We are, in fact, grounded today due to weather. As we watch the blowing rain and violently swaying trees, we are grateful to have a roof over our heads. We are even more grateful to be under a roof that also shelters a pool.
A funny aside: As we pulled up to this hotel yesterday evening the kids joyfully noted the sign’s mention of a pool. Tango* went to the bathroom while the Old Man checked us in and the rest of us stood outside with the bikes. Tango came out disgustedly shaking his head announcing the pool is a fake. “The pool has pennies in the bottom, some fake fish, and is so small no one could even fit in it!” After he went on to describe the waterfall that fed the tiny pool, we figured out it was a fountain and assumed there was a real pool somewhere else in the building. Thankfully, there is.
I do not expect to continue to post as frequently as I have this first week (for those of you who may be worrying I intend to obnoxiously clog up your inboxes). Our hotel stays have made it easy to write updates, but once we are more exclusively camping my opportunities will reduce. Also, we need to prioritize making up ground once the weather clears, so we have some longer pedaling days ahead of us. Between the snow at Snoqualmie necessitating the Portland reroute and the ark-worthy rain grounding us two days this week, we are already a week behind or more. The OCD planner in me is struggling with these uncontrollable circumstances. I didn’t schedule this personal growth of giving up control until later in the tour… Ha!
Prayers for sunny skies and a strong tailwind are appreciated!
*I am not using our real names on this blog in effort to preserve privacy for the kids in the context of the permanency of web content.
Here we are leaving Castle Rock, WA:
Team Frank in the front (from left to right): Sissy, Lil’ Mo, Old Man; Team Eleanor in the back: Tango, Otter, Me