From the Got Singletrack! Archives Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:10 pm
Yep, I went back to Bend for my third trip this year, my addiction to Bend is getting fierce. This time around my neighbor joined us, my son was originally planned to come with us. Those plans changed a week or so before when he received an invite to a birthday party and go-cart racing....Dad loses out, but I’ll make the most of this trip.
Tumalo Campground as expected was full and called up my always available backup plan. Cascade Meadows RV Park, they always have a spot open in the Tent area. Actually we are normally the only Tent there all week. While the RV side is always full. They have pool, hot tub and great hot showers. Anyways, got my reservation confirmed as expected then when Friday morning arrived loaded up the truck and took off for Bend.
Took us about 5 1/2 hrs to make it to La Pine, I don’t speed and ran into hardly any traffic. Leaving early in the morning has it’s perks. We arrived at the Campground and got everything setup in record time. This will also be my last time camping in a tent after our trip to bend in July....here is a video from July
Got the OK! from the CFO to purchase a Travel Trailer and plan on jumping on that now.
The first night dinners continue to improve last trips we had steak. This time around Salmon! for the next three days!
For our first ride of the weekend would be Bachelor to Bend. Considered one of the best rides around. The drive to Bachelor is very scenic and it was great to see so many folks on Bikes heading up. Either by riding or hanging off racks. We arrived at the trail head got our gear ready and then our own personal shuttle driver would go site seeing and eventually leave my truck back at Phil’s trail head.
We started on the Flagline Access Trail to Flagline. The first part flows up and down and between narrow gaps between trees. Then the trail points up making you work and breath hard.
As we reached the top we merged with another group of 7 and would leap frog most of the day. We would also run across this same group on the trails for the next three days.
Once on Flagline we started to come across snow. Some of it away from the trail.
Other times it would be across the trail. Some of it you could ride through, like this section and others had you walking.
The trail would climb for a while and then level off
Opening up to sections like this!
Along with more snow
We followed Flagline to Swamp Loop Trail. Wow! that was a F.U.N section of trail. Rocky, rooty, with great flow and a great deal of dust. This is where we would depart from the group we had been riding with. We arrived at the Swampy Lakes Shelter and sat down for a little snack then pushed on.
We finished Swampy and would be connecting with Swede Ridge Trail. Waiting for the last of our group to catch up the group of 7 caught up and continued on. After some time Rony my neighbor finally arrived his derailleur took a big hit and was on it’s last leg. He had bent it back into some shape and we continued on.
We powered on with a few steep short ups and more downs. We caught up and passed the 7 again and after a fun fast section, stopped to take some photos of our group coming through.
I was expecting my group and found instead the 7 rolling through. After about 10 minutes Rony comes through with no chain. Coasting down and if needed doing a one foot push to keep his momentum on the hills. The derailleur failed and broke off, this was 9 miles into our ride. For some odd reason rather than stop to make the bike a single speed. We just followed while Rony coasted all the way to the Swede Ridge \ Sector 16 intersection.
Then converted the bike from Coaster to a Single Speed and off we went. It was not a perfect conversion as the chain would climb and bind up the wheel. Requiring to stop fix and then continue on until it happened again....
In between the stops we did get a good run on Sector 16 that eventually spits you out at the entrance for Whoops. Where we caught up to the 7 again. They were repairing a tire and Rony sharing what happened to his bike. Then off we went to enjoy what is Whoops or at least we did for part of it.
Dude in the yellow shirt that was very uncool......
Bike issues and rude dude on Whoops aside overall it was a great ride and would ride the same route again. 4hrs 20 minutes after starting our adventure we arrived back at Phil’s Trail Head where my truck was waiting. Thanks Sue!
1373’ of climbing and 3826’ of descending sounds like a great start to the weekend afterall
We then drove over to Hutch Bikes to drop off Rony's bike for a $350 repair...I don't know how they are able to take on repairs at a drop of a hat with how busy they are, but apprecate the fact that Hutch Bikes can get you in and out the same day. This particular repair would ended up being a bit more difficult than anyone was expecting.
We were told the bike would be ready in an hour and headed over to Ten Barrels for some food. I had a hunger that needed to be fed, it was nearing dinner time and I had skipped lunch.
Back to the bike shop where they had to tweak the setup a bit more then back to camp we went. Where I swam some laps in the pool followed by ice on the knee.
A great sunset to complete a great day of riding, food, friends and relaxation. On Sunday we ride Deschutes River Trail