Well – it’s a first! First day that is … somethings here are kind of like camp … and today was “t-shirt” day. So breakfast was at 6:00 AM – a room full of adults with the same shirt on! trailer load @ 7:00 AM. It was POURING! We delayed leaving until 8:00 AM … all fueled up with no place to go. Needless to say the roads were wet … we were wet … our bikes no longer clean. We biked Route 30 all day – it follows the Columbia River and could have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining or foggy or both. But over the 69 miles we had 2 significant climbs giving us an altitude change of 3,260 feet. It seemed like the sun would peek out on the uphills and on every significant downhill it poured. We had a 25 mile SAG stop in the Gnat Creek Trout Hatchery.
The Best Western Hotel we are staying at in St Helens had the hose out and a box of rags available. It was a wash fest. Filthy bodies with beautiful clean bikes. So Day 1 is safely in the books. We are off to our 6:00 PM pizza dinner, instructions for tomorrow and, of course the Laundry Room queue.
Here’s the elevation map for day 1: 3260 feet