Today's ride sees me on a 25 mile loop out onto the Palouse and then back into the city. Palouse? What is the Palouse? The Palouse is generally defined as a region of rolling hills in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho dominated by fields of wheat and lentils. The rolling hills remind me a bit of Tuscany. Spokane can broadly be defined as the northern boundary of the Palouse although some might argue against that delineation.
Back to the ride.
Residing on the southern boundary of the city, open roads are only a few minutes away and my cycling almost always begins in a southerly direction. The rolling terrain can be a leg breaker on a long, hot summer afternoon but today with temperatures in the mid 60s F, a pleasant day, indeed!
|Farmland at outskirts of Spokane|
|Typical Palouse rolling wheat fields|
punctuated by farms
|Still heading south|
|More farmland as the road turns down into a canyon|
|Not only rolling wheat fields!|
|Open road as I drop into a canyon|
|One of the many golf courses in the area|
|Six miles later, another golf course.|
Yes, I must climb up the plateau to reach home.
|The climb begins|
|Back on top of the plateau.|
Home and hot shower in six more miles.