Orting and South Prairie

Another trip into the foothills.

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  1. I started at about 06:00 after playing some SimCity.
  2. On my previous ride along the Duwamish Route in South Park, there was a large pile of furniture blocking the trail, including a couch and a dresser.
  3. I noticed that the winds from the south were starting to become worse as I rode along the Green River Trail, which picks up from the Duwamish Route a little ways from there.
  4. The winds only became worse when I got to the unprotected, straight Interurban Trail.  At this point, I was going pretty slowly while fighting them, which contributed a lot to my time on this ride.
  5. And like an even earlier trip I made (which involved taking a different route through South Park), I saw that the Interurban Trail in Pacific was still falling apart.  Even so, other cyclists still used it.  (Seeing them zip northbound made me grin a bit because they'll be facing these winds on their return trip if they had starting going north first.)
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  8. After hitting the end of the trail, the next part was going along the West Valley Highway, which is between SR-167 and a ridge. The setup didn't provide as much shelter as I had hoped, but I was still faster here.
  9. After going through Sumner, Google Maps's directions took me along a pedestrian underpass which lead to a dirt path up a steep hill to a farm road.  The railroad tracks here didn't have any level crossings.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  11. As you can see from the GPX-derived diagram/map, I took a different route on the return trip.  
  12. This trail kept crossing the Meeker Southern back and forth for a while, before becoming a rail trail (replacing former tracks) and took me through suburban-spawl Orting before heading into mountain farmland.  Along the lower part (up until Orting), I saw more cyclists riding the winds.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  16. (Shortly after taking these photos, cattle started spreading over the field to graze.)
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  18. I really wanted to take photos of the Carbon River as it wound its way around the trail and highway here, but I didn't want to stop.  The weather on the return trip was too bad to take a good photo, unfortunately.
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