NW 2014

A  3 week trip ensued to beat the heat this summer so I could enjoy some of the northwest single track. Did not want to be without any recreational gear so had most bases covered with Husqvarna, SIC x-14 Pro and my Specialized Tarmac road bike in the van.

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After a 6am start I wanted to get an early few miles of paddling in before a long day driving to Redding, CA., where I’d spend the night. Morro Bay was on the way and arrived at around 8am and got close to 6 miles in.

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An early start out of Redding and arrived in Bend mid day, in time for a paddle on the Deschutes. I made a contact for a dirt bike ride at China Hat for the next day as the trails were sure to be in great condition after the rain. Sure enough the riding was perfect, about 60 miles for the loop and a stop at the lookout tower where Russ and I got a tour.

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I planned on a few days or more in and around Hood River to visit some friends and do some paddling on the Columbia and ride some of Hood Rivers great single track. The afternoon I arrived and hooked up with Doc Doolittle for a short downwind run in Rowena.

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The next day I headed to Binns Hill Road to access the trails. Pretty cool zone above the Post Canyon mtb trails. Super well maintained and no crowds as well as just a bunch of friendly riders, even on Memorial Weekend. 10 miles of tight sngletrack on this day as well as 10 the next, riding the south loop one day and north loop the next.

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After the long weekend headed to Seattle to visit a few friends and paddle Lake Washington for a few days. Met up with Steve Linden and Scot Sumner for a sprint across the lake and back before the chop and wind was in full force. We paddled into the wind and it dies for the return leg, then reappeared just when we hit the beach. Fun few days in Seattle seeing Steve, Scott, Mike, Bobbie and Tom. Nice to see everyone riding the SIC Maui X-14s.

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I left California with a sinus issue of sorts which had been lingering a long time. I felt like I wasn’t getting enough oxygen so would crap out under heavy workloads. Somewhere along the way that subsided whether the dry air or elevation along the way, I was feeling better. I planned to return as I had come but skipped Hood River on the way south to spend a few more days in Bend. I wanted to check out a few houses and see if there was anything I might want to buy. With homes going fast and many pocket listings barely hitting the mls before selling I decided not to chase a fickle second home market that can top out at any time. My Sprinter is a good vacation van that carries all my stuff and can take me anywhere.

A couple of days checking out neighborhoods and houses, a road ride to Bachelor and back and a revisit of Millican on the Husqvarna made for a great adventure tour.

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Finally it was a 2 day drive home from Bend, first stopping at one of my favorite lakes in Oregon, Crescent Lake. When I pulled in it looked perfect for a paddle but soon was in a swarm of mosquitos which I had forgotten enjoy the snow melt and moisture. Wasn’t going to soak myself in Off and paddle so hit the road south.

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I stopped in Shasta to get a veggie juice concocted for me at the local organic market and then made my way down to Lake Siskyou for a few miles of tempo paddling and a swim with no mosquitos this time. Then was south to Redding for the night and an easy drive home the next day. A great trip doing what I planned to and more plus got rid of a nasty sinus issue. Dry and hot already east of the mountains here at home and north of here to lucky to have gone when I did and glad to have spent some quality time on the Husky with no spills! Almost ready for another trip.