I can ride! I can ride! And now, a little later in the day, AQ is 9 ??‍♀️??

Being late in the year, having just recently rediscovered the challenge, and having been off my bike for over a week with poor AQ due to wildfire smoke, I have set my goal at 15 rides for this year. I plan to finish out a month and then post the rides I did for that month. This is my first try at it, so I am posting this single photo which breaks my own rule, but ensures that I am participating in the challenge.

1/15 SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

I ride this same route a lot, but there will be lots of different things to take a photo of each time I ride it. Today is my first ride in seven days. That for someone who rides almost every day of the week! Our wildfire smoke finally lifted and this was the first day the AQ is healthy for outdoor activity. 

I rode to Cindy’s house as we had some “goods” to exchange: jigsaw puzzles, baked bread, chocolate covered almonds, and steak & peppers dinner!!!! I started my ride from home in a mist that cleared up within about 10 minutes. After some chatting time with Cindy on her front porch, being sure to maintain our distance, I started home in mist. This mist never did stop, and in fact became light rain that stayed with me the whole way home. I had brought a rain jacket with me ‘just in case’ but I didn’t mind the rain as it was not cold, and ….. I was on my bike!! I don’t need no stinkin’ rain jacket ??. Welcome rain to clear out even more from our air.

“Flying High Espresso” with the giant tea cup (maybe that’s a coffee cup) on its roof has always intrigued me. This was a good time to get a photo as no one was in the drive-through or in the parking lot, I had no time constraint so could make a photo stop, and the rain had abated for a moment. The kiosk is located just at the outskirts of the Paine Field Airport, thus the name and logo on the cup.

We are due for a couple of sunny days coming up, and I will be on my bike, collecting more photos to add ;’-).?‍♀️?‍♀️

10 response to "HALLELUJAH! AQ AT 17"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: September 19, 2020

    Your AQI is six points lower than in MY Town. The two days since we’ve been back from out west have been delightfully sunny and bright. What a relief!

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 19, 2020

      I will have to wait until tomorrow for the sunny and bright part, but surely an enjoying the fresh, clean air. ;’-)

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 19, 2020

    Finally! eh?
    Glad you are back out and going — and the roof on the Espresso place is sort of arch shaped to boot!

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 20, 2020

      Yep! Finally. I had not noticed the arch-like roof — thanks for pointing that out Rich ;’-).

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: September 19, 2020

    So glad you could get back out cycling and exchange goods and pleasantries with a friend. A good first of 15 rides 🙂

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 20, 2020

      Thanks Em, it was an added delight to my ride to get to stop for some time with Cindy.

  4. By: Laura Posted: September 19, 2020

    Yeah! Glad you got a break in the staying indoors. The red expresso place and the red bike look quite nice together!

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 20, 2020

      Thanks Laura. It was such a dream to be riding my bike again that the rain had little effect on my riding ;’-). Will do a ride with you today — maybe even in some sun. ?

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: September 20, 2020

    At last! So happy for you! Great picture of your bike and the Flying High Expresso! Love all the reds!

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 20, 2020

      Red on red — nothing like it. Stands out even more in the damp surroundings. Such a delight to be riding, even though I may be grounded by rain for a few days later in the week. Will ride every day til then ??‍♀️.

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