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    Saturday July 16, 2005 Mount St. Helens Twistyfest

    MEETING PLACE
    Parking lot of the Tudor Inn Hotel, 187 176 St., Surrey (just before the truck crossing).

    MEETING TIME
    10:15am. We will discuss rider expectations.

    ROUTE
    Screw I-5, we'll get to the hotel in Castle Rock via DHs and TEs, then scoot up DH2 and back. Sunday DH orgy 'til ya puke. Back via I-5 if you want, I'll be retracing our steps after doing DH9 Mt. Ranier.

    HOTEL
    Motel and West
    864 Walsh Ave NE
    Castle Rock, WA 98611
    Tel: (360) 274-7526

    PACE
    Quick in the twisties, no hurry on the straights.
    Wait a minute ... there are no straights!

    Experienced, responsible riders only, please. If you risk another's safety you'll be asked politely to go your own way.
    Bring proper gear, ID ... and a camera!
    This is gonna be fun.

    TERREN
    Does 11am work for ya? Will post the new route later. Right now I gotta earn my paycheck or at least try to look busy.
    Last edited by dog44; 07-15-2005 at 08:52 PM.

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    My thoughts from last year's trip

    Mighty K felt it prudent to quote me in an earlier thread. Who am I to question the wisdom of a BCSB moderator?


    Quote Originally Posted by dog44
    On a serious note ... to those who will ride this one for the first time (as I just did): After you come out of the trees, don't push it. I took it easy on the way up and some of those corners still scared the S**T out of me, just thinking of what could happen. Real tight, no shoulder, no barrier ... just a whole lotta empty space and a LONG WAY DOWN. There was usually a warning sign (slow to 15 or 20mph), but not always. There was one corner in particular that was like an invitation to death. The first time I did the Duffy I had a grin from ear to ear, but after this one I was feeling positively humble.

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    I was planning to do a ride similar to this one solo this weekend, but I'd like to join you guys for this one if that's ok. I expect to be going pretty slowly up Mount St. helens on this one as I've never ridden it before.

    Let me know if it's ok to join as you mentioned in your original friday post that you were concerned about complete strangers going.

    Thanks,

    Ben

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    Sure Ben, glad to have ya. We'll chat at the border, and as long as we respect each other's space there shouldn't be a problem.

    I don't mind taking the top part of Windy Ridge slow, but that's just a small section of the overall route. I don't know how you ride but 90% of the time the pace will be fairly quick, you should be comfortable with that. Ordinarily I'd say "no worries, see ya at the next stop", but in this case it would make for a very long day if someone was considerably slower.

    See original post for hotel info. Better call now, they're busy down there.

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    11 works. might be better if we head out a bit earlier though

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    Just called the hotel, made a reservation. I'm gonna be on the 8:00am ferry, I should get to the truck crossing about 10:00 -10:15 so if you want to move the departure up a little bit that's ok with me. well, see all of you tomorrow morning.

    This should be fun. I gotta go pack and attach my bags now.
    oh yeah, if anyone else is coming and wants to share a room, PM me.

    Ben

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    Okay, make it 10:15am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog44
    Okay, make it 10:15am.
    I am guesstimating that time.

    The ferry comes in to tsawwassen at about 9:35 so it shouldn't take much more than 30mins to get to the truck crossing.

    if you have a cell# can you PM it to me so I can let you know if the ferry leaves late or something?


    Thanks, Ben

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    Ahhhhh .... BEER GOOD!!!!


    Good to meetcha Ben, lookin' forward to seeing the beast in black next time.

    Terren, hope yer gonna post up some pics ... was that great ... or WHAT!!!

    Kent, I found ya some new twisties! We gotta go back!

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    That was an awesome ride guys, well except for that bit up on windy ridge.
    I'd like to go back for some of those twisties in mount ranier national park.

    I finally got home about 11:30. I'll post some pics up tomorrow maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GS_Ben
    I'd like to go back for some of those twisties in mount ranier national park.
    Actually, ya don't. Road was mega-twisty, as expected, and it was real pretty, but the traffic was BRUTAL. And we had to pay 5 bucks for the privilege. I won't bother with DH9 again, unless it's early before all the fakkin' tourists get up.

    Now DH19 (for you other folks) was FUCKING GREAT!!!! Thanks for the tip, Scooter. Good to discover we can get gas between Cougar and Randle, next time I go I'm gonna burn a whole tank right there on Meadow Creek Road. And how about that Curly Creek Road, what is all that gorgeous pavement doin' there?

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    up in my gallery. pm me if you want large versions of any/all

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    Hey Wayne

    Did you get to go on those DH's above Randel. If so were they worth while to venture to.

    Scooter

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter
    Did you get to go on those DH's above Randel. If so were they worth while to venture to.
    I lost my DHWA , so I'm not exactly sure which ones you mean, but...

    DH9 MT. RANIER
    Do it early before the tourists get there. Maybe you can save the $5 entrance fee. Or maybe you'll hit a gate, I dunno. Tight twisties, scenery is first rate, pavement is good except for a short stretch of tar strips. But if it's a sunny weekend afternoon, FUHGEDDABOUDDIT.

    DH?? ELBE TO MORTON?
    I know I did it, but I don't remember anything special about it. 'Course I've been spoiled now. There is a fun section of twisties north of Elbe on Hwy 7, avoid the Sunday rush back to Seattle.

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    Thanks, Terren

    Windy Ridge ... me and some slow guys!

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