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    Want to get away from wet soggy trees: Ancient Lakes

    Anybody out in the basin have a weather report on how wet the Ancient Lakes area between George and Quincy is? If it is wet, is the wind blowing to dry it out in about 30 minutes?

    The WSDOT cams in the area (Silica Road in George and the Quincy rest stop) look vaguely promising, but a mere cloudy day in our forecast for Tuesday looks promising as well, so my perception may be skewed. Since wet in eastern WA means sticky and icky in lots of places, I would rather not drive that far to just have my bike gain 20 pounds of goo.

    The forecast for George looks fairly good for today: Weather.gov: George, WA with a 20% chance of rain and a high of 61.

    Anyone? Anyone? I would like to leave here by 10:00 if I go and arrive there between 12:30 and 13:00 to ride for a couple of hours.
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    Woke up this morning at 5 to a pretty hard rain in Wenatchee. Sun is out, no wind, pavement is drying. Don't do too many road rides here once the dirt opens up, but I'm staying on the pavement today.

    I'd say it's 50-50.

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    Want to get away from wet soggy trees: Ancient Lakes

    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    Anybody out in the basin have a weather report on how wet the Ancient Lakes area between George and Quincy is? If it is wet, is the wind blowing to dry it out in about 30 minutes?

    The WSDOT cams in the area (Silica Road in George and the Quincy rest stop) look vaguely promising, but a mere cloudy day in our forecast for Tuesday looks promising as well, so my perception may be skewed. Since wet in eastern WA means sticky and icky in lots of places, I would rather not drive that far to just have my bike gain 20 pounds of goo.

    The forecast for George looks fairly good for today: Weather.gov: George, WA with a 20% chance of rain and a high of 61.

    Anyone? Anyone? I would like to leave here by 10:00 if I go and arrive there between 12:30 and 13:00 to ride for a couple of hours.
    Iffy. It does dry very quickly, but more rain is likely and AL can be a sticky mud hole even with a 10 minute shower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckhorn View Post
    Woke up this morning at 5 to a pretty hard rain in Wenatchee. Sun is out, no wind, pavement is drying. Don't do too many road rides here once the dirt opens up, but I'm staying on the pavement today.

    I'd say it's 50-50.
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    Iffy. It does dry very quickly, but more rain is likely and AL can be a sticky mud hole even with a 10 minute shower.
    Sigh. The WSDOT cams are sucking me in. Even if I don't ride, I think I'll take the trip. I can stop in Cle Elum at the Pioneer Coffee Co. and get my favorite Mexican Mocha and a good sandwich, I can probably see some blue sky and the sun, and I won't have totally wasted the first day of spring break with all the rest of the family out of town. If anyone wants to come along, text or call me at 425.922. zero. five. zero. eight. I'm old and slow, but dogged.
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    Well, I'm heading out there because it's probably better than anything else. The rain stopped a few hours ago here in Roslyn, sun and broken clouds now. I'll be on the white fat bike, hopefully not with 60 pounds of mud stuck to the tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warmonkey View Post
    Well, I'm heading out there because it's probably better than anything else. The rain stopped a few hours ago here in Roslyn, sun and broken clouds now. I'll be on the white fat bike, hopefully not with 60 pounds of mud stuck to the tires.
    That's the spirit! Maybe I'll see you out there. I'm wearing black and blue, white helmet on a silver mojo.

    I'll be leaving home in the next 15 minutes or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warmonkey View Post
    Well, I'm heading out there because it's probably better than anything else. The rain stopped a few hours ago here in Roslyn, sun and broken clouds now. I'll be on the white fat bike, hopefully not with 60 pounds of mud stuck to the tires.
    I'm in! *leaving NOW*
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    Want to get away from wet soggy trees: Ancient Lakes

    So? How was it?

    Wanted to get away...sigh. At least I got my new fork installed. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    That's the spirit! Maybe I'll see you out there. I'm wearing black and blue, white helmet on a silver mojo.

    I'll be leaving home in the next 15 minutes or so.
    I am likely going on Tuesday. Forecast looks good.
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    How was it?

    Like this, if you're warmonkey:
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    DRSpalding- good to finally meet you after all the emails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbcracken View Post
    So? How was it?

    Wanted to get away...sigh. At least I got my new fork installed. :-)

    Cheers,
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    Oh, it was ok. It was warm and dry. Sunny. Breezy. Lots of space and sky. As if to accentuate the contrast, I had snow and buckets of rain on both the to and fro of the drive, which made it totally worth it. Plus meeting the talented and lovely verslowrdr, the laid back and suave warmonkey and his lovely companion.

    Thanks for the shot of Pendleton verslowrdr and the beers warmonkey. I owes you both some return libations.

    This photo is Dusty Lake + verslowrdr's disembodied cranium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    ..This photo is Dusty Lake + verslowrdr's disembodied cranium.
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    I think it could be argued that this is my cranium's default state.
    Sporting a bit more sunburn. Husby was jealous but I didn't bother mentioning I'm so pasty that I might sunburn if I stand too close to a microwave for more than 30 seconds.
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    POURING rain at 38F this AM at my house, warmonkey reports some white chunks in it in upper county. Glad we got one last one in, this will take a bit to dry out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by verslowrdr View Post
    POURING rain at 38F this AM at my house, warmonkey reports some white chunks in it in upper county. Glad we got one last one in, this will take a bit to dry out!
    If the forecast holds, past experience says Tuesday will have hero dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    If the forecast holds, past experience says Tuesday will have hero dirt.
    And it held. Warm, mostly sunny, dry. Firm to loose trails well chopped up by hoofs but rideable and fun.

    Great day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Warm, mostly sunny, dry.
    So envious right now as the rain comes down in large buckets in my neck of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheotherH View Post
    So envious right now as the rain comes down in large buckets in my neck of the woods.
    I think I am going back tomorrow. It will probably be windy, but after my long ride up the Middle Fork Snoq. valley on the CCC road and it's 4 dozen stream crossings, I need to dry out. I am taking son #1 and my nephew too, if the plan comes together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    I think I am going back tomorrow.
    If only I wasn't a 5-hour drive away, I'd join you :-)

    (Rode Ancient Lakes in mid May last year; great ride in a beautiful and unique place!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheotherH View Post
    So envious right now as the rain comes down in large buckets in my neck of the woods.
    Pouring here in Roslyn today. On my bike in the back of the truck. *sigh*
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    Quote Originally Posted by verslowrdr View Post
    Pouring here in Roslyn today. On my bike in the back of the truck. *sigh*
    Still sunny and dry at AL.
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    yup, Yakivegas is dry and dusty in most places too

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    I'm heading over on Tuesday, from Issaquah, never ridden there, going solo with extra spot for bike on top if anyone interested..

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    You wouldn't be able to swing tomorrow instead would you?

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    No , sorry, Tuesday is my day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper78 View Post
    I'm heading over on Tuesday, from Issaquah, never ridden there, going solo with extra spot for bike on top if anyone interested..
    I may be able to meet you there. What time?
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