Bikes, Beers, Burritos 2013 part 1

November 09, 2013

The third annual Bikes, Beers, and Burritos tour was this past October.  This year the crew decided to explore some of the riding a bit closer to home (sorry Outerbike, we missed you).  For a 10 day trip we managed to squeeze 9 days of riding in logging close to 300 kilometers of (mostly) singletrack.  This trip was all about the riding, stopping for photos was low on everyones priority list, opportunities presented themselves during short breaks, flat tires and mechanicals.  My goal was to capture at least a couple images of each ride.

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After a 2 hour traffic delay at the border crossing we finally made it into Washington

Day 1 Bellingham, WA Galbraith Mountain Trails
20km loop, 790m elevation gain and loss

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Bellingham to the west

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Mount Baker to the east

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Great trails in between

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No shortage of fast fun flowy riding, this turned out to be the theme of the trip.

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Off to Leavenworth we go

Day 2 Leavenworth, WA
Xanadu
9.5km loop, 633m elevation gain/loss
Freund trail "Variation"
12.1km loop, 765m gain/loss

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spot the riders

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Xanadu

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No shortage of beautifully sculpted berms in Washington

Day 3 Mt Saint Helens, Ape Canyon- Plains of Abraham
35.3km loop, 1019m gain/loss

Weather was not looking promising for a day in the alpine

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The road was closed about 5km's from the trailhead due to a recent washout (or maybe the government shutdown)... we went for it anyway.

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Follow that rainbow

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The old growth forest of the PNW is _________

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Riding the line between thousand year old trees and total destruction

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This was our turnaround point, high winds, rain, a bit of hail, and we hadn't yet gotten to the "Windy Ridge"

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Happy to see a bit of sun on the retreat

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Back down to the trailhead took no time at all

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Perfect finish to the day in Hood River

 

Part two here


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