|We made it to Bellingham!! Notice... the pouring rain. Ha!|
|On the shore of Lake Chelan|
North of Cashmere is an amazing lake called Lake Chelan, where we camped for a night. In future years (when we live closer), I hope to return here for some backpacking trips. You see, the lake is a filled in glacial fjord type thing. It is about a mile wide (at its widest) and an amazing 55 miles long. It is also the third deepest lake in the US. Wow! It goes from central Washington wine country to deep in the Cascade mountains. In fact, there is a tiny town deep in the mountains called Stehekin that you can only reach via float plane, foot, or boat. They only got land line telephones in 2007!! You can hike into this town from the Western side of the mountains, and then take a boat out and finally a bus back around. Someday... There are always so many places that we find on bike tour that we want to come back to. The list is getting longer and longer.
|Rinsing of Rainier cherries makes them look like goldfish|
|Winthrop - a 1900 themed town|
|Water gushing next to the road|
|Jason on the east side of pass - the mountains are|
|Near the high point of the North Cascades Highway. A stunning|
view of the snowy mountains.
We were incredibly lucky to ride the pass under clear blue skies. There was still large amounts of snow next to the road, and the streams were all gushing with the snowmelt. There were more than a dozen waterfalls next to the road, some of them very very high and impressive. What a fantastic pass to finish the trip with.
|Jason on the road near Concrete, WA. Notice the water... everywhere.|
|Riding through the rainforest|
|Taking shelter from the rain with a cup of coffee. Yum!|
Our final full day of riding was bittersweet. I'm on familiar roads now, where I've ridden countless training rides in my racing days. For Jason, the roads and scenery are still new and exciting. The rain did little to dampen our spirits, as the temperature was comfortable and we had very good rain gear. It's just strange to reach the end of a trip. Our goal, once so lofty and distant, is within easy reach. That is exciting, but the reality of going back to the real world is staring us in the face. I like my work and my friends in PA, but I love this West Coast so! It's hard to go from the unrestrained freedom and adventure of bicycle touring to a cubicle and weekend adventures. We'll do it though, because every day I'll be putting money away for the next BIG adventure. Yes, it's already in the planning stages.
|Wet. Wet. Wet.|
|The strawberries are giant in the Skagit river valley!|
We are resting and enjoying Bellingham today, and tomorrow we'll take a quick jaunt up to the Peace Arch at the border, completing our border to border adventure. What remains you ask? The coast to coast sequel!!
|Enjoying laughter with my family.|