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Super SPLASH - July 2003
The 6th annual Sport Lap Around St. Helens.Motorcyclists from California, Oregon, Washington and Canada converge for some
of the best roads of the NorthWest.
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Steeped in adventurous flavour from the onset.
Choices was the root theme for this motorcycle group ride.
Let's meet at Starbucks in Langley.
One of the first
years we didn't have to pray heavily to the weather gods.
Traveling south along Route 9 to avoid the Washington interstate, there was light traffic and minimal interruption.
The modest gas tank of the Buell S1 and Blast set precedence for fuel stops.
Due for a break from the heat we had lunch at a little pub along the roadside in Carnation.
On the road, the only problem encountered was with Shawn's Buell S3. A nut worked it's way off the header stud. We stopped at an automotive shop in Maple Valley and replaced it in no time.
The motorcycle journey continued without dilemma.
Our choice to ride the back side of Mount St. Helens brought us late to Woodland, Washington. We missed fun in the sun at Horseshoe Lake with the ski-boat supplied by Dave (Spudman).
We also missed a great barbecue hosted by Chris and Loni and the socializing that went along with it. But choosing to ride those switchback roads around the volcano was worth the exhilaration!
Looking forward to riding a full day tomorrow.
We were amazed by the turn out.
At last count, we had forty-one motorcycles roaring toward the mountain.
The annual SPLASH route provided the twisties of Mount St Helens with an opportunity for tourist sightseeing.
We took the shorter route and ventured up Windy Ridge to witness the devastation that befell Mount St. Helens.
Thankfully over the years greenery has begun to overtake some of the desolate areas.
A friend helped a motorcyclist stranded with a flat tire. Although not part of our group, we cured a fellow motorist's helplessness and got him on his way.
Life continues beyond the volcano
as motorcycles roar through the twining asphalt to converge on the sleepy town of
The parking lot was buzzing with
activity, looking like an impromptu motorcycle show with over 38 entries.
Sunday morning promises more motorcycle fun in the sun.
Bob Gussenhoven, Chris Taylor and others helped raise funds for a Thundercross motorcycle event at a nearby campground.
Sharon and Gumby (Dave) were awesome at running the event and providing a professional set up with proceeds going to the Diabetes Foundation. Chris, Steve and Harvey (among others) were volunteer flag people, directing participants through the course.
Thankfully she sustained only
minor injuries and was able to ride home.
I placed first in the Women's category on my Buell Blast. Joy took second place on her Buell S3T.
Riding a Honda Hawk, Brian won first in the sportbike class with Bob in hot pursuit on his Triumph ;SpeedTriple. (Only 6/100th of a second between 1st and 2nd place).
In the sport touring class Don placed first on his Buell S3 and Galen came in second on a Cafe Racer style BMW.
Thanks to Cascade Peaks Campground for the use of their space. Seems to be a nice place to camp if you ever get the chance.
We chose to stay another night for a fresh start homeward in the morning.
Thanks to Bob and Debbie's hospitality, we were able to enjoy our American friends for another night, prolonging the festivities.
Another motorcycle ride for the memory book.
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