Saturday, June 26, 2021



I've had a few hours to reflect on the events that unfolded Friday.  At the instant I went down, my thought was my trip is finished and Shark Week hasn't even started yet. I was fortunate to realize quickly that that is not the case.  As I rode to the hotel wherein I'm convalescing, my thoughts ran the gamut from Screw it. I'm done riding and I'll sell Hester to Ya know, she'll fix and I need to have it done before my October Blue Knights chapter camp trip. After attempting to sleep Friday night, I woke up Saturday stiff and sore, but with no new previously undiscovered injuries.

When I got bum rushed by the bison in Yellowstone, I was doing nothing wrong beyond simply looking the other way.  Sometimes shit happens and last Sunday was one just of those days.  This accident is different. I had been on the road for ten days and have been pushing myself each and every one of them.  I've been riding Hester for eleven years and I know her limits.  Likewise, I'm 58 years old and I (should) know my limits.  The reality is I pushed both Hester and myself too far and as a result, instead of carving up the roads in Yosemite National Park as planed for today, I'm laying here in pain fighting the urge to feel sorry for myself. 

This could have been much worse.  I could be dealing with the logistics of getting a severely broken bike home from 1,700 miles away. I could be dealing with severe bodily injuries.  My family could be dealing with the logistics of getting my corpse home.  Hester will be repaired.  I will heal.  I'd like t think I'm a little wiser today than I was on Friday.  Lemon.

Heaven on Earth & Hell on Wheels

I peeled out of Redding at 8am and made a beeline for the twisties...anything but the slab has been my mantra for the last nine days of riding.  My goal for the day was to make it south of San Francisco and maybe get some drone footage at the Golden Gate Bridge. It would be a tall order given the distance and the significantly slower pace if I followed my mantra.

The first stop (gas notwithstanding) would be the Drive-Thru Tree near Leggett, California. My route would take me east to west across SR-36, about 215 miles with four hours of intense climbs, dives, wide-sweeping, and super-tight horseshoe turns.  Hester's clutch and brakes were working overtime and the bike ran spectacularly.  There were a few construction stops along the way.  At the first one, I wanted to see the extent of the line as all I could see was a seemingly endless line of transport trucks and all I could think of was how long it would take me to pick them off one at a time as they crept through the curves ahead.  I decided to launch Icarus, my drone and fly up to get a peek.  Turns out, the line was not that long beyond what I could see from ground level and the pilot truck leading the oncoming traffic towards our line was still a few miles away.  There were also two motorcycles in front of the first transport truck.  I recovered and stowed Icarus, started Hester, and rode in the left lane past all the tucks to the front of the line next to the other bikes.  When the pilot truck arrived, the driver just waved us bikes on by him, but he led the trucks.  The two sport bikes in front of me disappeared like rockets, leaving Heater and I in their dust.  I crept up to a respectable pace, especially given that I was towing a 320 pound trailer.  In fact, I marveled at how well Hester and Pearl handled as I glanced in the rearview mirror for a spot check. 


Flash back to last week. I hadn't intended to disclose the following because at the time, it didn't appear to be terribly consequential. Somewhere in Wyoming on a stretch of very rough road that had sharp transitions between pavement sections that jolted me, Hester, and Pearl every few hundred feet, the stress became more than Pearl's clamshell top could bear with the 13-pound solar panel affixed to it.  When I stopped for the night, I noticed some cracks in the clamshell where the solar panel attached.  It occurred to me that I would soon be presented with opportunities to overcome engineering challenges.  I decided to add a layer of security and ratchet-strapped the panel in place.  This was the day after I lost Pearl's license plate.  I shrugged it off and motored on through the much nicer roads of Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and finally into California last night - with the panel securely in place.  Then today, while on the next segment of SR-36 after the first construction stop, I glanced back just in time to see what appeared to be a giant black domino flipping end-over-end in the air high above the road. For an instant, I thought the Monolith from 2001, A Apace Odyssey had come to earth from Jupiter's moon IO and was chasing me.  It seemed to be flying, and then in a gust of wind, my solar panel took a dive off the edge of the road and disappeared in the canyon below.  I thought to myself, "well, shit", grabbed a handful of throttle, and motored on.  I assessed the situation at my next gas stop; not that there was much to assess.  My power generation source was gone.  The panel only cost me $85 shipped, so the loss wasn't financially monumental.  But, I had been proud of my design and it was a topic of conversation with other motorists anytime I stopped.  I already have ideas for improvements, but honestly, I was starting to feel like Clark Griswold as my carefully thought-out vacation plans were unraveling.






















I know the tree is a cliche tourist spot, but Hester needed her picture taken there.  I would soon learn that she (and I) will both need reminders of the good times we've had together over the last eleven years.  I paid the $5 motorcycle entry fee and waited patiently for the vehicles in front of me to do the obligatory stop in the tunnel for photos.  The park was full of people, cars, trucks, campers, and motorcycles.  At $10 per car and $15 per RV, plus the gift shop intake, this place is making a fortune every day.  The other guests were friendly, taking photos for each other, smiling, and appeared generally happy.  Kids were going crazy running among the tree sculptures and burning energy stored up from their long ride in.  It was good to see people out and about again and enjoying life. Many saw the Texas flag affixed to my luggage rack and asked if I rode all the way from Texas. I just smiled and nodded thinking to myself, how else would I have gotten here?

I saddled up and rode out of the tree park with an aim on finally getting to the Pacific Coast Highway (PC1).  This is a leg of the trip which I had been looking forward to, second only to the Shark Week event itself.  The ride from the park to the coast was a short burst of curves in deep woods among insanely tall redwood trees that eventually dumped me out of darkness and into the bright light of the wide open coast. I found myself staring down at the pacific ocean along jagged cliffs at the beach far below.  I thought to myself, this measured up.  As I rode along PC1, my enthusiasm waned in the constant traffic pile-ups and among the endless line of campers and RVs.  I wouldn't reach San Francisco until midnight at this pace.  I decided to peel off PC1 and glancing at my maps, found a great-looking stretch of twisty road that would take me inland, but continue southward.  SR-128 would prove to be every bit as extensive and challenging as was SR-36.  The difference was I had behind the bars for hundreds of miles already today.


Hester & Shrug on the PC1

A mile or two off of PC1 and about five miles south of Mendocino, SR-128 gave way to the thick redwood and pine trees of the Jackson State Forest.  The canopy was so tall, it seemed you could build a skyscraper in the forest and despite it being mid day, it was almost dark.  The canopy towering above was so dense that I actually had to raise the tinted goggles in my helmet.  Then at times, just for a flash, there would be a break in the canopy wherein the road was suddenly awash with bright sunshine beams, revealing stark contrasts between the road, its striping, the trees, and other foliage.  And then in an instant, it would be blackened out again. This sequence repeated itself numerous times in such rapid succession that my eyes and my brain were having a difficult time keeping up.  It was like a great strobe light had been deployed and I was convinced that an epileptic would have gone into a seizure on the spot.  Like SR-36 earlier in the day, SR-128 did not disappoint. I was constantly reminding myself to loosen the grip on my handlebars and to breathe.  I had changed all of my brake pads and flushed/refilled my brake lines prior to leaving Texas, but seven-hours of constantly pounding the brakes, plus the previous nine days' travel had a real effect on their responsiveness and I found that I was increasingly relying on motor compression to manage my speed in the tight corners.  I decided that I would peel off the road at the next town to give Hester and myself a much needed respite from a full day of battling curves.  The GPS indicated that the town of Cloverdale was less than a mile away.

Clark Griswold to Evel Knievel

Suddenly as I climbed out of a tight right corner, I reached for the rear brake so I could upright the bike, decelerate, and prepare to dive into the next corner.  My foot went all the way to the floorboard.  I feathered the clutch and tried to gingerly apply some front brake as Hester's front wheel augured into some loose dirt and over the bars I went head first into the blacktop road.  I actually saw Hester's headlights in front of me, albeit upside down. I don't think I was moving that fast, but the amount of time it took me to stop rolling seemed infinite.  My vision was a cacophony light dark light dark light dark as my body repeatedly rolled, completely out of control. It's strange the things that come to mind in situations like these.  I remember clearly thinking to myself am I ever going to stop?  In a flash, I saw Hester continuing along the road, weaving side to side as the handlebars slapped to the left and to the right.  She finally slammed down hard on her right side and miraculously bounced back up and u-turned into the trailer before stopping in an almost upright position.  As I laid face down in the road I began to take stock of myself.  Fingers, arms, feet, legs, and neck...everything seemed to function.  I crawled to my knees and finally stood upright as other drivers ran up to me.  An Indian man (dot, not feather) was the first to reach me and exclaimed "You're alive!"  "Yeah, I think so", I responded.  I began retrieving my phone, backpack, and other items that had been thrown off of in the crash and then approached the bike.  With the help of others, I righted Hester and she started right up.  That was a good sign.  Then, I detached the trailer, pointed it and Hester down the road, and then reattached.  As I mounted up, one of the drivers said "Dude! What are you doing? Do you even know what just happened to you?"  I told him that I needed to see if the bike was rideable and I would find out as I made my way to the next gas station.  I was fueled by adrenaline and a seemingly inane sense of urgency to make it!  This is a mode I get into whenever I find myself in the midst of trauma. I've been this way as long as I remember.  Solve the problem now. Emote later.  But I digress.  I rounded the next corner and limped into a gas station.  The irony was not lost on me that I was less than a mile away from the straight, flat CA-101 highway when I crashed.

Hester at Rest After the Crash

At the gas station, I gingerly dismounted and tried my best to not look like an invalid.  This was apparently the first gas station for miles and as such, was full of vehicles refilling after a long drive or perhaps topping off before one.  With the make it right mindset being primary, secondary is look normal.  Normal. You know, like a guy wearing deeply scratched leather head to toe in 100 degree heat on a bright red Harley pulling a trailer with holes torn through its roof.  I was miserable and as I filled Hester's tank, I pondered where I should go next and how I was going to make it there.  By this point, my left hand looked like a surgeon's glove that had been inflated and tied into a knot.  I'm pretty sure I've broken the left two metacarpal bones.  I can articulate my fingers, but actuating Hester's clutch is excruciating.  As I removed my helmet, I realized I may have broken my right collarbone.  It hurts like hell, there's a bump that wasn't there before, and there isn't a matching one on the other side.  My right knee at the tibia is really swollen and stiff, but I can support myself and walk.  Other than that, I was golden.

I decided to forego the trip to San Francisco and Yosemite and instead try to make it to Lake Tahoe; a 250 mile, 4.5 hour ride.  My GPS indicated I could be there by 10:00pm, which was doable - even in my condition.  However, my GPS failed to account for California rush hour traffic.  I was boiling in my seat as I struggled to keep Hester vertical while crawling along the freeway at 2mph.  The heat rising up from the road combined with the heat from Hester's 110 cubic inch motor and with the sun itself formed a perfect caloric synergy and I found myself wishing I was back in the cool fog of PC1.  Hester's temperature gauge was pegged at 120 degrees F. I don't think the actual temperature was that hot, but when combined with the road reflection and engine heat, it could have been.  The truth is, Harley temperature gauges are about as accurate as Dr. Fauchi's mood ring.  But hot is hot and a Shrug sandwich was cooking...and I was the meat.

The traffic finally broke and I was riding at speed.  I opted to not use the cruise control in favor of forcing myself think and participate in my speed control...anything to remain alert.  I rolled into Placerville for gas and decided I should try to find a room in Lake Tahoe.  I called and confirmed my suspicion that the Shark Week host hotel was booked solid and rather than manually try every property,  called the IBM travel desk and convinced an agent to do an instant city-wide availability search for me. I instantly learned there wasn't an empty room in the city.  I am of the mindset that bad news is always best delivered fast and I was in no mood to continue to search aimlessly. My ace in the hole was my Diamond status with Hilton hotels.  I fired up the Hilton app on my phone and found a room for points only thirty miles away (albeit in the opposite direction I had been traveling) in Sacramento.  I left the station, backtracked to a Hampton Inn, checked in, unloaded as little as possible from the trailer, and limped to my room to lick my wounds and assess my options.  I'll spend Saturday and Saturday night at the Hampton and make my way to Lake Tahoe on Sunday, as planned.  My plan is to park the bike and just enjoy the company of my friends as they come and go.  If I feel up to it, I'll ride. If not, I'll convalesce and try to heal up for the 1,700 mile ride on Friday with a plan to arrive home Saturday evening.

ATG ATT - All The Gear All The Time!
This is why you wear it!


Friday, June 25, 2021

Day 8 - Old Friends & the Ferry

It's been a whirlwind couple of days with long hours on the bike.  On Tuesday, I rode across the Deception Pass bridge into Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.  The bridge holds significant sentiment for me.  My mama used to have a place on Whidbey and it was her respite from the drama and rush associated with the business she ran in Dallas.  I was last there ten years ago when I returned from Alaska and the year before that when we threw mama from the bridgeI decided to go back and reminisce a bit.  It was a considerable deviation from my route to Shark Week in Lake Tahoe, but I knew I had made the right decision when my eyes swelled up as I rode across the bridge.  The memory of the events from eleven years ago came rushing back starting as butterflies in my stomach and ended as tears in my eyes.  I exited the bridge with a feeling of content.

The day before I reached out to the Whidbey Island Animal Shelter.  One of Mama's close friends (Maryanna) ran the shelter and lived on Whidbey ten tears ago. In my note to them, I mentioned that Maryanna and my mom had been close and my mom had a place there and asked them to please pass along my contact info.  Mama would be 83 years old next month and I wasn't sure if Maryanna was still living, much less still living on the island.  I was hitting the island regardless and it was worth a shot.  About an hour from the island, my phone rang and I was happily surprised to see the caller ID was Maryanna's!  I pulled over to return the call and Maryanna insisted I come by and she offered her spare room for the night.  A reunion and a real bed after six nights in a tent!

It was heartwarming to hear the stories of the antics mama, Maryanna, and their friends pulled off over the years.  We grabbed sandwiches to-go as nothing in Washington seems to be open for dine-in because restaurants are severely understaffed because nobody wants to work.  But I digress.

Maryanna drove me to the Rocky Point beach spot where she and mama used to go drink coffee in the mornings.  We ate our sandwiches as we watched the sun set on the pacific while families with kids and dogs played on the beach and in the surf.  Maryanna said she was the last one left from the old gang and mused about how that was a bittersweet feeling.  I listened intently as she seemed to have a genuine need to express how she felt to someone who would understand firsthand and as I took it all in, I gathered that there's a fine line dividing the pleasure of the heartwarming memories and the sadness from contemplating those who are gone and are missed.  As the sun dipped into the pacific, Maryanna commented that that's the last time anyone will ever see that sunset, adding that they are all unique.  It occurred to me that this would likely be the last time I see Maryanna and it made me think. I told her that I would consider my life a success after I'm gone if there is just one person on the planet who misses me as much as I miss mama.

Maryanna - 2010 & 2021

The ride out of Whidbey Island began early as I didn't have to break camp and pack the trailer.  I headed south to catch the Port Townsend ferry to the mainland and begin my trek southward towards California.  Motorcycles get to go the front of the ferry line so they're the first to exit.  I found myself in the company of four other bikes, but they were all locals.  We spent the short 30-minute crossing discussing Hester, my trailer, where I've been, and where I was going.  The locals offered some insight for my ride to La Push and before I knew it, we were riding off the ferry.


I made my way through the winding roads that comprise just about the entire northwestern Washington landscape.  Hester chewed up the curves like a tiger with  fresh kill.  Like most northwest Washington mornings, the sky was gray and it was cool out with temperatures in the 40's.  I was wrapped in leather from head to toe with a full face helmet and even wore the winter riding gloves that I purchased in 2006.  As I slid them on, it occurred to me that I've gotten more than my money's worth from them.  I rolled into the Rialto Beach park at Forks, Washington and dismounted to get a glimpse of the surf.  Forks and La Push were made famous in the Twilight movie series, with the iconic giant rocks just offshore reaching up from the surf as if they were the land's last grasp at remaining above surface before being swallowed by the pacific.  The beach was awash (pun intended) with driftwood and smooth round stones, each as unique the sand dollars and shells one would typically find on other shores.  There were delicately placed stacks of rocks here and there and a few sculptures carved into the larger chunks of driftwood, each of which likely held some degree of significance for those who  stacked or carved them.  I snapped a few photos and then kicked the rock stacks over and set the sculptures afire.  OK, not really, but I did snap a few photos.

My plan after leaving Forks was to ride to La Push.  I rode up to an open barricade and suddenly the gate dropped right in front of me.  The morbidly obese Indian (feather; not dot) pulled the just-stepped-off-the-surface-of-the-sun sized drink cup from his lips and said "La Push is closed."  I asked about the three vehicles that had passed uninterrupted right before I arrived and was told they were tribal people and La Push was tribal land.  I shrugged it off and asked if I could ride past his booth and make a U-turn to which he replied "No".  I pointed at my trailer and asked him how I was supposed to exit his tribal turf, to which he replied "Not my problem."  I saw in my mirrors that vehicles were beginning to stack up behind me and I could see that the occupants in the truck directly behind my trailer were Indians.  So, I killed Hester's motor, extended the kickstand and dismounted. Then I slowly and meticulously unlatched my helmet strap, removed my gloves and proceeded to disconnect the trailer from the bike.  I detached one of the safety chains and then walked around the back of the trailer (on non tribal land) and detached the other.  Then I walked back around again and disconnected the wiring harness plugs.  Of course all of these tasks could have been accomplished at once, but I was making a point.  I noticed that the short line of vehicles awaiting access to La Push had grown considerably.  Then, I unlatched the trailer tongue and rotated the trailer ninety degrees to the left, but essentially leaving it in the way.  I then mounted up, raised the kickstand and proceeded to inch Hester back and forth repeatedly until she was parallel with the trailer and perpendicular to the guard shack and barricade.  I then dismounted and pushed the trailer behind Hester and repeated the above sequence in reverse as horns began honking.  The natives were growing restless.  Chief Big Gulp stepped out of his box of authority and said "You're holding up my people."  I pointed at the ground on which I was standing and asked him if it was tribal land, to which he replied "No."  Then I pointed at the now very long line of cars, looked back at hm and said "Not my problem".  I started up Hester and slowly rode past the line of cars that now stretched several hundred feet.




While the rest of the day's ride was uneventful, it was not without amazing scenery and hours of twisty roads.  I stopped to take photos of landmarks I found interesting as I made my way to Cape Meares to check out the lighthouse.  The trip there added about an hour to my ride time, but I had no agenda and I kinda like lighthouses.  While at Cape Meares, I noticed I was feeling cold and realized much of the day had slipped away.  Granted, I had no real agenda, but I was running out of daylight and I had no idea where I would be camping.   I was stricken by how much earlier the sun sets having only ridden about 400 miles south from Whidbey Island where nightfall wasn't until 9:10pm.  I stumbled across a campground that appeared to be closed, but there were workers and construction vehicles present, so I rode in and asked if I could camp for the night.  My heart sunk as the guy there said "we're closed for remodeling" and then it surfaced again when he said, "we own the grounds across the street too, just go pick a spot."  I was relieved to say the least.  I rolled into the area to which he pointed and found an excellent tent spot just above a creek with a small waterfall that would provide constant sounds to lull me to sleep.  My next planned stop would be Bend, Oregon.  I tried to think about the route and possible alternatives, but my eyes shut as fast as my head hit my pillow and I was out like a light.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Day 7 - Short & Sweet Ride

Night number six in the tent was the first night I was able to fall asleep within minutes of my head hitting the pillow.  I had happened upon a campground as I was riding by Soap Lake in Washington and stopped in on a whim and found a great little spot near the edge of the lake.  The miles I rode after leaving Lolo Pass were for the most part pretty flat and straight and they reminded me of Euclid's first postulate.  That's how these rides go.  You ride for hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to get to legendary riding routes that are often only twenty or thirty miles long.  US129 - the Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina is one such route.  Its claim to fame is 118 turns in eleven miles.  It's a great run, but it's over in thirty minutes.  I spent a day running the Tail back and forth before learning that there many other routes in the area that are just as exciting.  I suppose one could view life in the same way,  We work months, sometimes years on end, only to take a short vacation if we're fortunate.  Parallels can be easily drawn.  But I digress. 

I was hanging out next to my tent last night writing on this blog when the people from the campsite closest to me walked into their camp with a stringer of fish they had just caught.  I overheard them passionately discussing something in a foreign language and gesturing as if they were discussing the weight of their catch.  I decided to be the friendly Texan and grabbed the luggage weight from my trailer that I use to measure its tongue weight and offered it to them.  For the record, the average weight was around three pounds.  They appeared very grateful and although their English was poor, they told me they were from Kazakhstan.  They pointed at my Texas t-shirt and the man said "love Texas". The woman started cleaning their catch and I departed through the trees back to my camp.  A while later, they both appeared through the trees at my table and the man said "Texas!" I looked up and they had brought me dinner...a fish filet.  Many know I am not a fish guy, but I graciously accepted it with a smile.  It was a kind gesture for which I was genuinely appreciative.  Then they just stood there, clearly waiting for me to eat it. It was excellent.  I have no idea what kind of fish it was, but it was a flaky white meat and I actually ate the entire filet.  We talked to the extent we could before she grabbed his arm and led him back through the trees to their camp.

I packed up camp this morning and while performing a cursory inspection on Hester, discovered that Pearl's license plate was missing.  The mounting bracket apparently had snapped somewhere on the previous day's ride.  I have no idea what to do about it and I just hope I can explain it to any law enforcement officer who might see it and pull me over.  I have the tax receipt and a photograph of the plate (all of my vehicles' plates, actually) that I could show an LEO if asked.  I'll just do my best to not draw attention to myself on the road and hope for the best.  Because, you know, a bright red Harley pulling a trailer adorned with a solar panel is a common site these days.



Today's ride would take me into northwest Washington via WA17, WA97, and finally a hundred or so miles across the mountainous WA20, and across the Deception Pass bridge into Oak Harbor.  It was a great day with cool temperatures and routes that took me passed apple and cherry orchards, through tunnels, over mountain passes, and around many high altitude lakes and waterfalls.  It was only a little over 300 miles and it raced by.






Crossing the Deception Pass bridge was bittersweet.  It's a place that holds special memories for me. What's also special is I get to sleep in a real bed tonight!  My mother had a place up here and one of her close friends still lives in the home across the street from what was my mom's place.  It was strange to park the bike so early at 2:30, but it was nice to not have to unpack the trailer and it's been a great afternoon reminiscing and looking at pictures of mama and her friends here.  Did I mention that I get to sleep in a real bed?

I'm seven days and 3,115 miles into this trip with another eleven days and 4,000 miles to go by the time I get home. I've ridden north from Texas to Montana and west to Washington   On Wednesday, I'll turn south and begin making my way along the coast to California.  I'm on track to camp somewhere near Yosemite National Park and hit Lake Tahoe.

Monday Funday - Lolo Pass & Beyond

Not much to post today.  Honestly, yesterday's excitement was enough to last the entire trip.  My camping spot in Bearmouth was great, but the trains were loud.  Fortunately, they ceased passing by about 11:00pm.  I suppose if they didn't, I was just too tired to hear them by then.  When I arrive at a camp site, I can set up my camp in a flash.  I suppose I'm still tweaking from my day's ride and the excess energy comes in handy.  I need to do something to keep me busy until I can decompress and after five straight nights out, I have it down pat.

Packing up to leave is a different story.  I'm excited about the day's ride, but not energized like I am the night before.  I have a process and I get it done, but it takes longer.  I packed up camp this morning and once again saw my friends from Kentucky riding by.  We were heading to the same area - Lolo Pass.

Lolo is another iconic route that crosses the Montana/Idaho state lines and has about 100 miles of ascents, descents, twists, and turns.  The principal different between Lolo and many other routes is that you can rage through at 70mph and carve corners like a pro...even when pulling a trailer!

After the excitement Lolo, the rest of the day was pretty bland.  That's how these trips go sometimes.  You tolerate the boring stuff and savor the twisties.  I discovered a nice curvy nugget of a run outside of Lewiston, Montana called the Old Spiral Highway.  Other than the roads being pristine, its name measured up and it was an excellent 30-minute "shortcut" from 129 north yo 95.  Unlike Lolo or Beartooth, Old Spiral is not destination worthy, but if you're in the area, it's well worth the ride.  It looks like intestines in the satellite map.

The old Spiral Highway dumped me out near the Washington state line and from there, the rest of the day was pretty boring.  The rolling hills and and brightly colored meadows are so vivid and vast that they appear to be digitally enhanced until you remember you're looking at them in person.  They provide a nice distraction while I'm riding and listening to my audiobooks, but they don't compensate for the temperature extremes.  Lolo was in the 40's when I rode through, whereas Washington was over 100 degrees.  I found a nice little camping spot on Lake Soap and once again energetically set up my simple accommodations.

Tomorrow I'll ride the curves of WA20 north by northwest across the Deception Pass bridge an into Whidbey Island.  I last rode Hester there with my mom eleven years ago.