It was snowing heavily this morning in central Washington, and the starting point for my planned route along Highway 97 was snowed in. Oops. Turned around and rode the Cle Elum ridge instead, again. Two things were noteworthy:
1. On the Coal Mines trail, a couple skiers came along with their dogs, wearing bike helmets. Curious. Upon closer inspection, the guys were wearing harnesses, and their dogs had shoes on. It’s called Skijoring, and they were out doing it.
2. With fresh new snow, it was deep, slick, and soft in places, and a lot of pushing was had. In between hiking, I got to stash food, gloves and jackets in my new frame bag from Rogue Panda Designs out of Flagstaff, AZ. I had exchanged a few emails with the owner, Nick, about how I wanted it designed. It turned out beautifully: having only sent him a picture of my bike+ruler+cooking pot, he pieced the frame bag together. Special requests for wide-tapering at the bottom and zipper locations were implemented. I completely forgot the bag while riding. The water-proof zippers in their closed position are at the seat-tube, and there are no nasty zipper covers sticking out anywhere. With 3 zippers in total (1 left, 2 right), and a velcro’ed in horizontal divider, it’s easy to keep things organized.
Nothing sticking out to hit/scrape my knees on!
By the time I came back to Cle Elum, the fresh snow had been compacted by vehicles. Looked pretty.