Being Active Can be More Than Hiking: GoPro Video on a Mountain Bike Ride

Hikehealthy.com and the Hike Healthy Podcast are all about helping you take control of your lifestyle. Part of that is encouraging you to be as active as you can. That activity doesn’t have to be hiking. Though most of the posts on hikehealthy.com and the Hike Healthy Podcast will be about hiking, this post is about bicycling! I had a great ride with a couple of friends along the White Bluffs which border the Columbia River near my home in the Tri-Cities of Washington State. I even did a GoPro video of part of the ride along a narrow……..Click the Read More link below for pictures, the video, a map and more details.

ridgetop which borders the Columbia River.  There were some awesome sights to see.  Here are a few details, pictures and a video for your enjoyment.

Click here for a write-up on this area from hiketricities.com

Go Pro Video of part of the ride is below, keep scrolling down.

We used two vehicles. We left one at our finishing point and then drove the other to our takeoff point (this is important to a story at the end of this adventure!) Then we got on our bikes and rode.

We started at a turnoff from Highway 24, near Othello. You can see the route we took on this GPS tracing overlaid on a Google Earth image. The black dot at the top is our starting point. White bluffs bike rideFrom there, we headed south on the gravel road (just a few washboards, our buttocks got a good shaking!) We took a brief detour to ride down to a boat launch then climb back up. Then, we continued south to the north viewpoint which overlooks the Mighty Columbia River.

At the north viewpoint on the Hanford Reach National Monument

At the north viewpoint on the Hanford Reach National Monument

From there, we got on a jeep trail along the bluffs and then onto a single-track trail which followed the edge of the bluffs.  The views were spectacular along the way.

View from the bluffs along our ride

View from the bluffs along our ride


 


You can click play on the video above to watch a brief Go Pro point of view from the top of my helmet. We rode along a narrow ridge which had amazing views of the bluffs to the left and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, hills and mountains, and the Columbia River to the right.

Sun low on the horizon

Sun low on the horizon, Columbia Generating Station steam plume on the left.

We also saw beautiful fall colors as we descended from the upper bluffs down to the road back to our awaiting vehicle.

Fall colors

Fall colors

As we kept riding, the sun got lower and lower.  We arrived back to our shuttle vehicle and realized the keys to that vehicle where back at our starting point, 23 miles to the north!  We had a good laugh and called for our spouses for assistance.  It was an awesome ride with plenty of climbing, descending, a few falls and great scenery.  Total was 23.4 miles, 2:24 of actual moving time, We climbed 1200 feet and descended 1500 feet.  As we waited for our rescuers, we were treated with a magnificent sunset.  A great day on the White Bluffs!

Sunset over Hanford, Columbia Generating Station steam plume on the left.

Sunset over Hanford, Columbia Generating Station steam plume on the left.

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