Recent weather on the Palouse featured unseasonably cool and wet conditions. For many weeks before, the Palouse experienced beautiful weather with temperatures touching into the mid-80s F. Perfect conditions for cycling.
On one of those daily excursions last week, I chose a 25 mile out-and-back. The journey would take me through some of the rolling farmland of the Palouse. With the fields still green, this is a beautiful area over which to cycle. The rolling terrain is suited to a rouleur style of cyclist. For me, the constant up and down of the hills can be a leg breaker over sustained efforts. I prefer a sharp climb to the never-ending undulating terrain. On today's ride, I get my wish.
Today's ride featured a passage through an area gutted by wildfire two years ago. While some of the woods have been cleared of the burnt trees, most remain just as they stood. Riding through the narrow canyon lined by burned woods on both sides provides an eerie feeling. Will the burn ever be cleared and replanted? I do not know.Part of the enjoyment of this route is the switchback climb up from the valley floor to a cattle ranch near the summit. Grades are typically about 8% for a little over a mile. The terrain is rugged and dry. On the descent, speeds can reach 40mph before hard braking before the hairpin turns. Quite fun but filled with anxiety when the roads contain debris. While the sensation of descending at 40mph cannot be translated through photos, please enjoy the photos from my part of the world.
Next up: more painted figures.