Brianís Cross-USA Bicycle Tour
Day 2 - Tuesday, June 19, 2001
Being in a hotel, I slept in a little later than usual and didn't get on the road until 9:00.
The sky was blue and clear when I started riding - quite unusual for western Washington, especially for that hour of the morning. The weather was also quite unusually pleasant yesterday and the day before, with morning low clouds burning off into afternoon sunshine.
Today's ride was entirely on WA 530. Once I passed through Arlington (again), I had finally left the western Washington suburbia, and it felt like the first "real" day of the tour had begun.
My pedal repair is holding out quite well. The super glue seems to be holding together, while the duct tape provides some additional insurance. But it would probably be prudent to change out the pedals anyway, but at least I know it can wait until I find a bike shop on the way.
Heading east toward Darrington, I could see several snow-capped peaks, even in June. While I was having lunch at the deli I heard the locals complaining about the heat - they had to close the door and turn the AC on. It couldn't have been more than 75 degrees!
Once WA 530 turned north after Darrington, the weather got cooler but the headwind picked up. The slight headwind and the slight downhill canceled each other out, so it wasn't too bad.
I found a nice, although expensive ($14) campsite at Rockford State Park. I'm camping next to two other cycle tourists - Tom and David from Calaveras County, California. They're both teachers and take some time off each summer to cycle across one state at a time. They flew to Seattle and took the train to Mt. Vernon and are headed east to Sandpoint, Idaho.
The mosquitoes are pretty nasty here so it's time to go. Tomorrow the climb over the Cascades on WA 20 begins. Payphone availability (for sending e-mail) may be a little spotty in the next couple of days, don't be surprised if you don't hear from me.