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chrome bandit 10-13-2012 09:42 AM

WABDR postcards
The plan was to start from the south and get as far as we could across a long Labor Day weekend. In order to start at the beginning, we first have to get there.
Entering Mt. Rainier National Park
Climbing to Chinook Pass as Mt. Rainier rises on the left
Windy Ridge: one of my favorite rides in Washington
Mt. St. Helens from the Windy Ridge viewpoint - use the parking lot on the lower left to get a sense of scale.

muskeg 10-13-2012 09:47 AM


chrome bandit 10-13-2012 09:47 AM

Here's our total route for the trip…

EDIT: this map displays the first leg, ridden in 2012. We completed the northern second half in 2013, that action picks up in post #19
We covered the southern section for the long Labor Day weekend. Fortunately, it was also just before the forest fires escalated.
Southern start of the WABDR: WA side of 'The Bridge of the Gods'
Pavement ends. Say hi to Mike as you go past.
Typical forest road on the southern section
Mike in motion
Time for a nap. I have, ah, 5 of these across the trip.

chrome bandit 10-13-2012 09:52 AM

Based on a tip from southbound WABDR riders (Peter and Stefan, their trip report is <a href="
http://">here</a>), we followed the "easy" path around Bethel Ridge and took the side trip up to Timberwolf Mountain. It was spectacular.
We went to the mountain top."
360 view of this.
A father and his son were flying radio controlled gliders in the thermals...check out the glider on the left.
Glider transport
Timberwolf summit
Morning view from Timberwolf
This is me
Mike on Timberwolf
Outhouse on Timberwolf. Don't go in there. Seriously.
Sunrise on Timberwolf

chrome bandit 10-13-2012 10:49 AM

We camped in a meadow just below the summit at 6000 feet.
Meadow through the trees
Tent site for the night.
Upper meadow at can just pick out my green tent on the left edge of the grass
Meadow road
The Biolite stove is slick - great for warmth, and it will charge a GoPro.
One more meadow picture

chrome bandit 10-13-2012 03:31 PM

We were climbing a rocky section just north of 410 when my front wheel slide to the right and the bike decided to take a short cut up the cliff.
No damage to the bike, but I did need Mike's help getting this back on track.
Let's get this bike up the hill

Mike captured this recovery on video, which I'll share at the end of the trip report. The first photo above doesn't quite share the exposure of the hill to the left of the trail, it's a significant drop.

ADVNCW 10-13-2012 03:52 PM

Thanks for posting nice pics!
Thanks for posting nice WABDR pics!

Timberwolf Mtn is now on my list! Nice!:D

Hevy Kevy 10-13-2012 05:38 PM

What a beautifull area. Your pics are terrific. What camera do you use.

tmak 10-13-2012 08:24 PM

This one is close enough to home I will need to put it down on my to do list. Great camera work to boot. Thanks for sharing

chrome bandit 10-14-2012 06:58 AM

...for the kind words and feedback. Timberwolf turned out to be a real gem. Hat tip to Stefan and Peter for the discovery on this, I just turned the stop into a photography workshop, and we were delighted to park there for the night. The glider guy we met on top seems like a regular, and we encountered a few 4x4s making pilgrammage to the mountaintop. So it seems like a good local hidey-hole, so to speak.

On the camera front, both Mike and I carry a Canon S100 for quick shooting on the bike. It slips into a gear pocket easily, shoots RAW, and carries good vibrancy and sharpness. I also use a Canon 50D with 17-40L lens + polarizer for when I'm off the bike and can walk around. Both camera types were used in the above posts, and you'll see the mix again in the Table Mountain sequence coming up next.

Frankly, the real key to both the Timberwolf and Table Mountain series of photos - we arrived as the sun was going down, and the light was just magical.

chrome bandit 10-14-2012 07:00 AM

More road shots...
Morning sun hits the road
NF 1712
Checking out the house for sale. Great view, no cable.
South of Ellensburg

Stromius 10-14-2012 09:46 PM

:thumbGreat RR and pics!

michaelt7411 10-14-2012 10:55 PM

Great pics, thanks for posting

chrome bandit 10-15-2012 06:28 AM

Thanks for the compliments! The WABDR is a great trail, and we had a great time. Highly recommended.

chrome bandit 10-15-2012 06:29 AM

Mike scored an epic campsite on Table Mountain, a couple of hours north of Ellensburg.
Glamour shot on Table Mountain
View from Table shot of the trip thanks to the fading sun.
The hammock pitch
Pull up a chair and enjoy the sunset
Long shadows
Going, going, ...
Sunrise shadows

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