Any Road Tour: Day 57 – Good form after 4,000 miles

A little breakfast. A little chain maintenance. Good bye Shelton.

The first 28 miles featured rolling hills, cool temperatures, a headwind, and chip seal roads. This is logging country. Large swaths of the woods have been cut down. Others are recovering from being cut. I saw one tract that was cut in 1984 and the trees are still nowhere near the size of the forest around them.

I stopped for a mid morning snack which I shared with the store’s dog. I’m not sure she was crazy about the nacho cheese Duritos I gave here.

The store owner and a customer were chatting about wild life in the area. Cougars, bears, wolves, and coyotes. Suddenly I am less than enthusiastic about camping.

I stopped in Elma for lunch. When I walked outside, I found that the wind was now at my back and the roads were level.

Looming over the town were two cooling towers from a nuclear power plant. The plant was never completed. It’s now an office park for several businesses including cannibis production.

The next 34 miles were easy. Along the way, I passed the 4,000 mile point of the tour.

As I waited at a traffic light entering Centralia, a woman lean out her car window and said that I had good form. Sadly I didn’t have a witty comeback.

I suppose it’s easy to look good with a tailwind pushing you on level ground.

I am told that I am getting close to Mt. Saint Helens.

Eek.

Miles: 62

Tour miles: 4,027.5

3 thoughts on “Any Road Tour: Day 57 – Good form after 4,000 miles

  1. Glad to see that you didn’t re-encounter that moron in the pickup! Last summer, IIRC, i caught part of an interview on the BBC with a cyclist who did a round-the-world tour. In his interview he said the only place he encountered any real problems was in the USA with men in pickup trucks.

    Go figure…

  2. Congrats on the 4k! And St Helens blew back in in 80 so no worries, I’d be worried about the Mega quake we are supposed to get in the PNW. There is a McMenimans -Olympic club – Centralia good eats and beer

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