Perm 0749 did not dissapoint, it exceeded my expectations and in hindsight I'd say I had high expectations.
Olympia wakes up. Mt Rainier looms, it will pop up throughout the ride.
It was cold in the morning, below freezing, but by noon it had warmed up enough that we were able to peel off a couple layers. I still rode the day in a long sleeve wool jersey and thermal vest, but I felt great in the sun.
A note about this route: Eariler this month we rode it the other way, clockwise. I am certain that riding it counter clockwise is much better for me. The last 25 miles, from Tenino in is on paved railtrails. Once out of Tenino the sun had gone down and there was just no one else on the trail. All the climbing was behind, there are few road crossings and I was able to put my head down and hammer. It was great to finish in a sweat. I know I'll ride this route many more times. Josh has put together a real winner, come on down and ride it with me sometime, you won't be dissappointed!
Oh yes, the TV.