Saturday, April 7, 2012

16.47 (BPA road)

I had an easy time picking this route, since I knew I wanted to do the part of Wildwood from Germantown to Newberry-- we haven't been there for ages. BPA Road was at the perfect mile marker and offered one of those painful trips down the hills to Highway 30 that we need to knock off the list.

BPA road started out from Wildwood (east to Highway 30) with rolling hills... then suddenly dropped away, steep with a wide open view of the Willamette River bending around Sauvie Island and towards its meeting with the Columbia River. It was so clear that we could see Mt St Helens, Rainier, Adams, and Hood. The view was breathtaking. Then, at the bottom of the hill, we had to turn around and come back up. Again, breathtaking! Even walking up, it was so steep that we could barely catch our breath. Although I'm not in a hurry to run the bottom part of BPA again, I'd be happy to go down to where the view starts.

The rest of the run was good-- there are still lots of downed trees, but mostly trunks and not branches. We also added Cannon Trail to the end.


Park at Wildwood Germantown

WW 24.63 to BPA Rd (WW 27.45)-- 2.82 mi
BPA to Hwy 30 & back-- 1.53 x 2 = 3.06 mi (total 5.88)
WW 27.45 back to Germantown-- 2.82 mi (total 8.7)


CAR

WW 24.63 to Ridge (WW 20.99)-- 3.64 mi (total 12.34)
Ridge to Leif 8.47-- .35 mi (total 12.69)
Leif to Hardesty (LE 9.0)-- .53 mi (total 13.22)
Hardesty to WW 21.65-- .27 mi (total 13.49)
WW 21.65 to Germantown (WW 24.63)-- 2.98 (total 16.47)

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