Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hot day, cold beer

Today was 96 degrees.  What better way to beat the heat than to ride the fixed gear bike to the Wilsonville Brewfest.  This is the second year for this fledgling event.   Security gave me a quizzical look when I asked where secure bike parking might be. I finally just asked if there was anyplace that they DIDN'T want me to lock up.  I locked up to a staple rack that was in the park where the event was held.  I was there just after the gates opened, but already the people were beginning to fill the place in.


It was my sister's birthday, so she and her adult kids joined me today, but they drove rather than pedaled. Slackers!  ;-)

.........Road Bike.....Rollers.............MTB..........Lifecycle......Total
Today ..........6................0..................0.......................0............6
Jan...............0................0...................0.......................0............0
Feb..........124...............0...................0.......................0...........124
March......277................0..................0........................0..........277
April......559................0..................0........................0..........559
May.........414...............0..................0.......................0...........414
June........337...............0..................0.......................0...........337
July........310...............0..................0.......................0...........310
August.......27.............0....................0......................0............27
YTD...... 2045.............0...................0.......................0..........2045

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back on the saddle again

But barely.

I am buried under preparations for the Hoodoo 500.  If I were racing, preparations would involve riding long and hard. Instead I'm crew chief, and my job involves a lot of computer work, booking arrangements, and rental reservations.  My job this time is made more difficult because of moving targets.  I had the route all programmed into my on dash navigation systems, only to have the route change, so I got to start all over.  Oh well, this is fun......  right?

At any rate, after 11 hours on the computer today I decided that I earned a night off to ride bike.  Off to the Thursday Night Ride I went.

The temperature reached 94 today and the evening was still quite comfortable.  Our fearless leader is on an around the world bike ride, so we have rotating guest leaders,

The crowd was not quite as big as normal, but there were still quite a few bikes ready to take the streets.



We rolled out, not surprisingly, on a different route than we frequently ride.  We rode across the Broadway Bridge then turned north on Williams Ave.  We traveled on that until we reached Alberta St then headed east.  When we got to 33rd Ave we turned south.


We stopped at a Fred Meyer store to gather snacks.  While there a cat got a chance to stretch its legs.


By the time everyone got their supplies gathered, it was getting dark.
There was plenty of bike bling though. There were a couple of bikes that had programmable spoke lights that displayed patterns as the wheels turned.  This bike had stationary lights attached to the spoke nipples.

                              

I had been up early this morning and was tired, so as the group settled in to the usual picnic spot, I pedaled back toward Sellwood, where my pickup was waiting.  Along the way I paused to get a photo of Tillicum Crossing, wearing magenta tonight.

It was a great night for a bike ride.

.........Road Bike.....Rollers.............MTB..........Lifecycle......Total
Today .........21................0..................0.......................0...........21
Jan...............0................0...................0.......................0............0
Feb..........124...............0...................0.......................0...........124
March......277................0..................0........................0..........277
April......559................0..................0........................0..........559
May.........414...............0..................0.......................0...........414
June........337...............0..................0.......................0...........337
July........310...............0..................0.......................0...........310
August.......21.............0....................0......................0............21
YTD...... 2039.............0...................0.......................0..........2039

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Princeton, BC

We are on the Kettle Valley Railway trail again. Today Julie and I started from Princeton, BC.

The old rail bed is a source of pride for the town, they have the trail head all prettied up.



We started out toward Coalmont, with no plans to actually ride that far.

Before we had biked very far we found that it was breakfast time at the Osprey Nest.


About 2 km into the ride we came to a tunnel.



The tunnel was pretty nice to ride through.  It had a paved surface and electric lights!


Shortly after the tunnel, we crossed the Similkameen River.



Shortly after crossing the river the paved path turned to gravel.  Julie's 2" wide knobby tires handled it well, my fixie's 28c road tires were a bit more dodgy.




 We had started out early this morning, in hopes of seeing some wildlife.  Julie was a bit afraid of surprising a "bahr".  I was hoping to see at least some deer.




We turned around about a mile after the trail had turned to gravel.  The hoodoos seemed to be a good point for turning around.

We rode back to Princeton.






Once in Princeton it was easy to know where the trail went.







The last spike for the Kettle Valley Railway was driven near here.


The last bridge to be built was named the Bridge of Dreams because it was the culmination of the dream of building a railway across Southern British Columbia.





The trail continued on up the valley.  Along the way we were entertained by a pair of Yellow Bellied Marmots.



We rode to the end of the pavement near a sawmill.



It was a short, but great ride!

.........Road Bike.....Rollers.............MTB..........Lifecycle......Total
Today .........10................0..................0.......................0...........10
Jan...............0................0...................0.......................0............0
Feb..........124...............0...................0.......................0...........124
March......277................0..................0........................0..........277
April......559................0..................0........................0..........559
May.........414...............0..................0.......................0...........414
June........337...............0..................0.......................0...........337
July........310...............0..................0.......................0...........310
YTD...... 2018.............0...................0.......................0..........2018

Friday, July 29, 2016

Kamloops

I was in Kamloops this morning for the wrap up breakfast for the Rocky Mountain 1200. I have no pressing plans for getting home, so talked Julie into going for an easy ride.  The visitor's information folks suggested "The Rivers Trail" a multi-use path that skirts the North and South Forks of the Thompson River, and also runs along the main stem of the Thompson River after those two forks merge in town.  It sounded good to us.


We had some trouble finding the trail, it seems that despite map information supplied by the visitor's association, the trail is not contiguous.  We eventually found it and pedaled off in search of adventure.

Julie says "I don't need no stinking helmet on bike paths"



We saw quite a bit of wildlife in our short ride.  It seems that we have been surrounded by Marmots on this trip.  At Lake Louise we saw many Hoary Marmots. We figured it was nature teaming up with my friend John Henry "Hoary Marmot" Maurice and making a few friendly jabs at us.  Today we saw Yellow Bellied Marmots.  I guess that might be construed as a return jab on our part.  ;-)


We also saw a pair of deer.



We even saw some bat condominiums, but thankfully did not see any bats during the daylight hours.


There were countless geese and ducks, and a hawk.


The path had not been well marked.  We searched at seemingly dead ends, and sign posts that directed us onto busy roadways with no shoulder for considerable distance.  We finally turned around when our path turned to gravel.  Julie's Mtn Bike could handle that, but my narrow tired fixie would be a handful.


We thought about riding back to the car and continuing on in the other direction.  But when we arrived at the car a rather sketchy looking guy was milling aimlessly around in the area.  We decided to at least move the car to the other side of the river and pick the trail up there.  The path continued to be elusive and after a couple of missed opportunities, and busy traffic, we decided to grab some ice cream and hit the road for Princeton.

It was another good bike ride, but not quite as good as the others this week.


.........Road Bike.....Rollers.............MTB..........Lifecycle......Total
Today .........11................0..................0.......................0...........11
Jan...............0................0...................0.......................0............0
Feb..........124...............0...................0.......................0...........124
March......277................0..................0........................0..........277
April......559................0..................0........................0..........559
May.........414...............0..................0.......................0...........414
June........337...............0..................0.......................0...........337
July........300...............0..................0.......................0...........300
YTD...... 2008.............0...................0.......................0..........2008