Day 17

Washington Pass, WA to Tonasket, WA
$10 :: latte, apple fritter, 2 campsites
101.2 mi :: 11.8 :: 37.5mph :: 8.6 mph :: 1155 mi

Way too much to write today, gotta condense.

Last night: played guitar & sang w/ Sharon & Lynette in the next camp – a little ackward but worthwhile.

~8AM: Cruzing down the pass, cold air, morning sun, exquisite

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~11AM: Winthrop, crazy old-west gold rush tourist trap. It worked – went back for espresso. Laramie-like climate, getting hot.

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Up Loup Loup: very hot, still air, fewer trees. Do better keeping hydrated tho. Lunch on top.

Down Loup Loup: too bumpy & windy for speed. Puts me into serious desert. I start putting back the miles, but no chance of getting out. HOT.

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~5PM: Run into another touring biker! Black guy, just one front tooth, has TONS of gear on his bike. Agree to meet in Tonasket to camp.

~7PM: I’m set up w/ a site, off to explore when he cruises in. Says he doesn’t have $3 for a campsite, so I walk to the city with him. Name is Keith, also trying for a round trip. Wears a bullet around his neck left by his attacker who robbed him and left him in a coma for a year. 2 ½ years recovery since. Stopping for work here and there for his food. We get free showers at the pool, I walk w/ him to the police station. Closed. I give him $3 for a site. He’s been calling me his “road dawg,” likes to think he has a partner maybe. He has way too much stuff to keep up with me tho – we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

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