Old Man and the Sea (of Wheat)

As you may remember, the SkiZer has a peculiar bicycling tradition related to his birthday. Every year, he must ride his age.

It’s an odd habit, one that is clearly counter-intuitive. As he gets older — the SkiZer turned 61 earlier this month — the ride gets longer.

This year, SkiZer was visiting Pullman, Wash., and decided the time was right for a ride-your-age adventure. Following the route for the Tour de Lentil, he rode 62 miles along some of the most beautiful portions of the Palouse.

The ride started in Pullman, headed west into the wide-open farm country, then north to Colfax, east to the town of Palouse and then back south to Pullman.

For a city boy, riding on the Palouse is quite a treat. Very little traffic, farm roads and big skies.

Cougar pride on display on the Palouse.
The wheat is ready for harvest.
Fonk’s Coffee Shop in Colfax is an excellent stopping point.
A planter in the town of Palouse.
Riding the quiet streets of Palouse.
The farm country near Kamiak Butte, just north of Pullman.

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