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Old 04-02-17, 07:53 PM
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North Cascades Highway, west side (pics)

Hey, folks. Some pics from Friday, which I took off for the nice forecast. I drove up and parked at a pull out a little before Newhalem. (There's nothing but hiking trails and Seattle City Light crew in the area, it's safe to leave your car here.) The road is closed for the summer at the Ross Lake trailhead, mile 134, but it turns out you can ride a few miles beyond that until the road is closed by avy debris.

I got new wheels recently (from Methow Cycle & Sport) and haven't had a chance to get pictures of them until now. Forgive the "bike porn" quality to a lot of these.

The burn zone just past Newhalem.





Gorge Lake.



End of the road. Well, not for me. I only ran into skiers beyond this point.





Turn around point. This is why they close the road.



Scenery.





And the ride back out.



Approaching Diablo Lake. Pyramid and Colonial in the background.

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Nice pics SF. Beautiful machine you were riding as well.
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I got this in my email today: https://www.relive.cc/view/924022015
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That was awesome.
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Awesome ride and pics SF! Thanks for sharing. I need to schedule some time and a ride up there soon!
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Looks like WSDOT has set opening for Tuesday May 16th at 11:00 AM.
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Woot!
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+1

I also like the comment from the Seattle Times article "cyclists’ spandexed hurrahs from Seattle" !

North Cascades Highway to open, weeks ahead of schedule | The Seattle Times
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Did anybody go ride the highway before it was opened to cars?

Beth and I are thinking about heading to Winthrop for the weekend, if so I'll probably do a shorter ride (likely a loop from Winthrop to Mazama and back) and hike with her.
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