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    Spring Snow Blitz - weekend to the mountains

    Just put in 180 miles as a weekend overnight trip. rode from Seattle into the heart of the Cascades where a huge amount of snow persists, clogging the roads and trails above 2,500 feet.

    I rode from Seattle out 50 miles north to the little gravel town of Granite Falls. A lot of dump trucks live there. From Granite Falls, the Mountain Loop highway heads into wild country, and ends in a serious washout 35 plus odd miles out in the Cascade mountains, across Barlow Pass.

    I rode the 80+ odd miles up to Barlow Pass, where at 2,300 feet, the road was still blocked, several miles prior to the washout, by several feet of snow and drifts much higher. I took some photos, then descended back to a more reasonable altitude and picked a campsite by the river.

    I saw a big cat of some sort dart across the road on my ride up to the pass- cougar or bobcat,but bigger than any bobcat I've seen before- this gave me good cause to find a campsite a few miles distant and across a major river! This is wild country in Washington state- a few years back, I spooked up a wolf in the same neck of the woods.

    Pitched up camp by 6 or so; caught a little last sunlight before cooking dinner, then a lil' comfy tarp sleeping. Check out the camoflage tarp/poncho in the picture of me packing up- they are very effective for stealth camping.

    Messed around in the mountains the second morning, soaked up the AM sun by Big 4 Mountain, the rode back towards civilation and got dead ended in due course trying a 'shortcut' across the hills back to Granite Falls- the two track was going well, and the road seemed to 'go'- but then it petered out at another washout...the road had grown thick with popple across the stream, so I backtracked, got a great gravel descent in the process, and returned to the paved road, and Seattle by 7 that evening.

    180 miles, 36 hours, 1 big cat sighting, 1 wrong turn on two track, sunshine the whole weekend...sublime spring Blitzkreig to snow country and back.
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    I'm so jealous,that sounds like a great ride. Thanks for sharing the story and the wonderful pics.

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    Thanks for the report! Once again, you are my hero.
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    Excellent! I was wondering where you'd gotten to.

    btw how did you fasten the water bottle cages to the front rack?

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    nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lolly Pop

    btw how did you fasten the water bottle cages to the front rack?

    Hi, Lolly. I tried sending a PM to no avail....I used hose clamps, the kind you find at the hardware store, to attach the bottle cages to the front rack. A little tape around the rack first to add gripness.

    Cheers, enjoy the ride.
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    Very nice! I must do the same....head out of L.A. into the local mountains for an over-nighter.....
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    Thanks Bek

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    Nice trip report! The tarp is really amazing - hard to even see it.
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