Mileage: 68.9 miles
Weather: Cloudy 50s to start. Sunny and 80s to end. Winds were all over the place but much to report.
Highlights of the day:
Our day started bright and early with the first luggage load followed by the obligatory group photo along the Columbia River. By 7:30 we were off and riding.
Karen explained at route rap last night that if anyone got lost today, there would have to be some kind of an award. It would take a lot of work to get lost with this cue sheet. Turn left out of the hotel on to Route 30. Ride 68 miles. Turn right into the hotel. In between, the riders were treated to lush forested hills and occasional glimpses of the Columbia River. It was incredibly clear today and as a result we were treated to views of Mt Saint Helens. There were even rumors of Mt Rainier sightings.
While navigating today wasn’t all that difficult, the profile included several hills to challenge the riders’ legs. But with most uphill efforts, there are frequently downhill rewards. Riders were treated to at least three long, non-technical downhills.
After our second SAG stop, the route turned south and flattened out a bit. The last 20 miles made for a relatively quick run into Saint Helens. We had our first pizza/pasta party this evening. It was a nice way to end the first day of riding with our newly formed cycling family.