Another rainy weekend here in the PNWet. Back to normal weather basically. I decided to go east, to try to outrun the rain.
I originally thought I'd go up between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams, but it was still pretty wet when I got to that turnoff, so I kept going east. Mind you, I was on the Washington side of the Columbia, and the views do not suck, so it wasn't exactly a terrible change in plans...
Going east on WA-14:
No, still doesn't suck...
I started going north into the Klickitat valley on WA-141, which follows the White Salmon river. It's mostly farms and lots of white water rafters/kayakers on the White Salmon river. I decided to start heading away from the highway, on some minor roads. These turned to gravel pretty quickly, but were mostly well maintained.
Dead end at a local ranch:
Hard to tell in this picture, but this section was seriously washboarded. The problem is that you can keep the bike at a speed it floats over the washboards, but it's a little too fast to stop for any wildlife that suddenly shows up from the brush. When the visibility was good, I fooled myself to think I could handle it. Luckily, no critter decided to test if that was true...
Conboy Lake National WIldlife Refuge:
Got back on the road, made a right turn at what used to be a gravel road going up a mountain, only to discover it's been fully paved. Must have been in the last 3-4 years. Good pavement, beautiful curves going up the mountain, so beautiful in fact, that I was too entertained carving it and forgot to take a pic...
I did remember to stop here and take a few. Klickitat River from the Klickitat-Appleton rd.
Going down to the Klickitat
Took another new-to-me paved road, going up the mountain from the Klickitat, that too was fantastic. I mean, it's hard to make straight roads when you have to climb a few hundred meters up the side of a river canyon...
It took me on a loop and suddenly, I was back on Klickitat
Then I went back up, to the big metropolis of Appleton:
Not much there, as you can see.
Then I started heading back west, eventually getting back to the Columbia. This is from a small road that drops in to Rowland Lake.
From there, back to the Portland metro area on WA-14, avoiding the freeway traffic as much as possible. It all went well until I got to Portland, then the skies opened up and it was coming down like cats and dogs. Holly cow, I hadn't ridden in a monsoon type deluge like that in a long time. That's the type of rain you hit in the southwest, not typical in these parts of the world.
Luckily, there wasn't that much traffic, so it was moving pretty well all the way home.
Despite the wet ending, not a bad days ride...