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Apr 16th 2016, 10:09 AM   #1
 Texasl's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Talking Chinook Pass Ride

Okay, campers, it's about time for the passes to open up again. Every year I like to indulge in a little personal tradition by trying to be one of the first motorcycles to ride over Chinook Pass. It's totally cool (literally and figuratively) to ride a road with 10 feet of snow on each side, to be rewarded by sweeping mountain vistas and great food and coffee at the Woodshed Restaurant in Nile, Washington. Hopefully the cooks there have finally cracked the code on baking their cinnamon rolls so I can load up.

This is not one of those banzai fast rides, merely a nice ride up through the mountains, although once I'm done doing photo ops at the east summit viewpoint I don't really let a lot of grass grow under the bike. Anyone who is up for an unforgettable experience is welcome to tag along as long as you are willing to play nicely with others.

There are a few considerations.
  • I am not one of those people who get up at the crack of 09:00. I start early, so if you don't know (or accept) that 6:30 comes twice a day this probably is not your cup of tea. I usually depart the Safeway fuel station in Enumclaw at roughly 08:30 and head to the summit.
  • If the snow is particularly amazing there will quite possibly be stops for bike photos. Nothing says "up yours, you wimps" like a picture of your bike next to a 10 foot wall of snow.
  • When I leave the east viewpoint my feet will not touch the ground, barring the unexpected, until I hit the Woodshed parking lot. That's about a 45 minute ride, and, although the concept is foreign to me, I know some folks who consider that a bit of an endurance stretch.
  • After chow the next planned stop is for fuel in Naches, and after that my only firm destination is back home for dinner. Disclaimer: I despise backtracking.
  • This will be a weather/schedule dependent operation. If it is raining in the lowlands I am not heading up a 5,430 foot mountain pass. Also, I have potential scheduling conflicts, both professional and personal in late May and early June, which may completely torpedo the entire project until July. If I have to reschedule so be it, but anyone wanting to sedately tag along will still be welcome.

Of course as opening day approaches I will update things.
Apr 16th 2016, 10:35 AM   #2
  Jan 2016

Definitely, one of the most beautiful places in the PNW, and one of my personal fav's too.

For those who have never been up there, I'd highly recommend making this trip at least once (even if you can't get out of bed at 6:30).
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Apr 16th 2016, 11:26 AM   #3
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Larry, I want to do this as it is probably my last opportunity. Please cut me in on details as they develop. I will follow along in this thread as well.

Hopefully we can discuss this at the May bike night.
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Apr 16th 2016, 04:55 PM   #4
 PeteN95's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Looking forward to this, hopefully I can make this one.
Apr 16th 2016, 06:52 PM   #5
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Like last year I have a want to tag along on this. A good cinnamon roll is too good to pass up. Great views, roads and company certainly don't hurt either!

However, also like last year, it will be very dependent on what family and work needs from me.
Apr 16th 2016, 07:31 PM   #6
 Suzuki Stevo's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
I guess it's time to post these photos again of the "10 feet of snow on each side", from a Chinook Pass ride, first time for this forum.
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Apr 17th 2016, 01:39 AM   #7
 Damon Mon Wai's Avatar
Inspector Gadget
  Jan 2016

I'm in depending on the date and if I'm not working.
Apr 17th 2016, 03:53 AM   #8
 MMcN49's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
In. Larry, this sounds great. Enjoyed reading your previous posts on this ride.

Will there be a meet-up place in Kitsap for any Kitsap riders?
Apr 17th 2016, 07:01 AM   #9
 Texasl's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Originally Posted by MMcN49
In. Larry, this sounds great. Enjoyed reading your previous posts on this ride.

Will there be a meet-up place in Kitsap for any Kitsap riders?
Hadn't really thunk it out that far, but if we pull the trigger on this I guess the Mullenix Park and Ride would work.
Apr 17th 2016, 03:44 PM   #10
 alienbogey's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor


Would like to if able.
Apr 20th 2016, 07:37 AM   #11
  Jan 2016

Cinnamon Rolls are back on the Menu. - Just instigating.
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Apr 20th 2016, 01:43 PM   #12
 JohnnyM's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

  '73 CB350F, '86 VFR750F, '00 Aprilia RS250, '04 Aprilia RSV1000 R Factory(x2), '07 Star 1100 Classic
You know, if I was gonna get back on the ol' crusier sometime...this seems like it might be fun. I'd have to come over the day before, and would likely head home after getting gas on the east end of the ride. Still...hmm.
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Apr 21st 2016, 08:23 PM   #13
 Davidk's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Bainbridge Island

  Ducati ST4
You Know Larry -
I might just be into this...

Now Subscribed - Will need a date though...
Apr 22nd 2016, 07:44 AM   #14
 bcj's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  teh rock

  K1200RS SV650
Yeah, subbed. Waiting for a date and/or dates.
Why limit it? Do it again?
Apr 22nd 2016, 08:22 AM   #15
 Texasl's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
The two dates I am targeting are 26 May and 7 June, with a lean towards 26 May.

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