I think today's ride was the easiest 45 miles I've ever ridden.I enjoyed a brisk tailwind most of the way from Richland to here at Hat Rock Campground just 10 miles from Umatilla Oregon, where I'll cross the Columbia back into Washington tomorrow.
I had a restful day yesterday, several warm soaks, and a good night's sleep in my room at the Red Lion. The ride on the pedestrian path that runs along the river from my hotel to the bridge across the River was pleasant. After so long in the wilderness, it was nice to share the morning with the other cyclists and joggers.
Once across the River, I picked up another bike trail that took me all the way to Highway 12, which runs south and meets the River again near Ululla. I met another long road cyclist, Schrek, at a gas station mini mart and we had lunch together. Schrek was finishing up a 3 month, 4,000 mile ride that included a tour on the Snake river and completion of the Divide, which runs the length of the US section of the Rockies.
A little farther on, I stopped at a roadside attraction where I met Bob, a writer, who shared with me a couple of his poems. At Ululla, I turned west and got my first taste of riding The Gorge. The shoulders are wide and the tailwind was a godsend. Before I knew it, I had reached the turn off for tonight's camp.
I'm sitting in my tent now, waiting for the little store to open. Everyone should believe in something. I believe I'll have a beer.
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