Friday, July 31, 2015

Day 45--A Wrap-up of Chapter 4

Tomorrow I leave the cabin. It seems the week has gone by far too fast. Here's a wrap-up of what we did. 

Sunday--Day 40
We finally did what I've wanted to do for a long time. We rode Camp 12 Road from the Ponderosa to Chumstick Hwy. It's a primitive road that, for a section, is actually closed (not that it stopped us). We were high above the Wenatchee River on a rutted dirt road. We finally got to come down an awesome descent where we popped out onto the Chumstick Hwy. From there it was about 9 miles back to the cabin. 

Monday--Day 41
The weather had been chilly over the weekend. Monday was finally a bit warmer. We took out the road bikes (Lorraine had brought KITT with her) and did Chiwawa Loop. It's a favorite that we've done every time we've come to the cabin. I was quite squirrelly until I got used to not having any weight. It felt great to be back on KITT and flying along!

On the way, we stopped at Mountain Springs Lodge to inquire about their Ziplines. Reservations had to be made online, and when we got back to the cabin, we found there was nothing available. Too bad...maybe next time. 

Tuesday--Day 42
The pool is always closed for cleaning on Tuesdays, so we, once again, took the road bikes. This time we headed into Leavenworth via Tumwater Canyon (US 2). It's a great, mostly downhill ride along the Wenatchee River. 
The river is really quite low. 
I hope I don't catch any flies with that gaping mouth!

We took a nice break at the new Starbucks in Leavenworth before heading back up the Chumstick (mostly up as...what goes down, must go back up). 

Wednesday--Day 43
Swimming and ice cream. That's it. 

Thursday--Day 44
Shopping at Plain Hardware (not your average hardware store), swimming, and ice cream. A full day!

Friday--Day 45
Today was the hottest day yet...over 100. So, of course, we decide to go for a bike ride. We thought we had picked a shady route. Not so much. We rode to the end of the road on the other side of the river (accessed by a bridge closed to cars--motorcycles and snowmobiles are allowed) and back. Not many miles, but it was hot hot hot!
The bridge over the Wenatchee. 

When we got back, we went down to the pool (I know, it's a tough life).
Don't worry, we did go swimming. 

Then, as has become tradition this week, after dinner we went for ice cream (at the grocery store, but it's the good stuff).

So, that's been Chapter 4. Tomorrow, I begin Chapter 5 by riding over Blewett Pass. 
Here's a parting shot of the tattoo I got on my ankle. 

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