|Bike path in Umatilla|
I've spent the day in Washington state, cycled 138 km instead of the planned 82 km, and ended back in Oregon instead of camping in Washington.
|Bike bridge across the Columbia at Umatilla|
There is a railway line next to the road on both sides of the river. On the Washington side the freight company is the prosaically named BNSF Railway, formerly the more evocative Burlington, Northern & Santa Fe. The land on both sides is essentially desert.
|Michele and Steve, eastbound|
The wind was still slowly strengthening when I met eastbound couple Michele and Steve from New Hampshire. They are cycling from Seaside, OR to Rye, NH and camped last night at West Roosevelt, WA. That was where I was due to stop if I stuck to my schedule.
|The diner at West Roosevelt, WA|
I reached West Roosevelt after 82 km just before 11am. The store there was the only open service place I passed today. It incorporates a diner where I enjoyed a large and nutritious meal full of protein and carbohydrates, ideal fuel for continued cycling. I drank a quart of Gatorade and bought another quart to carry with me.
|Wind farm in Oregon|
|A train in the dramatic setting of the gorge|