Awaking earlier than I wish I had to from the nice, comfortable, queen-size bed, I prepared myself for what I knew would be a long day.
The departure of Grand Coulee started with a nice 400ft + climb (not what I was hoping for). At the top, a building tailwind blew at my back (a west wind!). This, I knew, would be of great benefit today. The winds aided my travel across the flat land of eastern Washington. In Wilbur (the town I would have stopped at if I rode like a maniac yesterday) I stopped to refill my water supply at a gas station, and was asked by a man filling up with gas where I was headed to. Upon my reply of Minnesota, he asked if I was raising money for something. I didn’t even finish explaining to him the orphans that I am trying to help before he handed me $20 for them.
There are so many good people out here.
The rest of the day entailed crop fields, some cookies and lemonade at a rest area about 10 miles out of Davenport, a short stop at a beautiful park in Davenport, a nice cherry shake at Dean’s drive-in in Reardan, and arrival at my wonderful hosts for the night in the 2nd largest city of the tour so far, Spokane.
Bjorn and Julianne were wonderful people who also have a passion for touring. It is always good to talk to others who understand what bicycle touring entails. They were great hosts and I am grateful for the stay.