I thought I was done with February, but these brilliant cycling days just keep coming in Portland. If I could share some of them with you, I would. Yesterday on our ride to Gresham we crossed a new but already nicely rusting steel bridge; saw six bunnies; and to top things off, saw another shady sheep! The next day, I by chance stumbled across the oldest known grafted Apple tree in the western USA; and the day before, on another heritage tree quest ride, I came across a living fossil: the first cone-bearing dawn redwood in the Western Hemisphere in the last six million years. The tree was thought to be long extinct until it was found buried away in central China and has since been reestablished here.
Brought back from the dead after six million years! I wonder what traces we’ll leave behind for that long. I don’t think they’ll find the Cycle365 website, but maybe Rodriguez will turn up buried in a mudslide. I should leave a note in the down tube as a time capsule.