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North Cascades Hwy - April 2019
« on: May 02, 2019, 05:55:00 pm »
I just went to the North Cascades Highway last month, but couldn't resist the opportunity to go again.  The highway has gates to close it from travel because the last area to be cleared has a large danger of avalanches that cover the road up to 60 feet deep.  Even the snow plows are at risk in those circumstances.

So combine the pictures from March for the west side of the road with these and you'll get a good idea of what the ride was like.  :)

On the way up.  Beautiful skies.  But that went away once I got into the mountains and gained some elevation.



Once you near Rainy Pass, you gain enough elevation that you start encountering snow.



Coming down at this point from Washington Pass at almost 5500 ft.  For those of you in the Rockies, that probably doesn't sound like much...but we're starting from sea level, not a mile high already.  ;)






Down from the pass, heading towards Winthrop and Twisp.  Part of the reason for the trip was to meet up with TimR from the Kawasaki Concours Owners Group.



We ended up talking for over an hour about the upcoming Bun Cooler 2019 trip to Kamiah, Id.  Then I headed back.  I still had about four hours to get home and as you can see from the time stamp, it is almost 5:30 pm already.  I was going to make this a big loop, coming back over Stevens Pass and Hwy 2, but decided not to.  It was a little longer and would be dark by the time I got home.  There's one section of road that has a sign up saying how many people had been killed by deer in that particular area.  It adds a sobering reality to the deer crossing signs. 


Liberty Bell mountain.  You just can't get a perspective of the size of that mountain from a photo.



I'm really glad I have heated gear.  I don't know how I made it without.  Temperatures ranged from the mid-50s in the lowlands, to 30-31F in the pass area.  Luckily the road surface was warmer.






Note the eagle flying above...






The F800GT is a delight on a trip like this.  It's all day comfortable for the straight stretches, and when you get the twisty portions, it makes those a delight too.









The photos don't do the sunset justice.  But it was gorgeous.





All these pictures were taken on the fly with my Sena 10C Pro.  It's a combination of a Bluetooth headset and action camera.  You can't find anything else that combines the two things into one small package like this.

Oh...there was one interesting time on the trip home.  I was about 10 miles east of Marblemount, when I saw a Ford Explorer SUV approaching.  It looked like it had either a roof rack...or a light bar on it.  I've been toying around with a new radar detector I bought and noticed that it didn't go off...but on the side of the Ford Explorer was the logo for the Washington State Patrol.  Oops.  I was doing about 60 mph in a 50.  Not speeding badly, but if the WSP wanted to pull me over, he could.  The thought crossed my mind that he might turn around and follow me.  Maybe I should play this with a little caution.  So I slowed down to 50.

A few minutes passed and I noticed some headlights approaching fast.  There were really few cars around at that time of the evening.  Sure enough...here was the WSP catching up.  So I held the bike to the speed limit exactly or under it for the next several miles till I turned off to head south.  Phew!

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Re: North Cascades Hwy - April 2019
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2019, 08:43:09 pm »
Beautiful photos!!! What is all the white stuff?
Thanks for sharing :great:

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Re: North Cascades Hwy - April 2019
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 10:09:44 pm »
Downtown Ocala Florida




My ride to downtown Ocala




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Re: North Cascades Hwy - April 2019
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 02:43:34 am »
I love Hwy. 20, especially the big curve at Rainy Pass going westbound. I can take it all the way to the edge of the tread. >:D
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Re: North Cascades Hwy - April 2019
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2019, 06:48:17 pm »
Great report and pics again Chris/Daboo! I thought I'd have a chance to get up there earlier but hasn't happened. Thinking of doing a quick jaunt middle of next week weather/temp dependent to check it out!

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