Today was absolutely beautiful. I woke up to bright sunshine and a brilliant clear blue sky which was deceiving because the temperature on my thermometer read 37 degrees. I got my bike ready and then I dressed into my riding clothes and off I went on a bike ride. I drove to the Foothills Trailhead in Sumner and started my ride. I headed towards Orting and continued on to South Prairie and then to Wilkeson. After reaching the town of Wilkeson I headed back. I stopped at the Orting Bakery on my return trip for a coffee and one of their fine toffee crunch cookies. Refreshed I got back on my bike and finished off the last 8 miles of the ride. Although it was sunny, with a warm sun beating down on me, the air that was blowing into me (yes a headwind) was "arctic" cold. I'm happy that I rode today because the weather is taking a drastic turn beginning tomorrow. They are calling for snow, AGAIN! Yes, rain mixed with snow. Hopefully it will not be as bad as they are reporting especially for Sunday as I have a ride to lead. Here are a few pictures that I took on today's ride . . .
Bridge that will be part of the Foothills Trail. Connecting South Prairie to Wilkeson.
A neat old barn on AP Tubbs Road.
Coffee and cookie break at the Orting Bakery on the way back.
This was the second ride in the 7 ride series of Getting Ready to Ride - South End Series. Our first ride was cancelled last week because of SNOW! I thought we would be cancelling today's ride too because of weather but the rain held off. Though we had no rain on this ride we sure had wind. 25-30 wind gusts. Going north we had a tailwind but when we turned south we hit the wall of wind! It felt like we were riding in Boeing's wind tunnel. But we had 17 hardy riders show up and the ride was great. A nice workout. Here I am giving ride details and safety briefing to the riders.
I'm really excited about this year! I'm back on my bike, I'm a ride leader, I'm doing the GR2R South End series rides and after this series ends I am helping out with creating rides in the Pierce County area for CBC. And I've signed up to finally ride the RSVP, one ride I have been wanting to ride for years but never gotten around to it. I've done the Daffodil Classic, the Chilly Hilly, the May Day Metric, the Flying Wheels, the STP, RAMROD, and many many other big event rides but the RSVP has eluded me all these years but finally this will be the year! Besides my bike riding I have been doing a lot of archery with my husband. This is another pass time I truly enjoy. And I'm getting pretty good at it too. Last year I shot three Robin Hoods! A term given to two arrows shot end to end, the second arrow embedded into the rear of the first. Happens rarely, so the arrows are usually kept as a trophy. And I have all three of mine! Here are pictures of two of my Robin Hoods . . .