Quite frankly the conditions outside are abominable. It is hot and normally that’s something I can deal with. However, the acrid stench of smoke and the dry burning feeling that starts to coat my throat when I breathe outside right now are not. So for a bit, I’ll be riding with a respirator. A dense smoke advisory has been issued and below a picture from the Arctic Web cam. The scene doesn’t look that bad, but please take note that you can’t see any of the buildings past the initial two across the river. Trust me; it is like visibility in a fog, only it hurts to breathe.
All that being said I am feeling a bit lazy, so I'll leave you with a couple of quotes.
"The more you can disconnect from mechanical and gravitational forces, the more you cease seeing trails as problems to be solved, and the more you will transcend the forces of gravity and mechanics. When you finally disconnect, the trail will look different. There will be no obstacles. You'll see it like a canvas or a piece of paper on which you can express yourself." - Bob Roll
"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride." - John F. Kennedy