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Tour 2011 – day 15

Friday 08.27.11: Mount Rainier National Park This day was technically a rest day, really the only day on this tour I spent without at least a little bicycling. I spent it hiking instead which actually tired me out just as much I think. It was a beautiful day, warm but comfortable enough inside the forests.  As per tradition I won’t go into too much detail (plus hikes are sort of hard to describe anyway) but…

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Tour 2011 – Day 14

Thursday 08.26.11: Mount Rainier National Park There was indeed no internet or even phone access until I was half back to Olympia on the final day of the tour. I spent day 14 and 15 in Mount Rainier hiking around and taking a bit of time away from the bicycle.  However on day 14 I had to ride down to Packwood to get supplies. This small town was 12 miles downhill from the campground so…

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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 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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Memorial Day Ramble

I wasn’t sure where I was going to go, just that I needed to go. The paucity of cycling for this year was exacerbated by my Jury Duty for which I ended up taking the bus into Seattle for 7 days out of 10.  Thus I was not even getting in my typical commute ride.  Jury Duty was pretty interesting though and I did quite enjoy being able to walk around the city during our…

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