Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ride to Washtucna

Making Good Time on the PK Highway

So, it's Saturday and we set out on bikes for Washtucna. No actual reason but some bits of convenience - #5081 needed to train and couldn't run quite yet, and same for me (except for the running part). The plan was simple: bike to Washtucna, and pick up a car ride from there to Pullman. Retrieve daughter (visiting) and return home.

We set out at a leisurely time - 8-ish. Wound our way through Richland, along the Columbia River, across the Cable Bridge and through Pasco. All of this to get to the Pasco-Kahlotus Highway - a two-lane road primarily used for Ag purposes, and lightly traveled except for that purpose and by folks taking the 'interesting route' from the Tri-Cities to Pullman/WSU. An excellent 40 miles of biking. We mostly blasted along in good time and form. Stopping to eat. Take a few pictures. Fix a few flats.

The PK Highway comes down out of the high-plain with a ripping descent into Kahlotus. Then we follow an old river valley from there to Washtucna. Celebrated with Coffee, Sandwich and Frito's. Another good day on the bike. Photos here.

Bikes and Bike Leaning Post Agriculture along the PK Highway Ahead On the Pasco-Kahlotus Highway