New Years Day weather forecast courtesy of my pals at NOAA for Lilliwaup (Lilliwaup, I kid you not!) WA:
New Year's Day: Showers. High near 44. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph increasing to between 13 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Rain, temps in the high 30’s to low 40’s and wind out of the SW (count that a stiff head wind on the return leg). Sounds like the perfect day for a bike ride. So far three other NW mossbacks have signed on and there are at least two others who are teetering on the brink of new horizons in cycling adventure.
Actually this route, Oly-Brinnon-Oly Perm 0202 has a lot to offer. It is mostly rural, and follows the west shore of Hood Canal, making it incredibly scenic. It is as close to pancake flat as you can get in these parts, and navigation is a non-issue: The cue sheet, even in ‘geezer font’ is less than half a page. There are 16 instructions, and that includes the start and stop controlê and the two others in between. Being it will be New Years day, the R-12 hunters will have followed that sage advice about getting your 200K brevet out of the way early in the month, especially during winter when weather can make things chancy. And as mentioned earlier, there shouldn't be too much traffic.
I'll have an Americano triple shot at the Hood Canal Coffee Co. in Hoodsport for you Mark!