Our campsite was a pretty sight to wake up to!
We were able to bike through the middle of the day because the temperatures stayed cool near the water – and the wind was fairly constant.
When we stopped for lunch, we were delighted to discover a bike shop in town, so we went there even before sitting down to eat. The guy working there was great, and he set us up with new tubes and a beautiful fresh tire for me. So while Aidan cooked up lunch outside a cafe across the street, I put my bike up on the stand and swapped my new tire for the spare (which folds up nicely for traveling). We’re back in business.
It was a great atmosphere at the coffee shop, and although we could have stayed for hours, we got back on the road soon after eating.
It was not our favorite ride, due to the small shoulder and many trucks along the way. But we cranked the red LEDs, rocked the day glow shirts, and kept to the edge. There were also a number of tunnels along this route, which were certainly a bit nerve wracking to ride through, but it was exciting to push the buttons that were there just for us bikers!
We made it 80 miles closer to Portland today, then stopped in Stevenson for an early dinner. We got to talk to Tom, a local originally from Poland, who had fun stories and lots of enthusiasm for adventure. So after our conversation, we followed his directions to a different park where we found a perfect spot to set up camp for the night. A flat wooded area just on the shore of the river, not a thorn to be seen.