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Mountain Biking Hood River

August 16th, 2014

This year’s mountain biking trip was a Western Spirit trip to the Lewis River (WA) area, with a few days spent in Hood River Oregon before the trip started.  This was by far the most challenging biking trip we’ve ever done. The trails in both areas are generally tree lined narrow single-track, unlike anything we ride on a regular basis. Single track requires a degree of mental concentration that is draining.  Throw in some good sized climbs and we were at our limit.  Since this is acknowledged to be an intermediate-advanced trip, everyone on the trip was fit and experienced.  We had trouble keeping up and had a great time.

Hood River, OR has a great trail system. They also have an area of relatively tame man-made obstacles to ride on. We’ve never ridden anything like that before so it was a challenge for us. These were mostly low to the ground, narrow board walks and small jumps. We crashed a few times, had some fun and decided that sort of thing is best left to other riders.

We took a side trip to the Ape Cave Lava tube. This 2.5 mile tube is one of the longest in the US and provides a generally easy hike through this volcanic remnant. There were a couple of sections that involved a genuine scramble, but it was oddly fun for just a long, dark tube.

 

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