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    North Cascades Sunday Oct 2 (weather dependant)

    I'm itching to get out and stretch, and the forecast looks 'passable' on Sunday. It's cold up at Washington Pass ( overnite at freezing or just below), so we don't want to get there till noon. So, leave Sumas WA Chevron at 9am; gas stop at Marblemount ( about 11am). Probably will turn around once we're thru the pass, down below Liberty Bell, but if the weather is especially attractive, I might be convinced to carry on out to Winthrop for lunch. Home by suppertime.
    Anyone who wants to meet for breakfast, let's do that at 8 am-ish at the Timmy's on Sumas Road, about 3km north of the border. Non Nexus card holders can leave breakfast 10 minutes earlier than we chosen ones...
    Anyone who wants to ride out from the city together, meet at the Chevron at 1st and Rupert, 7:15 am.
    Experienced riders please - pace will be brisk, altho it's leaf-season and chilly, so we'll stick to the main routes and won't be going warp speed. If the group gets large ( doubtful at this time of year), we'll break into smaller, more neighbour-friendly riding sub-groups.
    And as for the weather, go or no-go will be a 6:45 am game-day call. Watch this space...

    TIME ADJUSTED BACK ONE HOUR - see below
    Last edited by doser; 10-02-2016 at 07:22 AM.
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    ^^^ Duck Brand for lunch?
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    If the weather treats us right.
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    OK, looks like a 'usable' day... I'm just gonna get old if I sit at home.
    but I was watching the weather for Sedro Woolley etc yesterday and into the evening, and there were showers persisting fairly late, so I'm gonna ROLL BACK the timings on everything by ONE HOUR to give the roads a bit more chance to dry. so:
    Chevron 1st and Renfrew 8:15 am
    Timmy's Sumas Rd 9 am brekkie
    Chevron Sumas WA 10 am wheels up
    I hope this works for everyone in this large group ( ha ha).
    cheers,
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    that was great! comfortably warm, quick but not hair-on-fire pace, not bad traffic - a real treat for this time of year. thanks for company John, Dahl, and Mike.

    IMG_6510 (2) by Don Serl, on Flickr


    IMG_6518 (2) by Don Serl, on Flickr


    IMG_6519 (2) by Don Serl, on Flickr
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    Great day, Don. You picked a good one. Weather turned out great, good enough to get a little ah.... frisky! Looks like it was a day for the seniors, except for that one without any grey hair. We were missing one 'senior' though. Maybe next time.*

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    Thanks for organizing, Don, and for the great ride OG and Dahl. Great day, lovely weather, reasonable pace.

    CDG, appreciate the offer but I ended up riding Mike's Duc ST3.

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    Nice. I ran up there for my last ride of the season on Friday. Beautiful weather. Ran into Droptarotter (Bryan) at the corner of S. Skagit Highway and Concrete - Saulk Valley Road. Had a great lunch at Buffalo Run in Marblemount. Didn't post the ride as I was with an almost brand new rider on a KTM 390 Duke who was SAF. I knew this in advance of course. it was fun doing laps back and forth on S. Skagit and Hwy 20 while I waited for him.

    Such a great road. Good to see the pics.

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    Damn, haven't talked to Bryan in a while....good people!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 41OVER! View Post
    it was fun doing laps back and forth on S. Skagit and Hwy 20 while I waited for him.
    HEHEH! makes me think of walking a dog in the forest: bolting off into the distance; hurtling back all excited with eyes agape and tongue lolling; bolting off into the distance again! good on you for playing the escort role for the ride... it's awesome, but I imagine could be a bit anxiety-inducing for a newbie, first time.

    and yah, nice to hear Bryan is still in circulation.
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    I love sections of South Skagit and Sauk Valley Rd. With the tree canopy covering the road just as fall breaks... the awesome
    bright yellow and gold colours. Incredible. One of my favorite sections to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bandito View Post
    I love sections of South Skagit and Sauk Valley Rd. With the tree canopy covering the road just as fall breaks... the awesome
    bright yellow and gold colours. Incredible. One of my favorite sections to ride.
    Very true. Great time of year to ride it.

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