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Jun 18, 2017 11:27AM
Catching up with all the activities. Ruth.....yes, I'm jealous, but then I could take myself to one of the Seattle seafood places and have something equally yummy.
Well, I didn't go as far as planned in the Tour de Blast yesterday. Really challenging course, as I should have figured out from the 85% men. That said, I do have a personal best in the 2 mile hill I climbed at a 6% grade. I thought South Hill on the Seattle-to-Portland was bad!! It's a weenie hill (one half mile 4.5% grade) compared to the one I did yesterday. So 36 miles total, not the 54. The big reason I didn't go for the next distance is that my knee was complaining and I didn't want to really injure it. It's fine today. Quads are still talking though.
Cycling comes with built in HIT...otherwise known as "hills" so I think I'm covered. The same goes for Nordic skiing, and hiking.
Toutle is fascinating, very small, quite remote, and much more looks towards Portland, OR than Seattle. The Mountain (Mount St Helen's) dominates the imagination, and the Big Event was the 1980 eruption. This is Big Foot territory. (Big Foot is a mythic gentle giant who inhabits the forests of the American West.)
The big surprise was the unplanned entertainment at the Pasta Feed. This was in the high school cafeteria, and suddenly there was very good jazz music. I turned around expecting middle aged men. No....high school students!!! They were practicing. I was blown away.
The funny thing was a lack of planning for the overnight camping which was in a field next to the school. However, no one checked out the construction, and the fact that all the "facilities' were chained off at 6p for the night. No good bushes around either. Fortunately, there was a café next door and the owner had a good laugh and took pity on me. Long wait the next morning for everything to open at 6 am.
Happy to be home...talk about sleeping well, especially since it took 5 hours to get back with the traffic. I should have gone the scenic route. Toutle cuisine is burgers - elk and bison in addition to variants of beef. I had elk and took in the view of the river.
So a literal "Blast". - Claire
Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted.
8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)