Wine Country Trek September 24-25, 2011 Archive

By | September 25, 2012

Yup…  It’s as high as an elephant’s eye!

I would like to apologize to the blogosphere.  I have not been practicing my due diligence in reporting to you.  I could give you some lame excuse about how busy I have been…  Which is precisely what I am going to do.   I have been really busy working three jobs this summer.  I have had to walk uphill in the snow both ways to work these three jobs and I have been too tired to report to you my blog fan (singular).  J  Well I am back and ready to report to you the adventures of my latest cycling adventure the Wine Country Trek.
View from the last food stop of day 1
The Wine Country Trek takes us through the height of the fall harvest of the Yakima Valley.  We pass though fields of hops, grapes, mint, apples, melons and Yakima’s most abundant crop, goatheads.  Goatheads, which grow on the appropriately named ‘puncture vine’ lie in wait in the dust and gravel at the side of the road biding their time.  When an unfortunate cyclist ventures too close, these little terrors spring into action punching holes in your tires.  Amazingly enough, this is the second year in a row I have been lucky enough to avoid these little demons of the dessert.  The ride starts just outside of Yakima, WA and takes us to Prosser, WA on day one.  On day two we make our triumphant return to Yakima.  There is no need to carry the usual burden of energy bars on this ride.  You will not need them.  From the moment you arrive on Saturday morning until the ride conclusion on Sunday afternoon your every culinary need will be met.  At the start line, there are muffins, juice and coffee.  Then there are 3 food stops in only 60 miles which feature items from the local harvest.  After a nap and a shower comes a salmon and prime rib dinner.  Day two starts with breakfast, then three more food stops during the day’s 60 mile ride.  At the finish line, you are treated to burgers, chips and soda.  I think I gain a pound or two on this ride.  All this support does cost you (rates raised to $160 this year), but there is little doubt you get what you pay for.