With only a few days into summer on the Palouse, temperatures are expected to heat up today. A forecasted Sunday high temperature in the mid 90s F means that my road work out on the bike ought to be put into the legs early in the day. That is exactly what I did.
With early morning temperatures in the low 70s F, I struck out on the bike to put in twenty-five miles out on the Palouse. Today's ride would take me south of town to the site of the severe fire last summer (see Wildfire). Along the way, rapeseed could be seen in full bloom with its bright yellow blossoms. Contrasted with the freshly mown hay, the rolling green hills, and the clear blue sky, the bright flowers of canola make a pleasing sight.
Along the route to the hills where the fire stormed through last summer, I passed some road maintenance. Because of loose gravel, motorcycles are given warning to use extreme caution. I guess (human-powered) bike lives don't matter...
Back to the object of this morning's venture. That is, to check on the regrowth of the area ravaged by fire. There has been progress in cleaning up the debris from the fire with select logging with skid trails criss-crossing the hillsides.
One benefit of the fire and clean up is that, now, the long switchback up the hill is visible before the rider is upon the ramp. Is that a good thing?
As I near the top of the climb, the damage is still very much in evidence although the ground covering is returning.
The four photos above were snapped automatically by the GoPro camera while descending at about 35mph. Cool!
All-in-all, a very pleasant way to spend some time out on the bike this morning before the day heats up. Now, to relax for an hour session at the painting desk. Sounds good, yes?