Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Hood Rat Classic

Team WRECK continued it's road biking ways this weekend with an epic ride over Lolo Pass.

My Vanilla had to spend the night alone in one of the unfinished condos that Mace and Junko are working on in Hood River.

Our first stop was just down the hill to 10 Speed Coffee where we had some weird, microwaved pita wrap things. A liberal application of Tapatio made them palatable. The 10 speed did offer comfy chairs and knowledgable staff. They had all ridden up the pass before and let us know their favorite routes.

It was a little breezy in the lower valley but the ride through the endless orchards was beautiful.

I'm looking forward to seeing Mace's photo of this old barn. He walked over to a better viewpoint and was probably shooting in black and white. (and holding the camera straight.)

Checking out the barn.

We did most of our miles on FR 1810, a one lane road that seemed more like a footpath at times.

I guess they were serious about that "road closed" sign. We clambered over but Dabby's support car had to turn around.

Taking a break on the washout.

Near the top the road turned to gravel and there was some snow.

After waiting for Mace at the pass we enjoyed an awesome 10 mile descent to Zigzag. We all had big smiles on our faces at the bottom but by this point my stupid camera batteries were dead. So no photos of the hilarity that ensued later that evening, and no proof that we witnessed that rarest of sights, a hornet decapitating a manatee.

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