Saturday ride -Crater Lake Epic

Awhile back a few of us decided to keep riding through winter.  Other than the bitter cold, snow, ice, and lack of daylight, we could thing of no reason not to do at least one substantial ride per week throughout the winter months.  Even though it’s not even winter yet it has been wicked cold all week so this was as good as anytime to get this thing started:  our first official unofficial winter Saturday ride of the season.   Continue reading “Saturday ride -Crater Lake Epic”

GFG Preview rr

I am so dang excited to show off Goldendale!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the “classics” like my home course of Ephrata, but there’s something special about a new ride, somewhere you’ve never ridden.  With that said I’m almost reluctant to share my story.  It’s kind of like when someone tells you the main character dies at the end of a book you’ve been wanting to read.  Yeah, it’s actually a lot like that.  But here goes…  Continue reading “GFG Preview rr”

Seep Lakes Shake Down RR

After a three + week inversion of fog and low clouds we got our first peek of sunshine yesterday, and it was good!  So we were excited to get out and ride today.  Due to the recent snow fall we were headed south to begin our ride at Mardon, and from there head through the Seep Lake area for some gravel and the unknown.  Unfortunately it soon became apparent that we would have no sunshine.  It was going to be cloudy and cold.  We rode across the O’Sullivan dam with a light breeze rolling right up our skirts from the frozen lake.  Upping the tempo only upped the breeze.  We made a right turn on an unmarked road into the Seep Lakes area.  It was gravel and rough.  In fact gravel could be bit generous, more like rocks with washboards.  On the plus side the beating warmed us up.

Seep Lakes
Checking to see that we have not rattled loose any fillings.

We made it through, back on pavement and looped down through Othello, and what was apparently the bad side of town.  We followed an irrigation canal adjacent to a “rough neighborhood” with a lot of angry dogs.  From there we jumped on highway 26 for a jaunt then back north on another unmarked gravel road.  This one was slightly better if for no other reason it was not frozen rock solid.

Seep Lakes
Riding through time on forgotten roads.

This road took us back into the Seep Lakes area where we were again pounded into submission.  But just when we though we couldn’t take anymore we were saved.  By sweet singletrack!  This was the coolest part of the day, a nice little nature path in the middle of nowhere complete with informative trail side signage telling about the area.  Ironically it ended up being way smoother than the road too.

Seep Lakes
Sweet singletrack!

After that it was back to the beating for a couple more miles of gravel and then the final push across O’Sullivan and back to Mardon “Resort” where we hit up the local hot spot for Beef Jerkey and an Oly.  Can’t argue with that.

Punch Bowls

The Petroglyph ride was good.  So good that it would be tough to top.  But that is just what Bill set out to do today along with Brian, Dave, Dru, Nate, and myself.  Today we set out to see the elusive “Punch Bowls” which have nearly reached folklore status to us.  None of us know for sure what created these huge holes in the basalt landscape but we all have our theories: meteors, ice age floods, alien life, etc.  We learned of this mysterious formation on a previous ride and have since been intrigued. Continue reading “Punch Bowls”