Soap Lake to Coulee City, Washington and back (50 miles)
Training ride up Grand Coulee ends with bent wheel.
There are so many details to attend to when preparing for an entire summer on our bikes, and today, it was training -
Dry Falls and Marilyn's rear wheel when it was still round.
Riding up the coulee, we were reminded why we enjoy bicycle touring. The weather was perfect, the balsam root was in bloom, the birds were singing, traffic was light, and the wind was at our back. In Coulee City, we had lunch and big chocolate milkshakes.
By the time we left the cafe to head back, a cool wind had picked up and a dark storm system was moving in over the towering cliffs. We set a brisk pace to outrace the rain and reached the car just as the rain did. Driving in the rain toward home, we heard a thump-
We do not know all that lies ahead on this big tour, but we can be certain there will be both sun and rain, sweet riding and hardships. We're looking forward to all of it,...coming soon.... in less than one month.