The one you are riding when the pavement ends!
I was out with some friends for a ride and decided to continue past Barlow Pass on the Mountain Loop Highway and on to Darrington. The first couple of miles was full of potholes so I had to ride carefully there. After that it was smooth hard pack with only the occasional light gravel and I zipped along smartly. It is not the most scenic 14 miles you will ever ride but there are a few spots worthy of some pixels. Plenty of side roads to explore if you find yourself there with a real dual-sport bike. Camping spots too, if you are so inclined.
The Charming Gentleman’s Ride goes off the pavement
A pretty spot to pause and reflect
Another fine day for a ride on my XS650. Continue reading
On the third Wednesday of the month, March through October, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle is Backfire Moto, a gathering of most interesting two-wheeled machines and their riders. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
To celebrate my friend Carl’s new-to-him Triumph Bonneville and my well-running 37yo Yamaha XS650 we decided to quickly establish a new club and meet halfway to work out bylaws and other details. Carl headed west from Spokane and I rode east from Seattle and with no more coordination than “I’ll see you at noon”, we arrived at our destination in Moxee nearly to the second of each other. What organization! What riding skill! What luck! I predict a great future for this new group.
And another fine day to ride an old XS650.
Lots of sunshine today. Not much snow in the mountains
Once again Nick and I rode the best 650s. This time we went the length of Whidbey Island doing our best to stay off the main road. A glorious day for the middle of February here in the Pacific Northwest.
Always a pleasure to gather at Seattle Used Bikes with friends, barbecue, and some motos.
I have been busy adding new pages. Here are some Dual Sport Riding reports to read while it is wet and cold outside.
Two Days in the Dirt
Idaho Centennial Trail
NIck and I rode the two best 650s around and through Mt Rainier National Park on Sunday (10/19). It was a beautiful day and probably the last one for awhile.
It’s all sunshine at Sunrise for Nick and me.
It was everything I hoped for… and tractors!
Life is good in the Alps
Find Balzano. It is northeast of Milan deep in the Dolomites. Now follow the main road to the left like you are going to Merano. About halfway on the right you will see Salonetto sitting up there on the hill overlooking the valley. We are here for a few nights.
Our high elevation adventure today was the Panoramic Gondola ride to the Dachstein Glacier at 2900+m. Just like yesterday it was mighty cold on top. We dressed as warmly as we could. The sign showed 4C.
Our day at high elevation started here
I rode over it today it was COLD! I thought I took a picture of the temperature sign, but I guess I didn’t get the button pushed. It read 3C at the top. I had my Gerbing on the entire day.
Just before I stopped here I rode around a small lake filled with ice. Brrr