Mt. Washington Auto Road.

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Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Tpex » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:52 am

I've been looking forward to driving the Ural up to the summit and had the perfect opportunity during the first week of October.

Trailering the rig to the base after camping the night at the NH state Dolly Copp campground. The camp ground is just a few miles North of the Auto Road entrance. They have running water, flush toilets and sink, the fee was $22. The camp ground was filling up when I arrived after 3pm but I was able to get a nice spot, most are wooded.
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Heating canned chili on my Soviet copy of a Swedish Primus gasoline stove.
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After a cool night (37F), hot instant coffee. Add a tin of German kippers (Walmart) and 2 old banana, ensured I empty my bowels for the drive up. :lol:
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At the Auto Road entrance there is a large dirt parking lot, no issues leaving the trailer there.
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On the AutoRoad at 8:30am:
Started out with 1 and 2nd gear, but eventually stayed in first. I took a lot of stops and took in the scenery to allow the engine to cool a bit.
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Above the tree line with more visibility. There is a short dirt section, when I saw a truck spraying water, I parked up on the side to wait for him to finish. The parking places are nearer level(ish) ground, so taking off from them wasn't a strain on the clutch.
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Tpex » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:59 am

At the top with the cog train above.
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Made it up just fine. I took lots of breaks to help cool the engine and take in the scenery.

What to see at, and from, the top:

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OK, now to get down :lol:
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Mr Wazzock » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:07 pm

Tpex wrote:Heating canned chili on my Soviet copy of a Swedish Primus gasoline stove.
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I had one of them! :D
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Tpex » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:10 pm

On the way down I left it in 1st gear and kept my speed around 5-8mph, rarely going over 10. I pulled off a lot to give way to ascending traffic (and there was a lot), let the brakes cool and again take in the scenery on this very clear and mild autumn day.
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That was it.
The brakes weren't over heating too bad, but the front started to feel a little wooden.

1.5 hours going up. 1 hour up there. 1hr 45 minutes down. Got my $17 worth :lol:

I use to live in Colorado around 20 years ago and took my (then) K75S up Mt. Evens (highest paved road in the US?). The Mt. Washington road is steeper with some narrower sections on the switch-backs (from fading memory). Those who have been up to Mt Evans may not find Mt. Washington as exciting as those who've never been out west. However, it still is a nice ride and zipping up on a light 2-wheeler could be fun if one is the first through the gate when they open in the morning.


Now off to Maine.
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Niteblues » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:41 pm

. :thumbsup:
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Albuquralque » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:54 pm

Niteblues wrote:. :thumbsup:



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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Tin Man » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:33 pm

Nice...... :cheers:
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby jaybird » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:22 pm

Nice write up Tpex,

I've been up twice, the last time this past mid September on the Retro, and the first time several years ago in mid September on the Gear Up.
Both times 2 up, and non stop up and down, spent a fair amount of time at the summit, one of my favorite Ural rides. Next time I'll probably stop along the route and do some short hikes/site seeing.
I had no trouble with overheating of engine or brakes, I think that would be more of a problem for vehicles with an automatic transmission.
I'm still wanting to ride the steam powered cog train, maybe next time.
I'll have to check out Mt. Evans when I get out that way.

Thanks again for the nice write up.

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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby CrankyTom » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:38 am

I did that ride in late Sept. this year,just myself,no monkey.I had to stop twice to let the engine cool,but that was partly due to there being more auto traffic than I anticipated.If they had sat down with computers and engineering info to figure out the worst possible speed for my Ural they couldn't have done a better job.Still made it all the way up though,this is the second time I've done this on the Ural.It's a bit of a work out wrestling the rig up eight miles of steep uphill.
Coming down was no problem,first and second gear all the way.Stopped once to admire the view and let some very slow traffic to open up some distance but the brakes were fine.Was running between fifteen and twenty five miles an hour most of the way down.
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby Tpex » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:31 pm

Thanks, I took it slow and easy to preserve the delicate Ural. :foilhead:

I can only imagine the fun I would have had back in my SuperMoto racing days (amateur) sliding my then 450SX up to the top. :moto:
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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby jaybird » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:57 am

Tpex wrote:Thanks, I took it slow and easy to preserve the delicate Ural. :foilhead:
I can only imagine the fun I would have had back in my SuperMoto racing days (amateur) sliding my then 450SX up to the top. :moto:



Yes, they are rather delicate, and that would be fun on a SuperMoto.

Apparently they had a road race this past year and the winner set a record of 5 Minutes, I don't know if that was up and down though.

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Re: Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Postby co_g30 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:22 pm

Thanks for the compare/contrast between the Mt Washington road and the Mt Evans road....good to know. I've ridden Mt Evans and Pikes Peak with all my rigs and it's fun each time. I've found though, its best for the clutch to not stop so much for pics on the way up but stop as much as you want on the way down. :)
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