The toughest day of riding so far in my life started out with a nice, home-cooked meal when I awoke. After saying goodbye, the most difficult, but by far the most scenic ride thus far in my life, started.
Out of Sedro-Woolley, I cycled onto North Cascades Highway/Hwy 20 and stayed on that same road all day. I went east through Hamilton, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, and my newest town to reach the pinnacle of my favorite town list – Newhalem.
The scenery today was proportional to the difficulty of the ride. The last 30 miles of the day was all climbing, but the challenge was well worth it.
In Hamilton, I bought a delicious ice cream coffee with whipped cream from this nice little shack:
After Concrete, the air opened up with the beauty of rivers flowing through the Valleys of mountains on either side of the North Cascades highway.
In Marblemount, the gateway to the American Alps, I stopped at the cafe in town that served up a great steak burger.
After lunch, I decided that groceries would be a good idea because there were no more services for 74 miles!
There is however, one more town after Marblemount, that is Newhalem. This quaint, quiet town, nestled at the base of mountains to the north and south, not only afforded me with spectacular views, but with a cold water fountain at the city hall, and a few cheap packs of Ramen noodles for getting over the mountains. It even had a very nice city park. Newhalem may be a future residence for me.
Ended the day at Colonial Creek campground.
My view from my site: