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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Bumps and Bruises in the Pacific Northwest

June 30th, 2007

In early June, Veronica heard about an organized bike ride called the Tour de Blast, that goes up the highway into the Mount St Helen National Volcanic Monument. It sounded like it would have spectacular views and a lot of climbing – right up her alley. We decided we would take ten or twelve days, stopping on the way to Washington to ride in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, do the ride, then go back as far as Oregon to ride the North Umpqua Trail again and ride around Crater Lake.

So, we loaded 2 road bikes on the roof of the car and 2 mountain bikes into back of the car, along with all our camping gear and set off the Pacific Northwet. Whiskeytown NRA is one of the few parks in the National Park system that allows mountain bikes on trails. We picked up a trail book and headed for a ride that had a lot of climbing and good views. This would be a sort of shake down ride, since Veronica hadn’t done any mountain biking in several months. Thom had been making good use of his time off to ride local trails, so he and his bike were ready. A few miles into the ride, we missed a turn and had to head back down a steep, paved road to get the the trail head.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon (more…)

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