Saving the best rust for last

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.

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

4 response to "Saving the best rust for last"

  1. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: February 28, 2020

    Love that rusty shadow bike picture! Hard to resist a final challenge photo when you see one so perfectly suited to finish out the month. Nice job! And by the way, your quest to find the heritage trees in Portland made me look up heritage trees in my area. I had no idea we had more than a handful, much less 160 officially dubbed Heritage Trees by whomever does that sort of proclamation here. Now I have a new mission for the spring & summer. Most of them are in someone’s yard, so I probably won’t take photos. If there’s any trees in parks & such, I’ll snap their picture. Thanks for the idea, Scott! Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 28, 2020

      Where is the ‘here’ that has 160 heritage trees? Medford, Ashland, Jackson County? I imagine there are some really spectacular trees down your way.

      You might keep an open mind about taking photos of these trees on private property. I’ve been quite visible and open about it, but respectful of the property line itself. I’ve yet to have anyone seem at all concerned about it, though I have had a few friendly conversations with neighbors who came out to chat and give me the once over.

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

    You did save the best till last! Nice photo!

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

    The tree quest is a really interesting one, turning up lots of amazing facts and things to ponder. Nice pics, too!

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