Tent Set Up

believe it or not some have message me and asked how we set up our tent.  Not sure why but here we are on Saturday night, October 1st, 2o11 at Salt Creek County Campground in Washington State.  Near Joyce, WA on the Olympic Peninsula.  If you watch the video it is sort of funny sped up.  Takes about 12 minutes to get everything done including the Thermarest pads and sleeping bags etc….we even have pillows. ;-)

New Chain & Sprockets Installed

To be honest we have neglected some maintenance on our bikes because we really thought we would be the owners of the Triumph Tigers at the end of the trip. 

Since that did not happen on with the up keep of our bikes.  Recently I got new steering head bearings installed by the dealer but Cheryl will do her own.  Before our trip at about 38,000 KM my chain had it and a new DID and sprockets were installedI have gone through one throttle cable and my bike now has over 43,000 KM since I bought it March 2010.  Cheryl’s bike now has 32,000 KM since December 2009.  

We do our own oil & filter changes as well as brake pads.  Today I needed new front pads and Cheryl also installed them.  Galfer pads are our choice these days as well as Lucas oil and K&N filters.  We want to just have BMW do the major things like the dreaded valve inspection.  Mine is due but will wait a bit longer.

With a little help from a manual, Cheryl has completed her first chain and sprocket installation.  I think Cheryl is pretty amazing, she tries anything and always figures it out!

Of course a little DIY video to come later.  Cheryl got 32,000 KM out of her OEM chain and sprockets.  I got 38,000 KM but that was really pushing it.  It was very apparent after this weekends ride it was time for Cheryl to get new one’s for herself.

Sprocket Center

Sprocket Center is where we bought our DID chains and sprockets.  Decent price and great online service.

TEST ride a success!

Olympic Peninsula Pics Con’t


The leaves still don't seem to be at their fall peak

Whenever I see these signs I expect the worse but it's always not that bad

My favorite pic from the trip for some reason

Hardly any traffic

Leslie's bike

Cheryl's bike

Both bikes are pretty loaded for ADV riding and of course fairing protection.  The Denali LED lights are a huge asset for not only increased visibility for the rider but just an important for others to see us.  Riding in front of Cheryl even during the day they really stand out.  At night you can’t miss them.

Motooverland kickstand extender - Brand new and fits perfectly! Check it out. Made for the F800 and F650

Sections of the roads were very twistie and fun to ride

Sraying on the pavement, Cheryl needs a new chain and sprockets preety badly by now. 32000 KM on the BMW OEM chain and sprockets

We have been on this ferry to Port Townsand many times and well worth the $10.90 for both bikes

Some people who do not ride ask me “why so many pictures of your bikes?”  Well, because they are beautiful.  :-)

Port Townsand

what would it be like without rain for a Cheryl & Leslie's ride?

cool General Store, nice owners too

Heading down to Salt Creek Campground

Watch out for deer, we arrived at dusk

there is a private campground called Crescent Beach to the right

Our site for the nite

this view was right next to our site

we were all prepared for a cold night with our new sleeping bags but it was only 8 Celsius over night

no rain over night

heading out for some food to cook at the site before dark

so vute, why would anyone want to hunt and eat these guys?

never has to worry about it getting dark while in Alaska this summer

warmed up sandwiches for dinner, fire comes in handy more ways than one

nothing too fancy

Some nice folks offered us dry wood to help with our fire.  Most campers at this site had truck loads of their own firewood.  We?  not so much but we got help.

Cheryl always has to climb some tree

morning sunrise

Cheryl and I both agree there is something really special about the ocean and being by water

while Cheryl slept, I took a tour of the bluffs

Our breakfast for champions. Not!

why is it that while on the road cornbeef hash tastes so good?

we got poured on camping in Seabeck

trying to light a fire in the rain, worked for a bit but then bit the dust

we were the only tenters at the State campground and there was a 5th wheeler parked too

just not working in the rain

Kudos goes to our Mutha Hubba tent. Kept everything dry including us

Forest Ranger dude said they get 65 inches of rain a year in the area. He also brought us coffee to our site but we had no mugs! Nice guy!

another short ferry to ride to Edmonds, WA

we arrived with only 10 mins to spare before the ferry took off

off the Peninsula now and heading home

The Canadian Border and the completed loop. 983 or so KM.