Saturday, November 09, 2013
A day of cycling and jogging today. After a week of pretty heavy rains and getting home too late to run in the dark, I was jazzed to get out and ride and run. We live outside of town. There are no sidewalks nor lights, so running after dark is not very smart. I do it, but it is not my favorite thing to do since I keep looking over my shoulder and stopping to let cars see me at a stand still. So, to begin the day nice and early was awesome!
The weather today was chilly but no rain. We rode from Portland to Gresham. And then we decided to see if the trail that has for years been a dirt path to the little town of Boring (sister city of Dull, Scotland) had finally been paved. it has been a project in the making for a long long time. It is a "rails to trails" project that we have been anticipating for so long. We still ride to Boring but the ride is another one of the fairly dangerous roads with no shoulder. I have been checking out the progress of the trail for months and the last I checked it was about to be paved. It was a packed sand begging for completion!
We got to Gresham and headed towards Boring. It did not look very promising as the signs along the way said "Trail Closed until November 30. But we kept going "just in case" and at least we would see the progress and ride our normal road-way to Boring and get a good ride in.
As we approached the started of the new trail, we saw that the packed sand had been covered in asphalt! YEAH! It looked like they had at least started to pave the trail. JOY! We, along with other runners and a few folks on horseback decided to just keep going to see if the trailed went all the way (several more miles) to Boring. DOUBLE JOY! The paved trail was sweetly smoooooooth and reached all the way to Boring.
What a way to cap off a great ride. The "rails to trails" are super projects because the scenery is often thick with trees, creeks and meadows. And although we go from about 200' to 1000' by the time you get to Sandy (one more town down the road), the old railroads have a gentle slope making for a very pleasant ride both up and down.
After about 50 mile ride, I decided I needed to be outside some more and although it was going to mean part of the way would be in the dark, I still decided I wanted to go for a 10K run. Actually, I started out with the plan for a long walk, but my muscles had really warmed up with the ride, so a slow jog pretty much all the way turned out to be a natural pace. The whole loop was a little over 11K and I feel good! A tad sore, but satisfied with a day of movement.
Enjoy the long weekend!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought."
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