Above, some cool helicopters at Blue Earth Monuments and Signs (located down the end of Wild Wabbit Woad), made from recycled tools 'n' such. Below, Lummi Island in the foreground (B'ham and Mount Baker in the background) as seen from the top of Orcas Island.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Headed over to Eastern Washington this week for some more book route scouting, photo-ing and even some riding. Into your Leavenworths, Wenatchees, Watervilles, Chelans, Malagas, Ellensburg, Yakimas, Naches—stop me, please. (Above is P Road NW on the Waterville Plateau, above the Columbia River.)
Below are rock walls of the amazing Yakima Canyon between Ellensburg and Yakima.
Something else I'd not seen before--or at least not for a while--blue sky, as seen in the photo below at the top of Joe Miller Road, a seriously crazy-steep hill just south of Wenatchee. My Garmin sed it was 14-percent in stretches, which is even steeper than Bow Hill. They race the Wenatchee Omnium on it, which is crazy.
Below, a cool view of Wenatchee from Badger Mountain, the 4,000-foot wall that rises high above the east bank of the Columbia River.
Don't want to get my hopes up too much but today's Herald story seems to imply that there's some positive movement in the Galbraith-B'ham-County-WHIMPs issue. If nothing else, it looks like runners, hikers, bikers, sightseers etc. will still be allowed up there after the original agreement with the WHIMPs ends on Monday. And unless I’m wrong it looks like they’ve got another agreement worked out. Yay! (Read the latest from club president, Mark Peterson here.)
Saturday, April 16, 2011
We'd planned on riding the Donut Ride but the roads were still slick from last night's rain so with helmet cam in tow, we headed up to Galbraith instead. Hoping, wishing, fingers crossed, etc., that isn't our last-ever ride up there. Above, Titanium Cancellara up and stomps it. (Somewhere, I'm not sure where.)
Above, John and Scott catch their respective breaths and get ready for the ride down from the Towers. We talked much about the whole Polygon-Galbraith-the city-the mayor-etc. thang, wondering how it'll play out. To lighten the tension, we tossed up ridiculous Onion-esque headlines, such as: "Polygon Moves to Have Ski to Sea Cancelled"; "Polygon Buys Mt. Baker Ski Area; Illegalizes Snow," etc.
Above, T.C. on the slippery Mullet bridge. Below, he again stomps it. (Dammit.)
Kinda cool: the three of us have signed up for next month's Stottlemeyer 30-Mile Mountain Bike race near Port Gamble. Should be lots fun. (And hard as hell.)
A great ride; let's hope there're many more!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A part of me wonders if they're doing this to try to get the city (and/or county?) to pony up the $20 million to buy it. Read (and weep) the story here.
Here's a link to Preserve Galbraith, a group working to keep public access to Galby. And here's a link to the WHIMPs site which details the agreement termination.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Rode the Donut Ride today for the first time in about a year-and-a-half. (Titanium Clark and Titanium Cancellara rode it too.) Man it was fast, especially the tailwind-aided ride out to Birch Bay which we made in an hour and three minutes. (It's 21.5 miles.) The Donut starts early, 7 a.m., and so by 9:45 you're back in town and you've already got 45 miles in. Nice.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Switching gears, interesting story in this month's Bicycling magazine: Bill Strickland, long-time Lance Armstrong supporter and author (he wrote "Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong's Fight to Reclaim the Tour de France") comes right out and says he's convinced that Lance doped. Bold move by such a mainstream magazine--I noted there were no Trek or Carmichael Training Systems ads (both as usually big advertisers in the mag) as well. Curious as to how this will affect the magazine's bottom line.