Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Burma Road

It's not on any map, if you go looking for the Burma Road you will only find the Northshore Road. Locals, however, call the single laned, unpaved, winding, hilly six-mile stretch above the Hood Canal the Burma Road. I have no idea why. 
The area has remained relatively untouched by development because it was owned by the Boy Scouts. But the Scouts are selling the camp, and it will be logged, so fuck the world. 
I had fully loaded front panniers, but climbed up hills so steep I was popping wheelies. Did not see a single car on the road. 
The north side of the road arrives above the community of Dewatto. There was a man on the muddy banks of the inlet there, bare chested, sitting in a lawn chair, with the Miami Vice theme song blasting from his Kia. It was really special. 
The road strongly reminded me of riding the Oregon coast. Sun, cool breeze. It was a nice little ass kicking ride. About 40 miles, 3,000 feet climbing. 

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