OK.Here I go. This web page is about SCRC's annual ride to Palouse Falls State park. It was started in 2007 by Robert Niles, a former member of SCRC Chapter 272, and brother of David Niles whom you all know.

Specifically this is about Yakima Chapter's ride.

Mark Shewmaker and I started out from Yakima at about 10:00 ayem Saturday morning, April 30th., 2011.

Our first scheduled stop was to be at the Vernita Rest Area, but when we got there it was closed. Hoping that this wasn't an omen we kept going east on Hwy.24. When we got to Hendricks Road just before Hwy.17 we got on it and it took us to the junction of Hwys. 17 and 260. We took 260 which led us right into Connell.

The Seattle group was already at Connell when we got there at around 11:30.

We gassed up, coffeed up, got rid of coffee, ate some snacks, and visited with old and new friends.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Mr. David Niles.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Long John Dave.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Howard,Patty,Dee,Chile,and Joe.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Kevin, Mike (YZ).

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Patty and Dee.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Howard, Dee, and Joe.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Chile and Howard.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Dee Dee AKA Bad Kitty.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Bad Kitty AKA Dee Dee.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Joe.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Joe.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Chile,Patty, and Cheryl.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

David, Dee Dee, and Mike(YZ).

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Mark Shewmaker and David.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Cheryl,Kathy, and Howard.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Patty and Cheryl.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Dee Dee,Joe,Chile, and Mike.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Joe and Dee.

After everyone was ready we all headed out on Hwys. 260 and 261 for the 30 mile ride to Palouse Falls State park.

I always wanted to mount a camera on my bike so I could take photos as we were riding. A few weeks ago I made a camera mount using parts of an old camera tri-pod and handlebar clamps.

Camera mount. (Clicking the photo should bring you back.)

Here is a sample of the first batch of photos I took on the way to Palouse Falls from Connell.

Pic taken of my first camera mount attempt.

I suppose I should have checked my camera angle before we started out. Live and learn.

Onward and forward to Palouse Falls.

The road leaving Hwy.261 into Palouse Falls is dirt and gravel, but nobody had any problems navigating it. Last year it was raining, and the road was wet, but we didn't have any problems then either.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

When we were at Palouse Falls I adjusted my camera mount so I could acually take a picture of something besides the sky.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Leaving Palouse Falls.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Another view of the road to Palouse Falls.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

More road pics.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Down the road we go.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Still going.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Entering Lyons Ferry.

We all made it to Lyons Ferry KOA and the Snake River Grill where David had made reservations for us.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

After we all ate everyone started to head for home. I don't know how many groups or individuals took a different route back.

Mark and I along with Smithy from Pasco took an unnamed road south from Lyons Ferry, and in about 30 miles we came to the junction of that road and Hwy.124. We got on to 124 which turns into I-182 at Pasco. We took the Lewis street exit off of I-182 where Smithy left us. I had not been in Pasco for several years, and with the changes in the roads and traffic circles I got us lost. After finally finding Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick I knew the way out of the Tri-Cities.We gassed up in Kennewick. We took Clearwater until it turned into Badger Canyon Road which took us to Benton City. From Benton City we the unnamed road that parallels I-82 to Prosser. After a rest stop in Prosser we headed for home. We caught the Yakima Valley Highway at Zillah, and that was our last stretch in our ride. The wind from Prosser to Yakima was the worst part of the trip, but we made it home in one piece.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Mark at Prosser.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

Me, Chopperbobby at Prosser.

Here are some pics I took with my camera mount of us leaving Lyons Ferry and a couple of Kennewick.

Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.
Photos of Palouse Falls 2011 at Connell.

That's it for this year. See you all in 2012.

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