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User guide for the Wunderbar/WS sandbar (sticky please)

 
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moondog

Since 15 Aug 2007
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PostThu Jul 10, 14 6:13 pm    User guide for the Wunderbar/WS sandbar (sticky please) Reply with quote

I am now on the Board of the CGKA to represent the kiters on the Washington side of the river. Our spot has been discovered so it is up to us to keep it.
Rule Numero Uno: Don't cross the tracks, don't stand NEAR the tracks, park and walk east to walk under the RR trestle. The engineer is required to file an incident report if a humanoid is within 15 ft. of the tracks.
Numero Dos: Back-in parking ONLY! Driving west, eyeball open spots, continue driving west and after the Underwood turnoff, pull into the gravel parking to the right. Clear traffic to the west(one mile) trust me you will need it. Enter the highway heading east and pull just in front of the open spot and then back-in. Make sure your front end is totally off the asphalt. The semi's are roaring thru at 50+ and have little room for maneuvering or stopping. Signs have been installed on the fence to alert people to back-in, but every day I see a car parked face in. We the locals who have the most to lose, need to police this. 97.2% of the people I encounter are very willing to listen and correct their parking misdeeds.
Numero Tres: This is not a beginner launch area. The WS river temp is 45 degrees. There are numerous stumps, logs and punji sticks to impel you when you do your face plants. The current is swift and there is a frequent wind shadow in the launch area that makes the launch challenging. Sand space is limited, please roll up kites when through so others can pump up or land. Feel free to share ideas and solutions, this is a gift we don't want to lose. John Mooney

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lekaks

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PostThu Jul 10, 14 6:30 pm     Reply with quote

Thx for the post John...

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wood

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PostFri Jul 11, 14 7:24 am     Reply with quote

Hey Moondog good work! I am assuming that BNSF has given the write away to cross there property? Walking along fence and going under the bridge?

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moondog

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PostFri Jul 11, 14 8:33 am     Reply with quote

We don't have BNSF's blessing at this time. Our goal is to maintain a" No Drama" policy which is more of a challenge on the parking/highway side of the equation.
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unbob

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PostSat Jul 12, 14 9:37 pm     Reply with quote

Great info John - thanks for your effort.

I have 22' length truck/camper. There is no way I can back-in park along south-side of hwy 14. Trust me, I will not attempt that. Question: am I permitted to park such an "over-sized" vehicle parallel to the highway west of where the "back-in" vehicles park? If so, how far west should I park?

I know I can park in the small parking area on the west side of Alt 141 just off hwy 14. But that means then walking across the WS highway bridge and crossing the highway which I really don't want to do.

Are there any other options for me? (other than launching at the HR sandbar - please not that).

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moondog

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PostSun Jul 13, 14 11:16 am     Reply with quote

Unbob, we have some long rigs that show up and park WEST of a big hiway sign about 3/4 the way down the shoulder. Any little bit a angling helps to allow more vehicles to park and also allows more visibility on departure.
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unbob

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PostSun Jul 13, 14 6:15 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks - I'll look for the sign next time. Sure don't want to cause any problem parking my big rig.
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niknas

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PostTue Jul 17, 18 2:24 pm    User guide for the Wunderbar/WS sandbar sticky please Reply with quote

BUMP!!

Seems a few people are forgetting the basic parking guidelines for the Wunderbar. Saw two cars parked on the north side of 14 across from the Wunderbar entrance 7/17/2018. Shocked I assume the cars belonged to Kiters? No parking on pavement. The space between the white line and dirt (guardrail) is for bicycles not parking.

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moondog

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PostTue Jul 17, 18 3:07 pm     Reply with quote

The Sprinter belonged to a gentleman that was helping his girlfriend's Jeep that got stuck in the massive drain hole. So....2 women bathers saw it parked there and decided it was OK to park there also. They happened to park right next to the "No parking anytime" sign, so if a cop comes by they will be ticketed.

Bottom line, don't park on the North side of the highway. This was a first and an exceptional situation with the stuck car.

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