Olympia to Edmonds, Washington

Hank – Judith gave us a tour of the state capitol building this morning. Forty-two steps lead up to the entrance. (Washington is the 42nd state.) There isn’t a lot to see in the building, which almost didn’t get built. There’s a statue of Mother Joseph inside the entrance. It’s a duplicate of the same statue in the U.S. Capitol Statuary. And there’s a statue of Marcus Whitman.

The doors to the house and senate galleries were open but we couldn’t go inside the rooms.

Judith used to work for the state and is very familiar with the history of the capitol grounds and buildings.

After our tour, we said goodbye to Judith and David and wished them well. My brother John picked us up and hauled us and our bikes to his house. We borrowed a suitcase for our Alaska trip and hung out for a couple hours. After getting a bite to eat, he and his wife, Susan, dropped us off at the Amtrak station. Then they headed out to a Judas Priest concert.

We took the train to Edmonds, Washington where our son, Josh, picked us up. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Mounlake Terrace. We’re spending the next couple of days with them before we fly to Anchorage.

Kathy – We enjoyed another delicious meal from Aunt Judith. She really can prepare some amazing meals. After breakfast we headed out to the Washington State Capital Building with our personal tour guide, Aunt Judith. She worked many years in the buildings surrounding the Capital Building and knew her stuff. As we toured this stunning building looking at all the magnificent architecture, Aunt Judith shared lots of interesting information with us. It was wonderful to spend time with her.

After our visit to the Capital Building it was time to say our goodbyes to Judith and David. We really are thankful for all their amazing hospitality. We hope the next time they are in Spokane we can host them at our home. It was great to have time with them both and it was wonderful to finish our continuous 48 states of cycling at their place.

Hank’s brother John picked us and our bikes up and drove us to his place in Tacoma, Washington. On the way we stopped by to see Susan (John’s wife) at Chloe Clark Elementary School to say hello to her and her co-worker/friend Gary. Gary is the principal at the school, is a cyclist, and has been reading our blog for some time. It was great to meet Gary and chat with him for a bit. Hope he gets some riding time in over the summer.

Next we headed over to John and Susan’s house for a few hours. They are going to keep our bikes while we are up in Alaska riding rentals bikes. We pulled a few things out of our pannier bags and packed them in a small carry-on suitcase that we borrowed from Susan. It was then time to head over to a local pub where we had a few appetizers, drinks, and lots of good conversations. It was a short visit with John and Susan and their daughter Bekah. We look forward to more time with them next week after we return from Alaska.

John and Susan were headed to a rock concert so they took us to the Amtrak train station in Tacoma on their way. No doubt they had fun rockin out while we relaxed on the train ride. We have traveled by bike, car, boat, and plane so now we add train to our list. We rode the 2.5 hour train from Tacoma up to Edmonds, Washington. Our son Josh picked us up there. We are spending a few days with Josh and his amazing wife Amanda at their place in Mountlake Terrace (north of Seattle). We are super excited to see and spend time with these two lovely human beings. It so good to see our family again. I’m very thankful. 💝

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