June 08, 2008 GMT
16. Mount St. Helen's

Out of the rain and fog appears Mount St. Helen's

After the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, etc., I thought this would just be another big rock
but this mountain tops the lot.
I picked up a bug (cough, cold, flu) in San Francisco, it started to make itself felt
at Lake Tahoe and kept getting worse plus the weather after Redding decided to
join in and really make me feel miserable.

Overcast, rain, cold (around 10c) so all my rides finished up with a frozen lump
trying to get off the bike without tripping and falling over myself (this is a very tall
bike).

Redding to Springfield (Eugene) - Long, Cold and Wet
I was initially going to ride through the mountains instead of taking the Interstate
good thing I did not, it was even colder up there and snowing.
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Mount Shasta, that cloud looked like a flying saucer when viewed from the back
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Springfield to Kelso (Longview) - Short, Cold and Wet
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Ride from Kelso to Mount St. Helen's and back
started off in fog and finished up in sunshine
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In 3D
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On the way up to MSH (Mount St. Helen's)
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I rode straight into those clouds you see covering the tops
of the mountains in the distance.
It was freezing and I could not see a thing, nearly turned back
but decided to keep going, it was only 120k's each way
and see what happened
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Good decision, because the sun came out, first time in 3 days
First glimpse of MSH
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Finally at the top and a minor challenge for disabled drivers.
The car park was half covered in snow
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Spot the orange motorcycle
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The visitors centre, really good 16 minute introductory movie.
Actual footage of the mountain blowing up in 1980
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The mountain itself
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28 years later and its still a desert at the base
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The old man and the mountain
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That Lava Dome is growing, it periodically spews out Hot Stuff
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The devastation wrought by the blast is still apparent 28 years later
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Millions of tree's ripped away from their trunks
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New lakes were formed when bits of the mountain top blocked rivers
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That was a big tree
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Trees only just starting to appear at a distance
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The ridge in the background that is covered in trees is behind MSH
and was not affected by the blast, that's what the whole area looked like before,
the bit in the front is after
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Must come back one day (check the weather first)
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Posted by Chris Desmond at June 08, 2008 09:35 PM GMT
 

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