I’ve pedaled past Helen Putnam Regional Park without stopping. I’ve pedaled into the parking lot and utilized the restrooms. But never have I bicycled through HPRP.
It’s a relatively small, busy park on the edge of Petaluma, known mostly for hiking rather than biking. But I decided to give it a try today in more unseasonably warm and dry conditions. The temperature climbed into the 80s. (Today hit a record high of 85° for this date in Santa Rosa, 20 degrees above the average high.) The trails were dusty instead of muddy. Some of them were too steep to ride up or down, even though they were comparatively smooth and free of rocks. Quite a few people and quite a few dogs. Some interesting views. Some great trees for climbing.
As to this month’s Challenge, I never really chose any music. Driving to the park, I turned on the KRSH to see if anything might hit the spot. The first song I heard was Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” which is a big favorite for me and my ace support crew. (It probably meant more to Neil and his wife before he left her for Daryl Hannah.) But I never could get a decent photo of the pale moon, washed out by brilliant sunshine; and besides, it’s not harvest time. While climbing trees in the park, I starting humming “Apeman” by the Kinks, which always happens when I climb trees. But that didn’t really work either. So I’ll need to postpone musical accompaniment for another ride.