On March 29, 2013, we rode the Chehalis-Western and Olympia Woodland trails. This video shows segments of the transition from trail to city streets, ending at Traditions Cafe for a lunch meeting. Our total riding was about 30Km. On the return trip to our car, about 5Km from the restaurant, we crashed on a hidden mud slick turning onto a side trail to where we parked. Judy suffered a concussion and does not remember anything after arriving at the restaurant until about 1:00am on the 30th, after spending about five hours between Urgent Care and the ER. Fortunately, I suffered only bruises, cuts, and road rash and was able to get us to the car and to the clinic. We're grounded for several weeks at least until the external damage heals, which is probably a good gauge for internal healing as well. The medical folks aren't used to banning their Medicare patients from extreme sports, so we err on the side of caution, but hope to resume traiining for our planned late-summer tour in a month or so, riding more cautiously.
The top speed in this video is about 40Kph, between the end of the rail-trail and St. Michaels School, where our grandchildren attend. Also note the disconcerting habit of Pacific Northwest drivers to roll forward after stopping or even pulling across the opposite lane. At 69 and 67, we prefer riding trails and rural roads, and hope to avoid city cycling when possible. This urban ride video is a complement to the excerpts from our 35Km ride from Lake Quinault into the Olympic National Park on March 25th, that we published last week.