took the kiddos out on the train...
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Great news Doohickie!
Beautiful weather here in the PNW and I have 3 day weekend and the wife is gone till Sunday afternoon.
Hmm just what shall I do?
Today I drove down to the small town of Kid Valley and rode the "Tour D Blast' route to Mt St. Helens. This is an out n back route on a very nice roadway which follows the Toutle River eastward to the Mountain. There was lots of climbing along the way
The roadway was put in after the eruption in 1980 and it is lightly used. Only a few tourists in cars and a few logging trucks were seen today. Here is a view of the mountain as you descend to Coldwater Lake
The road was gated, closed to traffic for the final 9 mile climb up to Johnston Ridge. There was not another soul seen or heard.
I had a light lunch at the top
Then began the long descent back. If there were other people around I would have bombed this descent but being alone, you have a very different mindset. More cautious and deliberate. There is no one here to help you if you get into trouble so easy does it. I went slow and admired the views.
Amazing views, northbend...simply amazing! Thanks for sharing. I've been off the bike for 2 weeks due to an injury. These ride pics are uplifting.
“You meet the nicest people on two wheels!"
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@ northbend: great pics and probably an awesome ride! Thanks for sharing
@EBH: how did it feel?
Great pictures Northbend! Truly breathtaking!
Nice pics, all. We don't have mountains quite like that here in the northeast. We do have short, steep hills however. Lots of short, steep hills scattered about everywhere.
We had an extensive music practice this morning for a performance of a complex piece tomorrow morning, so today's ride got a late start. A bit under 30 miles on the tandem. Cool, dry air blowing out of the northwest. Not a cloud in the sky, literally. Lots of bikes though. No pics.
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Some nice pics in this thread! I rode around the bay again, met some nice people and got a few compliments on the bike. The wind was blowing hard out of the south, so was able to flat haul arse up the Silver Strand bike path. Very exhilarating!
This is the ferry across the bay, she's an old 1940's design:
And my bike (today):
"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." -Charles M. Schulz
Yesterday I took a short ride along the Williamette river along the Springwater Corridor to Sellwood and then this morning a friend and I rode past Sellwood and out 10 miles to Powell Butte where you are rewarded with a splendid view of Mt.Hood.
With temperatures in the low 70's and bright sunny skies it was an excellent ride... had a headwind on the gentle climb out and a tailwind on the way back so we really cranked it up.
Have been riding my 1954 Raleigh Sports and it is such a fine choice for rides like this.
Got in a good 3 hr mtb ride today on a new loop with a good hour of steady climbing at the start. Got steep enough in one spot I had to stop and let the heart rate get back under control and then kept going. 75 degrees in the valley at the start and probably 8-10 degrees cooler at the top of the ridge. Even got into a couple patches of snow on the 3 mile descent but was able to get through them fairly easily. The hands were pretty tired on the descent as it's fairly steep with loose gravel. The legs are heavy but the mind is happy. A great day.
The starting point off the pavement - took a good hour to reach the top of the ridge way in the background. It was some relentless climbing with no breaks.
A quick break at a cattle gate to open and close it:
Finally made it to the top:
A little marshy spot that I found refreshing since everything else was so dry:
I see this opening in the rocks from the road way down below in the bottom and finally made it up to it. Quite spectacular.
Looking west toward the fire damage from last fall:
Looking toward our valley:
Some beautiful wildflowers were on display:
1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France;1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1975 Teledyne Titan; 1968 Peugeot PL8; ;1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1981 Trek 510; 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1996 Klein Pulse II mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1989 Spectrum Titanium
Got a ride in early today, I had to go to a memorial service for a childhood friend in this afternoon, I'm tired physically and emotionally tonight. I will miss her.
Now, for the living, I rode the upper and lower Snoqualmie Valleys. With some good friends.
Huge numbers of cyclists out today! Kinda felt like an off the leash dog park for cyclists out there.
We did some of this
And some of that
More great pics. This is one of my favorite threads on the world wide web.
Sorry no pics but I finally got out on the Guerciotti and not to mention after about two month of not riding. Been dealing with some health issues but feeling good lately physically and mentally so I put down just a few miles but it felt good. I may head back out tomorrow morning just to knock some more cobwebs off and get the juices flowing. It's been beautiful the past two month and the past two almost three weeks it's been in the 80's everyday. Not used to this weather around this time of the year.