Moral – Around every bend the hill continues
Twisp River Hotel Suites is a gem! Besides great room, staff they also provide a very nice breakfast, couple quiches, fruit, and cinnamon rolls from the local bakery. While at breakfast Keith, day manager, and I were talking about various subjects and one of the guests joined us. She are her husband and traveling around the Cascade route by car. She had an interesting story about her daughter who served in the military, was POW in Korea (last 7-10 years) and all the trial tribulations that her daughter is going through. She sounded incredibly talented but the miss diagnoses almost cost her life. But she persevered. Finally graduated college. Due to her illness caused by her service to our country she needs to find employment that will her to work from home. These people sacrifice so much for our country and their treatment is not acceptable. Keith was in the Navy and actually was a photographer, born in Illinois and moved out to the west around 10 years old. Apparently while we were talking a man named Jesse overheard some of conversation and quizzed Keith about my adventure. He went on the website donated and pledged his support! A successful morning….
The first 13 consisted of 2 flat and 11 up, elevation gain north of 2,600 feet. Climbing out of Twisp, a mist started and continued for the entire uphill. That uphill was deceptive as I looked at the tree line and would keep thinking I topped out. But no it just kept going…..Yesterday I said I had giving back elevation gain with intermediate downhills but would have accepted a small one today. When I crested another joy ride! About 17 miles of downhills and flats. Top speed down was 42 mph. When I go down at these temps my eyes water up and then create blurriness so on go the brakes. This part of the trip had me going through apple, cherry and other fruit orchards. Had great BBQ pulled pork on Okanogan. Recharged the legs and lungs and onto Tonasket the next 30 miles.
The hotel in Tonasket has the look of one of those fly by nite motels that you see in crime stories like Law and Order. Interesting owner and strange collection of autos from the guest. Well what do you expect for $54 total. Important thing was shower was warm and I could sleep, with the bike against the door.
Dinner was at Shannon’s. Great deal!!! Food was pretty good and prices were very reasonable… Ate outside and a beer and went back to the motel. I was asleep by 8:30PM.
WE GOT TO GET THE DONATIONS ROLLING IN!!!! Pinky is yipping in my ear all the way.