|Brent and Mike|
We arrived at the starting point just east of Ashford to find sunny early morning skies and cool (low to middle 50’s) temperatures. Everyone arrived on time, and we were heading toward the Nisqually entrance of Mt Rainier by about 6:10 AM. We rode briskly and talked. Before we knew it, we were passing the Ranger Station (no Ranger at that hour) and heading into the Park. As usual, the winding ride up to Kautz Creek was amazing – ancient trees, fern, etc. It’s not hard to see why people journey from all over the world to visit the roads on which we ride our bikes. Our group stayed together as far as Kautz Creek. By that time, Conor and David could contain their enthusiasm no longer. They took off and would not be seen again until Paradise. Brent, Leon, Mark, and I visited our way up the mountain.
|Mark, David, and Conor heading to Reflection Lake...|
|Brent, Conor, David, & Leon: Mt Rainier and Reflection Lake...|
After visiting the Paradise Lodge, we regrouped at Reflection Lake, took some photos, and headed toward
Steven’s Canyon. Mark had set off toward Steven’s Canyon before the rest of us – the idea being that we
|Looking back up Steven's Canyon - |
we came over the middle ridge on our way down...
|Conor, David, and the view from Backbone Ridge...|
|Pace line heading toward Ohanapecosh...|