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I posted this on my CBR forum, but I thought you all might like it too since Port Angeles, WA is the U.S. starting point of Doc's TWWCCCA (=TW West Coast Clam Chowder Adventure). http://tw200forum.com/forum/trails-off-road-adventure-riding/17024-west-coast-2016-a.html

Last Saturday I met up with a local riding buddy to try to salvage what's left of the riding season up here in the pacific northwest. We rendezvoused at the ferry dock in downtown Seattle to catch the 7:55am Bainbridge Island sailing. It was just getting light, with cool autumn air.


After a 35 minute crossing, we fired up the Hondas, me on my 500F, he on a 919. We met up with another friend in Poulsbo, riding his VFR 750, with plans on meeting up with a few more in Port Angeles. A late breakfast was found there, but not the riders we'd expected. As the weather looked to be turning for the worse, I guess their bravery faded.


Well, we had come this far with the day's ultimate goal of riding up to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. As we began our ascent, the drops began to fall. The higher we climbed, the harder they fell. What a great, twisty road...too bad we couldn't take full advantage. The forecast was absent of rain, so I'm glad I at least wore my textile gear with liners. My friends however, did not.


At the top, soaking wet, we took in what we could see of the view. Inside the visitors center offered some dryness and warmth. Then, a curious circumstance...the longer we stayed, the better the weather became. Off in the distance, the sun was working its way through the cloud cover. The view, those images began getting clearer, as if life were turning a focus knob. The contrast became vibrant, with the mountain glaciers presenting their blues and greens along with the white snowcaps. The river valleys showed up crisply. Our misery turned to exuberance.


Riding through more fog and rain on the way back down, we pushed on. By the time we had reached the Hood Canal bridge, we were immersed in beams of warm golden rays. Before we were back in Poulsbo, we were dry again.


We won the day. We did not quit. We did not sit and watch television today. We got out there, and we were awesome.




















 

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Nice Larry, you will have to go again when that road is dry. Have you done the Olympic Loop on your 500? If not, you should consider it, it's a beautiful ride and the best part is getting to see Randall (Plumbstraight) and Janie. :D
 

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We won the day. We did not quit. We did not sit and watch television today. We got out there, and we were awesome.

A few years ago, 35 to be exact, I remember riding my Yamaha RD400 in Rainier National Park. It was awesome. I would just love to ride the Olympic Peninsula one day...when it's sunny. I can just imagine how beautiful it can be. And for some reason I like the ferry rides. Don't know why. Once I rode the ferry from Point Defiance to Vashon Island and over to Southworth I think. It was fun.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Kris, you and Lori (everyone else too) should plan at least a long weekend out this way next summer! There are so many of us, me, Doc, Plumb, Dette, DaveF, welder, etc. this way that we could have such a good little TW NW meet up and ride. You should really come out for the start of the TWWCCCA. You would get in your ferry crossing, and you'd see most of the Olympic Penninsula. We could go to Capitol State forest, which is quad friendly, and get in some off-roading. Perfect, right?!
 

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Kris, you and Lori (everyone else too) should plan at least a long weekend out this way next summer! There are so many of us, me, Doc, Plumb, Dette, DaveF, welder, etc. this way that we could have such a good little TW NW meet up and ride. You should really come out for the start of the TWWCCCA. You would get in your ferry crossing, and you'd see most of the Olympic Penninsula. We could go to Capitol State forest, which is quad friendly, and get in some off-roading. Perfect, right?!
YES! I was talking to The Admiral last week about planning a ride up there next year, I was hoping that maybe - just maybe - I would have my full-fledged motorcycle license by then and will have mastered riding the little TW beast and we could come up and ride with some of ya’ll. Right now, the TW has a mind of its own and (sometimes) doesn’t like my commands and does its own thing.. :(
 

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YES! I was talking to The Admiral last week about planning a ride up there next year, I was hoping that maybe - just maybe - I would have my full-fledged motorcycle license by then and will have mastered riding the little TW beast and we could come up and ride with some of ya’ll. Right now, the TW has a mind of its own and (sometimes) doesn’t like my commands and does its own thing.. :(
Ours must be related!:rolleyes:



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Larry, if you ever want to head out to Cape Flattery on your 500cc, let me know because I would be happy to meet up with you on one of my other bikes......sorry guys, non TW talk :D

I actually rode all the way out there and the road is spectacular but, we didn't have time and weren't prepared to do a trek down what we were told was a steep incline. I have seen pics of Cape Flattery and it looks like it would be worth it to bring proper shoes and an inhaler (mild asthma sufferer here) to take in those views.
 

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Thanks Dette, Neah Bay is on my list for sure. I'd like to do some further exploring on your island as well. I came through there once this summer. :)


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Larry and Dette, I don't have any other motorcycle than my TW200, but this past summer I modified it for street riding with street tires. I have been exploring back roads from Olympia Washington south on each side of Centralia/Chehalis towards Kelso/Longview. I love the rides on some twisty roads and beauiful scenery, while enjoying Twilight's and my backyard. We will have to put a ride together when the weather gets better.
 

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YES! I was talking to The Admiral last week about planning a ride up there next year, I was hoping that maybe - just maybe - I would have my full-fledged motorcycle license by then and will have mastered riding the little TW beast and we could come up and ride with some of ya’ll. Right now, the TW has a mind of its own and (sometimes) doesn’t like my commands and does its own thing.. :(
I am SO proud of you for trying on the motorcycle. It doesn't mean you have to give up the quad, it just opens up more opportunities. Good luck, and I REALLY hope that y'all can make it out next year.
 

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Larry and Dette, I don't have any other motorcycle than my TW200, but this past summer I modified it for street riding with street tires. I have been exploring back roads from Olympia Washington south on each side of Centralia/Chehalis towards Kelso/Longview. I love the rides on some twisty roads and beauiful scenery, while enjoying Twilight's and my backyard. We will have to put a ride together when the weather gets better.
Awesome Dave! We should ride for sure.
 

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Thanks Dette, Neah Bay is on my list for sure. I'd like to do some further exploring on your island as well. I came through there once this summer. :)


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Anytime you want to explore my island (sounds like I own it....lol) you just let me know....any bike will do, we can ride TW's, cruisers or whatever my Bonneville is considered, this island is fun for all of them. Lot's of back roads and I would be happy to be your guide Larry. Can't believe you were at the Blue Fox and didn't tell me, I pass it everyday on my way to work.
 

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Larry and Dette, I don't have any other motorcycle than my TW200, but this past summer I modified it for street riding with street tires. I have been exploring back roads from Olympia Washington south on each side of Centralia/Chehalis towards Kelso/Longview. I love the rides on some twisty roads and beauiful scenery, while enjoying Twilight's and my backyard. We will have to put a ride together when the weather gets better.
Sounds great Dave..... 101 down the Hood Canal could be fun too :D
 

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Hey now....Hwy 101 going UP the west side of the Hood Canal is part of our ride for the TWWCCCA......TW West Coast Clam Chowder Adventure, next Summer.

Everyone within shouting distance is welcome to ride with us.

Also riding out to Neah Bay on that same ride...then into the Hoh Rain Forest too.
Oops....I've not been keeping up the past several months TWilight.....been out riding.... :D
 
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