I took advantage reasonably warm temperatures this weekend to get in an early morning ride. Starting at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, I headed east on Highway 10 into a slight headwind. It was the first lengthy ride for the AWOL, which so far has proven to be an excellent bike.
By daybreak I arrived on the outskirts of McKenzie Slough, well known locally as a birder’s paradise. Both sides of the road offered pleasant views of water and standing cattails from last year’s growth. However, on this ride, it was the sound that I won’t soon forget. Birds of all sorts were announcing the sunrise, and the volume of their chirps, squawks, quacks, and screams easily drowned out the hum of my tires for about a half mile. It was a super cool experience.
(Daybreak at McKenzie Slough)