Day 9

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. 

Day 9

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