Tuesday, August 4 Day 3 Winthrop to Leavenworth, WA 124 miles, 4000' of climbing
Just after this was our lunch stop, and I took no more photos other than the one at the top of this posting. The open sore on my butt was hurting too much, and it was just too hot and windy for me to be in the mood to stop and take pictures. If we had taken the shortest route into Leavenworth, we would have stayed on Hwy 2 all the way from the Columbia River turn off. Instead, we rode on twisty and sometimes hilly side roads to get here. When we made our turn onto Deadman Hill Rd, I knew we were in for a doozy. That hill was super steep (11%) and went on a long ways up up up.
Although I felt tired and was not thinking I was riding all that well, I looked at my odometer when I got to 100 miles and my average speed was still 16.9 mph. For me, that's still pretty fast, so I guess I was doing better than I felt.
Our motel, the Icicle Inn, was a bit beyond the main downtown of Leavenworth. I went ahead and walked back and stopped at the first restaurant in the "Bavarian" section, called Gustav's. Janet and I ate there when we were here four years ago in snowy November. Not a bit of snow to be seen today though. My beer was one made locally at Icicle Brewery (no relation to our motel. The mountain peak nearby is Icicle Mountain, and the original town nearby was Icicle).
Tomorrow we will continue south on the eastern side of the Cascades to Selah, which is a little northwest of Yakima. It's a shorter day - 89 miles - "recovery".