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New Wrinkles for ridgeless ride

If you are a 50 mile rider, you don’t need to wait until noon to start your 50 miles. You can start with the century riders headed south past Buffalo Eddy.

The century just combines these two routes. However, you get to choose which 50 mile leg you prefer.

Cool!

Even more cool is that you can turn that morning 50 into a 75 by riding out to the 25 mile turn-around at Nisqually John.

Of course, out and back routes allow you to turn around whenever you like. So this is definitely a ride with more options for riders.

 

 

Ride Rivers and Ridges in 2017!

Update: ride day is Sept. 30th, a Saturday. Stay tuned for registration information.

 

Haven’t been on my bike since early December 2016. That’s okay, though, ’cause Rivers and Ridges doesn’t happen until the end of September or maybe that first Saturday in October. Plenty of time left to get in century-shape.

So start training now!

 

 

More Rivers; Fewer Ridges: New Routes for 2016

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“That hill,” my wife, Linda, complained after the century ride.

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Not the hill Linda is complaining about. This is your reward for the century ride. Eight miles of twisting gloriously well-banked descent. That’s Clarkston’s Blue Bridge below.

My wife, who has cycled this area for 15 years, had never climb ed from Kendrick to Troy. That’s the challenge section of the Rivers and Ridges Century Ride.

Everyone finds those first couple of miles challenging. But let’s be honest. Making that hill is a claim to fame.

Need a lift?

Still, it looks as though, Rivers and Ridges may be able to provide a lift from the Kendrick rest stop for a couple of miles if you request it. Nothing is firm on this yet, but stay tuned. So if you are thinking about the century but concerned about that climb, go ahead and sign up.j

Or, you could do what Linda did, sign up for the 50 miler and then ride the hundred. What is she complaining about? Wait, that won’t work this year, ’cause the 50 miler has been changed.

25 and 50 miler routes go flat

Traditionally the 50 miler was Lapwai Loop and started with the century riders. This year 50 milers will start at 10am but head west across Red Wolf to Wawawai Landing. And just for good measure, we are sending the 25 milers off with them. 25 milers will go only as far as Nisqually John Landing.

The advantage of this route change is reduced traffic. For the 50 milers, there will be no more playing dodge with 95/12 traffic on a rough shoulder. For the 25 milers, you’ll probably not see a single dog, a walker, or child carrier –relief from the Green Belt’s Family friendly route.

Neither route will see any climbing. 400 ft total gain almost all on the Red Wolf Bridge approaches.

What’s the Downside?

These routes follow the Snake River and a very low traffic road. We are giving you more river views but no ridges.

So what’s bad about that? Well, local riders will tell you that you will likely have a tailwind.

Bad?

Well, it is an out and back. You can count on headwinds in one direction or the other, if not in both. Those winds swirl about in the canyon so you could have both.

But just imagine the tailwind you’d have had in 2015. That west wind tried to take me off my bike several times but I was riding into it.

Family Rides of 7 and 15 miles

Our family friendly 7 and 15 mile routes on Clarkston’s Green Belt trail are back for 2016. The long route takes you into Asotin where you will find a rest stop and beautiful park. Take a leisurely pace back to RiverFest.

Now why did Linda choose such an unfriendly windy day to tackle a hill and a century she had nver done before? A woman’s perogative . . .

And where do I turn?

If you joined us last year you are golden. Yes, a couple of notes for changes will help. And of course, if you are from out of town and doing the 25 mile route which is new for this year, you’ll want a bit of a heads up.

This post should help you out. Largely it will be links to route info posts I created last year. You can find them by linking to the route info category on the right hand side of the page.

So let’s get started:

Family Riders and 25 mile riders please read this blog The Scariest Places I Ever Ride and view the video. 25 mile riders please note that while we started you before the shorter two routes, you’ll likely be encountering familes on the trail upon your return along the Green Belt. Please treat this as stroll, not a race. I can’t recommend riding 129 from Asotin back to Clarkston either.

25 mile Route End of Pavement on Asotin Creek. Take the Green Belt Trail out to Asotin. We’ll have a rest stop with food at the Church (now community center) at the end of the bike path right down town in Asotin. The 15 mile riders will turn around and go back to the Port on the Green Belt Trail. If you are doing the 25, you’ll be on the public roads for the next 11 miles. Turn right out of the park, take the first left and then right at the courthouse. This puts you on 2nd street until you cross Asotin Creek where you’ll turn left. In 2.5 miles you’ll turn right at a Y in the road. In another 2.5 miles, you’ll run out of pavement. You should find water but no food at that point. You’ll return the same way. You are welcome to go back to the rest stop or just ride on out to 129, cross to the trail and head back to the Port. Please be considerate of the many trail users you will encounter.

The Century and the 50 mile routes are the same out to Arrow Bridge so both groups should check out these posts for details.

Getting out of town

Southway Bridge We’ll head down Fleshman Way, cross the bridge, take the off ramp, and turn south.

The Web ridge rest stop has been moved back about 1.5 miles. You won’t miss it. And don’t skip the snickerdoodles.

Descend from Webb Road to 95 and turn left (North) for a bit before taking the frontage roads in Lapwai valley.

Railroad Tracks: We don’t have many and the ones we do have are pretty much filled in with dirt.

Take the Frontage roads in Lapwai except this year we’ll skip the second one. When we rejoin 95, we ride about two miles to Tom Beall road where we’ll jump on the new bike route. It runs only about a half mile but does avoid pottential dog encounters. It ends at Red Duck Lane. A short jog to the right puts us on the old highway which is full of patches but nicer than riding 95 with its heavy traffic.

Lunch at Spalding park. This stop accommodates both groups. It is a little early for lunch but it is half way for the 50 milers and the perfect stop before riding on out to Kendrick.

Jump to Century Route Guides or continue for 50 mile route instructions.

50 mile Riders turn west at the northwest end of Arrow Bridge and head back to the start. This is highway 12/95 and will have a good deal of traffic. Truck traffic should be lighter on Saturday. The shoulder is broad and pretty clean as of 9/12/2015. it does have rumble strips so two-abreast cycling is not a good idea. Also, don’t follow too closely  so that you have time to see debris such as fallen rock or tire remnants. We ride this all the time without trouble.

Casino. You’ll take a frontage road up to the Clearwater Casino. Look for markings to take you into the Casino where you’ll find final rest stop.

 

Handling the Merge/Diverge on 12/95. At the base of the Lewiston hill, the highway becomes a maze of overpasses. The road splits with 12 heading west through Lewiston and 95 turning up the hill to Moscow and Pullman. This presents a hazard to cyclists. Do not try to blast through these two points and you should have no trouble. Oh, and we saved a stiff mile climb for you up to the base of the Spiral Highway.

RedWolf The road from the base of the Spiral Highway to Redwolf Bridge has very little to no shoulders. Fortunately you can see traffic in both directions and manage your pace accordingly.


Century Riders will turn right and ride north to Kendrick. Okay, the century riders have reached Arrow Bridge and are ready to head to Kendrick.

Julietta and Kendrick. The road has good shoulders but exprect traffic. Rest stop in Kendrick. Don’t overeat because you’ll be climbing immediately.

Troy and the Latah Trail

Don’t miss the turn off the trail at Cornwall. You will climb several times through the rolling hills of the Palouse before the road levels out to for a run to Genessee. A west wind may actually help until you turn due west. The ride out of Genessee to the top of the Spiral Highway will likely have a head wind but I’ve usually found it to be pretty manageable.

The Spiral Highway. Your reward for all the climbing comes with this long, curving descent. The curves are well-banked but watch for gusty winds. Take a break at the top to enjoy the view.

RedWolf The road from the base of the Spiral Highway to Redwolf Bridge has very little to no shoulders. Fortunately you can see traffic in both directions and manage your pace accordingly.

Snickerdoodles from Harvest Ridge Organics

Yeah, I know. You are cyclist eating only healthy foods in just the right amounts and you have not a single ounce of excess wieght on you or your bike.

You wouldn’t eat a cookie would you?

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Well may be if you had an all organic cookie made by the folks at Harvest Ridge Organics who will be assisting at our Webb Road Mcann rest stop and they’ll have their famous Snickerdoodles. Attached is the recipe!

(The rest stoop has been back a mile and half for 2015 but the cookies will still be there.

Now you have got to ride.

snickerdoodle.pdf.

The Scariest Place I ever Ride!

The bike path!

Yes, I’d rather ride a rural road with little shoulder than a busy bike path. We have great bike paths in the Lewis Clark Valley but just try to ride on the Levee on the first warm sunday afternoon of Spring. I dare you.

The family fun rides of 6, 15, and 25 all use the Clarkson Greenbelt Trail. This is a beautiful experience but it is likely to be busy on Saturday morning, the 26th of September.

The most important thing to remember is that none of the routes are races–not even the century. But the family routes are the only ones that take place almost entirely upon a bike path with walkers, dogs, skaters, and yes, headphones.

New Routes for 2015 and . . .

The 50 and 100 mile routes take us over Web Road down to Lapwai. Or at least they did until April 6, 2015. That mile of steep descent on the east side of Web Road above Lapwai is now under construction. It is not just a delay. The Nez Perce County Road department will be adding an uphill passing lane and shoulders on the section. That will mean some blasting and a lot of material to move. The route opens again on August 1, 2015, but that is primarily to appaloosaaccommodate harvest trucks. It won’t be paved at first when it opens. Mark Ridinger fo the road department had no doubts that the road would be both opened and paved by Sept. 26th, so keep us on your calendar.

Should something come up, we’ll route the century riders out highway 12 and back. Might even be able to find a loop or two to make that a full century. Figures out to around 90 miles with out our Lapwai excursion.

The 50 mile route would be pretty much shot, so we might take that group south along the Snake to Buffalo Eddy. We considered that route for this year any way.

The Rivers and Ridges Ride goes on. And for good measure we have added a 25 mile route that follows the 15 mile route from last year but runs out to the end of the pavement on Asotin Creek for an additional 10 miles.

The Seven Mile Route is not really new for this year, we just didn’t have it on the route sheet for last year. It is essentially the same as the 15 but turns around at Swallows Nest Boat LP1010320aunch. It comes up just a bit under 7 miles.

RRRR railroad tracks! No Prob!

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Railroad Tracks at Garden Gulch near Lapwai

YES Those are railroad tracks. Taking the frontage roads through the Lapwai Valley adds an additional hazard, but as tracks go, these aren’t bad. We’ll cross tracks five times. Four times are along 95 and the fifth is at the bottom of Watson Road going into Spalding for the lunch stop. None of these tracks are bad especially since none of them are an angle with the road.

Just stand, lighten your grip on the handlebars, and roll right over them. The rule of thumb for handling tracks is to always cross them on the perpendicular so skinny little tires won’t fall into gaping holes along the rails.

The map to the right shows the first four sets of tracks. The first at the bottom is the TracksSweeteater turn. The second is Garden Gulch. The picture above is of Garden Gulch but looking east from 95. You’ll come for the other side riding to 95. The third is past the town of Lapwai on Tom Beall Road. it may look like there should be another set where 28 enters 95 again, but we don’t actually go back out to 95. Instead we take the old road for some distance before turning back to 95.

This image shows more clearly that we’ll take a short spur just wide enough for the tracks. (at the bottom) Tracks2

This gets us back on 95 for just a minute before heading down Watson Store Road where we’ll find that last set of tracks.

The arrows show the approximate position of the tracks..

Red Wolf Bridge

Red Wolf was an Indian chief who made a famous crossing near here. The bridge didn’t make an appearance until October of 1979. The bridge joins Asotin County to Whitman County giving access to the Ports of Wilma and Clarkston.

Red Wolf Bridge

Whether you call it Wawawai Road or Down River Road or Sate Route 128, this road runs along the river beneath the Lewiston Hill and is very narrow with  little or no shoulder. In fact, I won’t ride this piece of roadRed Wolf Map2 on a weekday. I don’t like the thought of what might happen if two big grain trucks were to meet  while I tried to balance on the white line.

Weekends are much better with far less traffic and only a few trucks. You may not even see one.

You’ll be traveling west. There’s a short climb up to the level of the bridge. This rise means traffic traveling east won’t be able to see you turning left to enter the bridge. We’re posting a caution for the east bound drivers but we ask you to exercise due caution. You’ll be tired. Stay alert.Red Wolf TurnAt the south end of Red Wolf, take the off ramp which loops back under Red Wolf. You are almost back to the port where dinner is waiting at River Fest..

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The Spiral Highway

You are 87 miles out, 13 miles to go and 6 of ’em are down.

Spiral Map

Just one more challenge. 195 merges into 95. You  shouldn’t have any trouble seeing what you need to do–cross the merge lane to get to the shoulder. The problem is traffic coming up the on ramp is travelilng at 65 and has a merge lane. It won’t slow down.

We’re posting a “Caution, bikes cross road” sign on that on ramp. But, hey, just in case, stop, look to your right carefully before you cross. You wouldn’t want to have come all this way and the miss the Spiral Highway would you?

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That’s you on the overpass at the top left side. Cars on 195 won’t be looking for bicycles crossing their on ramp. You’ll have to look for them. Despite our sign.
Lewiston’s Spiral Highway is famous. Every spring Clarkston High School Bantam Marching Band hosts the “I Made the Grade” hill climb. Riders come from all around just ride up this  thing. Locals either love it or hate it. I ride it but just to go somewhere else.

But for Riders of the Rivers and Ridges Century, the Spiral Highway is a reward. ^ miles of swooping, carefully engineered corners on smooth, clean pavement. Yeah, a couple of corners are pretty tight. And remember you’ll be tired when you hit this descent. Take it easy. Look out to the Waha’s. You were nearly there this morning. Stop and take a picture or two.

If you aren’t a flatlander or have taken your drammamine, go ahead and watch this video.

 

The Spiral Highway was the main road to Lewiston until the late 70s. Make sure you take the Scenic Frontage Road at the top. You won’t want to ride down the new road.

Frontage Road to the Spiral Highway
Don’t miss this turn.

More about the Spiral Highway and Lewiston. Of course, now that you seen this, you don’t need to actually ride Spiral, right?

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