On a warm Boise day with an occasional breeze in mid-afternoon I started a fat tire ride at Camel Back Mountain Park. I should have gone in the morning when it was 45.º But I am a weeny who prefers it a few degrees warmer! Me dummy! So at 77º I started climbing Red Cliffs and Kestrel out to the Sidewinder. Good spinning workout though for five miles ascending about 1500 feet. A good brow sweat was messing up my sunscreen bandaid stuck over the bridge of my nose. So it was time to feel the wind. I started Sidewiner back down hill on its curvaceous and sandy hard pack tracks—just flying with the clouds. Onto to the Lower Gulch single track which is a bit more technical with rocks, dips and drops. It meanders along a greener, lusher stream side plant community. The clouds made this ride bloggable-memorable for me!
That ride was two days ago at Camel Back in Boise, Idaho. Now this is where our “Flying Cloud” is currently parked—at the Deschutes River State Recreation Area, near Dalles, Oregon—just 99.8 miles from our Portland condo. Our Cloud is about 100 feet from the Deschutes River, about a mile where if flows into the Columbia. It is great location for catching various kinds of salmon. Some gravel road biking and hiking trails along the river from camp. This camp is one of our favorites.
And the drive back to Portland tomorrow will take us through the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Of course, the Flying Cloud will go to storage until our next planned trip out in July. Until then, I will be blogging from Portlandia—musing about more flying clouds. See you! Did you enjoy the trip through Arizona and Utah?