Forthwith, tons of pics.
|"remember it's not a race have fun"|
|Beezley Hill(s) in background - the first part of the ride|
climbs up the hills to the right of it. Beezley is home to
the Beezley Burn. I think its elevation is 2899', the start is
1,273'; our highest elevation was 2681.
|lots of lycra - counted a few miscreants who didn't get|
the dress code memo. Baggy knickers for me.
|um pretty sure this is Norton Rd|
|Probably Johnson Rd. A few fendered bikes out there -|
I took off the fenders and racks on my Vaya. If it rained, I
was just going to live with the splatter.
|the stuff-your-phone-in-your-sweaty pants-pocket|
soft focus effect. this is Baird Springs Rd for sure. Like
99.8% sure - I remember the sign just before I took the pic.
Despite what the pictures show, I wasn't completely alone on this section. I passed a few guys on skinny tires along here that had passed me climbing up the hills; then some guys on skinny tires caught up to me at the bottom. Make of that what you will in the debate over how wide a tire to ride this combo asphalt/gravel/dirt route. I think it depends more on your purpose, your bike handling skills, your fear threshold bombing down gravel roads, and your engine. You just don't want anything real knobby.
After a short jaunt on Hwy 28, we turned on to Stuhlmiller Road, a road in name only.
|The Columbia. The drawdown of the reservoir behind|
Wanapum Dam exposed more of Crescent Bar than has been
seen in ages.
Next up: Hwy 28, the Palisades Rd, Three Devils hill, more gravel, more paved, the not-so-big finsh when the forecast winds materialized after Sheep Canyon Rd. Those interested, can skip right over to my garmin page.
I thought of doing a Drunk Cyclist style post - you know like how me, the Cayuse Kid and the Sagebrush Jesus stayed up all night drinking bud light, got thrown in the drunk tank, got bailed out just in time for the start of the race yet Sagebrush Jesus still finished in the top ten riding a BMX bike, then finish off the post with an irrelevant picture of a semi-hot woman with big boobs. But I stayed over Saturday night and visited with the folks.
And Hank couldn't make it.