After my ace support crew and I spent a few days hiking in the Sierra—where we encountered some smoky skies from the Yosemite fire—we arrived home yesterday evening only to discover smoke blowing and ash falling over Santa Rosa. This from Mendocino County fires, smaller but nearer than the big fire burning around Redding. The entire state seems to be ablaze.
After a few days with trekking poles and backpack, I wanted to hop on the Ogre today. With so much smoke in the air, deep breathing didn’t seem like a great idea. That meant I needed a very short, tame route. I considered taking my usual cruise out the Greenway, which is flat and easy. However, it was closed today because of the Ironman Triathlon. Consequently, I pedaled slowly around Spring Lake, shot a few hazy photos, and tried to hold my breath the whole way.
The air tasted bitter and scraped my throat raw, reminding me of our October fires. Not a good day to be out on a bike. Definitely not a good day to be participating in a full triathlon.