The preceding photo shows my lounge chair view that I had as read for over five hours. Day three was a day of rest and recovery. I had a nice breakfast in the lodge then spent most of the day poolside. As I walked through the pool clubhouse and gift shop I spotted an intriguing book. It covered the history of Stevens Pass and I was quickly drawn into the pages. The book, pool, and weather were perfect medicine. I had the pool area to myself for most of the day. Other than getting up to order a sandwich, chips, or beverage, and an occasional cool down in the pool, I was very content on the lounge chair. I spent the evening relaxing at the cabin and preparing for the next day’s journey. Sleep came easy.
Freestone Inn, Mazama to Chelan
I was up and rolling towards Wintrop by 6:15. This time of the day is so peaceful. The green fields are framed by the rock and sage covered mountains. Mule deer grazed all around me. The sun was just behind the mountain tops and the birds were welcoming in the new day.
By 7:30 I entered the slowing waking western theme town of Winthrop. The streets were virtually empty but for a few business owners preparing for the business day. I stopped at an outdoor corner café and grabbed a couple of breakfast sandwiches, sent text messages, then headed toward Mike Frankowiak and Deb Coleman’s place in Chelan. I bought a smart phone a few weeks ago in preparation for this trip. Since retiring from SWAT years ago, I have been off of the grid on my days off. I now have a smart phone mount on my bike handlebars and send update messages to family and friends as I travel. I passed many interesting places as I rode such as the Carlton Mall.
Are you ready for mall shopping? Other than a couple of homes just out of the photo what you see is the entire town.
My route was Hwy 20 to 153, to Hwy 97. As I turned south on 97 I met Mr. Headwind. When I had planned this trip I saw this part of the trek to be easy due to no significant elevation changes. Mother Nature ensured that I still got a good workout as the wind hit me head on. Mike and Deb have a house Northeast of Chelan. I climbed from 97 to their house where they met me with open arms. Once I had showered off the miles of sweat and dirt I sat down to visit. Mike and Deb are very gracious hosts and offered me water, wine and food. The “Snack” that Deb brought out was a crock pot full of a delicious clam, shrimp, sausage, and other yummy stuff. The rest of the day was spent visiting, swimming, eating, and listening to a Green Bay Packer football game with friends and the dachshund trio.
There is no better medicine than friends, food, and puppy therapy. Thanks Mike, Deb, and the dachshund three.
Stay tuned as I will finish the Cascade Loop in the next post.