Tour2019

Tour 2019 – Day 6

Reverence-Pavilion Mountain, Sitting Alone The birds have vanished into deep skies. A last cloud drifts away, all idleness. Inexhaustible, this mountain and I gaze at each other, it alone remaining. -Li Po translated by David Hinton in Mountain Home The Adventures of Huckleberry Pass From my abode at the horse camp along the Montour River I fairly quickly descend out of the woods and into vast open space. Mountains all around, rolling pasture land in a vast bowl…

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Overnight

Early June Overnighter

It was a dry May with only a few days of rain and increasingly hot weather. This trend would continue into June though the first weekend would bring the traditional “June Gloom” which cooled things down a few degrees.  Still plenty warm for an inaugural 2019 overnight camping trip to Old Fort Townsend State Park. I set out Sunday right after lunch when it had warmed up a bit.  Since this was just one night…

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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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Bombing Around

January Picnic

Sunday January 24th was a splendid winter day. The sun was out, chased around the sky by big fluffy cloud ridges. In the sun I was overdressed and hot but when the sun was behind a cloud it was definitely winter. I wanted to outside, but I didn’t have much of a plan. I left around 11am so I knew that I’d been need lunch. I also wanted to get over to the Eastisde but I…

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Ride Reports

WTS #2

Riding Dirty Saturday January 16th I left my place on Beacon Hill a bit after 8am and rode across Mercer Island and south on Lake Washington to Newcastle Beach Park. I was meeting an ad hoc group of SIR and CBC members engaged in the second of six Winter Training Rides.  Most of these rides are a bit too far away for me to ride to, thus I’m only dipping into the series.  I wasn’t able…

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Bicycles

National Forest Explorer

Last autumn I was at Free Range Cycles in Fremont, checking out their various Rando bicycles. I’d been interested for a while in a 650b, low trail bicycle and after that previous summers tour in the mountains I was more interested in forest roads, fire trails and other routes off the beaten paths. Talking about this with the fine folks at Free Range on of them mentioned the forthcoming stock National Forest Explorer being pre-sold…

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