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Subject:Heads up!
Time:07:46 am
Last Sunday we set out to do some farmers market shopping on our bikes with a quick stop at a coffee shop to feed my habit. I do better at the market with some caffeine in me. We rode down and turned the corner where street vendors were set up to catch the church crowd when they headed home a little latter. This activity seems to have at least tripled from the single tamale vendor a few years back. Seems there are lots more church goers there days but that is just a guess.

The coffee shop is busier these days too as it has an ambience and spacious setting that seems to appeal. Large groups of Sunday bike riders roll in to fill the place with bright colors before racing off to some other destination. Too bad many of them seem to drive here first.
My coffee did the trick and I even had time to discover and bookmark an intriguing review of the recent history and culture in Indonesia for further reading later. No easy subject to cover.

Heading out the now much busier door we circled the block to get back to the large open farmers market held under the freeway. We passed through the same vendor intersection and found a huge tree limb had come down and now effectively blocked to car lanes and the bike lanes along side. Somehow no one was hurt although one car was pinned in by the limb. The heaviest part of the fallen tree was right where we had been just moments before!
We squeezed by a little shook by the close call we didn't see coming and then headed on to the market for lots of fruit and vegetables. When we came back to the intersection a policeman was directing traffic and all the churchgoers were marveling at the big limb on the road. Traffic was slow to get out of the area except for those of us on bikes. The food cart vendors did very good business that day.

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Pay attention to the open skies, you never know what's coming down.
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Subject:Scooting up to Forest Hill
Time:07:52 pm
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This ride has been on my mind for a while. I have wanted to figure out how to reach Mosquito Ridge Road which is known as a twisty route into the back country all the way to Frenchmen’s Meadow. For some reason, I never got up there with my KLR 650 which seemed the perfect ride for exploring back there.

The heat of yesterday dropped quite a bit with a strong breeze so I headed out about 10:30 and filled my tiny tank which would be enough to get me to at least Forest Hill and probably back to Auburn if I didn’t do much more exploring first. Taking Fair Oaks Blvd that time of day I guessed the traffic would be relatively light but I was wrong on all counts. I just took my time and let those big trucks and nearly empty SUVs roll by. The heavy traffic continued on Madison & Greenback all the way up to Folsom. Once I got on the Auburn Folsom road traffic was much lighter but the pavement was recently trenched and there was often a wide patch of fresh asphalt to deal with as the road twisted up to Auburn. Downtown Auburn is a maze and it took me a couple of passes through the historic section and finally stopping in the shade of a church parking lot before I figured out my mistake. Several of the streets I was looking for have multiple crossings but a quick look at Google on my iPhone straightened me out. A snack and cold water helped too.

After a couple of miles on Lincoln Way I turned off for the last stretch of about 18 miles on Foresthill Road. Not a slow, twisting route like I imagined, this is a fast, roller coaster ride at 55 mph plus. Luckily there are passing lanes and the traffic was fairly light and not moving that fast either. I reached the small town of Foresthill quicker than expected and even passed the two small gas stations I knew were available. I stopped for a break in front of the Forest Hill Divide Museum which didn’t look open. The shade and light lunch were all I needed and it was satisfying to have made the whole route as planned with only a couple of minor errors. I headed back with the plan to gas up in Auburn which I did. First, I stopped at the Foresthill Rd/Mosquito Ridge intersection for a quick photo. I don’t know much about that road except that it is much more twisty, narrower two lane and some stretches might not be paved. I’ll save that for another visit.

The ride back was easier in part because I knew the road and connections better and the traffic was lighter in that direction late in the afternoon. The temperatures never felt too hot and there was a strong breeze most of the time. The small scooter did fine too.

The ride was approximately 200 KM (125 miles)

Backroad Trip to Foresthill Route & Map

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Forest Hill seems to have several spellings as well as at least one museum I didn’t check out.

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Mosquito Ridge Road. Next time!
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Subject:My new bike trailer works
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Subject:Billions wasted denying climate change
Time:04:00 am

  • Those billions could be better spent to adapt/mitigate Climate Change. Billion-dollar climate denial network exposed http://t.co/AGUfQC7vuQ

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Subject:Parting Shots of Mount St. Helens
Time:01:21 pm
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Photos: Parting shots of Mount St. Helens
They're brand new images of a Northwest icon that disappeared more than 33 years ago — the conical summit of Mount St. Helens. Reid Blackburn took the photographs in April 1980, never developed them and died five weeks later in the volcanic blast. Those unprocessed black-and-white images spent the next three decades coiled inside that film canister until they were recently discovered.
Vancouver Columbian, December 27
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Subject:Billions Spent on Climate Denial Network
Time:12:05 pm
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Billion-dollar climate denial network exposed
by WIRED UK
An extensive study into the financial networks that support groups denying the science behind climate change and opposing political action has found a vast, secretive web of think tanks and industry associations, bankrolled by conservative billionaires.
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Subject:Monarchs need milkweed & wolves need protection
Time:05:00 am

  • It's time to bring milkweed and other butterfly habitat back. Start in your yard! The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear http://t.co/HZvNAYpryB

  • Start howling now! Tell your reps to stand up for wolves! Have them ask Secretary Jewell to keep wolves protected: http://t.co/hKL0zN3QW4

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Subject:Jellyfish & distracted driving kill
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Subject:Fukushima folly
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