I spent my first night with a warm showers host in Okanogan what a wonderful experience, what a great organization, and the people who are willing to open their homes for touring cyclists are great. It was such a fun experience, she had to work late but made arrangements for me to be able to get in and shower I met her two dogs and cat and when she got home from work we cooked a wonderful dinner together and talked till too late. I would highly encourage any touring cyclist to take advantage of warm showers. I’ll be staying with another warm showers host when I arrive and Republic.
Some of you have asked about the significance of the little green turtle on my front bag. I was told by another touring cyclist that every adventure needed a mascot so I picked him up in Seattle at the REI store. His name is dude from the finding Nemo movie he’s a little bit away from the EAC as he finds himself on the NTR, but we keep each other company as I learn to go with the flow.
Today’s ride was fairly uneventful and enjoyable just the one big long climb to get up over and then a nice cruise down into Republic. As the ride was all but done I was surprised by a very steep graveled road up to my warm showers host house that I had to get off and walk up.
Hills teach an interesting lesson, all hills can be gotten up! Some just take longer than others, some are more painful than others, and some require a change of plans and you just have to walk.