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Leland Flyover

Gravel and single-track in the foothills of the Olympics and on the Miller Peninsula in Clallam County

An old barn with the Olympic Mountains the background

Unseasonably warm weather encouraged a discovery ride through the Olympic National Forest and through the trails of Miller Peninsula State Park. I had a large gap on my personal heatmap for the Miller Peninsula and sought to fill it with this ride.

Skagit Valley

An easy tour of flat and windswept farm fields covered in tulips and daffodils with barns galore

white roads and yellow flowers

Every April Skagit Valley fields explode in brilliant colors thanks to the very special crops of daffodils and tulips. We arrived during peak daffodil season, just ahead of the multi-colored landscape generated by the tulips.

Capital Forest

Variation on the challenging Evergreen Grinder 50 mile race route through the beautiful and vast Capital Forest in Olympia

Quiet gravel roads

I rode the Capital Forest once before, for the 2019 Cascadia Super Gravel and I got lit up. I was riding my 29er mountain bike on which I didn’t have many miles and I had almost no idea what I was doing racing on gravel. I remember the climbs being steep, the descents fast, and the overall environment pretty incredible.

Babyshoe Pass

Cascade gravel with resplendent views of lakes, mountains, and trees

Mt Adams visible ahead

I’d been planning this ride for months ever since reading about the climb to Babyshoe Pass in BQ. The climb from Highway 12 to the summit at the intersection with FS 2150 has an average grade of 6% and a max grade of 20% with soft, loose gravel and rough washboard making it tough to keep traction and rhythm.

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