|Mount Saint Helens, ready for an overnight. The Clementine will get her outing in September.|
|Loving the MKS "sneaker" pedals.|
|The U-shape racks on the bike ferry are covered in corrugated flexible pipe so bicycles are not scratched.|
Within a mile I easily caught up to the bicycle, piloted by an older woman and as luck would have it, we were headed the same direction. I slowed down and we swapped our stories. Jan, from California, was embarking on a two week tour of Canada having just retrieved her bike from a Burlington bike shop.
|Cooking tomatoes and yellow beans from my garden, then adding ramen and tuna fish.|
While Jan had a nice tailwind to propel her into Canada, a headwind greeted me as I headed in the opposite direction, retracing my route. However, as with short rides, any wind is doable. I was too early before the orchard store opened it's doors, so I walked in a cemetery, spending several quiet minutes, indeed recognizing family names from nearby establishments.
While the bike overnight was a mere 40 miles round-trip, the Ross performed well, I love the new pedals, my chair will now be a must-have on future trips, and I met a wonderful lady. As I've mentioned before, it's all about the experience that makes these simple journeys worthwhile.