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Nov 14th 2017, 04:27 PM   #1
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Washington

Klickitat, Glenwood, BZ Corner, Bingen

Since it didn't rain today, I thought it would be nice to put in a few miles. The ride is known as the Glenwood loop to some folks.

The ride was a little on the cool side; at the higher elevations it felt like low 40's. The sun was out for a little bit of the ride, nice while it lasted. As usual this time of year, even on a dry day, the roads were mainly wet since a lot of the route is shaded by trees. What really made it "interesting" was the gravel in the corners throughout Sheep Canyon (the best twisty section between SR142 and Glenwood) and on the road going down to BZ Corners. The gravel used around here is really skillfully disguised brown ball bearings. The stuff is actually round! Wet roads, with gravel, put a damper on spirited riding. But, that's to be expected this time of year.

I knew that there was no gravel on SR142 from Lyle to Klickitat, so that was a good opportunity to wick it up a bit. Fun.

No law enforcement types were seen through the entire 93 mile ride. Saw ONE other guy on a motorcycle, an Indian, I think.

I'm hoping to get in a few more rides before the snow/ice/salt/frigid temps set in. One thing came to mind when I was feeling the chill, it's a little nicer to ride when it's hot than when it's cold. Yep.

When does it warm up???

Edited by Rock Dodger on Nov 14th 2017 at 04:35 PM
Nov 14th 2017, 09:38 PM   #2
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Thanks for sharing Rocky.

Was wishing I could have gotten out today when I saw the sun, and the roads over here started drying out.

By any chance, do you know the current conditions of Canyon Rd and the Klick-Appleton HWY?
Nov 15th 2017, 12:21 PM   #3
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Washington

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Originally Posted by FeralRdr
Thanks for sharing Rocky.

Was wishing I could have gotten out today when I saw the sun, and the roads over here started drying out.

By any chance, do you know the current conditions of Canyon Rd and the Klick-Appleton HWY?
Haven't ridden Canyon Rd. or Klickitat-Appleton Rd. in a few weeks, although I can see the latter from my house. I'll try to check it out as soon as the rain stops. It's certain that they will gravel the snot out of most of it soon. The steep downhill on Klickitat-Appleton ending at SR142 is no fun when they've freshly graveled it.

The higher elevations are beginning to get the annual liberal application of gravel, making them tedious to ride, as well as hazardous.
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