Riding Clears the HEAD – Last Day of My Washington Fall Trip

November 1 2014 (In another post I will write a little review of the TCX Gore Tex Desert boot)

Total Mileage 883 KM’s.  (Oct 30 – Nov 1) Continue reading “Riding Clears the HEAD – Last Day of My Washington Fall Trip”

Pouring Rain, EWS error code, Sun, More Rain & the Olyimpic Penisula

This what I woke up to leaving La Conner this morning.  It was an on again off again rainy day.  Some pooling on the roads and just bad drivers made for an interesting ride at times.

But before I took of from the Channel Lodge I had to take some pics of the reception area.  I love this little lodge.  Has a great cozy feel to it. Continue reading “Pouring Rain, EWS error code, Sun, More Rain & the Olyimpic Penisula”

KLIM Adventure part VII

Last day of riding for us was actually something we expected…pouring rain almost all the way home from Fort Stevens.  But in meanwhile who does not LOVE a fire while camping…?  The second to last day was a mix bag.  We just took our time and enjoyed exploring.

Continue reading “KLIM Adventure part VII”

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. 😉

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.


Getting ready to leave

We did not bring our camping stove or pots and pans…we call this sort of a credit card trip.  At least we camped out both nights.  🙂

No pots and pans or stove for this trip
Entering the USA
Our Beemers!

Of you spend 48 hours out of Canada you get to bring in tax free booze and smokes…this is heading out but coming back in we always take advantage of the booze at least…Beer!

Nexus gets us in and out of the Country easier with card when there is a Nexus lane.

Peace Arch Crossing
Leslie being from New York gets a feeling like going home every time she crosses the border for some reason.
Our Nexus card saved us about a 60 min waiti time in the regular line up

Stopped in Belling ham to have a bite to eat and buy some new sleeping bags.  We learned quickly on our Alaskan trip we needed better bags, and we got 2 Big Anges Roxy Ann bags made for women.  Mummy bags with more room for the hips, you can also slide your Thermarest pad inside the bottom of the bag so no more losing your pad when you roll over.  Spent 2 nights in them and so far so good.  They are rated to +15.

  • Integrated Big Agnes pad sleeve. Never roll off your pad again
  • Extra 2″ of girth in hip area
  • Extra insulation in foot and core areas
  • Extra 2″ of length in the foot box of the petite size accommodates up to 5’8″
  • Petite length requires a 20″ x 66″ pad
  • YKK #8 zipper. Mate together any of our left and right zip bags with the same size zipper. Size petite mates to bags with 60″ YKK #8 zippers. Size regular mates to bags with 70″ YKK #8 zippers
  • Rectangular shape offers more room in foot box and shoulders
  • Cotton storage sack & nylon stuff sack included
  • Built in pillow pocket holds a fleece or Big Agnes Pillow
  • Interior fabric loops for sleeping bag liners
  • No-draft collar seals around neck to keep cold air from sneaking in
  • No-draft wedge insulates the connection between the bag and pad
  • No-draft zipper tube insulates along the length of the zipper
  • Flow Construction: Insotect Flow is a flow-optimized insulation system that delivers uniform heat distribution and natural body contouring through its revolutionary baffle design. Flow Construction eliminates lateral and vertical down shifting by using vertical chambers with Flow Gates to regulate fill positioning and density. Strategically placed Flow Gates minimize vertical down shifting while vertical chambers minimize lateral shifting. With continuous vertical Flow chambers in place of traditional side seams, Flow bags eliminate potential cold spots which can occur with side seams. Vertical baffles now flow with your body for more rapid and uniform body heat distribution.
  • LEFT OR RIGHT ZIPPER? When you are in the bag, on your back, the right zip will be on your right side, left zip on your left side
  • Shell: Down proof, nylon microfiber rip-stop. WR surface treatment to repel water
  • Lining: Soft, breathable down proof nylon with stain resistant finish
  • Pad sleeve: Nylon rip-stop. WR surface treatment to repel water.

Roxy Ann 15° Specs

  • Pad Size: Petite = 20″ x 66″ or Regular = 20″ x 72″
  • Color: Wasabi/Gray
  • Fill Type: 650 fill goose down
  • Fill Weight: Petite = 12oz or Regular = 16oz
  • Bag Weight: Petite = 2lb 13oz or Regular = 2lb 15oz
  • Shoulder Girth: Petite = 68″ or Regular = 70″
  • Hip Girth: Petite = 66″ or Regular = 68″
  • Foot Girth: Petite = 54″ or Regular = 54″
  • Stuff Sack Size: Petite = 8″ x 17.5″ or Regular = 8″ x 17.5″
  • Compressed Bag Size: Petite = 8″ x 6″ or Regular = 8″ x 7.5″
On the road breakfat. I think I gained about 2 pounds on this trip

Heading towards Whidby Island to take the ferry to Port Townsand


More to come later.  I am beat!

Fall 3 Day Trip – Olympic Peninsula, 983 KM

The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington state of the USA, that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. It is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the east by Puget Sound. Cape Alava, the westernmost point in the contiguous United States, and Cape Flattery, the north-westernmost point, are on the peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula contained many of the last unexplored places in the lower 48. It remained largely unmapped until Arthur Dodwell and Theodore Rixon mapped most of its topography and timber resources between 1898 and 1900.

October 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2011

Our 3 Day Trip

Pictures and Videos to come!

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