Fire Station > Willapa Bay KOA: 93 Miles
Ride Time: 8 Hours, 24 mins.
Average Speed: 11.2 mph
As I noted before in Day1, I was woken up at the fire house to all number of fire drills and other firefighter activities. I got up, planned the route, packed and headed on without much pomp and circumstance at all. Basically a wave goodbye to and from the firefighters as I hopped on my bike...
I finally start descending for a while into the town of Raymond which was cute in the "yeah, this town is small and deserted" kind of way. I stopped at a convenience store for a chocolate milk to hopefully sooth my heartburn and just because it sounded good. It was also dinner time. I did a not-so-quick Google search for good pizza places in-town (not-so-quick due to the terrible internet coverage) and headed toward one that shared my name, Patrizzio's. It was closed. Figured. But next door was a Mexican place! The burrito I got was gigantic and I took the rest to go for later.
The last leg of the journey was not the most difficult, but maybe the most annoying. The next little settlement of a town was South Bend, about three miles from Raymond. I stopped for about 20 mins for some picture taking along the Willapa river since it was dusk, but that just delayed my progress as much as the hills of Pre-Raymond did. I chose to stick to the straighter main road, instead of taking the twisty scenic route. I couldn't see anything anyway at this point so it really didn't matter and I knew I wouldn't get lost following the 101. And like I said before, every time I thought I was lost or unsure of my route, I simply hadn't gone far enough. The darkness seems to make distance grow, which stinks because the weight of the bike makes progress slow enough.
Another hard day in the bag and I was finally out on the coast! But boy, I didn't really enjoy that ride…
Things learned this day:
- Trust that gut feeling when it tells you to stop, like at the BBQ place. So far this hasn't steered me wrong.
Currently tunes: Pretty Little Angel Eyes by Curtis Lee