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Riding to Olympia, Washington

Hank – Leaving Chehalis we rolled north through Centralia and then followed highway 507 to Tenino. From there we took the Old Highway 99 to Olympia. It was a short ride today to my Aunt Judith’s house. She and her husband, David, welcomed us and showed us to the guest room.

That evening Judith, who is a former home economics teacher, fixed us an awesome dinner meal. We spent the afternoon and evening chatting away. It was great to catch up with them.

Today marked the last of our riding the touring bikes on this adventure. We have to double check the numbers but we pedaled at least 9,300 miles during the last 13-1/2 months.

Kathy – We had another sunny day to ride with temps in the high 50’s – low 60’s. Not much headwind and only 887 feet of climbing. The mountains, evergreen trees, farmlands and the beautiful abundance of wildflowers made it a very pleasurable 38 mile ride.

I found a brand new bright red skein of yarn on the side of the road so I stopped to pick it up for Aunt Judith who prides herself on being frugal. She liked it. 🧶 😊 It was great to see both Judith and David. They really made us feel welcome and ensured we were comfortable. They are such wonderful people! Judith and David are very involved volunteering in the Olympia area community with the poor and vulnerable. It is really heartwarming to see how much they give back to others in need. They really are amazing people! We enjoyed our evening catching up with Judith and David and our conversations didn’t end until after 10pm. Looking forward to more time with them tomorrow.

Hard to believe that today was our last day of riding our bikes in the lower 48 states (and fully loaded). We will continue to see family in Western Washington before flying up to Anchorage, Alaska on Monday to ride in our 49th state. We are leaving our bikes with family in Washington so we will rent bikes for our Alaska ride. After Alaska we will go home for a few weeks before heading to Iowa for RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) the third week in July. It looks like we will be home and our travels will pretty much be done by the first week in August. We will fly to Hawaii to complete our 50th state of riding sometime this fall. In the meantime we will continue to blog about our cycling – just not on a daily basis. I still need to crunch all the numbers from our trip on the spreadsheet, because I think we are closer to 10,000 miles of riding. We will let you know all our trip stats sometime soon too.

We have mixed feelings as we are on the last month of our adventures. We have thoroughly enjoyed our bike travels. We will miss being on the road seeing and experiencing new things and meeting new people. At the same time, we are looking forward to going home to Spokane, Washington to see all our amazing family and friends who have supported us from a distance there too. 💗💗💗

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Chehalis, Washington

Hank – We had two options for today’s destination. One was a campground 33 miles away. The other was a hotel in Chehalis 50 miles away. We we’re leaning towards the latter because that would give us an easy 34 miles to my aunt’s house in Olympia tomorrow, but we decided we’d see how the day progressed given the elevation gain and the projected headwinds.

Our first task was to cross over the Columbia River into Longview, WA. While that bridge is huge, it’s not the largest one we’ve been on. The shoulder is sufficient but it doesn’t seem to be with all the truck traffic passing by

From Longview we got onto WA Hwy 411 and headed north. We stopped in Vader and had a late lunch at the Little Crane Cafe. From there we took the Winlock Vader Highway to Winlock. Much of the roads we had traveled so far are part of the Seattle to Portland bike ride, which is coming up in a couple of weeks.

We took a break in Winlock where we discovered the world’s largest egg. Winlock used to be a large producer of eggs and touted itself as the egg capital of the country. I reminded Kathy we have also visited the shrimp capital and the frog legs capital of the country.

I remember when Kathy and I rode the Seattle to Portland ride in 2007 that the guide sheet said the police in Winlock would cite cyclists who were speeding or running stop signs. We were on our tandem and coming into town at 32 mph. We had a paceline of 30+ single riders drafting behind us. I pointed out the 25 mph speed limit sign and Kathy said, “We’re taking the ticket.” Fortunately, we were not stopped.

Leaving Winlock we finished off the last of our climbing and worked our way to Chehalis. The headwinds were determined to make us work hard and we did. It was with great relief that we arrived at the hotel.

Kathy – It was another absolutely beautiful day to ride in the Pacific Northwest! We rode 50 miles in partly cloudy/sunny weather. The temps were in the mid 60’s which was nice to keep us cool during our climbing. Total elevation for the day was 1,815 feet. We did have some fierce headwinds, especially during the last ten miles but we just powered through. I must note, in the past two days we rode 102 miles and had over 3,600 feet of climbing and it was not bad at all. The climbing was not difficult and I’m not sore at all. It’s nice, I might actually be ready for that ride across the state of Iowa in a month from now. 😊

Our views were stunning today with all the luscious greenery about us. The mountains surrounded us and they were jammed pack with evergreen trees. We had many lakes and rivers next to us as we rode. The warmth of the partly-sunny/sunny skies felt wonderful on our faces. We saw beautiful summer flowers of every shade imaginable throughout our day of riding. Lastly the wildflowers were abundant everywhere, on the mountainsides, on the roadsides, and on the farmlands. So, the climbing and headwinds really didn’t bother me too much with all this beauty surrounding us. Today I just turned the pedals and enjoyed the ride while listening to Pandora’s “60’s, 70’s and 80’s Hits” (on a low volume) and soaked up the spectacular views. It was as a pretty peaceful ride. ☮️ 🚴‍♀️ 😊

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