The Rally in the Gorge–Day 5

Day 5 was a pack things up and leave day.  Our original plan was to do the first day of the WABDR on the way home.  We had to change plans because my Dad had a makeshift foot peg, and we didn’t think that it would hold up if he stood on it for extended periods of time (which we would do if we were off road).  So, we elected to head back home.

One of the street routes for the rally was to Windy Ridge near Mt St Helens.  Since this was right on our way home, we decided to go check it out, and we weren’t disappointed.IMG_1428

Looking at the map, we were going north on FS 25 – the road on the right hand side.  The windy ridge cutoff is near the top of the map.  It is a cool road to cruise down on a motorcycle – lots of corners and lots of views.  Along this ride we saw Mt Adams, Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, and Mt Rainier.

 

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At windy point, there is a short (uphill) hike that you can take for some more spectacular views.

On the way back to FS 25, a big elk ran across the road in front of us.  Didn’t get the camera out in time to get a picture.  I may have captured it on my helmet cam – I haven’t reviewed any of the videos yet.

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As we were cruising through Packwood, there was a sign out for beef BBQ.  It was lunch time, so we decided to give it a shot.  It was some great food, and all of the money went to support the local fire department.

Overall, the rally was a ton of fun.  It was good practice for both road and off road riding.  The rides that we went on were all top-notch.  I would have liked to have done more of the seminars and clinics, but I was too busy out riding.  This is definitely something I would do again in the future.

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