2015-07-31 - WA - Day 65 - Tonasket to Winthrop
Another hot day of climbing. Due to the heat, the van and trailer left at 7 AM. I left relatively late and rode in the heat alone to our first rest stop in Omak about 25 miles away. Finding a fast food restaurant to eat breakfast, I stopped there and told the van and trailer to not wait for me. I had been cycling fairly slow. When I rode past the V&T however, people inside the van yelled at me to stop. I turned there and saw Amanda had rejoined us. She had cycled the first week with us and will now join us for the next 4 days of riding. It was great to see her again.
The climb up to Loup Loup Pass at mile 50 was a long, gradual one but not surprising. I was listening to the Power Broker for most of the day and it helped take my mind off the hardships of riding. I took a few breaks where I could find shade along the way up and eventually made it. I think there were only two people behind me when I did. The break with water and food was much appreciated. I was pretty beat. Going downhill was much easier but the narrow shoulders and heat did not ease. Worries about safety was ever-present. We had just learned about the NYC teacher who died during the Bike-and-Build ride across the country. A driver had been using her cell phone when she drove into him and his riding companion. My stomach had not been feeling well going up the hill and as I rode down, I knew I should stop somewhere to use the bathroom.
I stopped in the town of Twisp for some food and a break and used the bathroom. After ordering some food, my stomach pain became unbearable, like I had been doing 200 sit-ups. I went to the bathroom again to relieve myself and felt much better afterwards. This proved to me that my lack of strength while riding was still due to the effects of the stomach virus and not something else. I eventually arrived at the Winthrop KOA which was a sweet campground by the water. The bathroom was beautiful, like the kind you find at a fancy hotel. I bought a bike light from the store and relaxed. If all the KOA's are similar to this, I thought should really try them out. I would later do so on my Northwest US Road Trip with my brother. I went to bed looking forward to riding into the North Cascades. Due to my weakness I had planned to do only one hike there and after researching through several kindle books, I had picked the one I wanted to do.