Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 29




I left Cashmere for the big mountains. I took the scenic back roads and covered a lot more mileage than necessary. When I saw a US Forest Road for Mount St Helens I decided to give it a try. Turns out that it was 100+ miles of rough curvy roads through the mountains. All was ok until the end when I stopped for gas and noticed that the brackets holding my luggage onto the bike were severly bent. Too many jolts while taking abrupt S-curves, I suppose. So, upon arrival in Oregon, which was a little late in the day, I made a repair plan. The nearest Harley dealer is in Portland, 85 miles away, and they open at 9am. I will try to get there early and see if they can get me back together.

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Distance:
    Today = 341 miles,
    Total   = 6,940 miles
Riding Time:
    Today = 9-Hours, 59-Min,
    Total   = 9-Days, 2-Hours, 24-Min

Scenery leaving the Yakima area
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A handy stream
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It was a hot day and my evaporative cooling vest needed a water replenishment...worked out just fime.
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Riding thru the William O. Douglas Wilderness Parkway
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Link to The William O. Douglas Wilderness
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The BEAUTIFUL Mount Rainier with lots of snow in August

Mount Rainier is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles southeast of Seattle in the state of Washington, United States. It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 ft. Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is on the Decade Volcano list. Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars that would threaten the whole Puyallup River valley. ("Lahar" is a Javanese word that describes volcanic mudflows or debris flows. They have the consistency, viscosity and approximate density of wet concrete, and can flow at speeds up to 60 mph and can be 460 ft deep. Very destructive!)
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Mount St. Helens on a overcast day from Windy Ridge
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Another view point, still not a clear day
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and another....
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Just leaving Washington into Oregon...the sun is setting--NICE
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