|Mt. Hood looms over the Sandy River valley|
April and I made a breakfast of pancakes and coffee at Green Canyon campground and then head the 5 miles down the road to the junction of US 26 to the Zig Zag Ranger Station. April had to head back to town, so we bid goodbyes and I was on my own.
|Lolo Pass in the distance|
After much sweating (which was alleviated by dunking my hat and jersey in a cold creek) I reached Lolo Pass (elevation 3,400 feet) around 2:30. The next 5 1/2 miles of descent was on gravel. I’m not a fan of gravel, but this section wasn’t that bad. After this, the road became paved again, but only one lane wide. I didn’t see any traffic on this section. At times I felt like I was on the best road in the world–the scenery breathtaking, the weather perfect, and I didn’t have to share the road with any other vehicles. Then I would pass through a clearcut. Ah, national forests.