We started gathering at the Bucksnort Pub on Saturday. It had been cloudy, and even rained only an hour or so before we were scheduled to meet up. But the skies cleared, and it began to warm up. By the time we actually left at about 11:00 AM, it was already pretty warm. When we crossed Chinook Pass at about 5400 feet, I was warm just wearing a flannel shirt and denim vest. I think the rain before hand kept the turn out rather small, but we still had a great time.
We rolled on down into eastern Washington, and as we did the terrain began to change. The forests were now mostly pine, instead of the Douglas Fir that predominates on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. It was drier, and as we got closer to Naches, the forests faded into grassland, and orchards.
We stopped for food and cold bevies at the Walkabout Creek Saloon in Naches. Good food and VERY biker friendly. Then we hit the road and headed back west. This time we rode over the lowest of the three passes we hit. White Pass is only at 4500 feet elevation, where Cayuse and Chinook Passes are both over 5,000 feet.
We rode back over the pass and down into Lewis County again. Then we putted back into Morton, and enjoyed ourselves back at the Bucksnort. It was only about a 200 mile trip, but it was a great day for a ride, and a great bunch to ride with. This just happens ot be the core group of the local ABATE chapter that is forming here, so I am sure we'll have more good pics from rides in the near future.
Catch you on the road sometime...