Just finished a ride around the North Cascades loop with a couple of riding buddies. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> We’d been kicking around the idea of this trip for a month or two and finally decided we needed to fit it in before the labor day weekend if we wanted to avoid massive crowds of RV’s and the cold weather that’s likely to follow. <o></o> Here’s the cast of characters. <o></o> WetRider57 (aka BeeStrom Rider) – 2008 DL650 243Win (aka Slim) – 2006 DR650SE eupson (aka ShadowMan) – 2001 750 Shadow We settled on taking the counterclockwise route that would take us East over <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1laceName w:st="on">Stevens</st1laceName> <st1laceName w:st="on">Pass</st1laceName> via US 2, through <st1:City w:st="on">Leavenworth</st1:City> and then into <st1lace w:st="on">Eastern Washington</st1lace>. From there it’s 97 North past Chelan and then West to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Winthrop</st1lace></st1:City>, the gateway to the <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">North Cascades Highway</st1:address></st1:Street>. The view as you head West through the Cascades was supposed to be terrific and it did not disappoint. The original plan was for three days of riding and two nights of camping. This eventually morphed into an extra day and night for a couple of us. Keep in mind, the destinations we visited could be broken down into several different day rides depending on point of origin. <o></o> First things first, though. Day one ride report and photos to follow in the next post.