After not sleeping very well due to howling winds all night long, I thought I was really doing well this morning when I got up before the sun. I had everything together and was down the road before 7:30. A few miles ahead, I stopped to get breakfast and saw a clock on the wall. 9:00 AM. My phone hasn’t had service to update the time, so I am an hour off The combination of high canyon walls and just crossing over to the mountain time zone had me all out of whack.
Oh well. Climbing out of Hells Canyon was a challenge, but not terrible. I stopped in Cambridge for lunch and had the old faithful burger. Then off down the road again.
In the early afternoon, I passed a little country store an saw the Korean outside. We waved as I went by. No biggie. Later on as I was going up another climb, I see a touring cyclist up ahead taking a break. Of course this was exciting for me! It’s always cool to see someone doing this!
Lo and behold, it wasn’t just another cyclist. It was the Korean! He’s sitting on a guard rail, smoking a cigarette. I said, “I guess you got a ride?” He smiles. Shakes his head and says, “It too hawd!” That’s it. I’m done with him.
So I rolled into New Meadows and found a Subway, cell service and wifi! The trifecta! Spent an hour chowing and uploading pics. Nice to be connected and caught up on all my doings.
Tonight I am staying at the Hartland Inn and Motel, a quaint little place with nice folks who own and run it. JoBeth, the misses, was nice enough to let me do my wash. Clean clothes are a big plus! Lol!
This evening I planned the next few days out. Looks like tomorrow will have an easy morning and then a big climb in the afternoon. Friday will be short and easy. Saturday will be rough. Probably my roughest day yet. But I should be in Missoula Saturday night and then I’m going to take Sunday off. Looking forward to that!