One of the most enjoyable parts of touring is completing the goal you set. That moment when you say to yourself at the end of a tour, I made it!, feels like a big accomplishment, even if the accomplishment was merely enjoying a vacation. Still, you can take that good feeling and roll it into daily life. For instance, you can motivate yourself at work by thinking, I just rode 1,650 miles, surely I can help this upset customer/boss/coworker with her problem. An altered perspective can be powerful. This is just one of many reasons why I love bicycle touring.
On July 6 we completed our journey from Stampede Reservoir near Truckee, CA, to Seattle following the Adventure Cycling Sierra Cascades route with some improvisation at the end. Overall it was another great trip, and we’re a bit sad it’s ending but also excited to go home to friends and family, to our comfy bed, to cotton towels, to regular showers, to clean clothes, and to a kitchen capable of more than boiling water.
We spent the last four days visiting the San Juan Islands, an archipelago west of Anacortes. We visited the three main islands Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez. Each island had its own personality, from introverted to festive to friendly, and each island was worth the visit.
Whoa. We went crazy with the fancy food today. Maybe we felt we needed a reward for battling headwinds all day. Or maybe once I see a bakery I lose all self control. Carrie would agree it’s the latter.