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Cutting the fenders is not a solution. That's mutilation. Just take them off.Thanks for your interest. I'll do whatever I see fit with my fenders
I happily break that rule regularly. I don't see it as all that likely to be a problem. I never found handling in slippery conditions to be a problem with a more worn front tire and the rear tire is always more likely to fail even when the front is more worn due to the fact that it is carrying more weight.Have you ever had a front tire blowout while going downhill at speed?
And I know for sure there are "alternative routes" that parallel I-5 here (Old 99, for one), yet you can still legally ride the shoulder of I-5 if you wantLet no one run away with the idea that the alternative is easy. I did manage to get from Kelso to Camas without going on I5 by attempting to follow old 99. It involved a very hard climb and a lot of time. Some gent who lives in Kelso sent me a PM saying I couldn't have chosen a worse route, I should have gone down I5.
I cast my vote for the vicinity of Jeffrey CityJeffrey City was (is?) so memorably godawful and anything improving that would spoil it. I think a book could be written of Jeffrey City stories. I've no recollection of a church there but I did stay in the dismal motel before it closed, incredibly expensive, $70+, for a freezing room, broke TV and a leaking toilet.
You should ride the Yakima river canyon road from Ellenburg to Yakima awesome scenery a little hilly but well worth it+1