Washinton Pass

NWP/IDBDR Day #1

Miles Total: 205
Miles Today: 205

We hit the road today! Had a bit of a late start, we stalled until the rain stopped. This worked out perfectly – we didn’t get rained on at all. While I was waiting for my dad to show up, I had to take a picture of the bike fully loaded and ready to go,

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We got on the road a little after 10a. It didn’t take too long before we hit our first problem. My phone was not connected to the charger correctly and it kept making noises in my headset every 30 seconds. I figured that the cable was loose or something. We pulled over in a Target parking lot so I could check it out – it seems to be an issue w/the USB port I was using to charge. I switched to a spare and all was good.

We stopped in Darrington to pick up some snacks and so my dad could top off his tank. We met a couple there from Metaline Falls (which is on our route) who invited us to camp on their property if the timing is right. We got directions, hopefully I’ll remember them if we need to use them.

Next stop was the Diablo Lake overlook. I ate my munchies that I picked up in Darrington, and then walked around to take some pictures…

Diablo Lake

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Bikes in the parking lot.

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The next stop was at the Washington Pass overlook. Not much to see here, too many trees and we didn’t feel like getting off the bikes and hiking. Another bike picture

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Did get a peek-a-boo view of this…Looking at the map, I believe that this is Early Winters Spires South.

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From here we motored on to Mazama. We topped off our tanks and aired down the tires – it was time to hit some dirt! Didn’t stop to get any pictures. We were on some pretty straightforward gravel roads that didn’t really present any challenges. There were some rocks here and there, but you could easily have taken a passenger car down the entire route. The views were pretty cool in spots, with cliffs going straight up on one side and straight down on the other. Tried getting some 360 video – hopefully they’ll turn out.

We are camping at a WDFW campground just north of Winthrop. Not a ton of amenities here – just a couple of pit toilets. There is a ton of room and only a couple of other rigs here. I did almost tip over while trying to turn around in the campground – while we were exploring around, I tried to do a u-turn onto another road, and it had a bit of a rut in it. Just gave it some gas, and powered through ok.

Here is a quick pic of my hammock setup for the night

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Once camp was set up, we rehydrated dinner – I think mine was pineapple chicken.  I also had some freeze dried cheese, which was kinda nasty.

Amazingly, there is cell phone coverage here, so I should be able to get this posted in a timely fashion!

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