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Tour 2011 Reflections – Just how unexpected?

It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from tour but frankly I don’t really feel like I have much of a grasp on this experience. I billed this as an “unexpected tour” and I have to say that’s not entirely accurate.  I don’t want to get too much into the whole exiting of employment but basically there was a certain amount of time where I kind of knew it was a possibility.  I…

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Tour 2011 – Day 13

Thursday 08.25.11: Windy Point Campground to Mount Rainier National Park I again set off early in an attempt to beat the heat across the pass. Also there was the wildcard of the roadwork to contend with. It was overcast and cool and a headwind greeted me as I hit the road. The riding was fairly easy apart From the headwind with only a gentle incline for the most part. I passed several more basically empty…

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Tour 2011 – Day 11

Tuesday 08.23.112: Preshastin to Ellensburg Today I climbed the second pass of the tour and in light of this I again rose early to try to beat the heat. It was looking to be yet another hot day with blue skies with only traces of cloud. 97 was pretty easy going for the first 7 miles or so though iit was primarily uphill all that time. At that point I took Old Blewit Road which…

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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 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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