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May 21st 2018, 09:50 AM   #1
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Diablo againnnn

There's a story here, I just know it.

More to follow...
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May 21st 2018, 10:34 AM   #2
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

What started out as a simple North Cascades ride got a bit more interesting than planned. No real plan - maybe kinda sorta camp overnight around Diablo-ish if anything was open - if not, just pop over to Winthrop for lunch and back.

Headed up I-5 to WA-530 and WA-20 through Arlington / Oso / Darrington. Pretty nice day for a ride.




Gorge Lake Campground just outside Diablo itself was busy, but not jam-packed. No problem finding a spot.



Back down to Marblemount for some firewood and to fill the tank. Coming up the first time I thought I saw a sign for a local brewery... nope, just a winery. Bummed there was no beer for my growler, but he wine is good... then Disappointment on top of disappointment, I forgot a blasted corkscrew! Had to snap a few pictures with the truckload on the way back.








Over the top to Winthrop the next morning. Rainey and Washington pass were FUCKING COLD. Crazy ass skiers were suiting up to hike the peak and ride down.






Easily nine feet of snow in places... I stopped just as much to get out of the wind as for the picture. Early enough that the viewpoints weren't all crowded. And that's when my phone ran out of memory... Little did I know that the damn "burst" feature triggered automatically and I had 30 copies of one picture. I was trying to conserve battery, so I wasn't going back through as I shot.





The remaining ride over to Winthrop was uneventful. (I was going to get that beer though damnit! Stopped in at Sheri's for coffee and cinnamon rolls (and candy!!), then wandered over to the bookstore and outdoor shops for a bit before going over to Schoolhouse for lunch. Several places around town had signs up saying they wouldn't open till eleven because they were short-handed. Lots of bikes in town, split mainly between adventure types and cruisers. I left right after lunch to break camp and head home. Not five miles outside of town I reach back and my candy was gone. A nuisance, but not a huge loss. Couple miles later, I reach back and my damn growler had disappeared. THAT pissed me off. Not only was it fucking expensive to fill, the metal growler is pricey too! I turned around to track it down, but it was gone. I was half curious what falling off the back of the bike at ... slightly illegal speeds... would do to it and half worried that it would destroy some car. Got all the way back into town and decided I no longer had enough fuel to get back to camp and then Marblemount. Filled up and left again, still with my eyes glued to the shoulders. No dice.

As the road got more twisty and my pace picked up, I noticed the bike felt... off. Maybe a flat tire? But what is that irritating squeak!? Decided I would check my pressures and for anything loose at the next viewpoint. So I pull into Diablo Lake Viewpoint and start getting under the seat for my tire gauge... and find this.



I started laughing like an idiot inside my helmet. I have no idea how the hell the growler stayed on that hook for seventy-five miles of spirited riding. That certainly explained the squeak and the bad handling though!! Somehow this thing was getting up between the tire and the tail and not letting the suspension do its work. By some bizarre coincidence, I hadn't spotted it when I went back for fuel, and nobody else at the gas station said anything. It's a small miracle that I didn't crash.



So that explains the tire marks... Beer was still good when I got home around dinnertime. Very satisfying payoff. Now I need to change that rear tire, because it has a nice ring of steel belts visible. Just about 500 miles on this trip.

Edited by HalcyonSon on May 21st 2018 at 10:42 AM
May 21st 2018, 10:59 AM   #3
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
no human beings were photographed in the making of this travel log.
May 21st 2018, 11:15 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Here

That load of firewood is my favorite bike pic in some time. I can just hear the conversation at the truckstop between two Winnebagons that you passed up there: "Hey you keep hearing about them new electric motorcycles but I just saw a vintage wood-fired bike with a full tender."

Edit: and the visual next to the train engine is brilliant. Hitting myself for not getting it the first time.
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Edited by WarpShatner7 on May 21st 2018 at 11:25 AM
May 21st 2018, 11:31 AM   #5
 
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You mean to say, that isn't how it's suppose to look?

I think you stumbled on a new niche market for those of us who like brewed libations (as well as the distilled; we don't discriminate ) .

The Moto-Growler: It Don't Fall Off!


Just make it a little more tire safe, shall we say.

Seriously, great trip report. Thanks for sharing.
May 21st 2018, 12:04 PM   #6
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
That load of firewood is my favorite bike pic in some time. I can just hear the conversation at the truckstop between two Winnebagons that you passed up there: "Hey you keep hearing about them new electric motorcycles but I just saw a vintage wood-fired bike with a full tender."

Edit: and the visual next to the train engine is brilliant. Hitting myself for not getting it the first time.
HAHAHA I actually hadn't thought of the visual alignment there. Now all I can think of is setting up a chimney with a smoke machine! Maybe a little Stirling on the swingarm
May 21st 2018, 12:06 PM   #7
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
no human beings were photographed in the making of this travel log.
There are a few crazy skiers... and a dog.

You don't want to see my goofy face anyway
May 21st 2018, 12:48 PM   #8
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by FeralRdr
You mean to say, that isn't how it's suppose to look?

I think you stumbled on a new niche market for those of us who like brewed libations (as well as the distilled; we don't discriminate ) .

The Moto-Growler: It Don't Fall Off!

Just make it a little more tire safe, shall we say.

Seriously, great trip report. Thanks for sharing.
Tire safe? I knew there was a good reason to bring the metal one rather than the glass...
I think someone beat you to the idea, though it would be a touch awkward on a motorcycle. A large crescent-flask-shaped one might work best for us.

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May 22nd 2018, 05:56 AM   #9
 
  Apr 2017
  Seattle

  DL650A
You might know this trick, but one CAN open a wine bottle with a soft shoe. Turn the bottle over and whack the bottom with your shoe, hard!, until the cork comes out enough to pull it the rest of the way.
May 22nd 2018, 08:02 AM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by juanitotheclumsy
You might know this trick, but one CAN open a wine bottle with a soft shoe. Turn the bottle over and whack the bottom with your shoe, hard!, until the cork comes out enough to pull it the rest of the way.
That... sounds like it's either bullshit or a lot of work.

I half thought about trying the sword trick with my hatchet
May 23rd 2018, 10:52 AM   #11
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

Haha I actually forgot one of the more comical moments on that trip... I think it was on WA-530 on the way up. I'm stuck behind some boring little cage and a crusty old pickup, when the pickup decides to pass the boring box. He makes the pass, but there's a cloud of something, which I took for nasty exhaust at first... until the smell reached me and the pickup suddenly decelerates in front of the crate and pulls over to the shoulder. Have you smelled burnt clutch before? Yeah, I think this one did a bit more than just slip. I was looking for pieces. I let the blahmobile get around the truck and then blew him away.
Jun 5th 2018, 12:41 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Arlington

Great TR, what flavor did you get that tire skimmer filled with ?
Jun 5th 2018, 10:43 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Around

Birdsview is what you were looking for.
Jun 6th 2018, 09:21 AM   #14
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by Tombraider2
Great TR, what flavor did you get that tire skimmer filled with ?
I got the Rendezvous Porter.
Jun 6th 2018, 09:23 AM   #15
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by wordsareforplay
Birdsview is what you were looking for.
Birdsview Brewing in Concrete? Yeah, if I had ever heard of it that would have been a good stop on the way up.
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