Rory and I left work about an hour early on Friday and headed across the mountains for a pair of back to back mountain bike rides. On Friday night we explored the trails over Roslyn, WA, trying to follow a map that we had for a route called the Rat Pac. I think we were only half successful in following the route, but we had a great ride on a really nice clear evening.
We had dinner in Roslyn at “The Brick” (made famous in the TV show Northern Exposure) and stayed at Rory’s parent’s cabin in Cle Elum. The next morning we got up early and headed a bit farther east to the Taenum Creek area to do a 20 mile loop known as Fishhook Flats. When Rory sent out the invite he put in this crucial statement: “The route will be fishhook flats, which i’m pretty sure is snow free by now(no guarantees).” I should have learned from last year’s Mount Catherine ride with Rory that this was a sure sign that we’d have plenty of snow to ride through.
The ride was great, but we did walk 5 or more miles of the route due to snow. We decided that this upgraded the ride from being sort of long into the epic category. The riding that we did do was really nice though, without too much crazy steep stuff and with trails that were in pretty good shape. I’m pretty sure we were the first people on most of the trails this season, there were no signs of other traffic through the snow. The weather wasn’t as clear as on Friday night and it was a bit cooler, but we didn’t have any rain.