Saturday, September 28, 2013
Port Townsend to Silverdale, WA
41.7 WET & WINDY Miles
Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
~ Charles M. Schulz
Our priority today: finding a room with a hair dryer to “dehumidify” our shoes and every other item of clothing we wore. Same price as last night, however we get breakfast and our own newly remodeled bath with granite countertops. We even have some version of fake hardwood floors, the better to catch all of our wet puddles.
The room heater is on high valiantly attempting to reverse the damage Mother Nature inflicted on us; our various items are draped over the heater, the luggage rack and numerous light fixtures. Joe just started the hair dryer in his shoes. It feels like Manzanillo in here. Things are so wet though, we may be forced to see if the hotel has a clothes dryer!
Upon arrival, the front desk clerk expressed concern that Joe was hypothermic as he could not stop shivering. A warm shower and a hot cocoa or two later and we are feeling human again.
As you can surmise, the storm found us in earnest today. By the last 5 miles the winds were 20-35mph from the SE with gusts to 50mph along with what felt like torrential rain. Imagine me trying to call on my iphone(safely enclosed in a waterproof neck case) to get final directions; imagine the motorists looking at us crazy bicyclists making phone calls in the middle of the highway in the middle of a torrential storm!
Crossing the Hood Canal Bridge with rain and crosswinds that almost blew us over was yet another exciting aspect of today’s adventure.
The rain and high wind warnings are expected through the night and into tomorrow. Hopefully we can find a window of dry, calm opportunity to progress a few more miles at daybreak.
Joe says the rain has slowed; we are off to find a bite to eat across the parking lot. Watching America’s Test Kitchen must have made him hungry; an apple accompanied by a bowl of grits isn’t much for a day’s worth of sustenance.