Thursday, October 3, 2013
Tumwater, WA to Castle Rock, WA
61 DRY Miles
The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. ~John Howard
Finally, a dry day in Washington State! The promised sun made only a very brief appearance around noon, however I am not complaining.
The first 15 miles gave us fog and a quarter mile visibility. There was so much moisture in the air I could feel the droplets on my eyelashes.
My self mapped route: quite level until the last 5 miles, minimal traffic and lots of freshly paved asphalt. Heaven!
We take a hot chocolate break at 9:30am/15 miles. A McDonald’s/Shell Station is our only option in tiny, sleepy Grand Mound.
At 28 miles we pass through Chehalis and I see a Bakery Cafe on Main Street. We take our second break; soup for Joe(he is still chilled) and a half sandwich for me.
We ride the final 33 miles to Castle Rock, Gateway to Mt. Saint Helens, without a break.
Time to clean up, write this blog, map tomorrow’s options and check on accommodations.
Thank goodness there is a diner next door in this isolated dead end avenue high above Interstate 5. We do not have much energy to go further. Give us a few minutes though and we should recoup our energy levels.
The greatest pleasure: having dry clothes and shoes for the first time in a week.