|Chilly, but not Hilly|
|Monday, 19 March 2012 12:13|
Rain and snow in the forecast? High in the 30s and winds gusting from the NW? Ah, sounds like our Crew's kind of weather!
If there is one thing to remember, it's that you cannot trust the weather forecast completely. Expecting and prepared for much worse, the clouds parted and we enjoyed a pair of 23+ mile cycling legs on the Olympic Discovery Trail in Clallum County that runs along the old lumber railroad right-of-way. The ODT is maintained by a wonderful group of volunteers and presently runs from Port Townsend to Forks. The vision, which may take decades to realize, is a continuous cycling trail from the Winslow ferry terminal on Bainbridge Island all the way out to the Pacific Ocean.
We pedaled from east of Sequim out to the Port Angeles waterfront and back. We carried the insurance of full raingear in our panniers, we were treated to blue skies and sunshine to warm our spirits, though it didn't necessarily warm the air or dry out the woods. The hills were still heavily adorned with snow at elevations above 500 feet and the creeks are only trickling, not the roaring gushes that will arrive in another month. Another advantage of winter cycling is that the ODT was clear of joggers.
Chains or studded tires were not required...just layers of clothing and defrosting stops along the way. That's just the way we roll.