FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 13 Jun 2019 14:21

I'm in, car fueled, cold plugs in, ready to go. Weather looks to be good.

We have missed the free parking at the Fort, so remember to bring some small U.S., I do not remember if it takes any sort of credit or debit card.
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1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by gooned » 13 Jun 2019 19:06

You guys cruising to the dub on 192 Fri night?

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 14 Jun 2019 09:20

No, I have too much to do. I will plan to hit that in July.

I don't want to have to re-fuel the car Friday night and disturb the neighbour's. I have just enough fuel in one tank to make the whole trip.

Plan is still to be at Campbell Valley store by 5 to 5:15 Am and head to the Border ASAP. Stop at Franks for breakfast in Oak Harbour.
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1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 14 Jun 2019 19:04

Who all is in for the drive?

Keith, Norm, Mike....Paul cannot make it this time. The days of 12 cars is sure long gone.

Lets hope our July drive will get some more out.
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1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by funwithmonkeys » 14 Jun 2019 19:56

Johnathan in the Blue 260 is in.
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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by gooned » 14 Jun 2019 20:25

Have a safe & fun outing gents, throttleoversteer is your mission target...

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by butters68 » 15 Jun 2019 10:26

3 fiddy is all fuelled up ready to go. 52 litres at$1.66L for 94 , round about 85 bucks. :?
ding ding dong dong all night long long.

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 15 Jun 2019 15:46

Looks like just the 4 of us then.

Crazy traffic around the Mission bridge today..cripes..they are paving. I lucked out I was early enough North bound, but, South bound was screwed. Then, when I left the track at 2:00 PM, South bound traffic was BACK to the Lougheed highway, just nuts! Those poor people will take at least 2 hours to cross that damn bridge. I went back Lougheed.

The ambulance was late getting to the track, so, I did not see Tracey or Harry race, everything shifted 30 minutes and I had to be back home for a family dinner.

Left my camera at the track so pictures to follow later.
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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 16 Jun 2019 03:43

It's 3:36 am, beautiful full moon out, clear skies, zero clouds at this point. I think we will miss that marine cloud today.
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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by GreenPinch » 16 Jun 2019 11:03

I wish I was there. I love Ft Casey. look for the wild rabbits. Looking forward to photos of this beautiful day.

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by butters68 » 16 Jun 2019 19:59

what a fun day,very cool driven down chuckanut. and yes we did see the wild bunny rabbits also some deer. :mrgreen:
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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 17 Jun 2019 15:31

Story and pics up this evening!
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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 17 Jun 2019 20:48

A FIRE ENGINE…….SERIOUSLY…!!!!???

I woke up at 3:00 Am sharp, the super bright “strawberry” moon blasting through my window, I thought I missed my alarm and the sun was up…arg.

Oh well, it gave me time to have a couple of cups of coffee and really wake up for a change. I wandered out the door at 4:30 to head to the garage, arriving to the sounds of a LOT of sirens heading somewhere.

I decided to just run my “hot” plugs, as most of the drive is really a cruise with small blasts of boost. With that in mind it was just a case of rolling the car out, close the door, hit the key and roll a block away to let the car warm up.

Mike was already there with his gleaming copper 350Z with beautiful new wheels, they really look good on the car. Soon Norm and Jonathan showed up, early, so we headed to the Border. Norm, Jonathan and I got through ok but, Mike was sent to secondary, what the hell. Soon I saw the hot lights come on, the sound of a bamboo cane being used, and, maybe some water boarding going on. Mike finally came out, smiling, seems they had some issue with his last name and wanted to check that it was not some alias. Go figure…….

After stopping for some fuel we were finally off down I-5, right on time actually as we did leave earlier. Traffic was zip and in a half hour we hit Fairhaven, where, the local deer was standing in the middle of the intersection (Like our last trip) making sure we obeyed the 25 MPH speed limit.

Finally clearing the town limits we could wick it up a bit.

Now, if you have never done the Chuckanut drive, it is a 20 mile stretch of winding, hairpin corners, totally covered over with a canopy of trees, and, the lanes just wider than our 510’s, with either a rock retaining wall, or, natural rock wall, lining the sides most of the way.

As I had not driven my car really hard this year and unsure of how much heat was both in the tires and the pavement (which was cold), I was getting a feel for grip. We had already done a few good blasts and were about three quarters of the way through, when, on a blind left hand sweeper (which was very tight), a FIRE ENGINE CAME AROUND THE CORNER, LIGHTS ON BUT no SIREN, SLIGHTLY IN MY LANE!!!!!!

Holy Mother of God Crudmucker #@&*%$#@ I had no time to think, just squeezed to the right as far as I could, as the engine went past me with inches to spare. I glanced in the mirror for a micro blink hoping Norm, Jonathan and Mike were over also.

It is a good thing that on our drives that we do stay in our lane, no matter what. If we cannot see through a corner to maybe use the whole road, it is our lane only. If ever there was a case for that, this was it. I swear I could see the bugs on that retaining wall and my pop eyes in the gleaming chrome of the fire engine as it went by with 6” to spare!

The 20 miles went by in a blink and on this trip I elected to just stay on the main road to get to Hwy 20. Last time our “detour” had Norm and I showering the cars behind us with pea gravel, as the new road surface had not been seal coated yet.

The great land of Washington State has decided to embody roundabouts, which to me are G-Circles and on the way to Oak Harbour, we did encounter a few, one even under construction.

The sun was up now but we ended up under a mix of that marine cloud, keeping the temps nice for the motors.

Frank’s Diner was our breakfast stop, a total homage to the American Military and, for us Canuck’s, a pure slice of Americana, which I always find interesting. A good hearty breakfast was had by all, heading out into the morning sun.

Fort Casey was but a 40 minute drive, light traffic and on the last segment to the Fort, a series of hairpins was attacked with enthusiasm.

A cool marine wind greeted us at the Fort and after paying for our parking, we wandered the area, seeing of course the deer and LOTS of baby rabbits. The Fort had opened up the powder magazines, which were a labyrinth under the gun emplacements, really cool. I snapped a few pictures of the lighthouse for a friend and upon our leaving, witnessed a small herd of deer with two young fawns playing tag at the entrance to the park.

Our next leg had us none stop till Sedro Woolley for fuel, then heading back the old Hwy 99 towards the Aldergrove border crossing, where Mr. Grumpy Border guard gave me a bit of a hard time about not moving forward on the green light. He had screwed around in the booth, even waving to the two cars in front of me to come forward, all the while mucking about with his sun screen, where he could not be seen. You could tell he was just not a happy camper with that job and his face looked the part!

We did get some open road on that leg where we could blast along at 10 over, and, lucked out again with the section that has some great right angle corners with good sight lines, too much fun. As the group was all on sticky rubber, the “train” stayed very close.

I zipped back to my place, let the car cool down, re-fueled it and gave it a de-bugging wash. I did that whole trip on one tank of fuel with maybe a gallon left, which would have been 24’ish MPG. I did 220 miles, 4:55 hours moving time, 6:14 total. I was back home by 12:30 and had another part of the day to use! Early is good! Our moving average was sure slow, speaks to all the traffic and towns we had to go through.

Thanks to all that came along, that was a good day and even better, as none of us had RED fire engine paint down the side of our cars!!!!

Keith Law
June 16, 2019
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1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 17 Jun 2019 20:50

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Re: FORT CASEY REDUX 2019

Post by bertvorgon » 17 Jun 2019 20:51

Final and stay tuned for our July drive.
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"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

Keith Law
1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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