Top: chow line at Alta Lake. Bottom: Seth with a Rest Awhile Scone!
If you ever want to know where to find the best smoothie, the best coffee, or the best ice cream while on a tour, ask Ranger Tommy. It is his mission in life to resource all of these before each ride. And he succeeded. Utah: the ice cream shop at Rubies Inn; the fruit stand in Rockville. Oregon: the coffee shop in Trout Lake for coffee, ice cream AND smoothies. Fresh wild mountain blueberry smoothies. Washington: The Rest Awhile fruit stand in Pateras for fresh peach smoothies; the Cinnamon Twisp bakery in Twisp for coffee & cookies; the Organic Fruit stand in Concrete for fresh raspberry smoothies; Sakumas fruit stand in Burlington for ice cream and fresh strawberry smoothies. Today, day #3, ride day#2, is the Rest Awhile. You can get everything from fresh peaches and cherries to lunch, a smoothie, jewelry, hats, local jams & jellies. If you go through it's a must stop!
Today was a smoky ride up the Columbia River to Alta Lake State Park. Smoky 'cause of the wild fire. About 5000 acres currently burned. We could see the fire line break over the East Ridge when we got to Entiat. Wild fires are unfortunately not uncommon during tour season. We have been re-routed & cancelled due to wild fires. One year the wild fire and the hot shots were just feet off of the road coming up Rainy Pass.
Alta Lake State Park is a great destination! The lake is a fabulous green because of the minerals in the water. We had a little creek running through the camp ground. A babbling creek!
Dinner tonight was Rock Cod Tacos, lime & cilantro coleslaw, tossed green salad with lots of veggies & even some fennel, tofu tacos w/ peppers, onions & mushrooms, all the trimmings, cookies & fresh sliced peaches from the Rest Awhile! Yumm.
We had a guest rider with us for dinner tonight. An older gent from Seattle riding our same route in reverse order. He had a loaded bike: 60 pounds of stuff on it! I can hardly peddle my behind up these roads, let alone 60 extra pounds!
Tomorrow is the ride into Winthrop. Winthrop is an old western theme town with a great brew pub that I hope is still open and a great ice cream place! We shall be joined by our dear friend, Seth from California, who has been peddling around the mountains until the Winthrop Blues Festival this Friday to Sunday. Another must see! The Blues Festival I mean.