This past Saturday was the OR Randonneurs first brevet of the year--the Birkie 200k. Needless to say it was dry the day before and the forecast was for no rain the day after, but the day of the ride... rain all day. Sure enough the forecast held and I spent 9hrs 22min riding in the rain. I was actually an hour slower than last year and had been hoping to do the ride in 8hrs even. So much for that plan. The course was an out and back and of course there was no semblance of a tailwind heading out but I sure felt the headwind on the return. Fortunately the roads were quiet. Lots of wool kept me... not warm, but functioning. The 300k is 4/11 and tentatively the forecast is for rain. Let's hope that changes.
Two days after the 200k it was dry and I was able to get out for a nice hilly ride in Washington County. I even explored a little, climbing up a dirt road I had always wondered about but never actually ridden. It was great. No loose dogs but at one corner there was a gaggle of attack geese. Who would have thought that hissing geese could look so menacing. Luckily they didn't charge me. Better yet, in spite of grey skies, no rain.
Here's the route if any of you live in the Portland area and are interested in doing the ride.
March was great...warm, dry, and we did lots of riding and hiking. It turned colder toward the end of the month and now we're getting regular snow storms. Oh well.
From a ride with some good friends who were visiting from TX...we took the paved paths to the dirt trails and did some mountain biking:thumbsup:
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From a road/trail loop earlier in the month
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And some skiing (Winter Park)
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Upton,Ma. Finally the ice is out. Just a couple of weeks ago there was still small amounts of snow on the ground and ice in the lake as I did a short 20. The river runs through an old mill sites foundation where the water rushes through. It was a sunny day out and I had not noticed a pine tree area behind a local watering hole before, so I stopped for a short rest to check it out. As I sretched in the sun and shook out the winter cob webs, a local street sweeper pulled in. What a great sign. It was funny because I thought he was turning around, instead he backed in, parked and went inside for a pop. Hey, street sweepers have to live to.
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