June 15, Kingsley Shuttle

Kevin gets his wheels off the ground

Took June 14 as a rest day.  The 10 mile loop worked us over pretty good.  I guess 3,000 feet of climbing in five miles is a good excuse.  Francine did a little yoga and I got worked over at my massage by Alex.
Francine on Sexy Beast Trail #171

Today, despite the growing cloud cover, we decided to drive up to Kingsley Reservoir and enjoy a 15 mile descent back to the house.   We poked around and tried some alternate routes to the standard Dirt Surfer trail, and came away quite satisfied.  Fun day and the rain held off till we got home.  Raining hard when we drove back to Kingsley to retrieve the car.

Route:  Bypassed first jeep road climb #197,  stayed on the far bank of the lower reservoir until it hit main road,  then took the road over to Sexy Beast #171.    Rode up #160 and down, which is kind of gnarly, but we wanted to check it out.  Next time we would hit Dirt Surfer #170 after Sexy Beast.  Then we would climb #130 to get over to #133 Borderline to check it out.  The trail #133 was sweet.  It will be our new go-to instead of continuing on Dirt Surfer, which is getting quite hammered.

At the bottom of #133 Borderline, we opted to continue on toward Dirt Surfer and over towards 8Track to descend on 8Track, so we could finish on the new flow trail, Middle School #101 below the Family Man area.  We ran out 7Streams and pavement to the house.  15.5 miles.

June 13, 44 Road - 15 mile trail

   Weather has been quite chilly, and rain/showers were predicted for the afternoon.  Nonetheless, we decided to try and ride 15 Mile Creek/Cedar Creek trails up on the 44Road area.  We did the loop counterclockwise.  It is a  reverse type ride, where you descend first and them climb for your finish. The climb out gains about 3,000 feet in 5 miles, which really kicked us in the butt.  Trail conditions were about as good as they get, and we saw no one out there.  This trail is kind of on our do not ride list.  The trail itself is fun but the climb out, after the descent is a brute.  We resorted to walking several sections.   Hard to remember how fun the descent was, after all the climbing.

June 11, Day 12 Hood River

Kevin get's some kite time on the Columbia River

Hillary had a windsurfing lesson at The Hook at 11am, so Jen dropped Kev, Fran and Kelly off at just before Famiy Man for a bike ride at 8:30am (like the other day).  We did the same loop and the trail conditions were fantastic.  We finished on the original mini Mitchell Ridge Loop on the other side of the power lines.  Great ride.  10 miles.

 We stopped by The Hook and Hillary was sailing back and forth across the lagoon.  We went over to The Event Site, where the Outfound Festival was on.  Unfortunately, it looked like attendance was super poor.  It's sad that they went to so much trouble for a new event, only to have no participation.  Kevin, after a couple bad launches, got out on the river for a little more kiting.

June 10, Day 11 Hood River

Francine gets her moto on.

All 4 of us went to morning yoga at 8:30, which was a workout, and got us sweating, while Hillary slept in.  Kelly, Jen and Hillary went for a hike in Mosier.  Kevin hung out, and Francine went to town for a few things.  Once back in Hood River, Jen & Kelly stopped at the salmon stand, run by the Native Americans, to get dinner, but the salmon hadn't made their way over the dam yet.  Maybe next weekend.  So, they picked up some smoked salmon instead.

In the afternoon, Francine and Kevin went for a dirt bike ride in Post Canyon, starting from the house.  They did the baby loop, 112L and Kevin convinced Francine to continue on.  We made our way up trail 130, which was in primo shape, compared to the ruts 2 years ago.  The dirt was as good as it gets.  Francine was even having fun at times, and enjoyed the banked corners.  We kept going up, and made it to Binns Hill Staging area, where we opted for the pavement cruise back to the house.
Had a great salmon dinner barbecued by Kelly.

June 9, Day 10 Hood River

Greg railing corners on Whoopdee, trail.  Hood River, Or,

Kevin started the day with a great massage with Alex at 9:45am.  Then we took Greg on the Whoopdee Trail that is just east of town, as rain was predicted for early afternoon, and the 44 - trails area would be too far away.  With all the rain yesterday, the trail was in the best condition we have ever seen.  The new climb trail for the 3 mile finish sure beats the old jeep road climb.  The rain caught up with us, on the climb at the finish, but we didn't get too wet.  We rode about 10 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing.  Trail is primo right now.




Greg - look at that damp, tacky dirt



Francine and Kevin

Kelly, Jen and Hillary arrive tonite.  We had them pick up Thai for dinner at Pho River Wok and Grill, as Greg was craving the drunken noodle (Phad ke Moa) the table next to us had last night.

June 8, Day 9 Hood River

Today is another off/rest day.  After breakfast, Greg and Lori went for 9am massages at Hood River Holistic Massage with Tori and Brad respectively.  There were both super happy with their masseuses.

We then had an early lunch at Lake Taco, before Tom and Lori headed back home to Seattle, so they could have a full day home, before they headed off on another adventure in California.

Greg, Francine, Kevin and Tom waiting for our lunch at Lake Taco on the Heights
Kevin headed down to the water for a 2pm kite lesson, and Francine and Greg rested at the house.   Before dinner, we went downtown for a drink.  Usually, Double Mountain Brewery is so packed that we don't venture there.  It wasn't busy, and we even found a spot out front, so we had a drink there.   Then we went to Pho River Wok & Grill, a new restuarant started by the cooks that used to cook at Thai House.  We will not be going back to the Thai House.  Next, we went to Dirty Fingers for the movie, Ride your F#%ing Bike, which was a fundraiser for the 44Trails Association.  We were the only 3 watching the movie, as it was a social event for the locals.

June 7, Day 8 - Hood River

Tom and Lori arrived last night, just as Francine was leaving for a massage.

After breakfast this morning, Francine and Kevin went to morning yoga.  During Yoga, Tom and Lori went for a cruise on the Hood River to Mosier trail.
Lori at viewpoint on Hood River to Mosier Bike trail

Then we had Lori drop us just before the Family Man staging area, so we could do a short loop in Post Canyon, around 7 miles.

Francine, Lori, Kevin and Greg at car drop off for Post Canyon bike ride
Francine in Panorama mode on Mitchell Ridge Trail

Tom on Mitchell Ridge Trail

We rode to the Family Man staging area on the upper 7Streams trail.  Then over to Toilet Boil and up Spaghetti Factory to Mitchell Ridge.  We finished on the original Mitchell Ridge Trail (on the other side of the power lines) that finishes up at the main parking area.  Fun ride and the dirt is still great.  It is supposed to rain tonite/tomorrow, so the trails will be primo after that.

Francine went to a 3:30pm Chiro appointment, and Lori went for a walk on the waterfront.  The boys, Greg, Kevin and Tom, went to town to cruise the shops.
Kevin holding up the fence

Greg and Kevin outside Dirty Fingers Bike shop

Lounging on the deck

Lori and Tom brought dinner, pre-made hearty meat spaghetti sauce and garlic bread, along with tons of nice fruit, as well as strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Tom, Greg, Francine and Kevin

June 6, Day 7 Hood River

Greg and Francine ride the Ridgeline at the top of Hospital Hill.

Today, Tuesday, is Scott's last day here.  He is planning on doing a paddle before making the drive back to the pass.

Greg, Francine and Kevin went to bike at Hospital Hill, on the Washington side.  It's been a few years since we have been here, and maps are scarce, as most of the ride is on private property owned by the Kreps family, who graciously let mountain bikers on their land that they graze cattle on.  As we were climbing on trail above the hospital, we ran into about 3 ranchers on horses, moving the cattle off Hospital Hill.  There is a no dog policy/leave gates as they are, thru the end of June, when they have cattle here.  They were friendly, and asked us to let them know if we see any stray cows, as one guy would be going back up the hill for about 15 more cattle.

We headed up the hill and at the first intersection, decided not to climb the super narrow Millelenium Trail, and to take the road, which now was a gravel road, due to logging.  Thankfully, at the next intersection, the gravel road stopped, and we were greeted with the normal single track options.  We climbed up to the upper trail that traverses over to the Syncline area.  We did an out and back here, and were thankful that logging didn't take out any of the upper trails for our descent.  We wound thru the woods and meadows and made our way down to the bottom, near White Salmon.

Great ride.  About 12 miles and 2,500 feet of elevation gain.   Trails were narrow, and in great shape.  Poison Oak was present, and we hope we washed it all off when we got back to the house.

Greg treated us to Thai dinner from Thai House on the heights.  Unfortunately, we didn't know that the cooks from Thai House left, and started their own restaurant, Pho River Wok & Grill.  I swear my Pad Se Ew was made with egg noodles.

Greg and Tom

Tom and Kevin

June 4-5, Days 5-6 Hood River

Sunday, June 4, and we did yoga again.  We returned home and today is a day off.  We putzed around, and made it down to the water to try flying a kite.  They pumped up the smaller 7meter kite, and Kev floundered around with a board and the kite.  Eventually the wind died, and we made it back home.  Greg arrived around 4pm, and we cooked Maui Ribs.


Monday, June 5, Kevin and Scott went for a moto ride in Post Canyon, going up Dirt Surfer to Kingsley Reservoir.   Francine and Greg were going mountain biking, and got dropped off a bit before the Family Man Staging area, and rode up 8 Track.  They sat around up there long enough, that Scott and Kevin came over the hill on their way up Dirt Surfer to say hi.  On Kevin's recommendation, Francine and Greg headed over the hill to descend Dirt Surfer.  The trail was in pretty good shape, but the non-motorized trails are smoother.  They climbed Spaghetti Factory to finish on Mitchell Ridge trail.


June 2-3, Day 3&4 Hood River

Yoga was at 8am today, Friday.  Came home to breakfast by Scott, and headed down to the river for  Scott and Kevin's 2pm kite lessons.  There was barely enough wind, so Cascade Kiteboarding recommended rescheduling the lessons.  The instructor did recommend playing in the water with the kite for practice, so that is what Kev and Scott did.


Scott and Kevin on an empty sandbar
Kite is in air

Saturday, June 3rd, is Scott's Birthday.  Kevin and Scott left at 6:15am to ride in the Black Dog Dualsport ride.  After yoga, Francine rode Post Canyon.  We treated to Scott dinner at Brian's Pourhouse for his birthday.

June 1, Day 2 Hood River

The weather is in the low 70's, with some rain last night to dampen the trails.  In the morning, did a short 11 mile loop at Post Canyon today on the bikes.  Up Seven Streams to the Family Man  parking area.  We climbed to the top of 8Track,  descended Bad Moto Scooter to Grand Prix to lower GP.  Then took Spaghetti Factory to the start of Sister's Wives to Kleeway and out on the Seven Streams trail back to the car.  Fun loop.
Scott at Family Man Staging area

Kev at top of 8Track #150.  Our descent on Bad Moto Scooter is #158, even though sign says #150

Scott and Kevin - whaat, you can drive to here?

Came back to the house for lunch, and Kevin and Scott went down to the river for Kev's 2pm Kite lesson.

Kev on sand spit for kite lesson

Kev and his instructor, Melanie