“There is no such thing as an easy day”. Dennis Peterson, circa June 20, 2021.
True dat!! The next time you hear me say “tomorrow should be an easy day”, please slap me upside the head.
It started off great. 25 lbs less gear on the bikes. Gerty was loving it and we were rolling!
It was longish, kinda gentle ups and downs but we were slack packing. I was spending as much time in high gear as I had in low gear through the passes. This was fun!
Cruising along the Pend Oreille River. Just a slight breeze into us.
Then 50% of us saw this. It’s a long story. I’ve heard it was pretty awesome.
We even got cold, crystal clear water straight from the side of the mountain. Trust me…the best. Especially when you just cranked out 22 fun miles in an hour and a half. Maybe biking could possibly be fun?
This couple loves the water so much that they come after church and fill up gallon jugs. I’m talking 100 gallons…minimum. Pretty sure next time you buy a water at a convenience store, I know where it came from.
We rolled across the river into Newtown, WA and had some fries at McD’s. 32 miles in 2:15. It was there things changed. Obviously, not for the better.
I had expected us to ride 60 miles. At Newton I realized it was 66 miles and we had 34 left…not 28. Bad to celebrate before halftime.
We did cross into Idaho. That was good. Only about 14 (not sure) more states to go. And WA was HARD.
That 34 miles took 4 hours. Wind, long (not gentle) hills, hot. Terrible. Why am I doing this moment(s). This is the last mile plus.
456 miles and 5 passes in 8 days. That’s quite a bit for a novice biker. And I have 300 miles of mountains to go.
Cindy and Dennis offered/politely recommended I take a day off at their cabin before those climbs. I hadn’t even considered it but I accepted fairly quickly.
I feel good. My legs are much stronger. It’s hard to ride in the saddle for 8 hrs but I know I can do it. I’m hoping day off makes next 300 miles a tad bit easier.
P.S. Thanks for the Buds!!