Our days have been full. I’m four blogs behind. My goal is to catch up during our rest day at Cloud 9, the home of Ann and Mike Nolan. More about this wonderful couple later.
You can follow the progress of our trip at this link, thanks to a SPOT satellite tracker I am using for the first time.
Many people have made this trip enjoyable and possible. Multitudes of thanks go to Mary and Nancy, our beloved support-and-gear (SAG) drivers. Nancy helped Brenda transport her car with bike from Wichita to serve as our support car. Fortunately, it turns out, Nancy stayed on a little longer. At 2 AM on the first day of the ride, Mary awoke in acute pain. She had the wherewithal to reach Nancy on her cell phone and asked her for a lift to the Bellingham Hospital emergency room. For a full day, Mary was out of service while passing a kidney stone. Nancy stepped up to the plate with grace and competence and accompanied us as we cycled to our first destination, Anacortes. Mary’s daughter, Adair, drove her to meet us in Anacortes where Mary laid low for the night. For the next two days as Mary recovered from her ordeal, Nancy and Mary worked as a team to get us to Seattle.
Thanks to my brother’s in-laws in the Pacific Northwest for making our first days so personal.
Mountains of gratitude to our two host families on this trip, the Popes in Anacortes and the Nolans in Port Angeles. They took all of us in to their beautiful homes and made us feel welcome, warm, and comfortable and nourished us with amazing homemade food!
Thanks to Pacific Northwest cyclists who helped me choose the most pleasant and safest routes available: John Pope, Walt Farmer, Roxan Kraft, Jeff Selby, and Mike Nolan.
Thanks to urban planners who designed the Interurban Trail from Everett to Seattle that made this passage simply peaceful. Here’s the Relive video of that ride: https://www.relive.cc/view/vRO7VZW15Kv
Thanks to Lynn and Kurt and Brenda for accompanying me on this ride, each bringing their unique personalities and talents to the endeavor. All bring a spirit of adventure, perseverance, and problem-solving abilities essential to the mission. In addition, Brenda sewed us matching masks.
A special note of thanks to Steven Greenfield, who was adamant about making a substantial financial contribution in support of this ride. Thanks for every day Steven gets to spend with his father as he prepares to cross the bridge.
Thanks to Steven for bringing to my attention the peacemaking work of Ben Ferencz, the last living Nuremburg prosecutor. Here’s a 60 Minutes segment about Ferencz’ work: https://youtu.be/NZHTtfTXjrA. Steven was captivated by Ferencz’ argument for cultivating a peace ethic, that “law is always better than war.”
Donations in honor of this ride to the American Friends Service Committee, a long-standing organization working for peace, are welcomed and appreciated. This is the link: AFSC.org/PeaceRide
Thanks to my husband, Giovanni, for understanding my mission, and to my children, Sole and Giampaolo (Gp), for making trips to spend time with him while I’m gone. Also, thanks to our neighbors for keeping an eye on him.
Everett to Seattle
Between Everett and Seattle, there were a few particularly special moments.
In Shoreline, we met Dave Solle, my brother’s brother-in-law, with his wife, Carol, and their adorable puppy, Rosie. Dave shared stories of his time with my brother before the wedding, in particular, about playing basketball with him.
Once in Seattle, we spotted the Space Needle and noticed a monster hill leading up to it. Some of us spoke out loud that they hoped we weren’t going up that one. I was a bit giddy because I had built in a surprise on this ride and I knew it was coming up after a left turn. We cycled up a shorter monster hill that brought us to the Fremont Troll. Thanks to Pete Berty from home who alerted me to this very funny public art sculpture under a bridge!
Sadly, we have also found entire homeless communities under bridges. I didn’t set out to do a Homeless Tour of the Pacific Northwest, but I have accidentally done so.
We found the drawbridge open on the Fremont Bridge we needed to cross to get to our hotel in Belltown but that gave us a little time to notice life on the river.
Our afternoon project was a walk to the Chihuly Glass Gardens by the Space Needle.
Start: Everett WA
End: Seattle WA
Distance: 33.2 miles
Elevation gain: 1558 feet
Relive video: https://www.relive.cc/view/vRO7VZW15Kv
Strava track: https://www.strava.com/activities/5928811697
Cumulative distance: 168.5 miles
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