Northwest Spodefest

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Okay, after the Sunday afternoon parking lot discussion at Moonrocks I have an idea for a Northwest Spodefest at Lake Gillette the weekend of June 29th.

Lake Gillette is about 2.5 hours from Spokane, and 25 miles from Colville Washington. They have campgrounds galore, two nice lakes, cabins from $45 - $65 per night on the lake, showers, small restaurant and a variety of trails from beginner to expert in the Colville National Forest. There are also hotels & motels in Colville 25 miles away. Great riding, followed up with a jaunt in the lake on jetskis, boats, whatever. The resort said they have some cabins and plenty of campground open for June 29th weekend. I have a few pics in my CR500 Album of the Gillette area.

The trails include the infamous and technical Batey Bould system, and the less difficult Little Pond Oreille system. Links to the NMA maps are:
http://www.nmaoffroad.org/orvguide/mapne2.htm

Both 23 and 24 are accesible from Gillette

DNR info of Batey Bould (thanks to Josef):
http://users.eagles.sisna.com/yosef.eagle/biking/places/area/ne/bateymap.jpg

DNR info on Little Pond Oreille (little pond o'ray):
http://users.eagles.sisna.com/yosef.eagle/biking/places/area/ne/pend_map.jpg

What's everyone think?

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Oh, Gawd, don't get me started again!! I looked it up on the computer last night, and said, "Dave, guess how long it takes to get from here to Spokane!" 38 hours of driving! 4 days. Probably won't have the time to drive it this year. If I fly out, does anyone have a bike I can borrow...?! :confused:
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After seeing the Reno pics, I'm dying to make it to one of these. I may have to do the fly in thing as well. I guess I better check Delta and see how much air fare is. Anyone got a loaner bike? Alabama to Washington...shouldn't cost too much ;)

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Lets see, 01CR80E, 90DS80, 98KLX300 and of course the beautiful pink 94CR500 for a quick spin. If none of those fit your needs, I'll check with the rest of the family & see what they have lying around.

Lori, From the variety of bikes you rode this past weekend, I'm sure we can accomodate your needs!! :) :) Better bring Dave this time, he & Karl can compare trail blazing techniques!!

CNM, check with Southwest Airlines, I've flown them from Spokane to Nashville for $99 each way! :p

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I can see my vacation time dwindling very low before the end of the year.....

I'll check with the wife about the trip - sounds like a blast.

For those that are considering flying in - look into shipping your bike on a freight carrier. One of the guys from ThumperTalk shipped his bike from Boston to Denver for the Moab trip in October. One of the Denver guys hauled the bike from Denver to Moab & back. I think it was $200-$300 for shipping.

Check out the Moab Forum on TT for freight companies.


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Well, of course I'll be there! I can entertain you all again with my fine riding techiniques. ;) I can vouch for the area--I've been there twice and loved it. It's beautiful and challenging but not frustratingly so. There's trails for all types.

It'll be a while until the snow melts though. Can't wait to get you guys up into OUR neck of the woods!
 

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Would I need to fly into Spokane or Seattle? So far I've found these rates from Birmingham to Spokane:

Delta - 1266.00 round trip :(
Southwest - 213.00 one way
Northwest - 336.50 round trip :)

If I can get the vacation day, this is a possible, yeah!!!!
 

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CNM, Spokane would be the nearest airport & we could pick you up there. Seattle is an option since Firecracker and others are there, it's about a 4 hour drive Seattle to Spokane.

For anyone interested in shipping their bikes, do a DRN Search on shipping - several people have used http://www.forwardair.com/ but the nearest depot for them is Seattle. There's other ideas posted in various threads for shipping.

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Count me in. Might have to get around to actually MEETING bbbom, rather than just planning rides :) I would imagine there is motorhome access up there?
 
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Originally posted by kalitude:
Why do I have the feeling that all my vacation time is going to spent on DRN rides this year? ;)
Well duh! ;) What else would you want to use if for!! :)

I would love to get in on this. LoriKTM, how did you like the RM125? Hopefully by then I will have another bike and I would like to keep the RM, so it's a possibility I would have it with me as a spare for anyone that wants to ride it. :)


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Seattle is probly the less expensive place to fly into.
i'll plan on being there unless something big happens(big job offer out of state?)
if someone wants to fly into Seattle, i'll probly have space in my toyota for one.
 

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Hey bbbom,

Is there a Hyatt or Hilton nearby? :D

You know what the worst thing is? I don't need a place to store my bike :p. You've got to admit it was pretty cool all of us sitting around my house on Saturday morning watching 'Time to Ride'.!

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Stop it! Stop taunting me! All these voices in my head! "Ship the bikes", "Fly to Spokane!", "Borrow a bike!" I can't stand it!! :eek:

$300 for shipping isn't too bad. I wonder if two bikes can share a bigger crate...

GSR, I think someone forgot to put in a bottom end on that RM, but otherwise it was fine! Once I adjusted to the MX powerband, we did ok. It's a good backup bike, but if you're going to do any serious trail riding, there are better options (for your next bike). :)

Bring Dave with? I don't think I could keep him at home. However, it IS right in the middle of our racing season out here, so I'll have to see what our club has planned. Hmm.
 
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Originally posted by LoriKTM:
but if you're going to do any serious trail riding, there are better options (for your next bike). :)
NO KIDDING! Tell me about it! :) I have had thoughts of KTM running through my head.... but there is no dealership near me! :( Not sure what I want.... um... well, yes I do... one of each! :D