July 19, Moto Sasse Trail

Hooked up with John M and Scott Sumner to trailer down to Lake Cle Elum.  Rode the Sasse Trail up Hex Mt. as an out and back, then hit some of the non-sanctioned trails in the area.  Good times.  Nice to have some wet weather to pack down the trails.

Scott pops a wheelie for the camera guy.

Top of Hex Mt in the distance

John above Lake Cle Elum

Sept. 18 Sage Hills, Wenatchee

Francine heading down Snakebite

Made the drive down to Wenatchee for some smooth trails in the sunshine.  

Extra elevation above Apple Crisp

Sept. 2, Mansion Trails - Ellensburg

Rain, rain.   Doppler check showed Ellensburg staying dry, so we packed the car with my brother Kelly and Francine.  We headed down to exit 101, before Ellensburg, and cruised through the farmland to Cove Rd. and the start of the Manastash area trails.   Usually we would have been down in the Spring to sample these trails, but with a dry Spring on the Westside, we never made it.  The climb was a grunt, as usual, but we were happy to see the trail network was expanding up on  the higher slopes.   We would have liked to explore more, but with rain threatening, we turned tail and retraced our uptrack to the car.  12 miles, lot's climbing.   Highly recommend this area for people who like to climb.  The fall colors were great, and it was nice to do the ride on a cloudy day.

Kelly leads the climb up "Chest Pains"

Trails Up: Chest Pain,  Clifford, Cougar Bait, Mrs Robinson.  On the down Jeep Rd to Cougar Bait,  Clifford, Chest Pain, RIP Line, Pink Pelvis Connector to Chest Pain to K-Pac to finish.

Next time want to check out Gunsmoke to Frisky Donkey to Chin Biter to Gnomenclature and then?

August 27th - Squamish - Up Climb Trail, down Psuedo Tsugas

We checked out of our AirBnB house a little after 10am.  Drove over to Quest University, up the Mamquam road.  We parked on the pavement, and climbed .5 miles to the trailhead.  Started up Stl'lhalem Sintl' - Legacy Climb trail, to the top, about 5 miles later.  Took the new Fun, Upper-Half Nelson connector.  Went right onto Recycle.  Not sure if we need to do Recycle in another visit.

Continued to the end of Recycle to the Psuedo Tsuga 3 and 2 and 1.  They have reworked these trails since our last visit.  They are all bermed out and smooth, relatively for late August, and flowy.  We then connected into Phil&Cam's, which have also been reworked and bermed out.  I guess these two old school, geezers are starting to appreciate the bermed flow trails that the young kids like.  10 miles.

Made our nice drive home thru Vancouver, the border, and I5 with very little traffic.  Had to detour over to the Peace Arch border crossing, as it had a less than 5 minute wait, compared to the truck crossing with a 30 minute wait.  Great trip.<5 30="" at="" compared="" crossing.="" miles.="" minute="" minutes="" nbsp="" p="" the="" to="" truck="" wait="">

Aug 23-27, Whistler and Squamish

Jack - Trestle Trail (Squamish)

Jack - Squamish

Francine - Squamish
Rick had Tuesday thru Friday going unused in his 3bd/3ba Montebello quartershare.  With last minute notice for midweek, only Jack was able to join us.  On the way up on Tuesday, we stopped to ride in Squamish.  Did a 12 mile ride at Garibaldi Highlans/Alice Lake.  Rode up Coho Park Trail to Trestle to Jacks Trail to 50 shades of Green to Tracks from Hell.  Went up Cliff's and Rob's Corners to Man Boobs back to Tracks from Hell, down Bob Mashiter to Roller Coaster to Lumberjacks to Glenn's Carwash to Trestle and back out Coho Park Trail.
Francine - Cut yer bars (Whistler)
Wednesday in Whistler.  Rode the trail across from Montebello to the bottom of the lost lake trails.  From here we climbed up blackhomb to the Aspens development and popped out onto the ski run for the bottom of Magic Chair trail.  Rode over to the village to watch the downhillers.  From there rode the paved trail to Cut yer Bars to the paved trail to the bottom of the lost lake trails.  Rode up Hooktender and Tommy Moore to the Elephant Bridge, and out Molly Hogan to finish on Peaches en Regalia. 11 miles.
Jack on Toads of the Short Forest at Lost Lake (Whistler)
Thursday put us again at the Lost Lake trails, looking for easier trails that didn't climb so much for Jack.  Climbed Tin Pants to Gypsy Drum, where we ran into a huge class of little kids.  We turned off the wide, granite trail onto Disco Boy, The Torture Never Stops, and Fountain of Love to the top.  Descended on Pinocchio's Furniture, Dwarf Nebula, Zoot Allures, Toads of the Short Forest, Gee I like your Pants to Son of Mr. Green Genes and finishing on Jellyroll Gum Drop. Made our way back out past the float plane dock on the paved trail to Alpine Estates.  We climbed slightly in the neighborhood to the end of Forest Ridge Road to Mel's Dilemma.  We rode up and down thru Emerald Forest.  Next hit Blueberry Hill Trail and finished on the paved trail back to the unit. 10 miles.
Francine - Lower Sproat Trail (Whistler) 

Kevin on Lower Sproat Trail

Beaver Pond - Whistler

Beaver Pass Trail (rocks) from A Cut Above Trail - Whistler

Francine - Whistler
Jack left on Thursday night, so after checking out on Friday morning, were able to hit some trails with a little more climbing.  We parked at Rainbow Lake and headed west on the road to Alpha Lake.  Climbed up the road (passing a steep trail part of the Lower Sproat Trail) to an unmarked road to start Lower Sproat Trail.  Turned onto Piece of Cake, Lower Sproat to A La Mode to Lower Sproat.  Piece of Cake and A La Mode are awesome, ridable climbing trails.  We need to know where all of these are in the valley.   Lower Sproat eventually got real technical, and we thought we somehow missed a turn, and did some backtracking.  Turned out we were on the correct trail.  Rode Lower Sproat to Beaver Pond to Beaver Pass to a new trail, that evidently was not finished yet, A Cut Above.  This will be a real nice trail when finished.  12 miles.

We still did not hit the new climbing trail, being built by RMOW (Resort Municipallity of Whistler) or the Sproat Descent (Lord of the Squirrels) trail being built by WORCA.  We will hit the Lord of the Squirrels trail when we are back at Whistler in late September with Tom and Lori.  The loop is supposed to be open in the summer of 2016.  Maybe we will be able to do the loop.

On to stay in Squamish for the night, to avoid Friday at the border, Vancouver, and I5.

August 5, Leavenworth


Francine is keeping the rider queue full despite Kevin still recovery from his ankle fracture.

Francine on the Teanaway ridge trail


June 29 - Kevin 49th Birthday and last night

Kevin has been taking it easy on the foot, as he had an xray that showed no healing on Thursday.

Francine and Jack got dropped off at Binn Hill Staging area for a mini Dirt Surfer Shuttle.  Finished again on Bad Moto Scooter to GP to Lower GP to Spaghetti Facory to Mitchell Ridge to the roadside trails to the house.  Jack thought he rode 40 miles over the three days.  Pat and Larry went for a walk on the Indian Creek trail.  Later in the afternoon, they made the trip to Apple Valley Country store for peach pie for birthday desert.

After our day of running around, we all lost motivation to drive across the river to go to Henny's for Kev's birthday dinner.  Instead we went to The Thai House on the heights for a great dinner.  We came home and had birthday pie for desert.

Sadly, we pack up tomorrow, and head for home.  We love Kent's house, and will be back next year, as Kevin didn't get to play like we normally would.  After watching Kelly and Scott flog around, it confirmed that he is going to give up windsurfing, and take kiting lessons next year.  He was planning on kiting lessons this year, but not with a broken lower fibula.  Time went by real quick, as we were here 32 nights last year, and only 30 this year.

June 28 - Water time

Pat and Larry were at the house when Francine and Jack returned from their ride.  We loaded up the Kayak and margaritas and headed down to the river.   We put Kevin in the water at The Hook, for a downwinder to the Marina.  Thankfully Larry had his lifejacket in the car for Kevin, as it was quite windy and rough when we put Kevin in the water.

Kevin and Larry

The rest of us set up camp on the grass to enjoy the weather and watch the kiters and windsurfers on the water.

Jack, Kevin, Larry and Pat

June 28 - Post Canyon - Sexy Beast #171 shuttle

I've been wanting to ride the Biker only (no motos (Motorycycle/ATV) allowed) trail.  So, as Jack as my guinea pig for exploring, he was game.  There would be a little more riding on roads instead of trail, and hopefully it would be worth it.  Kevin dropped us off at the Kingsley Reservoir again.

So, instead of taking the start of Dirt Surfer Trail #170, which I've ridden many times this trip, we went left on ATV trail #160 The Cobbles.  That name gave some concern, as the ATV Trail #197 that we climb for 1.25 miles to get to this intersection is quite rocky and boulderous, and doesn't have the name "Cobbles".  Luckily, enough motos have been thru to sort of create a "path" thru the rocky sections.
Jack at the end of a rocky section on #197 to get to the intersection of #170 Dirt Surfer and #160 Cobbles

Luckily, the sign at this intersection is misleading.  It shows trail #170 as no ATV's, but below it for trail #160, it shows ATV's allowed.  I think the ATV's get confused, and think they can't go on this section of trail.  YEAH.  We descended on #160 Cobbles, and because it wasn't totally torn up by ATV's, it was fine.  It seemed that only motorcycles had been riding it.  I think it was actually less beat up than the #170 Dirt Surfer Descent.  Hit the road and went right to a "T".  Went left down a dip and up shortly to the start of Sexy Beast #171 on the right.

Jack at start of Sexy Beast Trail #171

Sexy beast is a nice, narrow, non-motorized, couple mile trail.  One motorcycle had been on it.  It ends at a big intersection.  Ran into a nice guy and his dog and discussed route options.  Descended very little on Riordan Hill road to our turn onto a nice dirt road to come into Dirt Surfer at the top of the climb out of the creek valley.  Very worth taking this route, and is much easier than riding Dirt Surfer #170.  Continued down and cut off of Dirt Surfer to hit the bicycle only trials, Bad Moto Scooter to GP to Lower GP to Kleeway.  Finished on the roadside trails and biked to the house.  Fun ride.

June 24 - Peach Beach Windsurf

Friday, June 24th.  Scott and Diane go home.  Kelly rented a windsurfer and drove east to Maryhill, (Biggs Bridge to Washington side), to the Peach Beach RV campground, where Steve and Susy Sandberg keep their trailer all summer for weekend trips.

Scott and Diane stopped by as well, and since it was nuking at the time, he also decided to rig up.  We pulled up while they were all rigging, and the clouds came in, causing the wind to die down some.

Steve and Susy have a shady, grassy campground, with direct access to the water for launching.  Great spot.

Steve and Kevin

Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of either Scott or Steve on the water.  The boys rigged up 4.2 sails, but the wind kept dying and was quite gusty.

Kelly heading out

Kelly coming in

June 23 - Post Canyon & Kiting

Kelly is enjoying free time here until Monday as the girls are all out of town.  Jen and Hillary are in California for a lacrosse tournament, and Hannah is on a graduation roadtrip with 3 friends.  Hannah and her friends will all stay with us on Sunday night.  Scott was able to take a kite lesson at 10:30am, due to a cancellation.  We had a super lazy morning, as yoga wasn't until 12noon.

After that Francine and Kelly went biking at Post Canyon.  After some confusing shuttling logistics, they got a car parked at Family Man.  Climbed up 8Track to the top.  Descended on Bad Moto Scooter to GP to Lower GP.  Climbed shortly on Spaghetti Factory to the new "Sisters-Wives"? trail that connects to Kleeway.  Rode down the roadside trails in Post Canyon and pedaled to the house.  Trails are super fun.

Francine on Upper 8Track

Francine at bottom of Lower GP

Kevin was already down at the Marina with Scott and Diane, doing some more chair - butt kiting.  Kelly met them to take a try.

Kevin continuing to butt kite and get pulled down the beach

June 22 - Post Canyon - Dirt Surfer shuttle

Kevin and Kelly ran into their cousin Tom Anderson yesterday at the beach.  Tom was coming in off the water from kiting, and we were hanging on the grass at the Event Site.  We invited Tom and his friend, Dana, to join Kelly, Francine and Scott on a shuttle from Kingsley Reservoir - Dirt Surfer.   They were in.
Kingsley Reservoir drop off - Scott, Kelly, Tom, Francine and Dana

Dana, Scott, Francine and Kelly

Dana, Tom, Kelly and Scott

Kevin and Diane were the shuttle Drivers (2 cars), since we had 5 bikers. We have had some rain here in the Gorge, and it made the climb, quite nice, relatively speaking, on the super rocky ATV trail #197 for the 1.25 mile climb to the start of #170 Dirt Surfer.   From here it is generally downhill to the Post Canyon Trails.  At the bottom, we went right and hit Spaghetti Factory #116.  We climbed Spaghetti Factory to its end, passing by the top of Mobius and headed out to Mitchell Ridge #110 for the finish.  When this dropped down to the road, we rode out the end of the Seven Streams trail and pedaled to the house with a tailwind.  The dirt was perfect in Post Canyon.  15 miles.

June 20 - Extreme Chair Kiting

Kevin wanted to try his new trainer kite out again.  The last time we tried, there wasn't enough wind.  We parked down by the Marina.  He kept getting dragged down the beach from the kite.  It was actually hilarious to watch.

This is when I first realized Kevin was not sitting in the chair anymore.

Kevin getting pulled down wind from our chairs.

Kite continues to pull Kevin downwind.

June 20 - 44 Road - Bottle Prairie Trail to Kneibel Springs Trail

Scott and Diane arrived to their rented house yesterday, Sunday, 19th.  Today, we convinced Diane to join Francine and Scott on this 10 mile loop.  This time, like we didn't do with Lori, we set Diane up on Kevin's bike.  She powered up the first climb, and we all enjoyed the descent down.  The recent rains really solidified the trail, and the berms were all bermy and solid.  Today, the descent was so much better than when we took Tom and Lori.

Hmph.  We had to make the climb back out.   I keep forgetting how much of a grunt this climb is.  This ride is a little reverse, as in there is a climb at the end.  Luckily, you do get to finish the last 3/4 mile on a downhill.  Unfortunately, one of the last loose corners got the better of Diane.  She went over the bars, and scraped her shoulder, elbow, nose, cheek, knees, and her dignity.  Luckily we did not have to go to the doctor.  Bummer way for her to end the ride.  She said she was having fun.  She even said the climb was ok, as she wanted to get in a workout today.   9.8 miles.

June 17-19 - Sally and mom arrive

Friday - After a lazy morning, Francine followed Kevin around on a mellow pavement pedal.  Mom and Sally arrived on Friday afternoon.  Dad didn't make it this weekend, as he came down with a cold.  We made a stop at the fish stand for fresh indian caught salmon for dinner.

Saturday - Francine took mom to a beginners Yoga class.  She said it was her first class, and she really enjoyed it.  Then off to get pies.  Stopped at the Apple Valley Country Store and pre-purchased our 14 pies.  They were a little overwhelmed with our request.  We went on to Parkdale for lunch at The Solera Brewery.  Then made our way back to pick up our pies.  They had quite a line up to check-out, and it was sure nice we had already pre-paid.  We left Kevin at home to rest his foot.

Yes, that's right - 14 frozen pies.  2 cooked, 2 left for Kevin, 5 for Dad, and 5 for Sally.

That afternoon, we were supposed to go to Mosier to the Analemma winery, but mom needed a nap, and we took it easy.  We did make it to Henny's in White Salmon for a nice dinner.  Kent, the guy we are renting from, lives on the Washington side, and recommended the place.  We will return.

Sunday - Mom has been out walking and exploring the neighborhood each morning.  Thanks to all the veges and eggs that both Sally and mom brought, we ate very hardy greens with eggs for breakfast each day.

June 10-12, Post Canyon Francine and Heather tear it up

Saturday - Francine and Heather, up at Kingsley reservoir,
 ready for a lap on dirt surfer.
Our friends, Heather and Mike arrived with their daughter Eleni, 3 years old  and twin girls Laila and Sunny (5 months) from Seattle last night around 11pm.  After a sleepless night for Heather and Mike,  feeding twins can keep you up most of the night, Francine and Heather made their way to the Post Canyon trailhead. Mike was on kid duty for the weekend, so Heather was getting some quality bike time. The girls rode up Seven Streams #100 to the Family Man area.  Circled around in that area before heading up 8-Track to the top.  Then we headed down #158 Bad Moto Scooter to #158 Grand Prix - GP to lower GP.  Climbed up #116 Spaghetti Factory to the new connector "Sisters-Wives" that connects to the new Kleeway flow trail.  This was Heather's first experience on the flowy bermy trails, and she loved them.  9.75 miles.

Saturday - top of Spaghetti Factory/Mobius.  Heading out to finish on Mitchell Ridge Trail

It rained really had on Friday night, so we waited until later in the day to ride.  Took a stop at the kids wooden play structure on Eugene and 9th with Eleni.  Then hit the taco truck in town for lunch, and a quick look at the Saturday farmer's market.

Kevin was the shuttle Driver again.  This time he drove to the correct drop-off spot at the Kingsley Reservoir.  Heather and Francine crossed the dam on the upper Reservoir, and started up ATV trail #197 for 1.25 miles to the start of #170 Dirt Surfer.   From here it is generally downhill to the Post Canyon Trails.  At the bottom, we went right and hit Spaghetti Factory #116.  We climbed Spaghetti Factory to its end, passed by the top of Mobius and headed out to Mitchell Ridge #110 for the finish.  When this dropped down to the road, we rode out the end of the Seven Streams trail and pedaled to the house.  14.75 miles.

Saturday - start of Dirt Surfer

For their Sunday ride, Francine and Heather rode up Seven Streams to the Mobius trail.  The new Mobius trail is in a clearcut, but since we started riding at 9:30am, and there was a breeze, the temps were pleasant.  At the top of Mobius, we went left, and down on #116 Spaghetti Factory to the Family Man area.  Went down #108 flow trail to the new Float-On flow trail which connects into Kleeway.  Rode those bermy trails to the end of Kleeway.  Moved onto Seven Streams and out to the car.  9 or 10 miles.  Great three days with our friends.

Never a dull moment
Kevin getting a little foot friendly action