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Old 09-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #84
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DAY NINE: From the Mountains to the Desert

Took this from inside the tent!

The night was chilly but I woke up to an amazing view of Mt. Adams. I guess it could get better than the previous night. It was early but the wind had just started to pick up so I got moving too.

One more, because it's just so amazing

We packed up, saddled up, and said goodbye to the most amazing tent site. On the recommendation of our gruff friend we had a new route around the snow-covered pass.

We checked it out anyway - but we didn't have the time to waste trying to get through there.

The road was rough and fun, but the going was slow. I just about ate it at one point - a pothole sending the front end then the rear up into the air towards the edge of the road, luckily catching it before going off down the embankment.

Northbound and Down - out of the mountains

It was still a hike -about 40 miles- to get to pavement and Shawn had been on reserve since last night, so we were hoping for a Hanukkah miracle. Luckily the ride was mostly downhill and we reached the tarmac without issue.

In the shadow of Mt. Adams we found gas in Packwood and made tracks for Paradise.

Up we go

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