We worked at home most of the weekend - on just one small section of our woods - under the huge Black Cottonwoods. Butch chainsawed all the big limbs, I did the smaller stuff & we both hauled it down to the burn pile. Since I hadn't ridden - today was the day! The heat is finally On... Never my favorite time of year to ride - nonetheless - I got all the watering done early & drove north. I was surprised to see several trailers at the parking area & cars parked along side the road.
I wasn't going to take Fast Trail - especially with a short sleeved shirt on, but I love the views. Fast Trail is no longer fast :-) Overgrown is a perfect description. The birds were eating the Thimbleberries, but the blackberries aren't ripe yet.
|On Fast Trail~|
A nice breeze made the day bearable, but I could feel the temperature climbing. I did the short video below of a short section of the trail to the Monument. Carole - this is for you :-)
There was one young guy at the Monument, sitting in the shade. He didn't look our way or want to be social - so we respected his privacy & stayed away until he left.
|View of the Islands to the Northwest|
|Southwest down the Sound~|
When headed into the deep dark woods, a lady on a bike came at us so fast that I thought we were going to crash - but an evasive maneuver by Farah helped, along with my shout! She mentioned something about Farah being the color of the shade.
These far peaks are so stunning, low clouds floating by.
|Whitehorse & Three Fingers|
As we started down, I dismounted, took off my helmet & walked a mile or so. Farah was so good today - the Magnesium supplement we started her on over a year ago, along with the Vitamin B supplement that Cassandra recommended - seems to be doing the trick. Spooking at bicycles was not a good thing!
|Above it all~ Mt. Rainier|
Besides an unexpected leap over a muddy spot - we really had a great ride! We never did see another horseman. We did see a young guy with his phone out in front of him, just past the gate - clueless that we were anywhere around - playing Pokemon Go... Where this craze will GO - is anyone's guess!