As we were leaving the station it started to rain lightly. The road instantly turned slick, in just a few minutes we realized it was going to be a long haul up Baxter Pass. The top layer of dirt was peeling away from the road and plugging up the rear wheels of the KLRs.
I've seen this play out on ride reports here, plugged up wheels and burnt up clutches, we decided just to stop and hope it was a passing shower.
It started to rain harder and as the rain soaked in the top layer no longer peeled away, we tried moving forward in the rain. About a mile further up the road the switch backs for the pass started and the grade increased significantly. We were done, it was to slippery to climb the grade. Luckily we landed at a clearing where it was obvious that others had camped before. One problem, there was not a single 6' x 6' tent area that was void of wet cow shit. Alex and I decided it would be easier share a site rather than try to find two spots for tents. We finally found a spot under a scrub tree line, the branches were low enough to keep the cows out.
Mike taking one for the team, after this we had to change our plans.
Amazing how fast the road turned on us
Setting Up Camp Early