Tour2011

Tour 2011 – Day 9

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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 nice bit of riding.

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The striations of the grasshopper marking time to summers end

I took a break in the small berg of Pateros at the Sweetriver Bakery. This is the secret to a nice days touring; ride for a couple of hours then take an hour off. Do this two of three times and the day is done. Spend the off hour in s bakery or brewpub if you can.

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Back on the trail now on the road to Chelan. It wad getting hotter now and at the top of a modest climb was Wells Dam where I stopped to apply sunscreen and fill a waterbottle. Coming out of the bathroom I found that some clouds had rolled in blocking the sun a bit but increasing the humidity. I was riding next to lakes now and the land was either irrigated farms or dry brown scrub. The road branched toward Chelan and after a 2+ mile climb I descended and was there.

Chelan had always been a tourist town but it has really expanded since I was last here. Super busy too; it’s an intersection of roads on a major recreational lake on a hot Sunday in August and there was an Arts Fair on the Riverfront walk. I had lunch and Walked around a bit but the humidity, general tiredness and the crowds soured me on the tourist scene. So I hit the grocery store and rode off.

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I reached Lake Chelan State Park to find it crazy full, people camped everywhere. They had a sign out claiming that they were full. I was able to get a hiker/biker site, though, but it seems to be just camping in a random field. This area as well as all of the park is packed with day visitors as well so I killed time waiting for the crowds to thin before setting up.

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Went on walk on Little Bear trail and saw an owl soar through the woods and later got as close to a deer as I’ve ever been. On returning the herd of humans was finally beginning to break up so I made dinner and set up. It’s a loud and active campground, quite the change from the isolated spots I’ve been in the last few days.

Miles ridden today: 55
Miles ridden to date: 432.1

Some pictures from the tour

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