I could end that sentence with many different words. In all reality, it was off with a tear. Or two. I had no idea how hard it would be to be in Sun Prairie at the first USGP, have the gun go off and not be blasting off the front row, but rather waiting down the straight away to cheer the ladies on. It is almost cruel and unusual punishment to be forced to be there, but I am supporting Tim's campaign to race the USGP series again. Tomorrow I will know more about what my season will look like. It is my 6 week follow up after surgery (which is actually 6 1/2 weeks, but who's counting???) In the meantime, however, I have managed to keep myself busy. Words are boring. I will fill in the gap since my birthday in pictures.
The weekend of Septemeber 14-16, we visited the Wilders in Olympia. Of course there was a cx race on the weekend plans for Tim. And I got to see the Weymillers on Sunday at the race! And many other familiar faces with the same old question, "why aren't you racing???"
|The Weymiller kids at Steilacoom: Tim's first CX race of the season.|
|Tim & Patrick post dust fest.|
|At least I had friends to hang out with while Tim raced.|
The week of September 17, we had Drew Hartman in town. I was able to hike to the top and beyond of Multomah Falls for the first time in 11 years. Sometimes its good to play tourist.
|On the Perdition trail beyond the observation deck at the top. So beautiful.|
|It is pretty incredible.|
Then we packed up for Madison. It was strange packing up for a USGP and not having anything bike related with me. I did have my Bogs just in case, but it turned out to be a dry weekend. I only went because I have college friends in Madison, I was going to stay in MN and see family, and Tim begged me to come pit for him. How could I say no???
|Day 2 USGP. Pre race stretch!|
|College friends: Meghan & Karine. Thank you Karine & family for hosting us, AGAIN.|
|And a quick train ride from Madison to go back to MN and see the fam on the farm.|
|Musa & my sister Catherine.|
|They have gotten so old so fast: Abi & Alec.|
|Played bingo with my Oma. 3 generations. My mom, grandma & me.|
|My best childhood friend, Liz. So glad she only lives a mile from my parents.|
As great as it is to visit family and go 'home', and as fast as 4 days can go by, I was ready to be back 'home'. The weather in Oregon right now is unbelievable. I didn't want to miss out. And with no biking still allowed, I took the opportunity to do something I NEVER do. Especially in the Fall. HIKE.
|My hike to Tamanawas on Saturday, the long way. From Polallie trailhead and around.|
|It was pretty.|
|Weather was perfect.|
|Sunday I hiked Tilly Jane for the first time in Fall.|
|Everything looks different with no snow.|
|At a slower pace, you see things from different angles.|