Issaquah, WA to Walla Walla, WA
approx. 300 miles
It seemed like the group was pretty worn out from the previous day and knowing we had another 300-ish mile day ahead of us, we opted for a larger amount of interstate riding today. We went over Snoqualmie Pass where it was raining slightly and about 50 degrees. This would end up being one of the two times I wished I had packed my mid weight gloves. Brrr! Later in the day as the temperatures reached 95 degrees, I was wishing for some of that 50 degrees to return one more time!
I spent much of this day focusing on avoiding my mishaps from the day before. I worked on finding the balance between using front and back brake to stop. Also, making sure my left foot was down as I came to a stop so that the right one could remain on the brake no matter what. I was determined to avoid being caught off guard by another steep slope! These are all basic skills that I had automatically done in the past, but after the previous day’s experiences, I wanted to feel certain the muscle memory was there without exception.
I don’t seem to have taken any photos this day and I believe that was mostly because we were either fighting the wind or taking a short break to stay on track and arrive at the hotel a bit earlier than the day before. I had heard that the 3rd travel day of a tour is the one where people start to lose it and that surely seemed to be the case for me. I had never ridden this many consecutive days and miles before and I could feel the effects on my body. I don’t remember another day of riding where fighting the wind was such a large factor. I learned to brace my knee into the tank and become comfortable with turning into the wind to keep the bike on the road. It was exhausting!