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2019-North Cascades Hwy. is open

Hwy. 20 in WA. opened last week so I expected more snow than I saw at the top of the pass. Still a beautiful day for a ride.

Stopped at the Oso Slide Memorial. In 2014, 43 people died in their homes when the hillside gave way-



Getting close to Darrington, then the sawmill as I left town-





Roos Lake overlook-



My personal view point at Washington Pass-



Dropped down the east side to get gas. I always find this sign scary, almost one every other day-



Heading back up-

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Sometimes I miss living out there. Thanks for the pics!!!
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Back at my view point for lunch-











An 'S' photo-



Heading home-



My last break in Newhalem for another drink and snack. I was too late by a couple weeks to see their cherry trees bloom-



I would say my days of big trips on the S are over. The ride is harsh enough a couple bumps sent shots of pain up my back and the engine vibes drive me crazy. Also age, pressure on the wrists, cold temps. and Raynaud syndrome meant two fingers on each hand were completely numb when I got home-

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* 2000 S, color-Salmon 100K+
* '17 Africa Twin* '09 F650GS twin-sold
* '83 GPZ 550-gone to a newbie * '75 CB400F-retired to AZ.

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Great pics RB.......sorry to about your hands, this age thing sucks, but it's still better than the alternative.
I heard we might get snow again at lower elevations this weekend, so the pass might close again as it could be subject to some of the same weather patterns??

I hate that sign also!

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Hey Mr. Rotter-

Earliest I have ever been over North Cascades Hwy. was April 4th. It was 33F. and snowing so 60's and sunny was great.

Had the Raynaud forever. When I was in Southern Cal. last year, someone asked about the vibes on the Africa Twin. Realized my hand had not gone to sleep in 1,500 miles. One of the reasons I like the AT. They usually start going to sleep within 10 miles on the F650. Winter bicycle rides are tough. There are times where I will be sweating everywhere above the wrists but my fingers are white and numb.

But you are right, I am not ready for the alternative yet.
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* '83 GPZ 550-gone to a newbie * '75 CB400F-retired to AZ.
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing, cheers!
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Thanks for sharing this Rick.
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Nice pics and well-put words, as ever.
Odd that the Raynaud's would favor one bike over another.
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My hands do that too...heated grips don’t help, and humidity (or especially damp gloves!) make it worse. But snowmobile overmitts make a huge difference. I just did a loop from PDX to ABQ and the first two days through Eastern Oregon and northern Nevada were a bit wet. But with an old Widder vest and mitts to keep the wind off my hands, I was tolerably toasty.
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Nice pics and well-put words, as ever.
Odd that the Raynaud's would favor one bike over another.
For me there is a lot more weight on the wrists while riding the S. Also the heated grips on the Africa Twin really work. Whenever I feel a finger start tingling I hit 100% but it gets so hot it feels like they might burn so I drop back to 80%. Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Grips Heated really work, better than any of the BMW grips I have used.
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* 2000 S, color-Salmon 100K+
* '17 Africa Twin* '09 F650GS twin-sold
* '83 GPZ 550-gone to a newbie * '75 CB400F-retired to AZ.
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