Today was a recoup day, so I went down to 30 miles. I feel like I’m starting to settle into the daily riding routine. Legs are still pretty sore, but I feel like I’m getting faster and less winded.
When I reviewed the map the night before, it seemed like at a high level the route was essentially Interstate 5 from Tacoma to Olympia, so I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work by bike. It ended up that I was only on I-5 for about a minute (just an on-ramp then back on an off-ramp connecting two sections)
The rest of the time took me through trails and back roads. It made me realize that we miss so much driving around in cars every day.
We’re going from point A to point B in the most speedy and efficient manner, and in the process missing out on everything else around us.
So, a few weird things happened today. Not sure how to categorize these or what to say about them really, so I figured I’d just list them here:
Random/Weird Thing #1
I was sitting on the ground eating some food and watching some deer out in the distance when a small bird dove literally 2 feet in front of my face and snatched a tiny grasshopper out of the air. He landed right in front of me, and we both just hung out munching on our meals.
Random/Weird Thing #2
Way out in the middle of nowhere (and I mean nowhere, there was nothing else around really), I passed by a tiny hut (maybe 6x8?) on the side of the road that said “Girls!” on it. There was a half-naked girl peeking out the door. It looked like it was some coffee place or super tiny strip club, I honestly have no idea. I’m still confused…
Random/Weird Thing #3
I was getting some work done at a Starbucks this afternoon when a guy starting chatting me up (I guess I look like I’m not from around here or something). I told him what I was up to and he said something like, “You’re by yourself, not with a group or anything?”. To which I replied, “It’s just me.” He then asked if I was packing, and advised me that I should be. Then he told me all about what REALLY happened in World War 2.
Hmm, it still looks like there’s rain in the forecast for Sunday in Oregon. Hoping it’s not too bad, but there’s nothing I can do about it other than wait and see what happens…
I’m off to a tiny town called Chehalis tomorrow - I’ll update you again when I get there.