Elevation Gain 5,300 Feet
Moral – No U Turn….Forward
The trip out of Republic was just like the other days, except 1. Two miles then the hills!!! Miles 2 - 19 were up and up and up. I thought I was going to be beaten, but what I realize is every morning the first hour or six miles, it must be my body adjusting to the demands again. After the adjustment things just start to settle in.
Beautiful scenery. Just keep pedaling and don’t worry about speed per mph - its a tough lesson to keep repeating. Most of the gain in elevation was the first 19 miles. Hit mile 20 and the Geico Pig comes out!!! It was so cold at the top of Sherman Pass had to put a jacket on anticipating the down hill. My fingers and feet were numb about 45 minutes later. Stopped along the flat part and saw some info areas about the CCC and the era.
Got into Colville and my hotel was very suspicious, even more so than Monday’s. The owners - a young couple - were very accommodating as they had to change the bed layout and furniture so I could get Velo into the room. Took a quick shower rested and went out for groceries and lunch/dinner. Lunch/dinner becoming a theme as it is about 4:00 PM - too late for lunch and too early for dinner, but I am a whipped puppy!
Went to place called Oak St. Grill but may have also been Stephani’s Pub. Anyway, the place felt like my grandfather's bar but only the music playing was Pink Floyd, then ELP and then I heard the theme from Pink Panther - how appropriate! Turns out Renee, who is the bartender, has as broad a taste in music as I do. She's worked here 13 years. She recommended the potstickers which were out of this world - the sauce = to die for. I complimented the pot stickers with a philly cheese steak that was equally delicious. Spoke to another gentleman at the bar about the area. He is a logger. Apparently the wildfires were bad here in 2015-16.
Anyway by 8:30 I was singing the zzzzz.....