Day 89 – Tonasket, WA to Okanogan, WA – 27 miles
We had a very comfortable, restful evening at the home of our Warmshowers hostess, Ivetta and woke up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing. Our plan for the day is to position ourselves for the climb up Loup Loup Pass tomorrow. There is a big stampede in nearby Omak, so the campground at the fairgrounds is quite busy. In addition, it is still very hot and we plan to be riding at sunrise tomorrow morning, so we had made arrangements for a motel room for the night.
Ivetta made a delicious breakfast of eggs, sausage, homemade bread and cantaloupe for breakfast. In fact, her neighbor just picked the cantaloupe this morning from his garden and brought it over while we were drinking coffee and it was ripe, sweet & delicious! We sure had a nice time with Ivetta and it was certainly tempting to linger longer, but we didn’t want to have to ride in the heat, so we packed up, said our goodbyes and hopped on the bike. We have had such wonderful WS hosts!
The first 10 miles always seem to go by so slowly and today was no exception, however, in the cool morning air we were able to appreciate the beauty of the high desert around us and we took a lot of pictures. Before we knew it, we were rolling into the grocery store parking lot in Omak. We needed to stock up on food for tomorrow’s mountain pass climb. This pass tomorrow isn’t as high as some of the others, but we’re at the lowest elevation we’ve been at since Minnesota, so it will certainly be a challenge. Heck – all of these passes are a challenge for us middle-aged flat landers! So, for us, it’s another early morning for a ride that will start at dawn!
Shawn, Jim, Ivetta: