This morning, just as I was getting ready to roll out, a lady walked over towards me, holds out her hand, and presents me with the most perfect honeycrisp apple you can imagine. Her name was Karen, and she was my welcome to the Pacific Northwest committee! She said that she’d sen me packing up and thought at first I was a guy. Haha, I do look scruffy! She realized somehow that I wasn’t, and decided to come over and ask about my trip. We talked for a bit before I realized she was wearing a Boston sweatshirt! We laughed. It was just so fitting! A Washington welcome apple and a greeting from Boston! Amazing start to the day!
I set off a bit later than I’d planned, and stopped at three coffee stands. I was just enjoying myself too much! In Marblemount I met a man with his puppy Poppy. What a cutie!
After making the turn onto the Arlington-Darrington road, I heard the telltale honking from a red pickup truck Rod had told me to expect. What joy!!!
Rod also brought his lady-friend and another bicycling friend along. Us three women biked while Rod drove the pickup until Darrington, where Rod hopped on his bike for the remaining miles into Arlington. With my panniers in Rod’s truck, I felt wobbly at first and then really speedy! Such a different ride!
I’m absolutely elated to have reached Arlington! Tomorrow Rod is riding into Seattle with me. I’m in continued coordination attempts with my sister and her dear I-Dawg to see if they can join in the ride as well.
Two words: holy moley! 🙂