Shake Down Ride

Today I rode the shake out bike ride. I’m bike camping at the end of the month. Being as I will be out of town on business the six days prior to my ride, I thought it best to figure out all the moving parts.

Biggest Moving Part

Myka wins the slot for the bike trip! It became evident that I was not prepared to haul my camping gear on Maya. Or had anything adequate for bikecamping on Maya. Or had done any sort of testing out hauling gear on Maya.

But Myka was ready for the call! Out comes the classic Ortleib panniers. Myka has done this haul before.

Off the Trainer

Myka has been my steady companion on the trainer all winter long. In fact, I just lifted her off, changed the back tire back to a road tire, and took her out into daylight.

Shake  Out Ride

I needed to feel how Myka would handle with a load. The biggest load I’ve ridden, in fact, since I will be tent camping and hauling everything. What a difference after riding Maya along!

It was a pretty chill ride. I basically stuffed my tent, bivy, binky, Jetboil, tool kit, water bottle into the panniners and took off riding. Originally, I  was not going to visit the eagle nest, as it is a hilly ride, but I thought, why not.

Eagle Update

I have an eagle’s nest about six  miles from my house. I have enjoyed watching mom and dad on the nest, and then the baby eaglets being hatched and hanging out. In April I started riding my bike over to the nest.

April view of the nest with Maya

It was always a good “destination” spot.  It looks like there is just one eaglet left (there were two originally.) None of the birders were hanging out, although some locals jumped out of their car to snap a pic with their cell phone.

The one eaglet left on nes

 

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