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Sep 2nd 2017, 04:04 PM   #1
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Windy Ridge Tour 8_31_17

The Annual Rock Dodger Windy River Tour 2017 occurred on Thursday, Aug 31.

I try to make it up there at least once a year, but this year had to wait until the road was open to Windy Ridge.
Being this late in the year, we are well past the long days of summer and the sun is tracking more to the south,
meaning there is less sun on a lot of sections with trees overhead or to the south.

So the "features" of the road, holes, cracks (more like chasms), whoop-dee-doos, rocks, debris and other
fun stuff are nearly impossible to see. Because of this, I managed to scare the heck out of myself by encountering
a small round stick while apexing one of the many turns. (I'm guessing it was a stick from the sensation I got
from the bike movement.) The stick rolled under the front tire, nearly washing out the front end; it was a good
example of "cheap thrills", but not the kind we enjoy.

That was the only not-so-cool point of the ride. The weather was perfect, no cops were seen, there was almost
no traffic, but I missed the camaraderie of the SMC group, who did the same ride on Saturday.
Oh well, can't have everything, I guess.

Edited to add: The route was 245 miles, starting in Klickitat, WA, to SH14, to Carson, then up to Windy Ridge. Oh, and I saw two chipmunks on the way!

Obligatory pics below.

Not many people out today, it seems. Pine Creek Visitor Center


Scene from Bear Meadows


Mt. Adams looking good!


Mt. St. Helens; rebuilding itself as we watch!
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Edited by Rock Dodger on Sep 2nd 2017 at 07:32 PM Reason: re-sizing pics
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