The Klickitat Trail, WA


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I finally got a trailer hitch bike rack capable of supporting the electric bike we use to haul The Girl around. That allows us to bring that awesome rig (and a bike for the other adult) wherever around here. On Sunday, "wherever" turned out to be the Klickitat Trail. I think I had read that it was rail-trail, and while that could be accurate technically, it was a good bit sloppier and rougher than I pictured, for most of it. Stil doable, and still enjoyable, but less so for the 7 year old bouncing along on 1 wheel behind me... There were stretches that were honest, rutted, rocky, single track whoopties. There was mud. There was a stream crossing, albeit tiny! It was awesome.

I thought of Tony all the while. And I did my best to shoot as I rode, as we stopped for snacks, and as we sipped wine at the trail head after. And I have ZERO time to edit, so forgive me... Some pics:

Starts out nice and smooth, and for the first mile or so it's easy rolling. The wife's weapon of choice for this was a dutch city bike -- 3 speeds, slickish tires, upright sitting position, cushy seat... and she loved it. But she's pretty good.
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A nice bridge comes up a mile out.
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Almost exactly the setup we used for Pitt-DC, and in very very similar conditions, but only 9 miles out and 9 more back this time, in stead of 340.
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Things take a turn for the muddy.
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Bringing lunch and beers is THE way to do this.
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My rig.
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The kinds of riders and rigs you usually see out here. The wife got no end of amusement when all 3 of them had to put a foot down crossing the running stream/mud section we had just finished, when she was able to make it on the dutch rig. I was so glad they all smiled as they passed.
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And then there were free range cows...
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Stream crossing. I failed to notice how deep it was, and went for it! And I made it, but it was about a foot deep, so it would've been smarter to just push across. But life's too short for 100% good decisions.
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And finally, enjoying the view and a glass back at the starting point.
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