Day 1 – Friday: Vancouver to Republic WA; 745kms; 7:30am – 6:15pm
I’d had a great trip thru the John Day country with Roger (Frank Einstein) the previous week, but after just 4 days back ‘on the job’ I’d finished all that was current on my plate and, given a fine forecast, it was easy to ‘pull the plug’ again for the following week. And besides, RubHerDown was in the desert and we’d made arrangements to ride together in Utah and elsewhere as he worked his way back home, if possible.
There was a chore I needed to see to: I wasn’t convinced my SV was fuelling as well as it could be, so I revisited Nels Byersdorf at 2wheeldynoworks in Woodinville to get him to pop it back on the dyno for a re-run (the original tuning of the stock ecu having been back in Sept’11 at 85,000 kms). In the end, after the run the fuel/air ratios looked spot on, and Nels was reluctant to change anything, so I left ‘well enough’ alone, then set off ‘tripping’.
Ben Howard RD, east of Monroe
The run to Leavenworth was a blast: Friday, so little traffic. I picked up a ‘follower’ around Sultan who seemed to appreciate my quickish pace, and he shadowed me to the top of Tumwater Canyon, then pulled off at the rest stop – fun!
I needed to head north from Wenatchee, but rather than simply riding 97 north, I headed northeast into the hills on Badger Mtn Rd. There are plenty of sweepers on the way up, then a couple km of gravel on the way down. From Waterville, I rode hwy 2 down thru Corbaley Canyon to 97 (nice), then droned north up the Okanagan to Omak.
Badger Mtn Rd
Here I turned eastward. The run east out hwy 155 to Nespelem was empty and by now I was well into ‘the flow’, so I kinda ‘let go’, which resulted in undoubtedly the fastest 20 minutes of 'street' riding I’ve treated myself to. The wonderful Cache Crk Rd east to hwy 21 is tighter, so not quite as quick, but I was still ‘on it’ pretty hard, especially considering I was alone, in the wilderness – probably not the wisest moments of my life, but certainly amongst the most enjoyable!
Cache Crk Rd
The frenetic pace continued northward as afternoon faded towards to evening, and I eventually settled in for the night at the Northern Inn in Republic ($69; super-friendly towards motorcyclists). I had covered mostly known ground on the day, but new horizons beckoned for the morrow.
more photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/donserl...th/7429667494/