Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing 2018

In 2018 I began snowshoeing with the Mountaineers. I love hiking in the mountains and the woods and snowshoeing seemed like a way to keep that up in the winter. I used to be a big skier and always have loved being in the mountains in the snow. Walking in the woods in the snow is one of life’s great pleasures.  While snowshoeing itself isn’t rocket science (though there is a lot more to it…

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Ride Reports

NYE 2017

New Years Eve in Seattle was clear and cool and as I had returned just the day before from a week of visiting family I was itching for a ride. With the limited sunlight and not being able to start until after lunch time I knew I had to do something short and sweet.  A loop over the new trail over the new 520 Bridge and back on the “classic” I-90 trail was just the…

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Spike

On tour this summer, just outside of Yakama on a hot mid-July Day I started hearing a rhythmic thunking as I rode on an overpass. I pulled over and slowly pushed the bicycle forward looking for things dangling, or rubbing or something. And look what I found. This is why I use Marathon Plus tires and don’t even bother messing with other tires on my Atlantis. I rode over 2000 miles, fully loaded, in the…

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Tour without a goal – 11 August 2014

to the sound of flowing water found my way down to the village   -Santoka angels and Dutchmen The campground at Lassen is at over 7000 feet of altitude so it as a nice rid down to the valley below. As it does it warmed up as I descended but big fluffy white clouds kept rolling in keeping things cooler. Things flattened out at this big valley with mountains all around and trees ahead. It…

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Tour without a goal – 10 August 2014

came along a mountain path talking to myself   -Santoka under the volcano In 1915 Mount Lassen erupted – twice. Two years later Lassen Volcanic National Park was formed and like so many of those early parks the centerpiece is a road that runs through it. I’d wanted to spend a but of extra time here since I wasn’t even really aware of this park before the tour (shameful I know) but the best way…

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Tour without a goal – 9 August 2014

Warm nights, the lee of twisty pines — high jets crossing the stars -Gary Snyder scorched earth In the morning I found a hiker sitting on the picnic tables in the hike/bike site. He figured he’d camp at Burney Falls for a week or so, hike the trails, “maybe take the PCT over and then hike up Lassen Peak”. As he outlined his plans he crushed a package of ramen, filled it with water cold…

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Tour without a goal – 7 August 2014

The clouds come and go, providing a rest for all the moon viewers. -Issa California It turns out that the next campsite from Ashland is 70 miles away. I hadn’t quite realized this and I spent far too much time this morning running some final errands. I hit the road after 11 and it was already pretty warm. After returning the main route the bulk of this mornings ride was riding up to Siskiyou summit.…

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Tour without a goal – 6 August 2014

Now is the winter of our discontent.   -Richard III, William Shakespeare another day, another play On my second full day in Ashland I really just spent the day doing the last of my errands and recovering, so there is little to report. However the fine folks who run the Ashland Hostel offered to try and get me rush tickets to Richard III which was playing this evening in the outdoor Elizebethan Theatre. Well not…

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Tour without a goal – 5 August 2014

Prospero Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little…

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