It was a pretty mellow morning weather wise when we woke. The temperature was 55˚F (12.78 ˚C). The roads were wet, but it was no longer raining. We figured we'd ride to Saturday coffee.
I hadn't been on the bike since our bridge tour and that day was quite warm so this morning I needed to put the rain liner in my jacket and pants as well as the quilted liner in the pants. I then decided to put my heated jacket liner in as I wasn't sure if we were going for a longer ride after coffee.
Six of us showed up for coffee and four of arrived on bikes.
|(Lucy, Max & Polar Bear's Tiger)|
|(Steve's nice new V-Strom 650 Adventure)|
We arrived at Coffee Culture at 9 am and had a snack with our coffee. A lemon poppy seed scone for me and a blueberry muffin for Troubadour. We managed to hang out and chat until after noon. By this time I was hungry for lunch and when I get hungry I get shaky so we decided we'd ride home for a bite to eat.
|(Lucy and Max)|
It was misting on us on the way. Just enough to get the visors all wet. The weather had warmed up to 65˚F (18.33˚C) so I thought to do some yard work after lunch.
I took a wander through the back yard and noticed that our weather has been so mild and warm the Geraniums are still blooming.
|(Geraniums November 3, 2012)|
And it has been so wet the last few weeks the grass has returned to green, which is nice, but we have a fungus issue in one of the shrub beds. Mushrooms have invaded. We are not sure if the spores are in the bark mulch or floating down the with sequoia needles but this is the only bed in the back yard to do this.
|(Fungus among us)|
The Forest Pansy Redbud has turned from purple to a mixture of orange and yellow and the maple leaves have turned red and most have dropped.
|(Forest Pansy Redbud in front and a Pacific Sunset Maple in the background)|
|(Pacific Sunset Maple)|
|(Maple leaves and a little slug if you can spot him - upper left quadrant)|
|(The joys of placing a birdbath under the maple tree)|
Tomorrow we are supposed to see partly sunny skies and the same temperatures so we are debating about joining a planned group ride through the back roads in wine country. It would mean being up and out of the house and in Eugene (one hour south) by 9:30 am on a Sunday. We'll see how early we wake up. If we wake up too late we may just have to figure out a destination and ride our own ride.
- Au Revoir
"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all." - Stanley Horowitz