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Offline MobileWill

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2018 Ride for Science
« on: October 26, 2017, 03:36:25 am »
A bit early but I came up with an idea today. I realized that one of the LIGO Observatory is right here in Washington! I thought it would make for a great ride destination. LIGO is what detected the gravitational waves that was in the news recently. I pick up my bike this weekend and have been thinking about future rides. I haven't organized rides before so this would be a first and hopefully I can get some help with how this all works.

LIGO: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/WA/

They do free tours of the observatory. I think this could be a good 1 day or weekend ride. Depends when they do tours.

https://goo.gl/maps/SuSb8YGqYBC2


Thoughts anyone?
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 04:12:48 am »
Very cool! I'm in and riding in eastern WA is actually pretty good. Looking at the site, next public tour is November 11th. The only issue I see is getting over the Snoqualmie pass for the western side folks. Others might not have too much issue if they're already on the eastern or southern areas. A good morning and lunch stop would be good for a day ride as the public tour starts at 1p.

Not sure how to get this going and if you can add it to the calendar as a forum subscriber. Either way, word of mouth from here or Meetup site is an idea.
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 06:07:21 am »
 Any AAD and the AD can add the event to the NW calendar.
 Provide me with the details, date/time/contact info and I will add it. If possible what are the restrictions if any of entering the area?
 Meeting at a retail location like a restaurant of convenience store is helpful.
 Camping or motel info for the prior night? Depending on meet time.

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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 05:05:17 am »
Originally I was thinking next year but the 11th might work. Wonder how weather would be in November? See how the bike pick up goes this weekend, 1600 miles in 2 or 3 days.
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 05:02:17 pm »
If this takes off I have a large flatbed trailer that would easily haul five maybe more bikes and my Duramax has five seats. I would be willing to haul a group over the pass for the ride. Anyone interested PM me early so we can make provisions and ensure every bike can be properly tied down and protected.
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2017, 06:02:24 pm »
Hey, cool - this LIGO is local to me!   


If schedule/route works, you could combine this with a riders meal at my local food/drink place,
West Richland Golf Course - has restaurant / bar.  Like 10 miles from LIGO.   
This fall or next year, either.  If the meal thing doesn't work - it's all good!
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2017, 09:57:35 pm »
 
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my local food/drink place,


Cecil, I bet the BLT's there must be terrific. ;)
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 06:54:20 pm »
If this takes off I have a large flatbed trailer that would easily haul five maybe more bikes and my Duramax has five seats. I would be willing to haul a group over the pass for the ride. Anyone interested PM me early so we can make provisions and ensure every bike can be properly tied down and protected.

The November 11 date sounds good to me.  I also have an enclosed trailer that can haul 2 or 3 bikes and pickup truck with seating for five if more of us west-siders  want to attend this.  I'm up in the north end (Lake Stevens), Grant where are you located?
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 07:57:20 pm »
If this takes off I have a large flatbed trailer that would easily haul five maybe more bikes and my Duramax has five seats. I would be willing to haul a group over the pass for the ride. Anyone interested PM me early so we can make provisions and ensure every bike can be properly tied down and protected.

The November 11 date sounds good to me.  I also have an enclosed trailer that can haul 2 or 3 bikes and pickup truck with seating for five if more of us west-siders  want to attend this.  I'm up in the north end (Lake Stevens), Grant where are you located?
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2017, 07:34:09 pm »
Wow, that's great you guys have trailers for the bikes! Next 2 weeks is getting colder and wetter, so if this ride happens then the trailer option will have to do to get over the pass. Or we can plan for next year!
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 11:19:58 pm »
I vote for planning this for next year. I got the bike safely home but I need to take it in for service. The right fork is leaking oil on the brakes.
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2017, 05:10:27 pm »
The weather doesn't look real good for the 11th. I vote doing this in the spring time too.
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Re: 2018 Ride for Science
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2017, 12:07:17 am »
Awesome idea! I'm a science teacher and talk about LIGO with my students. I add my voice to those saying Spring. Having just driven over the pass yesterday I know I will not be riding my bike over anytime in the next 4-5 months. But organizing an April-ish ride sounds fantastic!!

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