I took a little mountain bike ride/tour. I was trying to retrace the route I followed last September on the KTM, the Washington Back Country Discovery Route. Except I was going from north to south this time, and on a bicycle.
It turned out to be a lot tougher than I remembered. Very steep climbs, screaming descents. If there had been less climbing, I might still be out there. As it was, I had to cover 150 miles of rugged and remote wilderness to get to a town large enough to have more than one store. Except for the too-steep climbing, it was perfect.
I managed to ride from the north side of Washington to the Oregon border, just not along the the dirt roads and jeep trails that I wanted to ride. That would have been around 600 miles, but by taking paved roads at several key points, I cut it down to a mere 460 miles. It still took over a week and took a lot out of me. Many thanks to Carl for his drop-off and pick-up services.
So tomorrow I’m taking off again, in the van, heading for the next place.
As usual, if you click on the first picture you can then view a larger version of all pictures in the post, but without the witty comments.
|That's me, up in a tree.|
|It was ride in the back of a pickup or walk several miles up a steep hill. I'm not ashamed.|
|Riding along and came to a fork in the road.|
|That's right, a "fork in the road!"|
|Some of it was rugged.|
|This fence was placed here by the Lewis and Clark expedition.|
|Looking fresh and feeling optimistic at the start of the ride.|
|I filled my bottles and water-bladder from this cattle trough.|
|Scooby says "Rutt-row."|