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1Back to top Go down   The Twin Towers Empty The Twin Towers Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:25 am

Two Wheels Better

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Inspired by Duck's local ride last week I decided to take a quick hop of my own down towards the Washington coast. Highway 108 runs east/west from near the state capital, Olympia, to Aberdeen, former home of that most famous Nirvana member, Kurt Cobain. The sign at the entrance to town says "Come as you are." Just prior, when passing the podunk town of Satsop you can easily see the twin towers of the defunct nuke plant proposed by the then governor-ess, Dixy Lee Ray. This is the one Duck mentions that went into default and ended up costing the taxpayers billions. Better bilions before it's built than multiple billions to clean it up later on, as we often have to do. Well, damn if I haven't ridden thataway a dozen times or more and never bothered to ride the three or four miles up the hill for a closer squiz. Today I did. Wow!

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The place is now an industrial park (estate) but looks quite empty and over-built. The flags hanging from the sign along the thoroughfare leading in to the site suggest that the county "Think Big". The place was eerie, empty, with the dual monoliths (duoliths?) hollow and stark, vast paved parking lots, and many drab, slab-sided buildings, with semi-underground pipes exposed, fences with Keep Out warning signs,. What must have been someone's great big pipe dream. Nuclear power, so cheap it's almost free. It reminded me of Chernobyl without the meltdown. 

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I left there with an eye to something slightly more natural. So I found some county roads running back towards Shelton through dense, piney woods, past clear-running streams, hunting cabins and neat farms set back aways. My lunch break had me down along a fairly fast-moving river, waterfowl & skunk cabbage, fresh blossoms and new leaves uncurling. The sun slowly began to disappear under clouds that were moving in. I just sat there quietly taking it all in.

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The ride home took me around the nooks and crannies and backwaters of the Puget Sound through Union and on towards Purdy, then down over the Tacoma Narrows twin bridges and back into heavier traffic. It's a familiar run, but the curving roads were empty and so I gave it some extra stick.

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History is a vast early warning system ~Norman Cousins - Political Journo, Editor, Author & World Peace Advocate, 1915 - 1990 - Wikipedia
1977 R75/7-100, '93 K11/K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100 Mystic, '96 K1100RS, 2 x '98 K1200RS, '06 K1200R & '09 K1300GT. Projects: 1993 & '96 K1100RS, & the 2nd '98 K1200RS
    

2Back to top Go down   The Twin Towers Empty Re: The Twin Towers Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:31 pm

caveman

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Last year when I was out that way the weather just didn't cooperator, cold and cloudy with visibility less than a mile almost every day. Was planing to take 6 week trip with Marie (wife) back out that way this year (starting mid May) wanting to hit northern Ca., Or., and Wa. on up into Canada for a Canadian coast to coast trip. With this virus thing all plans on hold hoping things get back to normal so we can go in September or October.

Please continue to tease me with great pictures!

    

3Back to top Go down   The Twin Towers Empty Re: The Twin Towers Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:09 pm

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Let us know when you'll be able to head thisaway. We've got room and some knowledge of a few ok roads. 
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History is a vast early warning system ~Norman Cousins - Political Journo, Editor, Author & World Peace Advocate, 1915 - 1990 - Wikipedia
1977 R75/7-100, '93 K11/K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100 Mystic, '96 K1100RS, 2 x '98 K1200RS, '06 K1200R & '09 K1300GT. Projects: 1993 & '96 K1100RS, & the 2nd '98 K1200RS
    

4Back to top Go down   The Twin Towers Empty Re: The Twin Towers Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:45 pm

duck

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Caveman:

Take some NoDoz if you plan to ride The Trans Canada Highway across the  middle of the continent. (Not that any of the US routes are great but at least gas  is cheaper in the US.)

Take the Al Capone tunnels tour in Moose Jaw to break up the monotony.

Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and SE BC are nice.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

5Back to top Go down   The Twin Towers Empty Re: The Twin Towers Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:25 pm

Two Wheels Better

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Years ago, whilst riding towards the Northern Territory from Queensland on the Barkly Highway, a rider asked the lad at the servo what he could expect to see ahead. The pump jockey replied in a measured Aussie manner, "Mate, I think you'll find there's an awful lot of nothing out there." 

He could have been talking about parts of the Trans Canada above the Great Lakes and further west.

This is what I remember from my August, 2018 ride, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. But, yes, it costs at least twice as much for an equivalent amount of gasoline and a bit more for food & lodging in Canadia than 'Merka. Lotsa mozzies & blowies when camping in the dense, piney woods. Bring a net. Pubs & shops seemed to close early in the more rural areas, too. Carry provisions. Expect your tyres to wear thin in the centre of the tread. Large trucks coming the other way cause an air blast the same in the GWN (Great White North) as they do on Highway 2 across North Dakota - funny that. It's all a part of the adventure. Does your motorbike have cruise control capability?
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A lasting impression I had was that everyone I met was friendly, asked questions as though they were interested in my ride. Nice, honest questions, with big smiles, wide eyed things like,  "What the hell are you doing way out here?" 
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History is a vast early warning system ~Norman Cousins - Political Journo, Editor, Author & World Peace Advocate, 1915 - 1990 - Wikipedia
1977 R75/7-100, '93 K11/K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100 Mystic, '96 K1100RS, 2 x '98 K1200RS, '06 K1200R & '09 K1300GT. Projects: 1993 & '96 K1100RS, & the 2nd '98 K1200RS
    

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Two Wheels Better

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One more I forgot...
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To be taken seriously.


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History is a vast early warning system ~Norman Cousins - Political Journo, Editor, Author & World Peace Advocate, 1915 - 1990 - Wikipedia
1977 R75/7-100, '93 K11/K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100 Mystic, '96 K1100RS, 2 x '98 K1200RS, '06 K1200R & '09 K1300GT. Projects: 1993 & '96 K1100RS, & the 2nd '98 K1200RS
    

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duck

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Don't know if they still have it but when I was riding up in BC the provincial campgrounds all had free firewood.  I'd wander about the other campsites to ask if anybody had a hatchet or ax to borrow for splitting wood.  Not everybody had an ax but they all offered me a cold beer.  cheers


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

8Back to top Go down   The Twin Towers Empty Re: The Twin Towers Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:24 pm

Point-Seven-five

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duck wrote:Caveman:

Take some NoDoz if you plan to ride The Trans Canada Highway across the  middle of the continent. (Not that any of the US routes are great but at least gas  is cheaper in the US.)
+1  I did that ride a couple years ago.  Winnipeg to Lethbridge where I had to turn south because of a blizzard in the Rockies.  The snow in Saskatchewan and Alberta kept the ride interesting.

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Present: 1991 K100RS "Moby Brick Too"
 
Past:
1994 K75RT "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS"
1988 K100RS SE "Special Ed"
1994 K75S "Cheetos"
1992 K100RS "Moby Brick" R.I.P.
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

9Back to top Go down   The Twin Towers Empty Re: The Twin Towers Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:40 am

DiverPete

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Quiet Sunday arvo here in South Australia... really enjoyed these posts thanks everyone.

    

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