Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 8

It was a sad morning leaving John Tucker’s house. We had an enjoyable breakfast and loaded up our bikes. We set our goal to make it to Walla Walla. Before heading out of town we stopped at Wal-Mart and Kiana and I bought our 4th of July bike decorations and Alex bought a white board.

The biking was a lot of fun. We biked on road for a while, Kiana and I took our state pictures, and we stopped at a “yacht” club to eat lunch. The man working there was very rude and would not let us eat there, which just showed that not everyone was as nice as John Tucker. We road on a gravel road for several miles and I had a lot of fun on it. Pae and I were in front of the group for majority of it. We also biked through a bee farm, which was terrifying. I could feel them hitting my legs; I was scared I was going to get stung.  We also stopped at an RV place to fill up our water bottles. Kiana and I met a really nice lady who owned the campground. She told us all about the history of it and drove us in her old pick up to the bathrooms (Jacob was mad we were in a car). She also told us to be careful because the road we were biking on was extremely dangerous and many people had died on it before.

We lost Pae. He was racing ahead and I gave up on trying keeping up with him. The group stopped and we had to flag a car down to go get him. Once we retrieved him, we biked on a straight road for a while. This stupid song was stuck in my head and I was screaming it at the top of my lungs. The only line I knew was “I’m feeling sexy and free!” We then made it to Walla Walla and ate some delicious Mexican food then biked to the fire station to find somewhere to sleep. Jacob got attacked by a dog as well. We toured the fire station and set up camp in the backyard. It was a great place to sleep, I felt safe. 

Day 7

79 miles
We left Rufus and set off for our next destination, not really sure where that would be. We traveled mostly on the high way and got off at a small town to get lunch. We had a picnic at a nearby park and met a group of Mormon students who were doing a re-enactment. After lunch we continued on the highway, up and down really steep hills. It was an enjoyable ride for the most part. We stopped at a truck stop to get a quick snack and rest. While there I gave myself Dread-locks because I hadn't showered in so long and we met our savior, John Tucker.

 At first I was a little suspicious, but he turned out to be the best person we met the entire trip. He invited us to his house for dinner and camping in his yard. He said his house was a little ways down the road, which I am sure it was in a car, but for us it was the longest 25 miles. We faced head winds and got lost at a military area. Once we made it to John Tuckers he had a huge barbecue already going. We ate hamburgers and the best Walla Walla Sweet Onions. I also got to call home for the first time in a while. Talking to my mom and dad was really nice, I miss them, but I am also having a lot of fun. We mostly talked about the other people on the trip and my sore butt.

That evening we had gallons of ice cream, did our laundry, showered, and John Tucker let us sleep in his house. It was the best night sleep I have had on the trip. The bed was super comfy and I was so tired and thankful that I didn't have to sleep with the ear wigs we had brought with us from Rufus.