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DH17 (Non Feature DH)
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Distance: 68.1 mi / 109.7 km Traffic: Heavy

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At a Glance

Joy, divine spark of the Gods
Child of Heaven
Drunk with happiness, we ride
Oh divine, your sanctuary!
It has been said that what makes the vocal finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony so powerful and moving is the slow build up in the first three movements. The famous Ode to Joy melody is hinted at by the woodwind section in the second movement, disappears and then returns with force in the chorus of voices, tympani and cymbals in the symphony’s grand conclusion. That seems to be what the composer of this wetland DH had in mind when he laid out this series of beautifully paved movements. Scenery and Engineering are strong throughout this ride, particularly in the easy, early miles along the Columbia. But the melody line of curves is subtle until you pass Skamokawa and shift inland. Here, the corners intensify on a remote, forested piece through the trees, only to slowly fade again as you pass Gray’s River and Rosburg, disappearing almost entirely until the junction with Hwy 101. Turning south here, the DH reaches its long-awaited crescendo in the gorgeously engineered, oceanside curves through lonely seaside salt marshes. When the ninth debuted in Vienna in 1824, the audience leapt to its feet in thunderous applause even before the piece was concluded. When you reach this DH’s final movement, you’ll no doubt be edging off your seat, too.





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