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Chuckanut Century Ride (that was actually 87kms)

On September 15th, Tim and signed up for the Chuckanut Century ride.  After finishing Challenge Penticton, I still felt like I had some more to give.  I was not ready to finish my season.

We drove down to Bellingham, WA the morning of the event.  The weather this summer had been amazing but fall was starting to set in.  It was misty and foggy but we thought it would lift as we started the ride.  Well, that is not what happened.  

The weather never really improved and it started to rain at one point in the ride.  We were moderately prepared for the cooler temperatures and rain but not so much.  At the 45 minute mark, Tim got a flat tire.  At the 1 hour mark of our ride, we came across a cute coffee shop where a few cyclists were sitting.  We figured "why not?" and stopped for an Americano European style with actual cups (not paper cups!)

After about a 45 minute coffee, we continued on our route through Samish Island, WA.  What a great place!  The fog was still thick but we were able to check out the area and decide we wanted to come back next summer when the weather is better.

After 87kms we returned to the start of the ride.  The original plan was to ride the north route and make the ride 100 miles.  This didn't happen.  After returning to the start, we packed up our bikes and went to the Boundary Bay Brewery for our complimentary burger and fries.  

By 3pm, were across the border and on our way home.  

The routes options are fantastic and are a must do if you are visiting the area to cycle.  This ride had a similar feel to the Chilly Hilly in February.  There is no mass start or timing.  Just a casual ride in a beautiful location.  

Flat Tire

Coffee Shop

Tweets!  See, real cups.

Boundary Bay Brewery Burger/Fries Party

Mingling with the other riders

Happy Training!


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Fun

In early February, I bought a season's pass to Grouse Mountain.  I have owned a pass in the past but not in for a few years.  My main goal was to get up on Monday and/or Wednesday nights for the Social Snowshoe.  90 minutes snowshoeing up the Snowshoe Grind and over the back side of Dam Mountain.  Headlamps required.

Full Moon

Fellow Snowshoers
View of Vancouver
Yes, these are terrible photos.  I only took photos this one time.  I realized that the iPhone will not take good photos in these conditions and you miss the actual moment trying to get a good photo.
In addition to Grouse, I have been up to Cypress Mountain Nordic area two times this season
First trip to Cypress
Our friend The Raven

Map of the snowshoe trails
Happy hikers today
Happy hikers today