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Tour 2011 – Day 10

Monday 08.22.112: Lake Chelan State Park to Blu-Shastin RV Park and Campground. I did a lot of riding today and it was rather a mixed bag. The route from Lake Chelan State Park immediately climbed for a mile and a half but after that it descended into this truly excellent forested valley. It was cool in there and it wad good to be riding in trees again. Of course it didn’t last and I was…

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Tour 2011 – Day 9

Sunday 08.21.11: Carlton to Lake Chelan State park I got up early to try to get the bulk of the riding done in the cooler morning. The ride down the last section of the Methow Valley thus began a bit chilly but warmed up ad I ride along. Very dry valley walls with the now quite active river merrily rushing along. Low traffic as well on a Sunday morning, this was all in all a…

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Tour 2011 – Day 8

Saturday 08.20.12: Early Winters Campground to Carlton I spent a bunch of time in three little towns today, which made for a shorter day riding but an easy day after the tougher one the day before. First was Mazama at the Country Store to charge my phone and have a second breakfast. From there it was on backroads as much as the Adventure Cycling Association can manage (of which I approve). In between Mazama and…

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Tour 2011 – Day 7

Friday 08.19.12: Colonial Creek Campground to Early Winters Campground I made my earliest start to date, wanting to cross the pass well before the hit afternoon but I still didn’t hit the road until 9:30. It was good and cool though, which as the road immediately began to climb was nice. The day is mostly climbing albeit through more superlative scenery. The first climb peaked out after a couple of miles with a stunning view…

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Tour 2011 – Day 6

Like trickling water making it’s way through mossy crevices, I pass through this world clear, transparent. -Ryōkan Thursday 08.18.12: Newhalem Campground to Colonial Creek Campground This was sort of a rest day so as per tradition I’ll keep this short. Basically I’m at the verge of crossing the Cascade Mountains and I wanted to be rested, but I also wanted to be a bit closer to the pass. So I rode up the 20 to…

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Tour 2011 – Day 5

Surrounded by green mountains, white clouds left and right. If I meet a fellow traveler what news can I give him? -Ryōkan Wednesday 08.17.12: Rasar State Park to Newhalem Campground This was about as ideal a day bicycle touring as one can have. The day was sunny and clear, there was a tailwind most of the ride, the mileage was just right and the scenery just couldn’t be beat. The day began and ended the…

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Tour 2011 – Day 4

Tuesday 08.16.12: Anacortes WA to Rasar State Park I should start off by saying that staying at the motel in Anacortes was not an unexpected outcome. This tour is the least destination driven I have done – I basically have some time and an ultimate goal, but beyond that I’m taking it as it comes. So I was always prepared to stay in Anacortes but if I’d had mire time I also could have continued…

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Tour 2011 – Day 3

I was definitely tired from yesterday’s exertions as I end up sleeping until 9am. I was woken up earlier at first light with the pattering of soft rain, but it stopped quickly so I ignored it. When it came back I got up to cover my saddle which was good as it soon became hard and steady for a spell. It didn’t last though and when I finally did get up it was partly cloudy…

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Tour 2011 – Day 2

Blue sky, only a glimpse, and is it darkening -Hōsai Ozaki The first half of this days ride was along Hood Canal. The sky was overcast and threatening rain, but it never did. The road hugged the shore and was always going up or down, usually in pretty short segments. The tide was out and people were out in the slob digging oysters. There was that strangely compelling smell of salt air, ocean and decay.…

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Tour 2011 – Day 1

A lucky, late Start I set off from Olympia around 1:30 which is a petty good start for me. The days ride was short, which was a good way to ease into it as I hadn’t been riding too much of late what with the moving and such. It was about perfect riding conditions: partially cloudy, temps in the mid to upper 60s. About four blocks from my friends house, as I gently squeezed the…

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