Doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Yesterday I rode the MT Coeur d’Alene again. I expected the climbs to be more gentle. Not so. AM I insane? The trail was tackier this time from some light rain. Another satisfying ride. I didn’t expend the same amount of effort, I attempted to enjoy the pain. It’s just old school hiking trails that are either up or down depending upon your direction. All by myself but I did here rifle reports and chain saws somewhere in the near distance. No chantrelle mushrooms down in the hole that I attribute to lack of rain. 257 down just screams speed and I heeded the siren.
I slow way down when my sight line is shortened to prevent a horrible crash. I dropped out onto Beauty creek road for the .48 mile roll to the van. The road drops just after getting on it which makes for coasting speed back. A rider was climbing up. I slowed and he flagged me down. He started w/ maybe you don’t remember me… and I called him by name, Tim. He showed me the route I have ridden since he showed it to me maybe 3 years ago. We chatted for many minutes: he staring his ride and me hearing that cold beer in my fridge calling me. We bid adieu.
Evergreen bike club was hosting a micro beer tasting social gathering last night per their web site and a notice in the paper. This was to be my socializing w/ local bikers. I needed a shower first and a bite to eat. Shower @ Anytime and a soggy pizza @ Capones. I followed gps routing to location that is way out far south hill. Once there the place was dark. What? I called up their web site where they posted “cancelled”. That fixed the socializing so I drove to another Elk place and watched the Mariners and the Cougs, both victorious. Drove back to my former neighbors’ driveway.
Today was another gorgeous fall day just begging to be outside. I decided on a less than anaerobic ride @ Riverside from 7 Mile. Today I rode south way out to Indian Springs canyon. I rode some newer trails inside the park. Anyway it was a ramble including perhaps a mile to railroad ballast on right of way. I hung in the parking lot after my ride enjoying the weather and listening to the Mariners win, but Oakland won eliminating the Ms from post season.
Friday I rested after a hard ride the day before @ Riverside going north to Sharp Stick. I worked it. I rested on Friday. Dinner @ The Elk w/ Les and Gloria.
I lived here in Spokane for 18 years, 16 @ my log house across the road from where I am staying.
Tomorrow is off west. Plan on riding Sage Hills above Wenatchee then on to Devils gulch.