Sunday, February 15, 2015

One of those wild and crazy, spur of the moment type things

One of those wild and crazy, spur of the moment type things.

Someone once gave me that moniker when I drove to Sisters one day to have a cup of coffee. This was the pre-social media days. Heck, it was the pre-digital camera days. I had to bring home a snowball as proof I had indeed, been over the pass to Sisters.

Today was another one of those days. Spur of the moment craziness that is.

Sisters was not in the plan, but at breakfast, somewhere between Cheerios and coffee, I succumbed to the siren call of a fantastic road seriously lacking in snow. Had been since I saw the pics of the summit with dry pavement a few days ago.

 Old McKenzie Highway: Blue skies, crisp air, and an opportunity to be passed by Central Oregon roadies. What better way to spend the afternoon.


Old McKenzie Hwy

Old McKenzie Hwy
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor lack of snow shall keep us from our appointed rides.
Old McKenzie Hwy

Old McKenzie Hwy
Windy Point
Old McKenzie Hwy

Old McKenzie Hwy
Ron found snow

Old McKenzie Hwy
Three Sisters - Beautiful

Old McKenzie Hwy
Proof I was here :)
Old McKenzie Hwy
Ron too! No snow Feb 2015
Old McKenzie Highway
Same sign May 2012
This is my third time bicycling HWY 242. Each time I've started in Sisters. It's the second time for Ron. My first ride up was painful and slow, and the snow stopped us just past Windy Point. It would be years before I gave it a second try.
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2004
My second trip was in 2012. This time Ron was along and we rode to the top. The snow was piled high along the roadside.

Old McKenzie Highway
Windy Point 2012
Old McKenzie Highway
Snow canyon
Old McKenzie Highway
Ron - Three Sisters background again. 2012
For those who are inclined to ride a motorized version of two wheeler, Once the gates are open it is a fantastic motorcycle ride. Curves aplenty, and elevation gain is a non-issue.

http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2010/09/old-mckenzie-highway-242.html
September 2010. Three Sisters in background
Old McKenzie Hwy
February 2015 - Four plus years is too long to keep Sam away from here!
Notice on the motorcycles there are fewer stops for pics. This road is too good to stop all the time.

Rumor has it a few intrepid riders have snuck motorbikes up past the gates. Try the west gate for fewer witnesses ;) Just kidding. Don't do that stuff! ;) ;)
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6 comments:

  1. Shirt sleeves and altitude? How warm was it!?

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    1. Hi Martha
      It was probably in the upper 40s, but we were climbing at that point so I was warm from that. On the descent I had on every layer.

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  2. Wow, good for you two. That must be some climb up, but a fun ride down.

    I heard there was no snow right now on 242 and marvel at that fact. Considering it usually has snow in June it is really light this year.

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    1. Hi Trobairitz,
      The only snow was in some shady areas. It really is sad. We need the snowpack up there. Great for cyclists and hikers for now, but we're going to miss it in the summer.

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  3. What a beautiful ride.....without traffic. The winter in Central Oregon has been dismal, but you never know what March will bring, I've seen great snowstorms even into April. It snowed a tiny bit this morning but nothing seemed to make it all the way to the ground.....I don't think that counts :(

    Don

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  4. I still remember the lava rocks on the edge of the road, not something you want to run into when running a motorcycle wide in a turn.

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