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Old 11-30-2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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A Two-fer...North Cascades Hwy,WA to Lost Coast,CA

I headed west across the Palouse farmlands. It was a lovely warm and breezy
summer day. I'm in a hurry so no pics. Out into the Columbia Basin and the breeze turns to real wind and the temp climbs considerably.

It feels like I'm riding thru a hair dryer at 100 mph. Head buffeting and my sinuses hurt from the heat and low humidity.

My goal is a slide show, etc, by Lois Pryce and Austin Vince, in Monroe WA.
Of course I start late and am trying to make up time. At Vantage I veer right and head to George then to Wenatchee where I make a wrong turn and wind up downtown at rush hour. Some construction slows traffic and a loss of power messes up the lights and turns off the gas station.

Back on the main road I find gas and as I head up the valley the winds subside.

I barely slow for the tourist trap of Leavenworth and press the low speed limits to Stevens Pass. Fog slows me to 10mph and the cold is enough that I put on my Hippo Hands and wind breaker.

I arrive a bit late and Lois is already speaking.

Lois Pryce...Lois on the Loose.


Lois is an attractive sassy lass and will make a lovely grandma some day.


Austin Vince...Mondo Enduro



Austin is a serious character with a lot of energy, and the two of them put on a good casual informative show. Mostly trying to encourage others to take the big step for a long cycle trip.

After meeting them, I wander around in the dark looking for a cheap motel.

Next morning I head up I-5, after a heart attack breakfast at Nadine's in Smokey Point.



I dead reckon NE and there was a lot of wandering. I think I went thru both Concrete and Darrington. How did I do that?



I did a bit of flower smelling.


This old school bldg is still in use. Tafton Elementary. A caretaker said it is an historical bldg.







I finally clear the traffic.





Old #6 has a bit of a starboard list.












and a superheater



I like these steel bridges.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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Finally into the North Cascades Nat Park.













Perfect weather and some nice twisty bits, but the speedlimit is low. Still, a nice ride.










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Old 11-30-2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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Out of the forest and into the heat of The Basin once again. I flip a coin and head north on 97. It's time for a cookie run.



The border was fairly busy.




It is getting late as I head up the hill in Osoyoos.





looking back on Osoyoos, the lake and the town.


I did a stealth camp in someones access road. No fire, no tent. Just as well, I was up half the night with an upset stomach. Bad road food.



this was staring at me when I woke up.




The morning view.






these were all over the top of the hill. Some were a little creepy.





There were two of these observatory type domes out here. I assume one of them is the B&B.


Nice road.

East on hwy 3 into cattle country







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Old 12-01-2009, 01:09 AM   #4
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When you were up there on Regal Ridge did you see the Sasquatch? Last time I was past it he was carrying a 1/2 case of Bud

Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:15 AM   #5
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:25 AM   #6
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No Squatch siteings. My snoring scared them all away. This was early Sept.
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