Cat Herders: Shenandoah Valley Inmates

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    The spring on 55 is good. Waites Run is good too.

    Or stop by here and get some well water.
  2. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    We get our periods of dismal rain, and there's nowhere near enough snowpack in the mountains, but today was the local Washington State Beemer Bubba meeting over the water in Mukliteo. Just had to get up early and go . . .

    Fields heavy with silver frost
    Fog creeping up Liberty Bay
    Road's good, mostly
    except for the spun-out Suburban
    Sun peaks over the ferry,
    Ramp's a little slick

    Gentle, gentle throttle on the GS
    Tire tracks are your friend.


    A little mid-winter 3-ferry ride around the Puget Sound.

    Kingston ferry, three riders looking for the sun

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    North Cascades in the background

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    Meeting was at a golf course club-house/restaurant . . . you mean they play golf in this stuff? I'd rather ride!

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    Waiting for the Mukilteo ferry

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    Here it is!

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    Mt Baker, behind my gull-ible friend.

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    a lighthouse on every point, and a point to every lighthouse . . . this one's the Mukilteo light.

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    Approaching Whidbey Island, where I was stationed as a young LTJG a couple of centuries ago.

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    North on Whidbey, towards Oak Harbor and the Naval Air Station, but turn right before you get there, towards the old coastal defense Ft Casey. There you catch:

    Port Townsend Ferry

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    To the right of the point, Strait of Juan De Fuca, a few miles further is Cape Flattery, then Japan. (Geography's compressed for old farts).

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    Port Townsend on the right, it's paper mill on the left, and the Olympic Mountains brooding over both.

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    Happy New Year to y'all!! :clap:clap:clap :freaky
  3. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    I can just make out Japan in the background. :D

    Nice little trip. Way to start the new year Dan and thanks for sharing the photo's! :clap
  4. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Awesome pics and ferry report Dan! I love travelling on Ferries up in Canada and exploring the various decks and rooms open to the public. Looks chilly but not unbearable out there. :clap
  5. gastone

    gastone R.I.P. sweet Angus

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    Macaroni and I are headed west this weekend. And by west I mean westbygodvirginia. And by this weekend I mean we are planning to ride the usual haunts on Saturday. And by usual haunts I mean Long Run, Rough Run, Westside, Dunkle, Union, et al.

    Anyone know what those roads look like these days? We did get almost 7/8 of an inch of snow here last week... I'm just not sure what that translates to out there.

    So... anyone want to join us?
  6. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Check 511virgina.org. There are a few camera aloing the border.
  7. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    I was up mountainbiking around Wolf Gap and Cedar Creek this weekend. Most fo the forest roads were predictably covered in ice and snow with many hunter's 4x4 tracks. Here are a couple pics of what I imagine the less traveled roads will look like.

    Temps aim to warm up later this week and there should be some rain to melt most of the ice but it should still be pretty slick and muddy in some spots.

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    Tons of sketchy shit like this:
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    But any of the forest roads with sunshine on them are likely clear in the straights and sketchy in the shade.
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    Camping write up here / Pics
  8. gastone

    gastone R.I.P. sweet Angus

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    Matt and I have agreed to put on our big girl panties and ride the ice. Anyone else game?
  9. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Quickly scanned ur fabulous RR, if you were old I'd call you a Crazy Old Basterd :lol3
  10. mtnflow

    mtnflow LFC, more pie please

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    gastone, I'll try and get out there and see what they look like this week but I doubt it will be good.

    We were thinking of either riding to the bike show in DC or going kayaking if we can find some water. I'll add your travels to the list of fun things we could do this weekend.
  11. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Thanks DC :thumb
  12. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    Every thing is melted and clear here due to yesterday's rain.

    Temp made it up to 30 today but it's already down to 15 ( at 1700) and on it's way to 0 this evening. Forecast is for a high of 14 tomorrow but it should start warming up on Wednesday.
  13. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Ok what's with all u crazy nuts out in the subfreezing cold and riding on ice? :eek1
  14. gastone

    gastone R.I.P. sweet Angus

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    Cabin fever...that's all I got.
  15. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    I hear ya on that, guess my fever just ain't that high yet :lol3
  16. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    I'm assuming since it didn't snow last night and there's no chance it will snow today that Stafford County schools are closed today...Let's go riding!:evil
  17. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    Cold as it is . Just switch cabins.
  18. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Your favorite band sucks

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    nutbar. :lol3
  19. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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  20. windblown101

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    We got about 2" just a bit north of that area. The warm air and the bit of rain that moved in just before this last cold front melted just about all of it. The tricky part is that wherever it was still wet it's now solid ice. When we road that area last week it was pretty decent. I imagine it wont' be impassible by any means, watch out for ice slicks near corners... If it was on a Sunday I'd try to join you. I work Saturdays. Have fun!