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Wife and I went for a little weekend getaway on the TWs.

Loaded up and ready to roll.


First stop off in Darrington for a quick warm bite to eat, potato wedges and chicken strips for lunch.
View of White Horse MT from the gas station.


Off we go to find some offroad riding. Came upon the first river. The N. Sauk River or the White Chuck not sure .











On the way to find a camp site I see a side road that I think may be interesting to take, goes over Rat Trap Pass. I kinda think I know where it will come out at, so we will see.
Came across this Water Fall along the road.


There was some sort of VIP tour going on on this road. Search and rescue giving some VIPs from Olympia the tour.


Over the pass and down to what I think is the Suiattle river.
Wife sitting on the bridge. Not sure what the high sides are for.






Across the bridge and I see that I've been on this side before. So we turn left and head North. We come out back on HWY 530. Make another left and in 5 miles we are back in Darrington. Another quick stop at the Shell station for gas and we are off again to the mountain loop hwy. This time no detours, we need to find a camp site. It's Aug. in Wash. and everyone and their brother is out camping. We were looking for a FREE site along the river and so was everyone else. About 20mi. in we found a site and started setting up camp.


The Sauk River next to our camp.




As you could see the weather was great. Had a great dinner of Mountain House Beef Stroganoff. Then off to bed. THEN all hell breaks loose. THUNDER, LIGHTING and yes RAIN, every tent camper nightmare. We did have a little tarp over our tent but that was a joke. There's a reason they call camping in Western Washington Blue tarp camping, never leave home without several. Side note I think my brother takes at least 7 or 8 when they go camping. Well it didn't take long and our sleeping pads and sleeping bags were soaked. Gopod think it is Aug. because it was a warm rain. ha ha ha

Pics of the next morning. Built a small fire from some wood we stashed the night before.






We put our jackets in the dry bag. They were the only thing dry the next morning.


The sun did come out the next day so it wasn't all bad. Warming up before packing up.


All packed up and ready for a new day.


Found a future camp site.






Couple weeks back when the weather was in the 90s this would have been a good spot. Water was about 2-3 feet deep. Several small fish, a few up to 5-6 in.




The mighty one all ready for adventure.


My wife the trooper. She's come along way riding offroad on the TW. No TW naps this trip. After all she is the Scooter Queen, she still loves her scooter. Still goes with her scooter girl friends for 4-7 day scooter camping trips.


Well that's it, 171 miles in all. Was a uneventful 40 mile ride home from here. Then set everything out to dry.
Next ride. My birthday weekend ride Aug. 16th-18th with my oldest son Nate. Another 3 days camping in the mountains, only this time in Eastern Washington. Ya
 

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that is a great trip, especially with your wife. my dad and i got lucky to dodge most of the rain along the olympic peninsula. i've been in storms where everything is wet before, and it's only fun with the right attitude: F*ck it, it's better than sitting dry at home!

ride on!
 

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Nice pictures. Campfires look so peaceful...when bear's ain't around.:D

Looks like you two really enjoyed your time...together even!
 

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You should look into a tent with a full coverage rainfly. It will solve your wet gear problems for sure. Most of em even have a vestibule for you to store gear outside the tent and still have it protected.

 

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You should look into a tent with a full coverage rainfly. It will solve your wet gear problems for sure. Most of em even have a vestibule for you to store gear outside the tent and still have it protected.

Very nice tent. But remember that we have limited space to carry items. So size does matter. I know there are some very nice tents out there that compack very nice, but they also come with a very nice price tag.
 

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you mentioned the high sides of that bridge. It is a bailey bridge structure and is the actual strength of the bridge. The one they put in Mt. Vernon to replace the I 5 disaster is of the same. It was invented by a british army officer as I remember. They come as an erector set and are fairly fast to put together.

Wonderful pics. When I first saw your bikes I grinned as my wife and I have the same color schemes. Hers is a 95 mine an 03. Like her blue one.
 

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Love the pics! That's some beautiful country you have to ride in, and you're lucky to have your wife as your riding partner.

plumbstraight's mention of the Bailey bridge structure reminded me of years ago when the Quail Creek Reservoir dam failed. The resulting flood took out a major bridge, and they replaced it temporarily with a Bailey bridge.

Sorry you got rained on. While it's not much fun when you're in the middle of it, adventures like that make for good memories and storytelling.

That was a very enjoyable ride. Thanks for taking us along!
 

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What an awesome ride. Thanks for sharing with everyone. It is great going on rides with my girlfriend. She won't ride without me but loves to ride. So I try to ride with her on the weekends as much as possible.
 

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Wow, that looks so fun. Thanks for sharing all the pictures, I hope my wife and I can do something like this one day.
 

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you mentioned the high sides of that bridge. It is a bailey bridge structure and is the actual strength of the bridge. The one they put in Mt. Vernon to replace the I 5 disaster is of the same. It was invented by a british army officer as I remember. They come as an erector set and are fairly fast to put together.

Wonderful pics. When I first saw your bikes I grinned as my wife and I have the same color schemes. Hers is a 95 mine an 03. Like her blue one.
YA, funny you mentioned the Skagit River bridge. I drive over it 8 to 10 times a week and just today noticed it was the same type we went over on our trip.
 

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Beautiful place to ride! Looks like a wonderful trip - especially the camping (even better for me because I got to experience your trip without getting wet). :)

It is great you can ride with your wife and good to hear she is doing very well with the riding.


Wowsers - you had quite a load. Any problems?
Really not a lot of weight. My guess maybe 50lbs. Only packed for the weekend, not much for food or clothes. I had the 2 sleeping bags 2 chairs , 1 sleeping pad, some tools that I keep in my box. She carried 1 chair the pillows, and 1 sleeping pad. She had her clothes in her box.
 

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hey buddy
it was nice meeting you up in darrington and it was nice of you to stop by my camp and let me know about this site.

I have a question about the tires you have on the front of your bikes and was looking them up and noticed there are several shinko tires and not sure which one you had on your bike.

thanks again

Dave
 

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hey buddy
it was nice meeting you up in darrington and it was nice of you to stop by my camp and let me know about this site.

I have a question about the tires you have on the front of your bikes and was looking them up and noticed there are several shinko tires and not sure which one you had on your bike.

thanks again

Dave
Good to meet you and your wife as well. The tire is a SR244 Shinko Golden Boy in the 5.10-18 size. Very happy with it.

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i found one here in spokane for 77 dollars installed if i take off the front wheel. I figured that after shipping, an install fee that 77 plus tax will be cheaper then ordering them online.
 

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Nice trip and great pics. We have very similar terrain here in up state NY but we also have very similar luck with camping. Never tried it on the bikes but have on numerous occasions from our small boat along rivers and lakes. Seems to me with our luck it either rains cats and dogs or it gets so hot you don't want to be in the tent. Our last trip took us through a Micro Burst that might as well have been a full blown Tornado. Trees dropping all around us and thank God no damage. My wife will never camp again after that. Three campers on the other side of the lake lost their lives that morning and that nailed it for my love of camping. It took three days for them to clear the roads so we could go home.

All I get to do now is toss the dog in a crate behind me and head in to some great fishing spots far off the beaten trail where not many will walk in to. The T dub is a perfect bike for nice day trips like that but with just me and the dog it would be near impossible to do any camping unless I go real light and maybe just over night..

GaryL
 
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