"Gentlemen, start your engines! Pedals."
"There's no such thing as a free downhill."
Jonathan and I dipped our wheels in the Pacific Ocean at Anacortes and started riding at 8:00 A.M. We arrived at Marblemount (pop. 251) at 2:30, 65 miles inland! We started off with mountains in full view and rode uphill almost all the way. The scenery should be listed somewhere with the word grandeur. We did stop often for photographs and enjoyed the rest that went with it. When we got to the Buffalo Run Inn in Marblemount, Margaret had already checked in, and I immediately took a long, hot shower. The shower felt great! I may take two more!
At 4 o'clock we walked next door to the Marblemount Diner. We not only had great food but a great time with the folks there. In the picture (l to r) are Erin Roberts (who is getting married on August 15th), and the owners, Al and Lori Goerdt. We talked about the ride, the area, how they got here, and The Pass that lies ahead. We had a good time laughing and getting encouraged. This is the place to eat if you want some great food and fellowship. If all the folks in Washington are like Erin, Al, and Lori, this will be a great Washington Ride!
I already used the word grandeur but I'm not sure if it totally defines the landscape of this place. Mountains all around us, the Skagit River beside us, and a downhill or two from time to time as we climb. Remember what I said about being out here? I said, when God created the west he was probably just showing off. It's a bigger beauty than many other places and it just overpowers you. I'm sure it's just a tiny taste of heaven.
Margaret and I are now sitting at the Alpine RV Park about two miles from the Buffalo Run Inn. It's got free internet and we asked permission to sit in the park and send this. We were even given the password with a "No problem."
How do you like my hairdo? It's called "helmet hair" and if you don't like riding a bike I'm sure Carly could do the same thing for a few bucks!
We plan to begin pedaling at 6:30 in the morning so I am headed back to Buffalo Run Inn and to get some sleep. Good night.