Nice guy and nice dog.
I left Oak Fork at 7:50. As usual, there was very little traffic at that time of the day. I rode the rest of Skyline Drive to Hwy 26. Today, my memory was correct in that Blue Box Pass was a pretty easy climb. I didn't even get into Super Granny Gear!
Even though it seems like a high pass at over 4000 ft., I started at about 3500. It was just 500 ft of climbing over about 3 1/2 miles.
As I came down Blue Box Pass, I went by Wapinitia Pass. Okay, so it's not really a pass I had to climb...but I'm counting it anyway!
I stopped to use the restroom at the Chevron station and bought a snack. I also checked in with my cousin in Hood River--my destination for the next two nights.
Next Pass on the list--Bennett. It was about 8 miles to the summit. Along the way, I came to Barlow Pass.
I also got many great views of Mt. Hood as I worked my way around it. At one point, the way the road curved, the mountain was in my rear view mirror. Then, I go a little further, and it's in front of me again. Kind of seemed like the mountain moved!
I followed the route through Parkdale. I stopped along the way to take some photos of the beautiful cherries.
The trees were loaded!
I also went past a number of pear orchards. The pears are coming along, but won't be ripe for awhile.
Last time I came this way, the map took me on a hilly, circuitous route into Hood River. This time I knew there must be a shorter way! So, I followed the signs directly to Hood River. At about 5 miles out, I Google-mapped the directions to my cousin's house. I was just 3 1/2 miles away! Of course, I had two big hills to climb (still not as many as the other way).
I arrived before my cousin and two of her girls left for Sunriver, so I got to see them briefly. It's just Claire and I for the two days I'm here. We'll have fun!
Curse you Red Baron!