Day 55 – Bates, WA to Stevenson, WA

Our campsite was a pretty sight to wake up to!

This morning, the landscape changed from desert to a green and wooded scene of the Cascades! 

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. 

And to improve our moods even further, we pulled off at a sign for peaches, and were delighted to find fantastically ripe Washington peaches. 

It wasn’t that hot, but we still needed a dip in the Columbia, so we pulled off at a windsurfing/kitesurfing beach. 

We met lots of cool and friendly people, jumped in the refreshing water, and felt much happier as we pedaled away. 

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. 

12 thoughts on “Day 55 – Bates, WA to Stevenson, WA

  1. Laura/Mom August 11, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Your landscape changes would be awesome even by car; I can only imagine how gratifying and amazing they are by bike!

    You’re almost there!!

    Xoxo Love, Mom/Laura


  2. Carolyn August 11, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I am just amazed by you two!!! I STILL look forward everyday to reading your blog. You are sooooo very close to Portland. YAHOO!!!! And major congratulations on all the miles and smiles. Carolyn (on behalf of the Tatlocks!)


  3. Blandine - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada August 11, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Clara you are a gifted writer and Aidan a gifted photographer. Your writings and pictures carry our spirits with you, all the way, in a blissfully happy trance! Please, compile your amazing journey in a book, it will be a gripping best-seller. You two rock! Pedal on Road Warriors, Portland is calling your names and you can hear it. You can almost touch it.


    • Dino Furlan August 11, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I so hope you do write a book about your adventure, I think it would be a fantastic read for everyone and an amazing guide for future cross country cyclists.


  4. Chris/ Dad August 11, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Yay! WA peaches. Eat a bushel for me.


  5. Wendy Bratt August 11, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Oh Aidan! Those peaches remind me of our trip last year— but then it was honey crisp apples and juicy oranges. Wow what can happen in a year. Thanks for the inspirations… Happy to tears for you both! Love– Mom/Wendy


  6. Al August 11, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    The video through the tunnels is very cool! Thanks for taking us along! Your blog and photos are inspiring. Makes me want to “hit the rowdy road.” That’s from one my favorite Cat Stevens songs – On the road to find out. I bet the peaches are delicious!


  7. Uncle Bill (Powell) August 12, 2016 / 1:12 am

    Congrats you guys. Just heard that you made it to Portland. Maybe a wheel dipping tomorrow? Maybe throw both bikes in the Pacific? Thanks for the great journey and the awesome posts. I’m really going to miss the daily updates.


  8. Steve Crimy August 12, 2016 / 1:28 am

    I forgot about those stupid thorns. When we lived in California, we actually had extra thick, thorn resistant tubes on our bikes


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