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post #1 of 10 Old 04-12-2013, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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North Cascades Hwy. opens next week!!

WSDOT just posted their latest clearing report and the east & west crews have met in the middle. They plan to have the road open next Tuesday and if the weather isn't too horrible I hope to ride over Thursday or Friday (or Saturday or Sunday!) The road's gonna be ugly but fun, and weather on the other side will be bliss.

Any interest in joining me next week??

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-12-2013, 11:03 AM
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That's just not right. Up in the wintery north you get roads open before we get back our mountain road, Hwy 2, in So Cal. We haven't had snow in weeks. Phooey.
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I hope to ride over Thursday or Friday (or Saturday or Sunday!) The road's gonna be ugly but fun, and weather on the other side will be bliss.

Any interest in joining me next week??
Man! I wish I hadn't already planned on going to my friends birthday party south of me...I've got the wife and dog gone next weekend and would've loved to go on a ride!

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As a noob rider I haven't built enurance for such a run yet but it sounds great... sad part is I probably have Thursday free to go. enjoy the trip, I'll be with you in spirit.

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One of these years I'm going to make it on opening day and get me a cinnamon roll. I will be in Cali next week.
I hope you get some others to join you.
For those that cannot make it I propose a group ride over to Winthrop the first weekend in May. Any day Fri. 3rd - Mon. 6th.

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One of these years I will actually cross the Cascades via route 20. Furthest east I have ever been on that road is Marblemount. But alas, I believe I am booked next weekend.

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The weather's looking iffy and my gout is flaring up, so it looks like next week at the earliest. I avoid the pass on weekends (especially the first one!) because it's full of slow moving tourists, slower moving Harleys, and people towing their boats & trailers over the mountains.

Here's what it look like last year 2 weeks after it opened:

Damn cold ride but the beer and burger in the sun was worth it!

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The weather's looking iffy and my gout is flaring up, so it looks like next week at the earliest. I avoid the pass on weekends (especially the first one!) because it's full of slow moving tourists, slower moving Harleys, and people towing their boats & trailers over the mountains.

Here's what it look like last year 2 weeks after it opened:

Damn cold ride but the beer and burger in the sun was worth it!

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Here's what it looked like last year, 2 days after opening:








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Here's what it looked like last year, 2 days after opening:
I like your pictures better! Mine was the first day of a 4 week, 5,000 mile western tour. The weather got better but it wasn't the only snow I saw. This year I'm leaving in August!

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Wow, seems like just last week they were getting snow like crazy up there. Hopefully they will get some resources over to Chinook now :-)


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