Chapter 1--A Night Ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl
This first chapter is actually about last night. I retired to my tent at the late late hour of 8:00. I read for awhile, then turned to go to sleep. At some point, I turned over to my left side. All of a sudden, the tent was spinning. I closed my eyes and held on to my sleeping pad. It was as if I was on the Tilt-a-Whirl at the Fair. The spinning finally subsided, and I went back to sleep. Later, I turned over again and the spinning started again. When I turned back to my other side, it stopped. So, I tried turning my head very slowly. That seemed to help in that it only spun for a little bit. This continued throughout the night, but only when I would turn to my left side. It was like vertigo, but I was lying down...horizontigo. I was a little concerned, because dizziness and bike riding don't really go good together. But, when I got up in the morning, the Tilt-a-Whirl was gone. I wonder if it will happen tonight? I think it might be caused from hunching my shoulders throughout the day. Today I made a more concerted effort to drop my shoulders.
Chapter 2--More Touring Cyclists!
After I had slogged my way up Elk Pass (where there is no summit sign, but I took this photo anyway),
I enjoyed the descent. Then, began the climb back up to the Clearwater Viewpoint of Mt. St. Helens. As I pulled up to the parking area, what should I see but two bikes with panniers! Woo hoo! More bike tourers! This tour just keeps getting better and better! We exchanged the usual info and took photos.
Chapter 3--Leslie and Gordon...Not on Bikes, but Still Seeing the Sights
I recalled from my last time on this route that there was another viewpoint not on the ACA map. I remembered this because I had gone whizzing by it before I realized it was there. I remember thinking, hmmm...maybe I should have stopped there. Anyway, given another chance, I stopped this time. I would have stopped there even if I had stopped before because this time I was going uphill, and I really needed a break!
I pulled in, and there was a couple with a trailer. They were having a snack at one of the picnic tables. When they saw MC, they were quite shocked (this has been the reaction from most everyone--the Da Brim on my helmet has pretty much take a backseat to the fat girl). We talked about our respective trips, and various other things. Leslie and Gordon are from Gibsons, BC. I rode through Gibsons on my Bike and Boats Tour. They were a very nice couple, and I enjoyed visiting with them.
Here's the photo from the Viewpoint.
Again, a paltry amount of snow on the ol' girl.
Epilogue--All Good Chapter Blog Posts Should Have One
I arrived at Paradise Creek and found a site suitable for two tents in case Lydia and Cody decided to stay here too. Sure enough, about 30 minutes after I arrived, they rolled in. We are sharing a site tonight, and therefore, splitting the cost. That's nice because these Forest Service campgrounds are expensive!
Cody, Lydia, and their tent.
Total miles today: 51.3
Average speed: 6.3 (with lots of time going 2.4mph)