Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Day 9- Colville to Skookum Creek Campground- 75 miles

Woke up relishing the comfort of an actual bed. Thanks, Bacon Bike Hostel!
Rolled out for a late start around 10, after a breakfast of oatmeal, peanut butter, yogurt, veggie scrambled eggs, and fried sweet potatoes. Yum. 
We climbed "Tiger Pass" which barely qualified as a pass, but nonetheless was celebrated as our last Washington pass with the hugest $2 ice cream cone ever. Seriously, "Food Court" in Ione is the king of cheap, mass quantities of actually really good ice cream. Picked up a few groceries and went on our way. 
Followed a road paralleling the Pend Orielle River. It was beautiful. We saw a moose, a coyote, several deer, a herd of buffalo, and a shrew on our way. 

Finally, we have reached a stretch of flatness. No more climbing for hours on end. It was nice to get into a groove and just go for a while. 
Apple, peanut butter, trail mix, and wheat thins for dinner. Last night's obscene amount of lentils is still sticking to my ribs, I think. 
Jeremy was a champ this evening, showing me how to adjust my derailleur and letting me use his chain lube. We're all tucked into our tents now, out of the cloud of mosquitos, and praying no bears happen to lumber curiously across this abandoned campground. 


  1. Sounds like a great day! And you're finally getting enough to eat. Hope you have a fantastic night of sleep -- talk to you tomorrow? Maybe?

  2. So glad you are doing well, we miss you around here! You are seeing some super cool stuff, did you get a picture of the moose? :-) Heather Schmitt

  3. Absolutely loving your posts. Keep them coming. Your journey has been amazing!!