Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 28

Another beautiful day for riding. It got a bit warm, so I tried out my cooling vest. It really works, that evaporative cooling, even with the serious riding jacket on. Took many scenic roads and swung by to see the Grand Coulee Dam. At the end of the day, I am at Cashmere one day early from the master plan. I think I'll take an extra rest day as I get closer to Portland, OR. Will have to wait to see how things go. Each day is truely a new opportunity for adventure. Hurray !!!

    Today = 290 miles,
    Total   = 6,599 miles
Riding Time:
    Today = 9-Hours, 32-Min,
    Total   = 8-Days, 16-Hours, 25-Min
Ted on his 2015 BigRide, truly ROCKS
Great Cafe in Republic, WA
Railroad bridge provides access for next pic

Lake Roosevelt

images/28-5.JPG The granddaddy of long-distance, high-country routes in Eastern Washington. Over the course of its 44 miles, it presents a virtual highlight reel of dry-side beauty, from sage-scented meadows to subalpine parkland. No cloud-piercing spires here, just a mosaic of old-growth forests and open sagebrush meadows, from which shimmer distant vistas of the Cascade and Rocky Mountains.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) changed the face of the Colville National Forest during the 1930s. CCC workers built roads, trails, camps, and buildings (many of which are still in use today) for $30 a month. Camp Growden was known as "Little America" because it housed CCC enrollees from around the country. The work was back-breaking; the pay, modest. Living conditions were primitive – barracks in the Colville National Forest. But when many Americans were hungry and homeless, the CCC workers had a roof over their heads and regular meals.
Highest pass in the state maintained all year. Surrounded by the aftermath of the 1988 White Mountain Fire. Named after American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman who traveled across the pass in 1883.
images/28-b.JPG Colville Forest Reserve - created on 1 March, 1907 as part of what were called 'midnight reserves' because Roosevelt signed them into existance just before a law prohibiting him from doing so became effective.
Even the cows are enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Although they were concerned that I had stopped.
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The Coulee Corridor illustrates the dramatic effects of ancient catastrophic Ice Age floods which left behind majestic and beautiful valleys. Among the sights are deep gouges in the underlying basalt bedrock made by ancient post glacial floods, gigantic gravel bars, and the effects of glaciation in this part of Eastern Washington.
Just interesting clouds.
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Saw this fruit stand and HAD to stop.
Met Willy Smith - a 2-bike Harley owner who complemented me on the beautiful bike I ride. Thanks for taking time to chat with me.
Beautiful FRESH fruits ready for my tummy, FANTASTIC!
Grand Coulee Dam - built on the Columbia River during the 1930s Depression as a part of President Roosevelt’s Works Projects Administration, a plan to irrigate the parched farmland of the Columbia Basin, bring electricity to rural areas and get the unemployed back to work. Wow! Think we could do that today?
My campsite for the night.
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