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Old 08-30-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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2012 PNWR Angels Rally a success!
Over the weekend of August 24-26, 2012 - the women of PNWR were invited to come out and play in the Columbia River Gorge for the 2nd Annual Ladies Ride Through the Gorge.

Rides and Lodging were hosted by Mel (me lol). Those able to attend this year were Lena, Darkeyes, Quicklimegirl, Sirena, and Ashfoot.

Friday evening there was a hands-on maintenance workshop planned where those with experience would share their knowledge with those who would like to learn more or just be aware of how to do the basics... change the oil; clean, lube, and adjust the chain, check break fluid and tire pressures, etc.

We had a great time Friday evening getting to know each other a little better and the journeys we've traveled to get to where we are now. We were enjoying it far too much though, as we looked at the clock and realized we had to be on the road in 8 hours lol.



Saturday Route Map <<<clicky
Morning came around far too soon, but it was up'n at'em to meet up with the local group for our weekly SMC. 6 of the 7 regulars were there, including Infidel and R1 Jackal's wives. They are still pretty new and not used to group riding yet - so we couldn't quite convince them to come along with us. Lena and Darkeyes came rumbling in with their Monsters just a little after we got there...and the fellowship was complete lol









After a great breakfast at the Water's Edge Bistro, in The Dalles, we set off for the first loop of our route: 8 Mile to 5 Mile, Steele Rd, 3 Mile and back down into town via Dry Hollow Rd, hit East and West Scenic Drives with an initial stop at Sorosis Park - overlooking The Dalles with Mt Adams, Klickitat hills, the gorge and The Dalles Dam included in the views.



Second leg was out Cherry Heights to Browns Creek followed by Hwy 30 out to Rowena, and taking the infamous Rowena curves up to the crest overlook.







After some water, pics and general hi-jinks, we suited back up and headed out for the third stretch of the route. We traveled down into Mosier, and took the only 5 mile stretch of interstate on the entire route. We made a quick potty stop in Hood River and crossed into Washington via the Button Bridge in Hood River - I gotta give the gals props... This bridge is the cause of anxiety for many, as it's long and steel grated, typically with wind involved. It's not really all that bad once you've done it...but until then, it's a scary son-of-a-bitch inside your head. Everyone did great, and no one bopped me on the helmet for including it

Onward to Bingen and the old Hwy 141 route up to Glenwood, where we stopped for some shade and a snack. That horrible planner didn't schedule a lunch in the route...sheesh!!!













From Glenwood, we finished out 141, met up with Hwy 142 and headed back South through the Klickitat Canyon to Lyle ...and more shade....it was a precious commodity!!





Last leg...but certainly not the least enjoyable. Canyon Road to 142 and back up to Goldendale.



Dinner was at Ayutla's in Goldendale...where apparently medium means nothing to the waiter lol. What a great conversation, and so many laughs!!!



Back to the house...we spent the evening talking about the day and having a blast playing Catch Phrase. Lights out was late again...good thing the schedule was pretty loose for the weekend!! lol

Sunday started off with the smells of fresh coffee, with bacon and sausage going on the stove. After the groggyness started wearing off, and the ladies were roaming around some, french toast, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs and yogurt were put out on the table to complete the breakfast options to fuel us for Day 3.

Before departing, we drew raffle tickets for prizes - Ashfoot came away with the grand prize - a 3 sided grunge brush package, Bel-Ray dry wax chain lube and a container of shae body butter. Other prizes were some pink/black and white/black zebra striped duct tapes, a mini flashlight, mini first aid kit, Repsol chain lube, and a euro tire pressure gague. A photo frame was available for the most Photo Scavenger Hunt finds, and an ORP hat went to the rider with the best poker hand from Saturday's ride.

Sunday Route Map (approximate..we're girls...we change our minds! lol <<<<clicky
With fresh coffee in us, and our bellies full, we started gearing and getting ready to embark on the other half of our journey. Quicklimegirl headed home via some roads she wanted to check out, while the rest of us headed into Central Oregon for the high desert air.



Backroads and twisty routes (chipseal inlcluded...bah!) out to Condon and Fossil with a late lunch stop in Antelope. Upon arrival, we received some sad and unfortunate news, which was the second one for the weekend. I think each of us took some time to internally assess things. The dancing flowers on the sill of the restaurant may have been plently kitchy...but ya know, sometimes kitchy is just what is needed. Sirena picked one up to take home - and I still think she should get some mounting tape and put it on her Duc in place of a Hawaiian Hula Girl. lmao





Next up...heading back North - through Maupin and Tygh Valley to the Mt. Hood National Forest on the historic Barlow Road (ahhh....cooler temps!!!).

We gathered back up at the junction with Hwy 35, and even though I wanted to continue for the full route I had planned, the sun was setting and the temps were dropping. I made the decision to go ahead and split off there and head back down the mountain to Hood River and home.

We had some more laughs there at the intersection, and said our good byes.







I really can't thank you gals enough for this weekend. The time and comradre spent is one of those life events - the ones that you remember and look back on fondly, that rekindle your drive, refresh your spirit, and give you the warm fuzzies.

I know many of the women in this community don't really go "all girl" things - there's intrepedation usually as to how it will turn out, whether it will be an environment that fits or is comfortable...or fun for that matter. We're all so independant and individual, it's sometimes hard to get a group together and accomplish this. I feel very fortuante for us to have such a great group of gals here on the forum. We're still all very unique, but we manage to break that ugly stereotype that is commonly associated with us getting together. It gives me a sense of satisfaction and pride to be the provider of one of these events...but really, I'm just facilitating the gathering...you gals out there are the ones that make it what it is. I wasn't surprised by it...but it made me incredibly happy and proud to see everyone working together when someone needed something, to feel comfortable opening up and chatting without worry of judgement, to hear everyone sharing their opinions, knowledge, and some stories... and of course...their sense of humor!!

Ya gotta love these gals, and our group here in the Angels...and I'm quite proud to be a part of it, and honored to call you friends.

For the women who are newer to the forum - if you're interested in keeping up on the Girl's Ride Out's...or would like to have more information on the Angles section of the forum, see the first post in this link and contact Lena for admission.
http://pnwriders.com/announcements/1...ome-hop-2.html

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #2
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Great pics, Mel! Looks like a great time was had I think it's cool that you get things organized and bring more riders out to the area.

It was fun meeting you all!

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Old 08-31-2012, 05:46 AM   #3
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Nice meeting you too! It was an awesome ride and one I'll never forget! So glad I got the chance to ride those roads!

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Old 08-31-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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For any pics slightly more interesting, gotta visit the Angels section.

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:55 PM   #5
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From: Zillah WA, The Dalles OR

I Ride: 2010 BMW 1200GS, 2010 Ducati Monster 1100S, 2011 Yamaha WR250R, 1985 Beta TR32.
Nice report! Did you see the vid I posted of you guys on FB??

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Old 09-01-2012, 12:08 AM   #6
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Nope , is it on the PNWriders group page?

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Old 09-01-2012, 05:36 AM   #7
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Nice report! Did you see the vid I posted of you guys on FB??
I finally found it (it's on Ron's page Ash), but it wouldn't play on mobile. Will have to remember to look it up again when I'm tethered.

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