Day Six – Blown Up and Blown Away

Not necessarily in that order.  We left Chelan at our usual early hour and enjoyed the fresh, crisp 70 degrees. The Columbia River met us again about ten miles southwest of Chelan and was our traveling companion for several miles before we headed west.

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Today was super windy and took its toll on both of us. It’s hard to describe how hard it is to ride in extremely windy conditions but it is a little like someone pushing against you constantly when you are trying to move forward.  It was overcast for the first part of the ride and we felt a few rain drops but never had a full rain storm. We both agree we’ve seen enough high desert for one trip.

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One good outcome of a windy location is the capturing of that energy! Fortunately, the wind was at our backs in this area.

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We soon rose up into the Cascade forest and had several road construction delays. The scenery was beautiful, especially when you have the first glimpse of this regal mountain.

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We were lucky to have seen this because shortly after Cathy took the pictures below, Mt. Rainier was completely enveloped in clouds.

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We continued south toward Mt. St. Helens. Here is our first look at the mountain, or what is left of it after the 1980 eruption.

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The river below the mountain is filled with sediment and the water appears milky.

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As we got closer to the mountain we could see the devastation and regrowth that has taken place.

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These trees were planted the year Cathy and Tom’s oldest children were born in 1985.

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We made it to Castle Rock at a reasonable hour today and went for an early dinner. We hope to catch up on sleep tonight as we’re both beat.

Tomorrow we head to one of our favorite spots – Ashland. We’ll spend two nights there and enjoy some down time.

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