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.  As we began Nate showed us how to start a ride with style and grace by splatting himself on the ground exactly 35′ into the ride.  It was very icy!  He was okay and after we caught our breath from laughing at him we were off.  We headed North, above Soap Lake and toward High Hill.  From there we turned off the road and that’s when things got dicey.  Poor Nate tore his rear derailleur to pieces after a tumbleweed got caught in it.  We bent the remnants of the derailleur out of the spokes, removed the chain, called a ride for him, and pushed him down the hill.  I’m sure he’s okay.  We proceeded with caution.  The road we were on kind of went away.  There was a fair amount of hike a bike, but sometimes that happens when in search of awesomeness.  We got lost, then found the punch bowls, then realized that what we had found were impostures and gave up on finding the real punch bowls in favor of getting out before dark.  Then, in search of a way out, found the real punch bowls.  They were awesome.  We eventually found a “game trail” that tied into a “jeep trail” that tied into a something that resembled a path out.  We were saved!  All in all today’s tour turned out to be exactly what these winter rides are all about.

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Here we go
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Getting good
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Single speed Nate!
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Dead end
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In search of awesomeness
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Punch Bowl!

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