So many hills! Today was pretty challenging. I went from the 35 miles I did yesterday up to about 50 miles today and ended up climbing a little over 2,000 feet.
Lesson Learned - Clean Your GoPro
When I headed out this morning, it was pretty foggy. I’ve been taking video on my GoPro, and didn’t realize that the moisture would condense on the camera, so, unfortunately, not all of my video came out :( So, lesson learned for next time.
Not Much Civilization Out Here
I was only in civilization for about 10 miles or so today, after that, it was about 40 miles of nothing but open road and trees. No houses, gas stations, or anywhere to stop really.
Hood Canal Bridge
One of the most unique features of the landscape was a bridge called the Hood Canal Bridge. This wasn’t just any bridge - this thing is huge! About 1.5 miles long in total! Luckily there was enough of a shoulder to feel safe getting across, but those side winds were pretty nasty. Apparently, the bridge succumbed to high winds in 1979 and sank.
Lesson Learned - Pack Enough Food
I realized that I didn’t pack quite enough food for the day and I was literally running out of energy by the time I hit the 40-mile mark or so. I finally came across a gas station where I picked up another drink and a basket full of potatoe wedges from underneath a hot lamp. Ya, I know it doesn’t sound appealing, but I don’t think it could’ve tasted any better!
While I sat in the parking lot feasting, a husband and wife pulled up on their bikes. We ended up talking for like an hour about their trip. They were from Ohio and had been cycling since May, making their way all the way to this end of Washington. I’ve met so many fellow cyclists along the way.
My Parents Came to See Me
My parents moved to Eastern Washington earlier this year, and so they drove over and met me in Poulsbo today and we had some dinner. I haven’t been able to see them since they moved, so I’m glad we could connect. I’m hoping to see more friends and family along the way if I can do it.
Another Pro Tip
Remember on day 2 how I said you could save packing space by washing your clothes in the sink? Well, the other part to that is drying them. If you’re staying at some motel or really anywhere that doesn’t have drying facilities; you can use a hair dryer to dry your clothes. Or, if there’s a heating/air unit available, drape your clothes on top of it, crank up the fan, and your clothes will be dry in no time!
I’m going to bed a bit early tonight to try and get some rest. G’night!