What a beautiful day for a ride!
The plan was to ride to Mt. Saint Helen's. Everything was going to plan until I made a wrong turn. So instead of going up to Mt. Saint Helen's, we ended up on the wrong side of the mountain. It wasn't all bad because there is a way up Mt. Saint Helen's up the back way and we were told that the views were even better!
We climbed up some bumpy roads for an hour only to discover that the road up to the observatory was closed due to snow.
Here's the crazy part. We read 2 signs along the way up the mountain saying that the road was closed due to summer. But did we pay attention to them? No...
After backtracking and adding another 100 miles to our ride, we decided to make the best of it and went up to Mt. Rainier instead. Even though I had been up to Paradise numerous times, this was the first time I had gone there on my bike. It's so much more fun to ride up there.
All in all a great day for a ride.
Lessons of the day:
- Know where you're going.
- Ignore the signs at your own peril.
- Even when you're lost, make the best of it.