The night before riding the century ride, we decided to spend the night camping in Silver Falls State Park. We were going to camp in our tent, but when we got to the state park, all the tent sites were completely full! Fortunately, there was one cabin open because the people had to leave early. We took it, of course. In the morning, we rode the century, then stayed in a hotel in Albany the next night (taking advantage of their hot tub, pool, and free breakfast). The next morning, we first picked wild blackberries, filling a cooler to take home, then went hiking around the falls.
This is a rare picture of Rick and Theresa together. They are just heading on the 6 mile trail to view the 10 waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park.
Here's Theresa at Upper North Falls.
Here's Rick behind North Falls.
As we were heading back on the trail, we dediced to do this funny self-portrait. Theresa always wondered what the roof of her mouth looked like. :-) After we hiked around, we drove to Silverton and walked around the town. We had a great time on this getaway weekend!
This was our latest fun. Rick and Theresa rode the Covered Bridge Century in Albany, Oregon, crossing five covered bridges over 100 miles on Aug. 9th. The actual century was on Sunday the 10th, but we rode it alone on Saturday the 9th. We had to carry all of our own extra water and food, so we were each carrying about 15 additional pounds. The road varied with stretches of flat, hills, valleys, and one 15% grade uphill stretch. The hills were easy, though, compared to the constant headwind we experienced for more than half of the ride. (Unfortunately, we never had a tailwind.) We had so much fun, though -- crossing beautiful covered bridges, passing Christmas tree farms, flower farms, quaint towns, and eating wild blackberries along the way (and only one flat tire). We were dead at the end, but it was totally worth it and so much fun!!!
Surprise! Happy Birthday, Theresa. (Theresa just realized that Leslie E., Kristy, and Dana were hiding in her hotel room waiting to surprise her.)
Tami and Leslie H. rode up to Spokane with Theresa, but Leslie E., Kristy and Dana all surprised Theresa when she walked into the hotel room. What an excellent and fun surprise!! Here we are all after the surprise and hugs. Bottom L to R Tami, Theresa, Dana, Middle L to R Leslie H., Kristy, Top Leslie E.
The girls shopping in the mall. We can't even go shopping without taking pictures! :0)
After shopping for a couple of hours, we went to TGI Fridays for dinner! Yum!
Unfortunately, Kristy and Dana didn't stay for the ride and went back home the night before. (We missed them.) The rest of us stayed for a 50 mile (round trip) ride along the Spokane River to Coeur d'Alene. Here we are just getting started (about 10 miles into the ride), flexing our humungous muscles, of course.
This was a major rest stop on our way back because both Leslies were starting to feel the effects of heat stroke. We stopped to have a major water fight (mostly drenching Hickman) and refill our water bottles. This is the Washington/Idaho border at the rest stop. We had a great time! Thanks for the great memories girls!