The Anniversary Ride - Northwest passages: riding out the storm - CycleBlaze

July 8, 2020

The Anniversary Ride

Two years ago we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a ride to Birch Bay.  Since we find ourselves here in town on our anniversary again this year, we decided to repeat the event, following the nearly identical route and ending it with an Italian feast at Lombardi’s, dining outdoors by the bay under a parasol.  We were really lucky and got a beautiful day for the ride and perfect conditions for an outdoor meal at the end of the day.    Perfect in every way, I’d say.  We’ll have to try this again some year.

Video sound track: This Will Be An Everlasting Love, by Natalie Cole

We took a photo of this amazing place on our previous anniversary ride. Worth a repeat.
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Overlooking Bellingham Bay and Lummi Island from Marine Drive Park.
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The Lummi fireworks mall is shutting down for the season.
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Muralist at work, Ferndale. We’ll have to come back in a few weeks to see the finished product.
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On Bay Road, delayering after the sun starts breaking through.
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Looking south from the state park, Birch Bay.
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Birch Bay draws some folks in, but it’s much quieter today than on the holiday weekend.
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If you’ve got an itch, scratch it.
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An attractive bit of driftwood props up the old guy, Birch Bay.
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We nearly lost our lunch to this camp robber, who quickly hopped off our picnic table when we returned.
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On the BP reserve at Cherry Point. These few miles, open to bikes and walkers but gated to prevent cars, are becoming our favorite miles around. I’m sure we’ll be back again.
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Eastbound on beautiful Aldergrove Road. Still no sign of Mount Baker, which continues to play it coy.
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On Red River Road, following the Lummi River, a distributary channel that splits from the Nooksack and reaches the bay on a separate small delta.
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🎵when they’ve all had their troubles and parted . . .🎵
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🎵We’ll be the same as we started . . . 🎵
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Jen GrumbyGreat anniversary photo!
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🎵But we’ll travel the road, sharin’ our load . . . 🎵
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🎵Side by side.🎵
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Bring on the food photos! Penne Siciliana, with Italian sausage, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, chili flakes, shaved parmesan, tomato & butter sauce.
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Porcini mushroom ravioli with shrimp, roasted tomatoes, wild mushroom cream sauce, and goat cheese.
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Nearly the identical route as last time, except done in the reverse direction this time and adding two miles because we’re starting from a different location.
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Ride stats today: 46 miles, 1,400’

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Bob DistelbergCongratulations on the Anniversary! Looks like a great way to celebrate. We just hit year 38 last month.
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Susan CarpenterHappy Anniversary Scott and Rachael!! Great fun sharing your special day.
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Scott AndersonTo Susan CarpenterThank you, and thanks for coming along! Nice to have the company.
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Scott AndersonTo Bob DistelbergThanks, Bob. 38! Congratulations yourself!
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Jen GrumbyYou two are an inspiration.

Rolling through adversity, savoring the curiosity of adventure, always finding the beauty and humor, and last but not least .. slaying the Capital One Dragons!

Here's to the next 32!
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Scott AndersonTo Jen GrumbySo is wishing another 32 a blessing, or a curse?
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Jen GrumbyIf Team Anderson continues to roll through adversity for 32 more years, we can all get through this goll-darned pandemic and whatever other adversities life throws our way.

Go Team Anderson!
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