Photos and story by Robert Muir
As with many good stories; Dan Harman and I were drinking in the late summer of 2016 reminiscing about our rides with the PNWDS crew. We talked about how it would be fun to host an event at my house and ride up towards Mt. Baker. Fast forward to summer 2017 and we had been riding almost exclusively dirt and had yet to make a true route for a dual sport ride when Jesse messaged us in early July and asked if we could host a ride in August… about a month away. Of course we said yes, and with the help of my wonderful girlfriend Maegan we all set about planning the ride and working on the grounds to make them as welcoming as possible. We are lucky enough to live out in the county north of Bellingham, WA on a few acres which provides us with the ability to provide ample parking for riders who were on smaller bikes and did not want to ride them long distances to camp.
Unfortunately our neighbors to the north decided this summer would be a good one to light most of their country on fire and the air was thick with smoke for the riding weekend (and many others before and since). We could not let that stop us though and we led everyone over Sumas Mtn., our only dirt on the way to Artist Point, and slabbed it up Mt. Baker. The views were much less powerful than on a clear day but the ride was good and we saw quite a few car clubs making the same journey in some very neat vehicles.
On our way down we detoured to see Twin Lakes and get some more dirt in. The 7 or so miles up was dusty and we crossed paths with a number of cars but the road has some great views and the peaks around the lakes seemed to keep some of the smoke away and it was beautiful.
On our way back we made another stop at the Nooksack Falls. It is easily accessible and only about a 20 yard walk from the parking area.
Photos by Dan Harman:
We decided to take the quicker route over Sumas Mtn. on our way back rather than the route we had planned and keep it to the easier sections as it had been a fairly long day and most everyone was looking forward to some cold beers and dinner.
As is usual for Washington in August a burn ban was in effect so a fire was not a smart choice, so instead of that we set up a makeshift screen out of a white tarp on the side of our barn and set a projector up to watch a movie (we did this both nights). Of course everything was motorcycle themed… more or less and it was a nice way to wind down in the evening and relax.
It was great to see all who came out and we were all glad we had such a good turnout and that we were trusted to show folks a little of our neck of the woods.
Pictured above: Our group site, as seen from the sky by Jackson Carpenter
May 5-7 2017, 200+ members of the PNWDS community gathered together at Lake Cushman, traveling from all of the Pacific Northwest. Located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, this area was perfect for camping, riding, and treated us with epic landscapes and perfect spring weather.
The event location was Skokomish Park. All tent sites at the venue were reserved for the event, and were large enough that multiple bikes and tents could share each spot. On the other side of the park was our large group camp area. Reserved for gathering during the day, sharing a bonfire at night, event announcement meeting area, food truck location, and vendor booths.
Friday afternoon attendees started arriving on bikes and settling into reserved tent camping spots that were shared with other attendees. It was quite the site riding through the camp and seeing so many dual sport and adventure bikes surrounding tents in the rainforest setting.
Saturday, there were 3 different group rides available to join in on. Beginner/Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced. Riders gathered at the main group camp at specified times, had a pre-ride meeting, and then took off into the Olympic mountains. Epic views, great trails, teamwork, and comradery all day long. Each ride was led by one of our local vendors, Dirt FIrst, High Desert Adventures, or GripTwister Tours. One of these group rides included 45 riders.
Later that evening, we gave away thousands of dollars in prizes donated by the industry. Raffle tickets that were free to everyone who bought a ticket. Mosko Moto donated many cases of Ninkasi beer to be shared all night around our huge bonfire.
Thank you to all the business that supported and/or attended: