Monday September 29th

No tent site s left, so had to buy an rv site. Nice neighbors (most rv people are.). Gave me a beer, brought us a few cinnamon rolls after we asked how far to nearest food place. They, like most people, were surprised by the length of our trip. Especially when we inform them of our bright East to west idea.
We Woke to a broken rack mount volt (paul ‘s, and happening high wind packing conditions. When you can pack and load bikes under these conditions, you are a touring Ninja. The winds today we’re 16 mph, headwind. Hip is sore, gonna run an NSAID drip from a camelback (I’m sure my liber and spleen need the exercise too.).

Stopped in Biggs (AKA BIG WINDS). dint complain, cause things can get worse. The local construction provided many fine projectiles to assault us with. The sand necessitated one hand driving down hill, with the other hand holding cloth to the mouth (this passed quickly, otherwise We’d have cowboyed a bandana there. So, more bitching….
Thought the Midwest, free great camping, even in city parks. In OR, however, the camping has been limited tours parks, spaced out and busy (in State parks). Back east, we arrive after dark at state parks via bike, pitch the tent, and leave before 8 Am – free.. Here the sentinels are here till all hours of the night, the tent sites are limited, often low and muddy.
Most cater to the rv’s (tents are second class camping citizens.

Nonetheless, the warm showers are nice. So the Columbia fishermen here catch coho, steelhead, some sturgeon (sport – release. These sturgeon can reach 14 ft long, or more. There’s a famous one Herman
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Saturday september 27

Started at hat rock campground, and continued on highway 730. We like 730 much better than yesterday when we were at the columbia river. The road was more straight, and there was west truck traffic. Reasonably because today is saturday, the large trucks or truck drivers are not working today. 1 interesting note about the highway here or a couple of the roads here is that we routinely find fresh onions distributed all over the shoulder of the road. Guess this is because the trucks that almost killed a yesterday were chalk full with the onion harvest.

We are at a rest stop now and in 10 miles will be at mile marker 151. This will be a boat launch where we will camp for the night.
Oh joy,  found the boat launch,  a super rough pebble road,  down 1 mile to the Columbia.   No picnic table,  no reasonable tent site (contrarily, signs read “no tenting”   How fair I’d this?   Both here and all highway rest stops allow parked rv’s,  but no tents.   After walking bikes down 1+ miles,  and finding no spot,  we spied a chain link fence,  and some hope beyond.   A beautiful table,  bathrooms,  wind break,  and tent spot Beckon.  The unlocked gate need only be breached (and the Nes Perce Indian- only fishing area sign ignored) .   We figure that since we are trading Lewis and Clark route,  that,  like Lewis,  we are guests of this tribe.   While Jefferson had lewis’ back,  I plan to call on my friend Barák should we need any assistance.  The surveillance camera footage of my bathroom visit should be entertaining.  I waved Charlie straight at the camera,  just to be sure.

The air is cool,  the slight breeze is refreshing, and the river beside us assures the train tracks are far enough away as to minimize noise.   Ah,  but rest assured,  another set of tracks lurks close by on this side.
We might go see MT.  ST HELENS  instead of Astoria.   Oli was easy to sway,  since the route to Astoria is food-scarce. 
I still can’t get over the road onions.   In many countries,  they’d be scoffed up like free cheesecake at Walmart.  Between the onions,  and the truck tire debris,  it felt like a ride at the fair- darting to and fro. .
, this is land management the bureau of indian affairs. It is for the use of the neuse purse I indians it’s part of their land. It amazes me that we were the only campers on a warm Saturday night out of maybe 25 or 30 campsite at this beautiful location on the Columbia river. I suppose the Indians here don’t live up to the stereotype of Indians being outdoors ( among  fishing)  types.
Arlington had a great park..   But,  ATT signal and WiFi are almost nonexistent.

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Thursday September 26th

Long stretch with no service,  RT 12 first,  then another road,  long,  hilly,  desolate.

Arrived in walla walla around 6pm.  No campgrounds,  fire department welcomed us in their facility. It  had a carpeted room with microwave,  sink ,  bathroom use.  It was very secure,  comfortable,  large,  and private.
JAVIN WAS IN CHARGE AND APPROVRD THIS FOR US,  AWSOME FOLKS,  VERY KIND AND WELCOMING.
Anthony….. WAS THE young man that was going to invite us in his home,  if needed. He was likely instrumental in getting. G this approved.   He told us of a tent camp trip he did 10 years ago with a 3 month old daughter,  and surprising freezing weather.

Wheatland bakery,  1828 E Isaacs Ave walla walla 99362
Free milk offer for scrambled egg,  nice food,  23 years in business,  brain injury skiing,  family took over.
Bicycle barn,  walla walla   Andrew  helped free,  oli’s rack mount bolt was loose….
Route 12 now has shoulder and is busy….

Monday september 22nd

Still no cell signal
Camped at Glade Creek.   Only campers,  pine floor,  table,  pit toilet,  Creek,  and river.   Signs and  loved,  but we don’t care,  suppose it was reserved for us.  Off to Lowell (small village,  has services…   Still depending and will be for several days.

Hip hurts a bit,  pumping the pills to me. Somewhat overcast,  comfortable temperature.  Slept in a secret spot,  under a roof….    Swam in the Clearwater river again.   Met so. E more interesting people,  more on that later.

Wee in Clarkston Washington!   Accepted a short 2 rides to get past smoke from fires,  and a suicidal Highway.

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Travis and Dean gave us a ride to Lewiston in pickup truck.   We met him In lenore food bank,  90% retired folk.

Logging trucks and traffic dangerous on Route 12….

I got to help out at the food bank,  was really cool job.

Orofino,  town we went through has largest salmon and steelhead hatchery in USA.

Record in Clearwater River is 48 pounds.  Many salmon and steelhead in river.  

Calling Elk causes mountain lion to come.   CANADIAN WOLF reintriduced 3 years ago,  was supposed to be timber wolf.   The Canadian one has more litters and more pups per litter than timber wolf.  Population is destroying Elk,  moose population.
Californian transplants,  hater the hispanification of the state,  and schools.   Loved fishing,  hunting.

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Helped out at the local community center with a food pantry pickup.   Nice retired folks.   This is where we met Travis,  who saved us from a logging truck death.
What a  character ,  he said his friend told him that when he moved from California to Idaho,  he made both States smarter.  
The smoke from fires allowed us to. Eat Dennis,  and the shitty road to Lewiston brought us to Travis and Dean (a retired sped teacher)

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Saturday September 20th

Woke to cool,  sunny (but not on our site),  clear,  pine scented air. Relocated to the adjacent site to make good use of the sunlit table. . The babbling brook calls to me “though must fill thy cup with my blood” . I make the yea and chocolate,  while oli packs the tent.

The pine trees spew wonderfully rich smelling pitch – the air smells like Maine in the spring.  Not a creatures stirring,  not even a warden.  We’re not going to pay for the use of the site,  as we have little cash and are far over budget in this trip. Wherever we can save,  we will.

I Love the fire rings here,  and wonder if Oli’s dad can help us construct one at our chata – he works at a train engine factory/steel smelter.
Make it up Lolo pass. . We’re at a visitors center in Idaho. . Weather is warm,  comfortable,  not much wind. . We met Dennis and Jim Mann,  72 and 75 year old bikers from Tallahassee. . They had to cut trip short,  but did so Astoria,  Portland,  Missoula.

Riding to Powell.  Then,  10 miles after, some hot springs.
The grain trucks have been a bit dangerous.
Fantastic views going down the Lolo pass rt 12 road.. Jerry johnson. Hot Springs were great. Really enjoyed the soaking my joints. Another woman joined us BTW,  all naked! .

Not much water,  and camping at jerry johnson campground. (closed). . We originally thought that we’d just filter more,  but,  the river is a steep 100 yards down. . We’re gonna tough it out till lovell,  56 miles,  almost no water….

We may pass closer to the rivet and filter before that.

Lady from the spring is from Portland. . Said to visit waterfalls. The older guys said took them 2 weeks from Portland.

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Dennis and Jim Mann

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