Currently on Day 5 of BakWheelTango's annual ride through WA, OR, ID and MT. Having always wanted to explore Idaho, I was lucky enough (I would even go as far as to say blessed) to get invited on this ride.
Mt Rainer and Mt St Helens on Day 1. Absolutely rode like demons through St Helens and down through Cougar. First time I had ever had both wheels off the ground (twice). Freaking awesome!
Day 2 took us through eastern Oregon, the usual back roads around John Day. Some of the high country roads were track-like. Bye Bye.........see you at the next stop.
Worked our way to Lewiston where we are now. Unbelievable roads. twisties and sweeps galore. Nice mix.
But, I named this ride Highway to Hell, because we have been seeing temps as high as 107F and never seen anything below 95F. You could not do this ride without cooling vests, camelbacks, and (in my case) 6 liters of gatorade every day (plus water). Need to stop for 5 minutes? Better find a some shade, otherwise you will start to get very dizzy within minutes of stopping. I am not kidding.
Once checked in at the hotel each night, and gear removed, you had to wait about 30 minutes, with air conditioning on full before the perspiration stopped and your core temp went down. Having a shower immediately would by pointless.
More to come, but for now all I wanted to say is: riding in this heat takes survival it to a whole new level.
Original plan was to head home Friday from Omak, WA, but now thinking of adding a day. Any suggestions for a route from Omak to Vancouver that would take two days?