My Long-Ride The Alaskan Prologue

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by augidog, May 18, 2010.

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  1. augidog

    augidog Banned

    a short opener to let you all know i and MB are thriving...when i decide on the right device, i'll be able to add more content in the future, it's become clear that borrowed internet & a cel-phone can't do this adventure justice. i have a few pics i will try to get transferred tomorrow to spice this up

    starting at the beginning, may 6, 3:30am: a little over 60 miles into raymond, rt 101...i got lucky...$10/nite for a great tent-site overlooking some wetlands draining into the willapa river/bay. deer grazing thru at nite, all sorts of waterfowl flocking in during the morning...and the sawmill buzzing at all hours from across the water. i did not expect it would, but that mill's workings became a soothing din, i learned later that many locals feel the same way.

    made some friends and had some great times...was given a daylong tour of the logging roads to the north, including a stop-off at the "brooklyn tavern", home of the "saginaw days" logging event. fantastic views of the olympic mountains and mt rainier...thank you don & les

    also made friends during breakfast at mc'd's with a woman & granddaughter who visited the rv-park to invite me on a hike up to "the waterfall" which was amazing. we watched elk and caught salamanders...thank you clare & sonia

    and i enjoyed some home-cooking courtesy of don (a different one) and sandy.

    also thank you to the timberland rv-park, the american-legion, the corner cafe, the top-notch tavern, the visitor's center...and a major high-five to lou for being a stand-up guy.

    this first stop was like boot-camp for me...i had to perfect making & breaking camp, arranging the load between pack and trunk, resealed some tent seams, repaired some pannier-stress, etc...

    then on may 12, 70 miles from raymond along rt 105 to aberdeen (that drawbridge is quite the challenge) then rt 12 to monteseno and sylvia lake state park...i'm using rif's notebook and i've never been very good with them, but with a little luck i'll be able to get the next "episode" (elma and fresh-caught trout) posted tomorrow along with those pics i'm chasing from cel to email to usb drive to forum...argh!

    anyways, here's a mapquest of the total ride so far, as i said i'll fill in the gaps soon as i can: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-QzxIKg4SM5X5kmTD
     
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  2. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    A big thumbs up! Thanks
     
  3. augidog

    augidog Banned

    Raymond WA

    hi graucho...hope you and proteges are doing well & having fun :)

    tarp-tech 101
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    my view
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    the waterfall
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    my new friends
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    the brooklyn weather station
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    Elma WA preview
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  4. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    goodwork augi, all that techii stuff can be a nightmare, but i bet in a couple of months you will have it down to a science,

    Have fun and look forward to your next post....

    keep safe VP
     
  5. augidog

    augidog Banned

    test...without attachment...ok.
     
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  6. augidog

    augidog Banned

    test...with attachment...OK!!
     

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  7. augidog

    augidog Banned

    hey VP, that was the new device...straight from phone to forum...i'd say i'm good to go. so is the new lighting system keeping the cops happy?
     
  8. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Hey Augi

    Missed your call. Reason was I am building a *new and improved* trailer with some ideas I shamelessly stole from yours. :goofy: Should be running by the time you get here.

    See if you can get one of them *weather station rocks* in your trailer. Much more accurate than the weathermen here. :confused:

    Denny
     
  9. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    Sounds like a GREAT trip ! That is a pretty part of this country !
     
  10. augidog

    augidog Banned

    Elma & Fresh Trout

    rolling into montesano i followed the signs to sylvia lake state park...with every turn the grade got steeper, and steeper...it seems the lake is hidden in a valley on the other side of the north ridge overlooking the town. half-mile of 8% up, another on the other side down. well! i was pretty tired & sweaty by the time i saw the lake, and i smelled clutch too.

    so i snag a site on the lake and make camp...then i go chat up some fishermen and get directions (back up and over of course) to some overnite supplies...this time i was prepared and the ridge din't seem near as bad. back at camp i make friends with the guys who helped me, local retirees with lots of fish-tales, real ones...seems sylvia lake is one fine place for steelhead and rainbow.

    next morning, i get a surprise visit from Ken (from last nite) who is bearing gifts of hot coffee and an invitation to a morning of fishing with him and Jim. i hadn't been fishin' in several years, trust me when i say angling is the same as bicycling, AND almost as much fun.

    some discussion led me to a decision to stick around for a few days, so i followed directions east about 12 miles into Elma...nice road, great scenery, was paced by a hawk for about a mile...oncoming traffic musta thunk i was completely nuts i was grinnin' so wide.

    luckily i found the Elma RV-Parkand was treated to a nicely groomed site with a generous veterans' discount...the Elma RV-Park has posted a neat gallery on their Facebook page for those interested, and the office window now sports a clear MBc sticker.

    i made a couple more friends in the park, bought a 2-day fishin license, and 4 of us spent saturday morning and afternoon at the lake catching trout, and saturday evening eatin' them.

    thank you to Ken, Jim, CJ (one cool cat), Stacy, and all the residents of the park who made me feel mucho welcome. a BIG thank you to Rea, Jerry, and John who really know how to run a park and make an MB-Traveler feel right at home..."yoda" and "bowstrokes", welcome to MBc...Cecil, join up buddy, lotsa E-riders would love to hear about your solar and recharging ideas.

    then, i did an easy 50 miles into McKenna, home of our own "uncle_punk13" and his new family...today i replaced the front tubes with some nice colormatched ones compliments of a fellow long-rider, and tomorrow i split for a 1-week marathon sprint to Bellingham and the fishing boat Mabman's going to spend the season aboard...i suspect i'm gonna get pretty wet this coming week, and gonna be pretty tired, but getting there is the only goal for this leg of the journey...if i miss the boat (literally) i will not get to go to Alaska.

    i figure, i survive this next round of rides ain't nothing can bother me after that...so off i go rain or shine (wishful thinking).

    i'm gonna try to make use of my new device with a daily pic and short blurb instead of trying whole stories...that outta work :cool2:
     
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  11. augidog

    augidog Banned

    thank you, Rif Addams, yer a true bro.
     

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  12. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    hi augi, glad to see your in better spirits,

    might be easier to do short spurts on here with your pic, and just keep a more detailed journal on your laptop or in a notebook, that way you will never forget the little amusing things that happen everyday, this was how i traveled for 2 years after college, once i filled a journal i just posted it back home...
     
  13. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Augi, it was great talking with you on the phone this evening, and it looks and sounds like you're having the time of your life! I wish you best of luck and safe travelling, and I'm looking forward to meeting up with you when you make it to the east coast.
    May the MB Gods always be looking over your shoulder.
     
  14. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Glad it's goin' good so far. If anyone asks why you're headed to Alaska first, here's something to show them. It's a "real time" (updated every 3 min.) picture from the deck at one of my watering holes: http://www.capchoice.com/
    The pic is near the bottom of the page. There's another watering hole here where you can drink beer out on the porch. The view from that one is my back yard. I like that view better. They don't have a web cam, so you'll have to see that one in person.
     
  15. augidog

    augidog Banned

    nothing like a good "beer garden" 'van...i'm really looking forward to this.

    Kilroy' you made a great day greater with your call...good timing too.

    hanging out with some classic MB's in Rif's shop...here ya go, 'denny...
     

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  16. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Appreciate the pics Augi. Can't decide if the fuzziness in the last one is because of your pitcher takin skills or my choice of *adult beverage*. :confused: :evilgrin:
     
  17. augidog

    augidog Banned

    huh, it looked better last nite...methinks my picture-taking skills were affected by my choice of beverage.
     
  18. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Man, I'm turning green with envy as I read this thread.
    This is shaping up to be the trip of a lifetime.
    It's not possible for me to do a similar thing, but I'm with you all the way, augidog.
     
  19. augidog

    augidog Banned

    40 miles wet windy cold...nice ride nonetheless...snapped this in Buckley...on the back is the word "FREEDOM"
     

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  20. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    Thank you for your encouragement on a phone call this past winter. For the last 2 days i set out for a 200 mile odyssey to checkout my equipment and to see if 100 miles a day was feasable for me. It was a 20 mile drive south to Osoyoos B.C. then up and over the Richter pass where on the western slope it started to blow violently and pour down rain......but then this is your post ill continue if you want.
     
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