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Day 5 - Friday, June 22, 2001
Winthrop to Okanogan, WA
44 miles, 4031 feet of climbing

I got the morning grocery shopping done and then went to the bike shop shortly after it opened at 9 AM. They didn't have the Speedplay Frog pedals I was looking for, but I was able to a cheap set of pedals with toe clips and straps as a backup. I also picked up a couple of allen wrenches and a third pair of shorts - I had packed three jerseys, three pairs of socks, but only two pairs of shorts by mistake. 

I didn't get on the road until 10 AM, but today was to be a rest day of sorts, riding a shorter distance today to make up for yesterday. Still, there was yet another major climb - Loup Loup Pass at 4020 feet. This climb was a lot easier compared to yesterday's. 

Once cresting the pass, it was almost all downhill to Okanogan. But then there was the wind! I think it was the same wind that Mark Boyd was writing about in his tour reports about his ride on US 97 in Washington. I was going downhill into the wind, requiring me to pedal in some cases so I didn't lose speed. 

I stopped at the bike shop in Okanogan to see if they had the Frog pedals. They normally do, but they were out of them. We then started talking about my trip. I find it strange that some bike shop people are really interested about touring stories and some could care less. Well he was definitely interested, and he also warned me about some road construction on WA 20/US 97 near Tonasket. 

I told him that I had planned to camp at the RV park in Omak, five miles away, but gave me a good tip - I could camp at the Okanogan city park by the river for only $3, and they even have hot showers! Could you see this sort of thing happening in Southern California? 

(By the way, I won't be able to read e-mail at my main address until I get "real" internet access, so don't worry, I'm not ignoring you all!).

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