June 22, 2012 - The day we got soaked

Janetha on Sector 16

Bob, our fearless leader
Francine coming into the Swampy cabin
Bob with a couple of followers

The day started off perfect.  Cloudy and in the low 60's.  Rode from camp on Marvin's Gardens to the Phil's trailhead.  Climbed Kent's to the red gravel 4610 road.  Turned right on the road and left on the climb to the top of Whoops.  Climbed Upper Whoops to Sector 16.  Hit some sprinkles on our way to the first cabin, Swede cabin.  Rested in the Swede cabin as it was sprinkling.  Then we put on our jackets and headed out to the Swampy cabin, as the sprinkles came down a little harder.
Got to the Swampy cabin (16 miles) just as it started to rain.  We thought the rain was letting up and headed down South Fork trail.  It only started raining harder.  It continued to rain as we hit Tumalo Falls Trail.  Thankfully the rain let up as we climbed on Skyliners Trail and made our way back to the Whoops and Upper Whoops intersection.   The pouring rain came back for our entire downhill back to camp.  Whoops, VD, Phils to a bail out on some road.  The trails had turned into miniture rivers.  We were soaked.  At about a mile from camp, Francine was so cold she couldn't ride her bike anymore.  She walked while Kevin walked with both bikes.  33 miles.  Too bad the 16 mile downhill was so cold and wet. 

June 21, Bend with Bob

Kevin on the rocks on COD

Bob on the Deschuttes River Trail

Francine & Bob crossing the ponds on the DRT

Day 2 of riding in Bend.  Still don't have a battery for my computer.  Still don't have a battery for my bike computer.  When we left the group to head back to the condo, Wendy's bike computer showed 24 miles.  So, explored more singletrack on the way home.  Probably 26 miles today.

Marvins Gardens, Phil to the helipad, Storm King to the Deschuttes River Trail (DRT) and back up to COD and home.

June 20, Day 1 in Bend

Went down to Bend again with Bob for another bike club group campout.  We almost skipped the trip, as we still have lots to do on the rentals.  So, we decided to get a condo to simplify the trip.  We got a sweet rate at Mt Bachelor Village condos.

Instead of driving to the group campsite, we rode our bikes.  To our surprise, we found some fun singletrack right from the condo, on our way out to the Phil's Trail complex, to meet the huge group from Seattle, led by Bob Bournique.

We rode Marvins Gardens to Grand Slam to GS to Storm King, up Funner to Kiwa Butte trail.  Here we got lost looking for the Tyler's Traverse Trail.  Even though the Forest Service printed a huge, permanent map/trail sign (8 ft x 10 ft) showing Tyler's Traverse, it is not complete.  Rode some roads and found Steve Larsen trail.  Took that to Funner where we retraced our route back to camp. 
Francine had a dead battery in her bike computer, but Wendy's computer said 36 miles when they got back to camp.  So, adding our 3-4 mile ride from the condo, we rode over 40 miles today.

June 1, bike Rat Pac in Cle Elum

We needed a break from working on the rental house in North Bend.  Weather called for rain on the west side.  Emailed Tom Davies late on Thursday to say we were riding Rat Pac in Cle Elum on Friday morning .  He responded yes.  He even quickly got ready that night and drove to Alpental and spent the night at his condo.
We convinced Tom to climb into our car for the drive to Cle Elum.  After we parked at the Cle Elum high school, we discovered that we had no bike shoes for Me and no helmet for Kevin.  So, I drove Tom and Kevin to the highpoint of the Rosyln neighborhood, so they could start as high as possible.  I was to meet them at Pioneer Coffee in Cle Elum when they finished.

I rode the paved Suncadia trails instead, since I was wearing Chaco's for shoes.  I stopped by the Suncadia resort for the paved trail map to ride all the paved trails.  They claimed to have 10 miles of trails.  I rode them all, including some double-backing and road, and rode about 11 miles.  I don't think they have 10 miles of trails.

Trails at Rat Pac were about as good as they get, according to Kevin.  Short ride, since they didn't have to ride back to the car in Roslyn.

Photo by Tom Davies - Kevin overlooks the Teeanaway