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Aug 18, 2001

S2 Cycling Team does the Ride Around Washington

August 19-24, 2001

In our third year of tandeming, S2 Cycling Team set new goals. After training for our second Seattle to Portland ride (200 miles in two days), we continued riding to be ready for RAW. We did another two-day double-century, from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. called RSVP in early August. All told, we trained about 2200 miles this season in preparation for our first week-long tour.

Saturday, August 18, we packed up our stuff and drove to the coast with our friend Diane Taylor. She was looking for an opportunity to spread her wings and graciously made the journey so we could get our bike and gear to the start line in Westport. We walked through the Westport art festival, saw the end of a fabulous Mariner-Yankee game (Go M’s!) in the office of a charter fishing group, and had a nice Mexican meal before she left.

We spent the night with our next-door-in -Seattle-neighbors, Bill and Sarah. They have a house on the beach and put us up. Cranberry bogs fill their back yard view. Appropriate, since the RAW was listed as “Cranberries to Apples”. RAW, The Ride Around Washington, is in its third year and is sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. This year’s route was a 357 mile journey across the state. The fully supported event boasted 154 riders creating a rolling community traveling from the cranberry bogs in Westport to the apple orchards in Eastern Washington. Each photo can be clicked to view the images larger.

Route Map

Aug 19, 2001

Westport to Centralia

Sunday, August 19: 71 miles Sunday we started riding from the local high school to Centralia. The course was nearly all flat. The day was cool to start, gradually warming enough for us to get down to biking shorts and jerseys. We met a couple on their single bikes who were from Chicago, Ric and […]

Aug 20, 2001

Centralia to Packwood

Monday, August 20: 80 miles Monday dawned cool and cloudy. I even wore my clear lenses. We rode with Michael and Tamara, a couple we know from the tandem club, for much of the day. Got some invaluable lessons on paceline riding from them. I’m always glad to learn new riding tips. The terrain was […]

Aug 21, 2001

Packwood to Yakima

Tuesday, August 21: 82 miles Day three was the day of the BIG CLIMB – White Pass, 4,500 feet. We knew we’d get hot soon, but it was cold when we started. The UP was about 20 miles long. We just started pedaling. Gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier. And pedaling. Beautiful basalt columns rose alongside […]

Aug 22, 2001

Day off in Yakima

Wednesday, August 22 We spent Tuesday and Wednesday nights with tandem acquaintances in Yakima. They’d offered to put us up on our layover day. It turned out to be a good thing because the storm finally caught us at 9 that evening. It rained for the next 30 hours. However, we were at Greg and […]

Aug 23, 2001

Yakima to Cle Elum

Thursday, August 23: 70 miles Thursday dawned clear and beautiful. Our party rolled out of Yakima into the Yakima River Canyon. We enoyed this magnificent scenery all day. The only low spots were the 4 miles of broken concrete road going into Ellensburg, the subsequent flat tire, and the headwinds which started at 1 p.m. […]

Aug 24, 2001

Cle Elum to Leavenworth

Friday, August 24: 40 miles The last day took us over Blewett Pass to Leavenworth. It was another beautiful day. The rains that hit the evening before were so far gone that the tent was dry in the morning. I guess that tells you something about the continuing fire danger there, huh! Blewett Pass was […]