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Took the day off and headed up to st helens. I haven't been up there since last summer. I planned on taking a nice easy day since I just got back from doing 2,000 miles down to Laguna and just felt like a nice steady cruise. Rides never turn out how you think though :? I was scouting out some new places to camp so I did a few new forest service roads which was cool. Got gas at the last stop before heading up the mt. and a guy on the new v-rod sport bike thingy tucked in behind me. :shock: I was keeping the pace in the 70mph range and just chillin riding "the pace" and the guy was doing a pretty good job of keeping up. sure enough gets a bit tighter and all of a sudden he is gone from my mirror.

whip a U'e and sure enough he's crawling out from under his bike. At least he picked the only place in 80 miles that didn't have a cliff or trees. He went off in a perfect spot with just some dirt and grass. He was ok his bike a bit dinged up but rideable. after helping him I was back on my way, not about an hour behind schedule.

because I was behind I had to take some freeway home and left the speed limit to slight interpertation. This time I tucked in behind a guy on a custom choper/harely like thing that was wearing loafers and a t-shirt. he had the thing loaded down like he was on a long trip. I think the guy was a Las Vages extreme guy on vacation cause I could barley keep up through traffic.

about 300 miles, got home late causing my wife to be late for work...... :(

cool forest service rd that had a canopy of trees


looking down on Yale lake a resivor south of st helens


windy ridge going up st helens. Its hard to really show the crazyness of this rd. it looks like the moon with small bushes after the 1980 blast. Since there are no trees in your way you can see through most corners and also see the huuuuge drop off. Makes it kinda scary to ride. the road is litteraly carved out of the side of the mt.


st helnes. if you look closely you can see right in the center the old perfect cone shaped lava dome. to it's left is the new dome that is growing the size of a hose every minute for the past few months. if you look close also you can see it steaming.


mt rainier
 

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you didn't venture into the crater?! borrring! :lol:


j/k, good pics!
 

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Punkjumper, is that the east side? I've been up 504 to the observatory, but I didn't see the roads you were on.

next time you go let me know, i am just down the street in lake o.
 

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Scotch said:
Punkjumper, is that the east side? I've been up 504 to the observatory, but I didn't see the roads you were on.

next time you go let me know, i am just down the street in lake o.
sure thing! NE and south side is where all the good roads are. I'm in clackamas.
 

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Wow, nice views!

I saw a Discovery Channel show about those two volcanos. I wouldn't want to live in their proximity in the near future. Same with Yellowstone Park. :shock:
 

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Awesome pics! Makes me desperately want to take a trip up to the north GA mountains (closest to FL). It's just way too flat down here.
 
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Wow, nice views!

I saw a Discovery Channel show about those two volcanos. I wouldn't want to live in their proximity in the near future. Same with Yellowstone Park. :shock:
I don't think you need to be worried about living near Yellowstone. If Yellostone did ever blow its top (like it was supposed to like 200 years ago), there would probably be nobody left in North America to tell the story. so really, unless you would want to go out like the people on "The Day After Tomorrow" (freezing in nuclear winter due to the ash in the air) then you would actually want to live very close to Yellowstone. Anyways, this is probably never really gonna happen within like 10 generations, so I will stop ranting trying to scare anyone. :shock:
P.S. I wish I had mountains and stuff to ride in. North Dakota sucks :(
 
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Awesome pics! Makes me desperately want to take a trip up to the north GA mountains (closest to FL). It's just way too flat down here.

You should do that sometime. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL, and i hear ya about it being too damned flat.

I was just at some of the north georgia mountains over the 4th of july weekend, and although I was just in my friends mustang, we were both commenting on how the switchbacks and twists going up to Brasstown Bald would be a fun road on a bike.
 

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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing...

Just read on the net that St. Helens is sending out 3.1 magnitude quakes! I wonder how the SV does in Ash? :)
 

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Those pictures are great. Especially the one with Mt. Ranier in the back.

What kind of camera were you using?
 

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Those pictures are great. Especially the one with Mt. Ranier in the back.

What kind of camera were you using?
just your basic Kodak easy share 3 mega pix
 

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Great pics.

When I was at Laguna Seca, there was a couple in our suite from Portland, and I mentioned that I had seen a post on here about somebody planning to ride to Laguna from Portland. The wife said that she rides an SV, but had never even heard of this site.
 

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punkjumper said:
Scotch said:
Punkjumper, is that the east side? I've been up 504 to the observatory, but I didn't see the roads you were on.

next time you go let me know, i am just down the street in lake o.
sure thing! NE and south side is where all the good roads are. I'm in clackamas.
damn man I'm looking at the map, hitting up the NE side is a pretty good haul, but at least on a map the roads look great! What's take to get up there? 3-4 hours?

I can't even tell whether some of these roads are paved, I definately need a guide :shock:
 

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frame is powdercoat.

I left at 9am and got home a bit after 6. I took some other roads and checked out campsites so I spent prolly an extra hour doing that. from battle ground go up 503 to 90 go east then north up 25 and then 99 up windy ridge. come back down and continue north on 25 to Randle get gas and come home (minus the trip up windy ridge)

count on a full day and sore legs!
 
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