We pedaled a couple of miles south after the raccoon wounds and stopped for breakfast. At the table next to us was a couple from Coeur d’Alene, who I didn’t know, who were playing golf and exploring the Oregon coast. Tom and Tracey Baker.
We talked about Tom’s life growing up in Salmon, Idaho, about Goldbug hot springs, six miles south of Salmon, about bicycling and our trip. He announced that he is a CPA, with a business in Hayden Lake, and he answered a question about the sale of my mother-in-law’s house. He said he guessed that I was a teacher, “because I remembered their names,” and added that “teachers are the worst clients, because they want to teach, not learn.” 🙂
We said our goodbyes, Aaron paid for breakfast, mounted our bikes to start south… when the restaurant door flew open.
“Here,” said Tom, as he handed me a $100 bill. “Here’s to pay for your hotel in Yachats.”