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Old 10-11-09, 08:46 PM   #1
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Photo ride report: the Crown Point Consolation Prize

Hey folks,

It's been a while since I've posted in this forum. I thought I'd share one of my recent rides with you.

I set out with big ambitions yesterday to climb Larch Mountain, but had my hopes fade away after fighting a steady 10 MPH headwind for 2.5 hours. I found it too demoralizing to top off with another 3k feet of climbing. My consolation prize instead was to turn off to drop by Crown Point. I never get tired of the views there.

At Crown Point I was nearly blown over a couple of times by the gusts, that must have been well over 20 MPH. The good news is the wind kept its direction the whole day, so I enjoyed quite the push on the way home.

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This was an interesting looking custom car for sale. The door panel reads "Special Delivery" and features a pin-up girl standing on a bomb, WWII-style.


Heading up the I-205 MUP


The Sandy River as it passes through Troutdale






Vista House/Crown Point as seen from the Portland Women's Forum lookout area




At Crown Point


It was quite a clear day, and Mount Hood was a regular companion during my ride

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It was a windy day - perfect for sailing or flying a kite


...and there were quite a few sailboats on the Columbia River

Enjoy,

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Old 10-11-09, 09:13 PM   #3
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Beautiful! Thanks for the pictures.

What was the temperature like?
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Awesome pics! How's your Salsa holding up?
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Temps on Saturday ranged from the upper 40s in the morning to upper 50s in the afternoon. However, once I got up to Crown Point (elevation around 800 feet), it was chilly enough that I needed my jacket, and was glad I had it for the descent back to Troutdale.

The Salsa is running great. I needed to experiment a bit with my rear wheel skewer to keep the wheel from slipping in the semi-horizontal dropouts, but it's been stable for a few months now. The Casseroll is a very versatile bike and I'm very happy to have one.

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Seems like a nice ride: )
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Great pics
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