|I faithfully and optimistically put on the sunscreen each day|
So we decided that we would shoot for a row of hotels in Parkland, which would just give us about 40 miles to do tomorrow. It meant an 85 mile day, but only about 1400 feet of climbing, so we figured we could do it.
Well, it turns out that the climbing we did today was more like 3000 feet, and because we could not find a hotel for a reasonable rate in Parkland, we went on to Puyallup, which made it 94 miles. And so we now have a new tour record!
|Reminded me of Mr Bill - Oh NOOOO!|
|Oh yeah - it's on, baby!|
And not five minutes after that, we had to stop to pull on our rain jackets, because doggone it, the road veered right into the storm. That's when we saw these great little llamas, which appeared to have been sheared for the summer already.
|Newly sheared llamas|
It didn't rain for long - just long enough to get us good and wet right down to our socks. That sort of how these showers go.
After the rain, we rode along again for a time, and then the skies opened up and the rain poured on us again. By this time, what does it matter? Once you are wet, you're wet. The second shower passed and we missed a turn, so we stopped in at Subway to reconnoiter and use the restroom. Did you know their chicken noodle soup is really good?
|Tenino-Yelm Bike Trail|
And then there's this little slice of small-town life: we stopped in at a cafe to see if we could get a coffee. No, they only sell coffee in the morning, but try Tim's Drugstore. Really? The drug store? But it's not just a drug store. Sure enough, they have the coffee bar at the back. And jewelry, and giftware, and some very nice kitchen gadgets, plus a candy counter full of hand-made bon-bons! Maybe there is even a druggist in there somewhere. Who knows?
|Goodies at the drug store|
By the way, we had an espresso milkshake, which is what it sounds like: espresso with ice cream and some milk, blended. OMG. This is what the Starbucks Frappaccino WISHES it were! So very good, and it really gave us a kick for the last 28 miles. We saw signs for these milkshakes all up and down the highway, and decided we should make them a part of our afternoon routine!
And so we end our fifth week on the road, having traveled 1726 miles in about 149 hours on the bike. That's about 11.5 miles an hour overall. I feel like we are getting stronger, but we still get very tired by the end of each day. And so - goodnight!
The day's report: Castle Rock to Puyallup, 94 miles/1726 to date