Desert: it's what's for breakfast, lunch, and not quite dinner... yet...
We decided to reprise our Whiskey Dick loop, but add another wrinkle (as if it's not got enough going on already, lol) and load up with our entire bikepacking kit to make double-plus-sure it was going to work for us.
The good news:
- flowers are out! Phlox & balsam root are out in force, and hedgehog cactus and lupine have just started!
- the bikepacking kit only slowed us down a bit but the bikes remain quite useful and remarkably maneuverable
- we managed to dodge some hairball storm cells rolling through
- the corn snow pellets we were hit with coming through Hell's Kitchen weren't plentiful and didn't amount to much
The bad news:
This route is NOT getting easier. Nature is reclaiming the old road bed at swift pace, and I fear that in a few more years (and a couple flood events) this loop may not even be possible any more.
Husby, experiencing The Kitchen Sink Effect due to his groovy new backpack. But he was OK with carrying it, so I'm OK too, lol.
The best possible camping spot we located on-route just north of Kohler Spring. AKA The Elk Convention Spot.
Looking down into Kohler spring towards the Columbia.
Husby digging out food on a quick stop, that cloud above/behind him making us very nervous. We did a snack instead of a meal and turned & burned for the truck.
We made it, and dodged the rain in the process! Mojo loaded down with full kit and sacrificial tube from my rear tire tied onto my pack. I don't think this was what the Ibis designers had in mind, but it works.
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