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Summary of 2006 Northwest Tour

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Columbia River Gorge - Vista Point

I am back and decompressing from this year’s tour in the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s a summary of the ride:

7/7 Renton, WA to Yelm, WA – 62 Miles

7/8 Yelm to Castle Rock, WA – 67 Miles – Bonked – Mid-90’s – STP Route

7/9 Castle Rock to Portland, OR – 66 Miles – Mid 90’s

710 Portland to Ainsworth State Park, Columbia River Gorge – 46 Miles – 1/2 Day Ride

7/11 Ainsworth State Park to Hood River, OR – 32 Miles – 1/2 Day Replaced Rear Wheel

7/12 Hood River to Maryhill State Park, WA – 48 Miles – 1/2 Day Ride – Late Start – Mid 90’s

7/13 Maryhill State Park to Plymouth State Park – 83 Miles – Bonked – Upper 90’s

7/14 Plymouth to Walla Walla, WA – 60 Miles – Bonked – Upper 90’s

Temperature moved into 106 degree range for next 5 days. 7/19 temp was 104 at 10 PM. We moved into motels and watched the Tour De France and picked up a Van to carry bikes.

7/18 Coeur D’Alene Trail – 43 Miles

7/20 Centenial Trail, Spokane WA – 21 Miles

This was my first tour in the Northwest and I learned a lot about Western riding. I’ll fill in the details in following posts.

Pictures from the ride have been posted on Flickr.

Total Ride – 528 Miles

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Written by Roland

August 9, 2006 at 5:21 am

Posted in Rides

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  1. Welcome back, Roland. We were driving through Oregon and Idaho during the heat wave when you were on the road. I thought about what it must have been like for you when the temperature hit 98 and even 106 in Boise! I interested to hear your impressions of the Slipstream on this ride.

    Longfellow

    August 9, 2006 at 12:37 pm

  2. Longfellow, thanks for the good words. It is nice to be home. I am snowed under with work right now but will give you lots of details as I add posts.

    The Slipstream performed well. The only problem I had was broken spokes on the rear wheel but I don’t think that was a Longbikes problem. The axle of the rear wheel poked through the case during shipping to Renton, Washington. As soon as I looked at it I knew it was a problem but rationalized that it would be OK. Well on the second day 2 spokes broke on the drive side of the rear wheel. I patched them with Kevlar Repair Spokes but wound up replacing the wheel in Hood River (Day 5).

    The heavier tires (1 1/2 versus 1.25) and self sealing tubes had a significant impact on performance but with 40 pounds of gear in the rear pannier the effect was washed out.

    The biggest issues for me was the temperature and traffic. I am not really good once the temperature hits 90 and we were riding for hours with the temperature in the mid 90’s. The problem I had not really appreciated was the traffic and that we would be forced to ride on the Interstate and other roads with a lot of truck traffic.

    I’ll go into more details later …. Roland

    Roland

    August 9, 2006 at 10:36 pm


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