On May 8th., 2010 the SCRC of Washington State held its 3rd. annual ride to Palouse Falls State Park. The ride was originated by David Niles who is the past Washington State SCRC First Officer.(If you want to get picky it was Robert Niles,David's brother, who started the ride.) The plan was to ride to the marina at Lyons Ferry for lunch,go back to Palouse Falls, and meet with SCRC members from the Seattle area.
Ken Reeder and I met at the Yakima K-Mart and set out at 0900 for a meet up with David at Connell.The weather looked threatening the way we were going, but we went anyway.
Our first stop was at the rest area at Vernita. It was raining.We stayed long enough for coffee and cigar and headed for Connell.
We planned on meeting David at 1200 in Connell, but we got there at around 1120, but we ran into David at the gas station where we were to meet. We filled gas,got some drinks while waiting for the 1200 departure time.
Because of threatening weather David changed our plans. Instead of going to Lyons Ferry Marina first we headed to Palouse Falls.David had called Chile and told him of the new plans, and we headed out.
From Connell to Palouse Falls it is about 35 miles riding on a very nice road which has some very nice twisties.
When you leave the highway and get on the road to Palouse Falls it is about 2 miles to the Park. On a gravel road. And guess what? It was raining, and it rained most of the time we were there.We waited for Chile and his group, and Chile,Howard,Jake, and Owen arrived about 10 minutes later.
We visited for a while,but because of the rain we decided to leave before the rain made the road impassable. We slowly took a muddy ride back to the highway, and headed for Lyons Ferry Marina.
At the marina we ate lunch. While we were eating lightening and thunder put on a show. Along with hail.I think we were all thinking about how the weather would affect our rides back home.FYI: They make a very good cheeseburger there.
When we all left the marina Ken and I headed on an unnamed road south while everyone else headed west.(More about that later).
I have included some of the photos I took on the trip.
Parking lot at Palouse Falls.
Picnic area at Palouse Falls.
My wet bike.
More members arriving.
Parking bikes in the rain.
Owen AKA "Bullit".
Standing in the rain.
Jake and Howard.
The Palouse Falls.
Palouse Falls again.
Still at the Park.
The marina at Lyon's Ferry.
Lyon's Ferry again.
Lyon's Ferry some more.
Here's David again.
After we said our goodbyes at the marina we split up our routes home.Chile,David,Jake,Howard,and Owen headed back to Connell where the Seattle group could connect to roads west and then home.
Ken and I looked at a map, and we saw an unnamed road heading south. we took it, and in about 25 miles we came to a junction with Hwy. 124 which we took until we got to I-182 which we got on, and we rode to Richland, going through rain passing Pasco.
After we left the Interstate we stopped for gas and headed west through Benton City and took the back road to Sunnyside.Then on to Yakima where we got rained on again between Sunnyside and Granger.
We both made it home in one piece. We never did take off our leathers throughout the whole trip, and we got wet about 5 different times.The dark rain clouds couldn't seem to make up their minds on where to go.It was hard to tell where they were going to end up.
My bike was caked with mud from the ride to the park. I took it to a car wash and pressure washed of the chunks, then finished cleaning at home.
The main thing, though, is that we had fun, and we got to meet up with some of our SCRC friends.
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