Just sat down at Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop. 8:40 p.m. We started out the day calling it a “day off,” since we were only going 62 miles, after the 92 miles yesterday, largely against the wind.
Started in Bridgeport State Park, on the Columbia River. Sixty- two miles and nine hours later we arrived at a KOA one mile east of Winthrop. Dipped in the Columbia River in Brewster, the cozy hometown of David Pendegraff, the former Gonzaga basketball player who was a hustle guy and very fun to watch. (Keith and I spent 10 miles trying to remember his first name and I got it as we left the beach. “It’s David!”) Dipped in the Methow River.
We were in search of coffee and made a good decision to grab a Ranchero Burrito and coffee in the Mexican section of town. Pateros. Manama. Twisp, along the Methow River.
One more story, before I go. I took my Thermarest to the Columbia River this morning to try to find the puncture. A guy said, “I see you got clean-up duty.”
I explained what I was doing and he quickly offered me his Thermarest to take with me until I got a new one. Matt Adams, from Wenatchee.
So tonight, I’m looking forward to a pad under me.
Tomorrow, 74 miles up Washington Pass, on Highway 20. We’re pushing harder than I will in the long run. I want to ride and have energy and time at the end of the day to write and talk to people.
Cheryl Kunkel, our sag wagon supreme for the first three days, leaves us tomorrow and Jenny Wayman joins us! Keith Jones is riding to the pass and then back to Winthrop, where his wife, Jennifer, will pick him up. He’s helped me a lot- pulling me, moving at a comfortable pace, being his positive self.
I look forward to having time to get pictures on here, too.