59 miles Usk to Metaline Falls
A quick downhill run to Sullivan Lake, lunch, and the bike doctor, from whom I bought a new, helmet-mounted mirror. Despite the abundant wasps we lingered at this beautiful lake visiting with folks, including Dave & Nina from Stanwood (shown left).
We climbed again until we arrived at Metaline Falls. There are no falls there anymore. Not much more than a hardware store and a movie house. We actually camped at the local high school 2 miles down the road. After setting up the “Taj Mahal” (thanks again to Steve & Carla) and inflating our bed (thanks Bill & Sooz), we spent the afternoon visiting with other riders and trying to find some shade.
The mornings were generally cold. Fortunately the breakfasts were hot. That’s Michael & Tamara who Spencer’s enjoying his with.
The boys’ locker room at that school had a huge sign on the wall describing the differences between “winners” and “losers”. Did you know that losers have long hair? They also “follow the crowd”. Unless they “go their own way”. Winners, of course, are well-groomed, don’t follow the crowd, and “follow directions”. There must have been 150 different descriptors for both kinds of people. There tended to be a lot of overlap. All the men got a good laugh at that. It looked like it had been up since 1955.