Ain't nuthin like ridin' a finehorse in a new country- Augustus McCrae – Lonesome Dove
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tolt Pipeline to Moss Lake
The Tolt Pipeline Trail
It may not look like it, but it was just after twelve noon when I took this photo. The morning started out with 28 degrees on the thermometer when I woke. Lynn & I had planned to meet-up earlier, but decided to delay our ride to give the day time to warm up. Rather than try to cross SR 203, we took Big Lake Road from Duvall & easily found the parking area.
The view east!
Seeing all that trail heading into the distance is really something. Miles & miles of hills either direction. We'd wanted to do this ride for a while & today was a perfect day for riding. We had a couple road crossings, but no traffic at either.
We did some sight seeing - passing a couple "Paradise" on earth type of horse farms... Amazing places these. Farah enjoys seeing how other horses live too :-) She sometimes will stop to check them out! It didn't seem like long before we saw the road going in to the Moss Lake Trails & two riders coming out. We were careful to watch our corners, since it was only Lynn's third visit there & my second.
This time, I actually got to see the lake! It is a very pretty place, with a thin layer of ice over most of the open water. We picked up the pace going to the parking lot. There we found a large group of people working on the trails & putting in a new one! I'm wondering if these are paid employee's, volunteers, or a combination of both? We made a short stop before heading back. Farah was not at all surprised that the trailer wasn't there & when we turned to head back - of course the pace picked up! :-)
Nice new signage~
We took the short way back to the pipeline that Lisa had suggested to us, so we ended up making a nice loop. Once back on the Tolt, we moved right along - meeting a few people out walking. Daughter Courtney & Grandson Mason called, they were at our trailers & had hoped to see us - but we were still too far out & they had to get home.
Looking west toward SR 203
Once back at the trailers, we rode west a way toward SR 203 & the SVT Trail - probably another mile or two from where we stopped. It was almost 4:30, getting dusk & the temperature was already dropping. We'd covered almost seventeen miles & ridden through a beautiful winter afternoon. Incredible weather for January - no complaints!