was so confident in the weather forecast he opted out of the rain jacket and had to be talked into at least a long sleeve. Aggressive move. We have learned that I don’t have a waterproof jacket so I opted for the one I know fits. I was confident enough in the sun to go with the dark glasses however.
The hill up to HWY 14 was not what we had spent the first
few days worrying about. It was steep
but not as long as I remember and before long we were heading East with clear
skies ahead. The ride itself was uneventful. Not great riding as HWY 14 has rubble strips
and though shoulder is wide, the pavement is terrible.
10 minutes later it was DUMPING rain. Yesterday was pretty wet but it was warmer
and we were off the main roads. Today it
was raining harder, it was colder and we had 18 wheeler zipping by us every few
minutes hitting us with road grime infested spray. It sucked big time. The thing is, there is nothing to help yourself. No trees, no mini-marts, no nothing. Your only choice is to keep riding. I kept thinking “I hope to see the C&K SAG
wagon soon.” After about 90 minutes with
numb finger and toes and soaked to the bone it happened. The C&K SAG wagon! Never have I seen such a beautiful sight. 30 minutes to warm up, a change of clothes and
a hot drink and we were good to go for the last 10 miles.
We rolled into Crow Butte SP and it occurred to us that we had past the 250 mile mark and we get to open the first milestone package the kids gave us! We are at 304 which is 34 more than scheduled unfortunately (11% more). At that rate, I’ll input 4061 miles. I better improve my route planning!
The package included a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir and a T-shirt with “250 mi” printed on it.
What a creative and thoughtful gift!
So now it is just the two of us as we continue east bound on
HWY 14 to Wallua WA. The weather is
supposed to be amazing (but we’ve heard that before).