Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Return of Summer

Greetings Earthlings!  Summer has returned to the GPNW with a vengeance.  Bike rides are perfumed with a heady mix of fermenting blackberries, smooshed cherries and rotting apples.  It's a veritable cornucopia of fruit on the roads these days.
This is out in Carnation Valley.  The sunflowers are IN!

The always beautiful Sikes Lake.

The lake is full of minnows.  There is also a 14 inch (or so) bass down there, tending to his babies.  Unfortunately, the camera could not pick him up.

We rode Sunday and Monday.  I'm riding faster, but my stamina is still not back.  It's probably going to take awhile to return.
This is a bridge over I90.  Peaceful protest was in place against Mr. Reichert.  He used to be a sheriff in King County, WA.  Now he is a congressman.  He's fairly far to the right in his politics.

Today and tomorrow have contained doctor visits.  Today was botox in the shoulders and neck, tomorrow will be cortisone in the foot.  I am really not looking forward to the cortisone.  Something bad is happening in my left foot. It's probably a Morton's Neuroma.  Based on past experience with the right foot, there is zero chance that I'll be having surgery to fix it.
That's it!  That's all I have to report.


  1. Good to hear that you have been back biking. It is always difficult to build that stamina back up. And so hard to think about how much you've lost. Hang in there:)

    Hope all went/goes well with the doctor visits!

  2. Those sunflowers are beautiful! I never get tired of finding a field of them.