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Old 03-29-2009, 06:50 PM   #12
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Part II - Time to see the water falls

By the time we got off the freeway, it was really raining. We had made it this far, we weren't going to let a little rain stop us from making it all the way to the Vista House.

The start of this section.

This is always a good sign.

Horse Tail Falls

Latourell Falls

Would of had more pictures of this falls, but my camera lens fogged up and I didn't realize it until later.

Since it was raining fairly hard, we pushed on to the Vista House and planned to stop at the other falls on the way back hoping the rain would slow down by then.

View from the Vista House. Part of the fog was on the camera lens and some was actual fog.

The road back down from the Vista House. BTW, it was still raining fairly hard.

We stop at some more water falls on the way back. Still raining hard, so much for my great plan.

Had to walk a little to see Bridal Viel Falls, but worth the walk.

The road leaving Multnomah Falls.

Then its back on the freeway for a few miles. It was still raining real hard and so we didn't want to stay on the freeway any longer than we had too. Got off at Cascade Locks so we could get back on the WA side.

Went across the Bridge of the Gods. The deck is metal grate, but at least the bridge is fairly short. Both made it across with out mishap.

Once on the WA side, headed for home. The rain was still real hard, but there was a lot less traffic to deal with. Stopped in Bingen for gas. About that time the rain stopped and before long the sun came out for a while. Was having a really nice ride back. Stopped in Wishram to see the old steam engine.

View from the main highway above Wishram.

We notice the rain storm is following us and we need to get moving to stay ahead of it.

We make good time and manage to stay in front of the storm. By the time we cross back over the river at Umatilla, it is after 7 pm. At least we are close to home.

Some back roads towards home. The first picture is about 25 miles from home.

This last picture is just a few miles from home just before you drop down the hill into town.

Made it home by about 7:30. By 8 pm the storm hit and it starting raining real hard. Glad we were home by then. Total miles for the day; little over 400.

Great ride. Proved we can ride in the rain and not melt. Glad we had the heated gear.

Next weekend, we will be on the dual sports at the Desert 100. Hope to see some of you there.
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