A Foggy Ride; A Sunny Ride

Yesterday Hopkins decided to take his Start picture by a pile of next year’s dry firewood supply. It’s not a glamour shot, just part of life in the country. I’ve got some stacking to do!

The ride was shrouded in fog on the way to work. Visibility was alright for riding, so off we went with lights flashing pedaling into the mist. I love the way the fog brings a silence to the valley. Grazing horses don’t seem to mind if it’s foggy or not as long as their muzzles can find green grass to munch.

We passed by lots of rust, countless stumps, but no murals, no LFLs, or much of anything else on the challenge. I’d left the house later than planned, so didn’t take time to physically stop for any photos. Anything from this ride to work was going to be taken on the fly. Hopkins likes it when I don’t apply the brakes.

Did see this cool treehouse along the way. It looks like it would be a nifty place to hang out on a summer’s eve. As a kid, I used to build forts in the yard with sheets and miscellaneous plywood, and for years I enjoyed a playhouse my dad built me on a tall pool platform we used for diving (of course, then we dove off the top of the playhouse too), but I think this kid’s treefort is really cool too.

Hopkins was only mildly upset when I stopped on the pedestrian bridge to take a picture of him with the river rushing by below. Problem was, we couldn’t see the river because of the fog. He didn’t see the point of this photo…I guess he was right.

But we made it to work on time, where Hopkins had fun playing in the office with the other cast of characters. He gave free rides and waited for me to take him home again. (If only Kermit and Verne could’ve joined the festivities. That would’ve been a crazy wild party.)

By evening, the fog was long gone and blue skies had made a pleasant appearance. It sure was a great evening to ride home. Now I had to beat the setting sun. Once again, I didn’t stop much but I captured some empty stall doors covered in rust at the racetrack and that tall steel cell phone tower in the background is looking rusty too.

And we spotted several miniature volcanoes in the bike trail pavement that were jutting up about 6 inches. I hope they don’t erupt with hot magma or I’ll have to alter my route to work.

The sun continued to sink, but it was such a glorious evening, neither Hopkins nor I wanted the ride to finish. Can you see why? Look at that evening glow.

The shadows grew longer and we pedaled faster to get home before dark.

No big suspense to this narrative, we made it home with 10 minutes to spare before darkness and a fresh batch of fog cloaked the valley overnight.

The official Finish photo, but not in the racehorse sense…

This concludes our submissions for our February challenge theme of Start/Finish pics (and a few copy cat theme pics added in for fun). We hope the judges approve, so we’re allowed to go to the next level – March Musical Madness!

Today’s ride: 19.77 miles round trip – start temp 33.2° F; end temp 62.7° F

7 response to "A Foggy Ride; A Sunny Ride"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 28, 2020

    We have had our share of fog here too, it does make for some interesting photos.
    Turned out to be a beautiful day, we can get that glow here too, once in a while.

    So those are madrone trees in the last two photos? Interesting and beautiful tree.
    I had never heard of them until your posts, being native to the Pacific Northwest could be a reason why.
    So the bark doesn’t grow with the tree which is why is sheds? I understand eucalyptus in Australia do a similar thing. Shagbark hickories here are just shaggy, they don’t shed as far as I know.

    Interesting ride and post!.

  2. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: February 29, 2020

    Yes, it did turn into a beautiful day. Yippee!
    Those are madrone trees with their rusty-red color bark. One of my very favorite trees in the PNW. I believe they have similar properties to the manzanita and eucalyptus with shedding paper thin bark.
    Glad you enjoyed the post! Happy Leap Year Day!!

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: March 1, 2020

    That was a very nice ride to work. That treehouse would be the envy of a lot of homeless people! The guys have never partied with a flamingo (though Kermit does have a flamingo floatie) or llama before, but they would have had heaps of fun for sure! I’ve had some evening rides I wanted to continue forever, too. We have a fog season here, too – in fact, I don’t really call winter, “winter”, I just call it the fog season since it never gets below 26F where I live.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 2, 2020

      No doubt, you’re right about the treehouse and homeless. Funny thing is, it was built a couple of years ago, but I’ve never seen a kid playing in it yet. Of course, I’m usually rolling past in the early a.m. or later evening when most kids are getting ready for school or bedtime, I suppose.

      I can only imagine the giggles and whoopin’-and-hollerin’ that would’ve come from Kermit and Verne being added to our office characters. I bet it would be an all night party with that grouping.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 1, 2020

    Happy wood stacking, we get those puffballs wrecking our roads too

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 2, 2020

      Thanks Lednar! If Ned wants to help stack firewood, he’s more than welcome. We’ve got plenty for him to haul to the woodshed. Ha ha. Cheers & happy pedaling.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: March 3, 2020

    What an interesting ride with all sorts of things to show us! And your start temperature in the fog must have felt kind of chilly!
    The madrone trees are beautiful.
    I wish I had post more “start-finish” pics for your challenge. But … I got some nice start photos and always forgot to get the finish picture when I returned! I had some good ideas, though.

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