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Bike LogoCYCLING The STP and HIKING The Trails: The Summer Adventure of 2013

backpackI am training for my 15th ride in the STP, or SEATTLE TO PORTLAND  Bicycle Classic of 204 miles on July 13, 2013.  Once again I am working on making it a one day ride and I am not riding with a team or a family member.  There will be about 8,000 at the start point, so I will not be alone.

I have just completed my first Century training ride and am hoping to do a few more miles, maybe 125 this weekend.  The weather is holding out for great possibilities.

Also my daughter and I have been planning a birthday/vacation hike for about 10 days at the end of July.

We submitted reservations for the Wonderland Trail but did not make the lottery cut.  Disappointed we got out the map and started studying different routes and finally settled on doing the hike from the Canadian Border following along beside Ross Lake in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area.  Maps and videos are found with this link which we are enjoying exploring.

One of us had to get new hiking boots and now need to break them in, and the other has a new backpack.   We are filling them full and walking to work every day to prepare. Also we are both running to keep our legs in shape. I think it is going to be quite the adventure.

We found a source of Gluten Free hiking foods on line.

boots

This is how we love to celebrate our birthdays: My daughter is also having a picnic with friends in a park in San Francisco to celebrate and my Portland daughter is hosting me after the STP and then going camping with her friends for her birthday.

How do you celebrate your birthday?  Do you like to be in Nature?

I think it is a good thing for an architect, a software engineer, and a librarian to get outside and touch base with the lessons of nature – a true dose of Vitamin N makes for a healthy new year.

More adventures in Nature:
First 100 mile ride in 2011
STP Gear
Cascades and Siskiyou Mountain Pass Biking Tour 2011
Fall Tour- Columbia Basin 1012

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