Case the grounds from the Cascades to Puget Sound
Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
63Trip End Sep 07, 2013
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Today, I approached the edge of the Cascades, with the final curtain dropping tomorrow. They do not end with a bang, as I'm sure few mountain ranges do, but rather descend into the high desert, a plateau around 1500' that spans until the ranges on the east coast. The heat intensifies as soon as the elevation dips below 2500' or so, and the last valley of the day between Okanogan and Tonasket was a drudging 18 mile slight uphill into the wind, enough to break most spirits at the end of an 85 mile day.
But not mine. I arrived to a bike-only campground (backyard) with local food (taco truck) and entertainment (fireworks stand) in the parking lot. A couple of beers and Fourth of July celebrations reminds me of home, a reminder I need not all the time, but often enough on a trip like this.