‘Hot August Days’ bicycle
tour Aug. 19
WENATCHEE – “Hot August Days – Tour of the Columbia Basin”
is being offered to bicyclists this year on Saturday, Aug. 19.
The third annual event is geared for both the hard core and
first-time cyclist. Three different routes are being made available: 50-mile,
100-mile and 150-mile treks.
Cyclists are being invited to ride through Eastern
Washington while viewing some of the most scenic farm land on the east side of
the state. Rest stops will be provided along the way with plenty of
refreshments, water and Powerade.
To aid the cyclists, sag wagons will follow them on the
routes…to help with bike problems, flats and provide encouragement.
At the conclusion of the bicycle tours, cyclists are invited
to enjoy the music of a live band and the food that will be provided in shady
The 50-mile ride will start at 7 a.m. at Wenatchee’s
Riverfront Park. It will follow the Apple Capital Loop Trail south across the
foot bridge, joining Highway 28 and continue to the rest stop just before
Quincy. Cyclists will turn around there and return to Wenatchee.
The 100-mile (or Century) ride starts at the same time and
place as the 50-mile ride, following the same route but extending through
Quincy into Ephrata. From there, cyclists will follow Martin Road to Road R and
continue to Highway 28 and back to Wenatchee.
The 150-mile ride gets underway at 5 a.m. at Riverfront Park
at the bottom of Fifth Street. The route proceeds past Ephrata and Soap Lake
onto Highway 17 to Dry Falls Junction. From there the route continues west on
Highway 2, passing through the towns of Farmer, Douglas and Waterville, before
starting the 1,700-foot elevation drop to Orondo. From there the cyclists will
receive a police escort down Pine Canyon and past Turtle Rock and Rocky Reach
Dam, back into Wenatchee.
All cyclists are required to have helmets.
Registration, at a cost of $50 or $65 after Aug. 15, can be
completed by going on-line to: hotaugustdays.com.
Cassini spacecraft mission to be topic of observatory talk
GOLDENDALE – Greg Cermak will present a program about the
Cassini spacecraft mission to Saturn on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Goldendale
Observatory State Park.
The craft has been orbiting Saturn since June 2004, taking
close-up photos of the planet, its rings and moons.
Cermak is a solar system ambassador for the NASA Jet
Propulsion Laboratory and teaches astrobiology at Washington State University
The Saturday, Aug. 12, program will begin at 8 p.m., and is
open to the public, free of charge.
Goldendale Observatory State Park is a five-acre educational
facility on a 2,100-foot-high hilltop. The observatory houses one of the
nation’s largest public telescopes and has attracted sky-watchers since its
opening in 1973.
The park is located at 1602 Observatory Drive in Goldendale,
near the Goldendale Golf Course.