There probably are a couple of older ride reports to Windy Ridge out here. If you live on the WetSide of the PNWet, this is one the better rides around here, especially if you start on the south side and take the long way up the east side of mount St. Helens. On one of the local mailing lists somebody was asking about the lower road and digging through the Forest Service website Ted and Jon found out that they planned to have Windy Ridge open for vehicle traffic for the 4th of July weekend. Does 4th of July weekend include Friday the 3rd which most people had off too? Only one way to find out...
My friends Brian (Wee-Strom), Craig (VFR800) and Ken (FJR1300) decided to join the ride, we met in Washugal and headed out east to Carson to go up FS-30. When we got on the road, we saw these two couples on what looked like a long weekend trip, each on his/her own bike.
A nice all white VFR I really liked:
A V-Strom 1000:
The guy on the RT gave the Versys (or was it the Gustavopod) the
There were lots of bikes out this Friday. A lot of people were taking advantage of the warm weather and the day off to go out and explore.
The upper section of FS-30 is about 8 miles long and it makes you work on that curve linking technique, because there is almost nothing in between one curve and the next one. Simply fantastic stuff.
This is where it starts getting interesting:
I never thought of Mt. St. Helens as a hat...
Ken was making new friends:
Lots of spring flowers going up the mountain:
Mt. St, Helens peeking between the trees:
Curly Creek Rd. is nicely paved and quite a bit of fun:
Did I mention there were lots of bikes out?
No straight roads up here:
Brian working on his pegs:
This was the first time since the VIAGRA lunch in October (I think it was October) that I rode FS-25 - the road closes in winter due to snow, this was in Oct:
The road had some repairs done, but I'm not sure what is worse, the frost heaves or the new, higher than the roadbed, patches that launch you as if you hit a curb when you hit them... As long as they are not in the middle of a turn, I can live with that.
Still no straight sections: