30 days of biking: A nasty and wet ride

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As much as I love bicycling, there was nothing much inspiring or exhilarating about Day 3 of 30 Days of Biking.

Monday’s glorious sunshine was long gone and the seasonal blustery rainy weather returned.

I took the opportunity to return a Blockbuster video and stop at the store on the way home.

Before the video chain downsized, that would have meant a 4-mile bike ride. But a couple of years ago Blockbuster closed its nearby store so it gives me an opportunity for a 10-mile round-trip to Renton to make exchanges. I suppose that’s a good trade-off for being a couch potato while I enjoy the movies.

Miner cemetery

Along the way, I veered off the main drag and followed a pipeline trail and side road that bypasses this old coal miner cemetery in Newcastle, near Lake Boren.

The cemetery is protected by a locked gate. The tombstones up in there are very fragile and date from the 1880s, which is ancient history in these parts. A sign says the cemetery contains the remains of Welsh, Scottish, English, Finnish, Italian, Irish, Belgian and Swedish immigrants who worked in the mine.

A couple of years ago, genealogists found the graves of two African-Americans separated from the others.

Newcastle’s beginnings as a rough and tumble coal-mining town are incongruous to its present-day status as an upscale bedroom community and home to the swank Newcastle Golf Course.

30 Days of Biking

Total days — 3/3

Total miles — 39


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1 comment

  1. Hi Gene,

    Glad to see you’re sticking with it. I wound up with two rides today, a wet one in the morning for my morning coffee with Christine and a drier one this evening to get ice cream.

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