill factor in the teens. Frost bite is an issue.
•This is not a race, although there may be a bit of spirited, but sane riding after leaving the viewpoint.
•Stupidity will not be tolerated. If you feel like you must ride like an idiot around me I hope that you pack a 10mm rope, your harness, and your belay device. I may consider snagging you keys and tossing them off of the nearest cliff.
•If your backside is not up to going as insanely far as I tend to do no foul, but break off from the group at one of the stopping points so we know that you're gone.

If you're still interested watch this space for more details.

Pavement Tested May 19th 2018 01:30 PM

Fah king IN!

Now to figure out how to drag my happy ass out of bed early enough to meet you before you leave the peninsula.

MMcN49 May 19th 2018 02:58 PM

In!!! Great ride last year, looking forward to it. Monday's the day to go.

FeralRdr May 19th 2018 04:35 PM

If the sun, moon, and Mars align (with Venus in Ascension), I might actually be able to make this ride.

Noobles May 20th 2018 07:54 PM

Damn, I would be so in, but that’s my gf birthday and we are going camping

ltlpagan May 21st 2018 10:50 AM

Normal people have to work on Mondays..... just sayin'

MMcN49 May 21st 2018 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ltlpagan (Post 47577)
Normal people have to work on Mondays..... just sayin'

Being North of 66 certainly helps one recover from the "Work-A-Day grind.

Pavement Tested May 21st 2018 08:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ltlpagan (Post 47577)
Normal people have to work on Mondays..... just sayin'

That's precisely the reason the ride is being planned for a weekday, that and it's the first day of the year that it's open.

Just saying...

FeralRdr May 22nd 2018 04:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ltlpagan (Post 47577)
Normal people have to work on Mondays..... just sayin'

Now Susan. :rolleyes:

The disclaimer was given:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Texasl (Post 47522)
... it takes a special type of psychotic to do it when there are still 10 foot snow banks along side of the road and snow melt pouring across the road surface...

;)

HalcyonSon May 22nd 2018 07:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FeralRdr (Post 47597)
Now Susan. :rolleyes:

The disclaimer was given:
;)

The snow is no problem. Getting paid is.

ltlpagan May 22nd 2018 07:26 AM

Slave to the grind. I agree with weekday rides though. Much better for not having to deal with crazy drivers on the roads. Larry coulda at least picked a week day that I have off. Rude.

Texasl May 23rd 2018 03:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ltlpagan (Post 47603)
Slave to the grind. I agree with weekday rides though. Much better for not having to deal with crazy drivers on the roads. Larry coulda at least picked a week day that I have off. Rude.

I think that it's rude to schedule your "work" day in direct conflict with my play day, but then somebody has to pay into social security to keep me solvent. :p

HalcyonSon May 23rd 2018 08:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Texasl (Post 47641)
I think that it's rude to schedule your "work" day in direct conflict with my play day, but then somebody has to pay into social security to keep me solvent. :p

That's a happy side-effect I guess. Social Security certainly won't be around when I need it.

I work to afford tires (just replaced the rear last night) and replacement parts (going to rebuild the forks this weekend).

FeralRdr May 23rd 2018 09:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Noobles (Post 47563)
Damn, I would be so in, but that’s my gf birthday and we are going camping

No problem. Show her this picture:

https://i.imgur.com/xTlWFCQ.jpg

Then tell her that you can camp here:

https://i.imgur.com/dOX4vtF.jpg
American Forks Campground (just off HWY 410 and Bumping River Rd)

https://i.imgur.com/hxvvrvl.jpg
Along the banks of the American River

https://i.imgur.com/cMwz5tM.jpg
The campsites are very spacious

https://i.imgur.com/ajMzMdG.jpg
Temps in June can be quite comfortable.

Quote:

Originally Posted by HalcyonSon (Post 47601)
The snow is no problem. Getting paid is.

Quote:

Originally Posted by HalcyonSon (Post 47654)
That's a happy side-effect I guess. Social Security certainly won't be around when I need it.

I work to afford tires (just replaced the rear last night) and replacement parts (going to rebuild the forks this weekend).

Quote:

Originally Posted by ltlpagan (Post 47603)
Slave to the grind. I agree with weekday rides though. Much better for not having to deal with crazy drivers on the roads. Larry coulda at least picked a week day that I have off. Rude.

Workaholism is such a blight on the motocommunity. I prescribe a nice relaxing two wheeled adventure to higher "climes". :cloud9:

HalcyonSon May 23rd 2018 09:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FeralRdr (Post 47661)
Workaholism is such a blight on the motocommunity. I prescribe a nice relaxing two wheeled adventure to higher "climes". :cloud9:

I already filled that prescription: http://pnwmoto.com/ride-reports/diablo-againnnn-4551/

Might be time for a refill. :cool:


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