Ride 5: Beach Day! It’s rare to get a 75 degree day in November, and we were lucky to have several in a row the first weekend in November. On Monday Nov 7th I rode out to Winter Island and Salem Willows in glorious September-in-November weather. The parks were busy with folks enjoying the sunshine and I even saw a few people sunbathing on the beach!
Ride 6: Cold! We went from 75 degrees last week to 40 degrees this week. On Friday, Nov 18th I headed toward Salem with one café destination in mind, but changed my plans when it started to rain. The shower was brief, but with more on the radar, I decided to cut my ride short and head to Panera Bakery on the route home. I cut through the Forest River Conservation Area and walked my bike over to the wetlands to see if any egrets or herons were still around. (They were not.) I hadn’t been to Forest River for a while and was saddened to see the overwhelming graffiti on every stone outcropping and rock face in the preserve. Even the smallest bowling ball sized boulders were marked in spray paint. It was disheartening.