We finally hit the 60s this past weekend, so I took advantage and got out on the bike. Saturday I just ran a couple errands around town: Post office, Office Depot for ink cartridges to print my tax return (which I still haven’t done), and then Sunday morning got so warm so early I was out by 9:45 for a nearly two-hour ride, right around 20 miles. I did get a couple nice photos, since I had the forethought to bring the camera along. I got one of Mt. Saint Helens, which is zoomed way in, I’m not really this close to it. The sky had some high thin clouds making the picture a little hazy but there she is and happily she’s not erupting.
I wasn’t here for the 1980 eruption (I was far, far away, practically in another universe) but I understand that even where I live they had ash covering everything.
And a shot of part of the Coast Range, with some snowy spots. The areas covered in snow are clear-cuts.
I saw quite a number of other cyclists on the road. I passed a small peloton of 20 or so going the opposite direction as I was coming back from Iowa Hill (yes, I tried it but I’m so out of shape from the winter I didn’t get anywhere near where I was last year), most of whom called out a greeting as they passed. I think I only saw 3 other women out riding, but they all smiled and said hi or good morning.
The water table is way up from the winter. Fields are bogs now but they’ll be dry again in another month or so.
I’m almost ready to start riding to work again, my mentor tells me even at 6:00 a.m. now it’s pretty light. If it doesn’t get any colder than mid-30s overnight I can do it, but it’s still dropping down into the 20s many nights, and I’m just not outfitted for that kind of cold.