Saturday, April 1, 2017

Taneum Tango!

Headed west on the John Wayne Trail at sun up

Red-winged Black Bird

Rainbow over highway 10

A couple of turkeys

Great Horned Owl!

Pretty good camo
Was the smallest Great Horned Owl I've seen

having their brunch

Another rainbow, this time over Taneum Canyon

At the entrance to the canyon there are these beautiful hills

large herd of deer

lots of grazing

Icicle free

One of the only places I know with this much Skunk Cabbage

Already pretty fragrant

Almost stepped in this ant hill

no thanks

This guy was a lot faster

Really surprised with the amount of snow
this is just ~20mi west of Ellensburg

Turned around and decided to get some elevation

Some tricky terrain in bits

The road I came in on

You can see which way the wind blows

I went straight down! WHOAAA!
(april fools)

This was on the way down back into the canyon

Normally I can't ride over this stuff
but since the snow smashed down all the grass 
it was pretty smooth sailing

mud from when I took a small spill

Same deer, different lighting

For the last 20 miles home I had a 20-25mph tailwind!
I was cruising!
I use an app called Windy
it gives very accurate visualizations of the wind.

Coopers hawk

Another Coopers hawk 

The tailwind was intense

Durr Rd radio tower next!

59.16 miles and 4,352 FT of gain