DAY 1 Tacoma, WA to Hood River, OR
The weather report was two days of 80+ weather in Hood River and mid 70's at home with rain forcast for later tomorrow....so I took off.
Taking a quick break at McDonalds to check in with my email to see if any customers needed me to jump on something.
Quick fill up.
Flying along the curvy NE Amboy road and suddenly came across this funky little road side collection of stuff.
Finding my way to Blair Road and the curves begin again, along with other out enjoying the day.
Creepy house up in the trees...glad it's day time.
Hitting Hwy 14 east next to the Columbia River. Blue sky, sunshine and weather warmer than I've felt for a while.
There are a number of tunnels along 14 which makes it scenic and fun.
Enjoy the chance to relax, because as we get to Lyle we're taking a detour into a pretty intense ribbons of tarmac.
Left turn up Old Hwy 8 and then turn onto Canyon Road and immediately you're rewarded.
You'll spend the next few minutes attacking corner after corner and then get a short respite.
After a couple minutes, turn right onto Klickitat Appleton Rd, the curves begin again. Off to the right you'll start to see the Klickitat Valley below. Don't worry, there is a great spot to stop and take it in.
Rowena Crest looks down over the mighty Columbia and a view of the road to come.
Leaving the viewpoint, I attack the curvy road below.
I headed along Hwy 30 into The Dalles (not Dalles...THE Dalles the locals will correct) before crossing back into Washington.
Hitting Hwy 14, I turn left and head West before stopping for a bit of fuel.
Hwy 14 is a fantastic scenic route. Absolutely worth riding.
At White Salmon I leave 14 and head up Cook-Underwood Road which is a mountain/country road that takes you into some hidden little areas. Early on as this road climbs up into the open, Mt Hood calls to me from across the river so I stop and snap a few pics while drinking some water and eating my Powerbar.
Heading North out of Carson along Wind River Rd and I run across a flock of Elk (yes I know it's not a flock). It was the first time I'd ever run across something like this. At first I thought it was a logging truck pulling out because all I could see was brown stretching across the road.
Every time I made a noise they stopped and looked at me...I tried not to make noise as these buggers are quite a bit bigger than deer. Please keep moving. I'd guess there were around 50 that crossed. It took a couple of minutes.