Signs of Spring

The rides during the last 3 weeks have progressively shown that spring is nearing. First, there was a trip to Ancient Lakes. GPX track.

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Babcock Bench trail

Babcock Bench trail

Since the Wanapum Dam is damaged, the water level in the preceding reservoir along the Columbia river has been reduced.

Since the Wanapum Dam is damaged, the water level in the preceding reservoir along the Columbia river has been reduced.

Sign of Spring #1

Sign of Spring #1

Ready for retirement?

Ready for retirement?

Frenchman Coulee

Frenchman Coulee

The next ride, was on a sunny Tuesday making an out and back going over Blanchard mountain, then over Chuckanut ridge, past Lake Padden, up Galbraith and back again. GPX track.

Sign of Spring #2

Sign of Spring #2

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The third ride south of Ellensburg along the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route covered some new ground for me. Colin joined me and braved the trails on a cross bike after telling him that I think it should be rideable. After flatting, bending his rim, and getting bucked off his steed by rocks on steep climbs, he’s now looking into a new bicycle to more easily overcome the torture of rocky dirt roads in the eastern Cascades. GPX track.

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So far, so smooth!

Going down into the Umtanum drainage, before heading up to the radio towers on top of Umtanum Ridge.

Going down into the Umtanum drainage, before heading up to the radio towers on top of Umtanum Ridge.

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The Umtanum Creek canyon.

The Umtanum Creek canyon.

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Riding along the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route on the Umtanum Ridge.

Riding along the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route on the Umtanum Ridge.

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Sign of Spring #3: Grass Widow on Umtanum Ridge

Sign of Spring #3: Grass Widow on Umtanum Ridge

Coming down the northern end of Umtanum Ridge.

Coming down the northern end of Umtanum Ridge.

Back along a smooth gravel road with grand views of Umtanum Ridge.

Back along a smooth gravel road with grand views of Umtanum Ridge.

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