Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and for the next couple of months will be chasing the weather. Syncline is situated across the Columbia River from Oregon and has a very unusual weather pattern. Often if it's raining in Portland there is a good chance it will be dry and sunny in at Syncline.
It wasn't long ago that I was being shuttled off to Washington to ride some of my first trails in the Pacific Northwest. I love that feeling of not knowing what your getting into. Staring out the window you dream about what the trail will be like, will you be able to hang with the group, are you getting in over your head, and did I bring the right gear with me. I love that feeling. I wonder what was going through Craig's head as we drove down the 84 towards Hood River. Craig secured a demo for the day and this would his second time riding some real trails. It's early. He's probably still thinking of a warm bed or a hot cup of coffee.