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Jul 20th 2018, 11:22 AM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

Windy Ridge 07/19/18

Cooler weather was a major factor in choosing the 19th for a ride to Windy Ridge. Starting in Klickitat, the route was Carson to 30, Curly Creek,
90 to the Pine Creek visitor center, to FS25, then on to FS99.

One note; there is paving work just north of Carson, new asphalt to be exact. I whizzed through the area without stopping going north,
but on my way home the wait was at least 8 minutes. Since the temp was about 80*, it was a minor inconvenience.

The roads were nearly empty, which is one benefit of making this ride on a weekday. The roads up to McClellan viewpoint are terrific
with no surprises. The rest of the way to Windy Ridge is chock full of surprises, and not necessarily good ones. I agree with Quixote,
the roads past McClellan are getting to be a bit undesirable. Launch ramps, chasms, gravel, frost heaves large enough to swallow a small car,
yep, past McClellan they're waiting for you. But, it's an epic and unique ride with a strong and weird attraction.

The joy of a cooler day became a point of concern when going up in elevation and into the shade of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
It got uncomfortably cool for my textile jacket with no liner. When I arrived at Windy Ridge, I really didn't want to take my helmet off it was so chilly,
but eating lunch is really messy with a full face helmet on! But the temps rose and the chill abated shortly after noon.

I'm not sure how many more times I'll give in to the urge to go out to Windy Ridge again. The roads are deteriorating more and more each year,
slowing the pace each year too. Other rides of the same mileage are a cake walk compared to this ride. It's kind of like an enduro, really!

Pics below!


First stop, McClellan Viewpoint. The trikes showed up after I got there, HONEST!!



Pine Creek Visitor Center was open, but not many visitors at this point.


A great view from Bear Meadows Viewpoint.


The clouds hid the volcano from the Windy Ridge area.
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Jul 20th 2018, 11:41 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Columbia Gorge (Hood River/The Dalles)

  Yammer R1
Thanks for posting RD, I enjoyed the pics & writeup. Wish I could of been there Darn work -n- all !
Jul 20th 2018, 12:16 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
Great photos. Thank you for posting.
Has been a few years since I have been on those roads.
Unfortunate about the poor road report - good to have the advance heads up.
Jul 23rd 2018, 08:22 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Prosser, WA

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Thanks for the road report and nice pics! I'm hoping to get up there soon. I try to ride it once a year and going to try to ride it too windy ridge and back through Carson again instead of going to Randle for fuel, if I have enough fuel to do that. With the usual bad roads and lots of traffic I really don't care to ride that section to Randle again.

Looks like you had fun!

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Jul 23rd 2018, 08:32 AM   #5
 
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Thanks for sharing Rocky. Great Picts.

We were up in that area on Sunday ourselves, and came across those same Spyder riders to. They were kind enough to pull over and let us by.

Didn't have time to stop and take picts myself, so thanks for picking up my slack in "ride documentation".
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