May 13, 1997

Leavenworth, WA to Coulee City, WA
84 miles

Today was the longest ride of the first week, although it is still shorter than the shortest ride next week. There were two good climbs when I did use my granny gear, both with no shade and very hot (close to 90 degrees), but we had tailwinds most of the day to make up for that. There was also a very spectacular ancient dry river bed that we went through (pictures below).

Here is a picture shortly after we crossed the Columbia River (that's Sandra White):
Near Columbia River

Here we are at a rest stop half way up the first (harder) climb:
Halfway up climb

Here are several pictures from the ancient river bed:
River bed #1

River bed #2

River bed #3

River bed #4

Here is the only place to stay in Coulee City if you don't want to camp (note: non-working phone jack in room):
Blu op M tel