AKA Joeball Country, myself and some 30 pointythree kids took the ferry out to Bremerton and then 13 miles up to Green Mountain for an overnight bike camping trip. It wasn’t particularly long, but it was pretty intense as the last two miles were on almost unridable steep and rocky logging road – meaning the last two miles, we pushed our bikes uphill.
It was also very humid. By the time we got up there we were drenched in sweat and almost out of water. Fortunately there was a well and a couple people brought water filters. Unfortunately these didn’t get broken out until the next morning.
The ride was good but really sunk home my desire for something that carries gear. Either a proper touring bike or an xtracycle conversion. As it was, I carried everything on my back – fak I was tired and my back hurt.
We caught the 530pm ferry and got up there about 8 or 9 and set up camp. The second half of the crew met at Westlake Center at normal time and caught the 730pm ferry and didn’t show up till almost midnight. Folks didn’t get to bed till 5am. Heh.
Only one word for this trip. Epic.
Obligatory maps and pictures follow.
Heres my bag – loaded up. The majority of the bulk there is sleeping bag uncompressed inside my bag, so it’s not quite as bad as it looks.
Yeah, I brought the Rooster which I hadn’t ridden in awhile. Two things became apparent. 1) This bike needs a 3rd chain ring – it’s just too tall with the compact crank set for anything other than straight city riding, and even that’s a little tough in a city full of hills like Seattle. And 2) I continue to experience rolling resistance with that Phil hub, and have on occassion been wiping what looks to be grease seeping out from the bearings. I think I got a bad hub, or at least bad cartridges. Hopefully I can change the cartridges without having to pull the hub and have to totally rebuild the wheel. Which would suck.
Waiting to board the ferry…
From left to right: Ashley, Jeff, Joeball (aka Andre) and Monica
Left to Right: Dane, Caroline, Professor Dave, Kalen, Ashley
Loading cranes out the window of the ferry on the way to Bremerton.
Riding through Bremerton for Joeball Country…
Loading up on beer at the quickymart.
Monica and I’s camp. To read the forum you’d think everyone was going up with a space blanket and a cookie. Turns out everyone showed up with full camping regalia. Monica and I were the only ones who showed up light, so we combined forces and made a little shelter – worked well enough for the evening. Thats Monica, still in the sack.
This is Alex’s most beautiful touring bike. Jebus.
This is Kalen’s Trek 520. This is a bike that’s seen some miles.
….and some love
Laura’s bike I believe. With a big honkin tent.
Left to right: Alex, Kalen, Laura, P-diddy (aka big Paul), Andre
Jessica loading up her Soma Smoothie
So organized. Damb.
Got to play with my new camera some, despite the fact it was almost out of batteries. The maco feature has to be my favorite – easiest to get a narrow depth of field and thus these really great shots.
Andre prepping for the ride home.
The aftermath of the night before, I have no idea who these people are.
Monica got to bed late. I packed up my tarp and she went back to sleep. Jerk.
This was a horse camp. So there were horses and people in big 5th wheel trailers nearby.
This was the only water and it was marked non-potable. I suspect it was okay being well water out of a spring high in the mountains, but didn’t chance it since someone had a water filter handy.
Lee brought his Pugsley, loaded for bear.
Got a couple good shots of Aden and I chillin at breakfast. Check out the gallery for more, I got some good ones.
Back on the ferry, we were tuckered out. Derrick catches a few winks.
More macro action – Langston in the background.
Ferry ride back was pretty.
Jeff, in meditation for his next bout.
Lee and Pete.
Good ride. Good peeps. Good times.