Saturday, April 11, 2009

Biking in blackberry air

The day started out a little dreary, and I was planning to stay in, but the sun came a'shining a little after noontime, so I bucked up and headed out on a ride.

I like that the roads on the island make loops. It's so satisfying to keep moving forwards instead of doubling back on a road where you've been before.


View San Juan Island Biking in a larger map

Like most of the island, this route was up and down and up and down, but I think I chose the right direction when I went counter-clockwise because I shot down some hills that could have been gnarly to climb. Maybe one day when I'm feeling intense, I'll try going the other direction and see if I survive.

Despite the sun, the air was cool and I could smell blackberries and grass and sometimes the sea for the whole ride. So joyous! I want to figure out how to collect and dry blackberry leaves for tea. With that delicious of a smell, it's got to taste good.

Overall, this came out to around 18 miles, and I did it in a little under 2 hours with three little stops to take pictures of the pretty beach.

San Juan State Park

Off Westview Road

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