preRA: Snows in Washington

The group remains in a state of conditioning and planning. Gary, Frank, Jesse, Jack and I continue to ride around town loaded down with tent and sleeping bag, or in Jack’s case, blocks of wood.

Frank has learned that our intended route on the North Cascades Highway SR20 is currently closed due to heavy snow this year. This affects about 35 miles of our planned passage between Newhalem and Mazama. Washington DOT crews started clearing the snow on April 11, but the projected opening date will be right around the time we’ll be there, i.e. early June.

Possible contingency is to start from Astoria, OR and take the Lewis & Clark Trail all the way to Williston, ND, which has less elevation. Current plan is to call the North Cascades National Park for information about 2 weeks before we leave. We’re hoping that even if the road is closed to motor traffic, it might be passable by bicycle.