|Spokane River and Falls|
On Memorial Day, Nancy and I loaded up the bikes and set off for the Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes' trail head in Plummer, Idaho. We both enjoy cycling along Lake Coeur d' Alene in the summer especially since the old railway bridge allows a crossing of the lake on bike.
|Lake Coeur d'Alene from trestle bridge|
|View of Lake CDA from Harrison|
|View of Lake CDA enroute to Harrison|
The climb back up from the marina to the trail head is a long, constant eight mile grade. Given that, Nancy usually drops me off at the trail head and I ride the eight miles down to the marina to meet up with her. From the marina, we set off together for the small town of Harrison on the east side of the lake, eight miles away. The ride along the lake is relatively flat making for an enjoyable and not too strenuous exercise for Nancy.
|Plummer to Harrison Round Trip|
|Plummer to Harrison RT Profile|
|View dropping into Hangman Valley|
|Spokane 30 Mile Loop|
|Spokane 30 Mile Loop Profile|
|One of the Spokane Falls|
Lastly, I new tool was introduced into my cycling repertoire this week. Nancy gave me a GoPro camera for Christmas that I had yet to use. Needed to make the device operational were working through the instructions and finding a mounting bracket. Both tasks were accomplished this week with a small bracket arriving from Western Bike Works and a quick read of the Quick Start Guide.
|Dirt road under High Bridge|
|More Riding on Dirt in High Bridge Park|
The camera was not a vanity play to capture my wanderings on bike. Nancy's motive for the purchase was meant as an insurance artifact for use when I am found along the road. With frequent announcements of death and injury to cyclists, she is convinced that sooner or later, I will become one of those statistics. To that end, I took the camera out on two rides this week.
|Approaching Monroe Street Bridge|
The GoPro camera takes surprisingly good photos with no detectable motion or jiggling in the photo. Mounted just under the left handlebar, the camera is out of the way and does not interfere with changing to multiple hand positions. Even rough roads and riding out of the saddle did not diminish the photo quality.
|Monroe Street Bridge from Centennial Trail|
With a photo snapped automatically every few seconds, I arrive home with thousands of snapshots. Most are quite boring but some are worth saving. A few of the GoPro photos are included as examples (noted as "GoPro" in caption).
Lots of stuff in work on the painting desk and thousands of Switzerland photos to curate. A BatRep for the 1800 Battle of Montebello remains unstarted as does a solo replay of Montebello.
|Spokane Clock Tower in Riverfront Park|