A chilly drive to Mt St Helens

Last year, Kent took a bicycle up the Spirit Lake Highway to Mt St Helens…in the end of June…and got snowed upon.  This year, we took a day trip up the highway by car…and though we didn’t get snowed on, we got a dose of snow!  But as Margo’s first time up, we go the touristy visitor center stuff out of the way.  Maybe later this summer, we’ll do some hiking around the ridgeline  of the crater 🙂

Margo preps an iceball for Kent

Margo preps an iceball for Kent

A bit of snow at 4100 ft (Elk Rock viewpoint)

A bit of snow at 4100 ft (Elk Rock viewpoint)

A cloud-shrouded Mt St Helens, from the Johnston Ridge Observatory

A cloud-shrouded Mt St Helens, from the Johnston Ridge Observatory

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TDC Spokane, and a side trip to Coeur d’Alene

On May 19th, we took part in the 2nd Tour de Cure Spokane ride.  Over 200 riders participated.  Kent rode off with the century riders, and completed his planned 70 mile loop (skipping the additional lap to make up the full century).  Margo participated in the 20-mile ride along the Spokane River (The Centennial Trail).  Weather was perfect for riding – cool, moderately overcast in the morning, and light winds.  The new venue at the Merkel Sports Complex was an excellent upgrade from last year.

finish line photo at the 2013 Spokane Tour de Cure

finish line photo at the 2013 Spokane Tour de Cure

The Spokane River, from the Centennial Bikeway

The Spokane River, from the Centennial Bikeway

2013 Tour de Cure Spokane finish line photos

2013 Tour de Cure Spokane finish line photos

2013 Tour de Cure Spokane finish line photos

2013 Tour de Cure Spokane finish line photos

2013 Tour de Cure Spokane finish line photos

2013 Tour de Cure Spokane finish line photos

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We then spent a couple of extra days in Post Falls, Idaho, at the River Cove Bed & Breakfast.  It is situated on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.  Had a great stay there, and made a great base of operations for two days of touristy stuff, including a trek to Wallace, Idaho (center point of Idaho’s silver mining boom) and of course, Coeur d’Alene itself.

Lake Coeur d'Alene, from the shoreline of the River Cove B&B

Lake Coeur d’Alene, from the shoreline of the River Cove B&B

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2013 TDC Training Ride #9 – “Bockmier Reverse Padden Pedal”

Another Saturday, another ride.  63 riders (17 on the short loop), including at least 5 new riders, on a warm sunny day in Vancouver, ending with lunch at Kris & John Bockmier’s home.  Short loop riders did 16 miles along the Padden Parkway bikeway, while the long riders did 30mi, adding to their loop WSU /Mt Vista and Battle Ground.

This time, took lead and caboose roles for the short loop – we were a bit shorthanded.  Margo helped out with the water stop on the long loop.

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2013 Ride Around Clark County

May 4, 2013.  Unseasonably warm and sunny day, with strong NE winds late in the day.  First time attempting the 100mi course.  Did really well in the first two legs, maintaining control over pace and cadence.  Conquered the 14% before the Battle Ground turnoff to the 100.  Held my own on the Century section, except I wasn’t expecting three monster hills before LaCenter.  Two 16% and a 22% grade each forced me to walk.  Wind, distance, and road temps exceeding 90 degrees finally made it too dangerous for me to continue, even after I walked up the lower half of the Felida grade (a relatively tame 10%).  Support found me on a fireplug, dumping water on my head in an attempt to get the core cooled down.  After 10 minutes of giving other riders extra water, I decided that it was best to stop, as I couldn’t even walk straight.  So almost a century 🙂

2013 RACC

2013 RACC

2013 RACC

2013 RACC

Link to the Route

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