Sunday, September 28, 2014

Helmick Park / King's Valley Bicycle Ride

Saturday's ride was a joint Spokes/Spinner's ride around the beautiful King's Valley area. I have not done this particular route before and I have to say it's one of the loveliest rides I've done. I've done King's Valley from the south and from the North. This loop encompassed the central section plus some area back roads that were new to me. Gorgeous scenery. Too bad I was too busy keeping up to take photos of the really scenic parts.

Only 35 miles, a distance Ron and I have been used to riding, but oh so much more climbing. The last 4 miles my legs were toast. This is my favorite kind of ride. Scenery and hills.


Helmick Park-King's Valley


Helmick Park-King's Valley


Helmick Park-King's Valley
King's Valley

Helmick Park-King's Valley
Ritner Covered Bridge

Helmick Park-King's Valley

Route map (pdf)
35.1 Miles
1485 Elevation gain (Per description)
Information from ride description - my Garmin quit working
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Heart and Feather

Heart-Feather
Work in progress. I started this up in Seattle. I don't know if I'll finish it our not.

Monday, September 15, 2014

RIP Bobskoot

2014 has not been a good year. We lost our daughter to complications to Leukemia at the beginning of July. My former co-worker Randy lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the end of July. While not a blogger, he was a rider and a friend. He had a beautiful Valkyrie that he loved to ride.

 Now as summer draws to a close and I've learned that another dear one has passed. Bobskoot of Wetcoastscooting passed away in his sleep while on a car trip across the USA. He was doing what he loves, traveling with his wife and visiting with friends. Bob will be sorely missed by many. He reached out and touched so many of us. He had friends around the world. Whether he was passing through an area, or someone else was journeying into his, he would do his best to get together for a visit, or a ride, and to share a nice meal. I think he was one of the glues the bound many of us blogger/riders together.

Ron and I met Bob for the first time in 2010 in Bend Oregon at the first moto-blogger convention as we like to call it. In 2011 he invited us to ride along to Montana to Glacier National Park where we also met Dom of Redleg's Ride, and his family. I often wondered if Bob invited us along and then dropped the bomb that more guests were coming on Dom and family after the fact. No matter. We felt welcomed by all. Bob loved these get togethers, and I think his efforts enriches us all.


Bobskoot
Spiral Highway

Bobskoot
Montana

Bobskoot
Lake Koocanusa

Bobskoot

Bobskoot

Bobskoot
Oregon 2010. LtoR: Sonja, Troubador, Trobairitz, Bobskoot, Bluekat

Bobskoot
RIP Bobskoot. I will miss you my friend.