Ride Reports

First real ride this spring

Can’t help whistling, the morning, the woods, how blue. -Hōsai Ozaki As I’ve noted earlier this has been a long, cold, wet winter in which I’ve been extremely busy with a project at work.  All of these conditions have added up to the slowest cycling spring I’ve had in years.  Well things have finally slowed down a bit at work and I’ve begun working on the bicycle a bit and taking a few rides. Last…

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Selected Reports

Riding into Autumn

Atlantis in Poulsbo The primary reason I’m a member of the Cascade Cycling Club is to support their advocacy work, but I do try to do one of their rides every year or so. Previously I’ve ridden Chilly Hilly (reports on these rides here) and RSVP (my report here), but the one other ride of theirs that I’ve wanted to do for a while is  the Kitsap Color Classic (hereafter KCC). The KCC takes place…

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Tour 2010 – day 6

At last it’s cleared up; Today I will do the wash. – Santoka A day off from my travels, a chance to catch up on the mundane details but also a chance to walk around this great city. I spent the morning on those activities (laundry, currency exchange, blah, blah, blah), but the afternoon I walked to Granville Island. We used to visit Granville Island all the time when I was a kid but I’d…

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Tour2010 – day 5

Its a serious juxtaposition, walking around the streets of Vancouver, one of the largest cities on the west coast, mere days after being in a campsite in the Cascades without even potable water. I’m staying at the downtown Vancouver hostel, which I have to say is pretty nice, with the exception of an ensuite bathroom I’ve stayed at worse hotels. The hostel is more or less right in the portion of Van I know best…

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Tour 2010- day 4

Growing in my campsite — wild blackberries! Somedays, the best days really, things just flow into you and are with you and you don’t really think beyond the moment. This day particularly the morning was like that. These sort I’d days are hard to record so this entry is just some impressions and notes. Wide open roads under blue skies, following the winding coast and then across open fields. Of course the wind: cross, head…

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Tour 2010 – day 3

Like grinding gears The cry of the heron. The morning was foggy and cold, but it was obvious that once the clouds burned off it would be pure blue skies. Walking back from washing my dishes I saw a great blue heron perched, huge and gargoyle like in the trees. It hunched up and flew down into the fog covered river, releasing that mechanical sounding cry as it flew. Impressions from the road: On highway…

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Tour 2009: day 18

I got up early and left camp by 7:40 wanting to hit the legendary Leggett hill (the highest point in the West Coast route at 2000′) before the day hit the projected 90+ degrees. I was prepared for the heat but it was still chilly as I turned off 101 (yay!) onto highway 1.  The climb up Leggett Hill began soon after and continued for about 3.5 miles but it was actually a nice winding…

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Tour 2009: day 16

This was truly a great day of cyclotouring, one that had everything: it began in an interesting town, wandered through scenic farmland and ended back in the Redwoods along the famous Avenue of the Giants. It was almost as short of a route as the previous days so I really milked it too, I did all the scenic routes and extra side rides mentioned in the guidebook. Even though it was going to be a…

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The pub my destination

TPMD – The Celtic Bayou

The pub which is most frequently my destination is the Celtic Bayou in Redmond.  Redmond is so often a junction point in my rides, either starting or ending that I so often choose to visit the Celtic Bayou for lunch, dinner or just a cold beer.  As the name implies they are an odd fusion of Irish and Cajun, which while seeming odd actually works out for the best. You get Irish style beers and…

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The pub my destination

TPMD – Snoqualmie Falls Brewery

I’d spent this morning at the 2nd round of the Washington State primary as an alternate delegate for Obama. My services not required I decided that I’d make the trek up to Snoqualmie to finally visit the the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery. So the pub truly was my destination for this ride (read my report on this ride here). . I’ve bought Snoqualmie brews in bottle form many times in the past and always thought of…

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