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From wedding to wedding, 2008
By Scott Rosenthal - (contact)

Day 6: This is why: Tonasket to Kettle Falls

Sunday June 22, 2008, 87 miles (140 km) - Total so far: 437 miles (703 km)

I left Tonasket and set out for Wauconda Summit after an extra early wake up. Apparently the town info center has such nice grass because they have highly effective sprinklers beginning at 6:30. So my shady spot under the tree was not as great as I had hoped. I took all of my gear off the grass and then took advantage of the sprinklers. I was THAT GUY who washes himself in the town park sprinklers. I showed them. Too bad there was all of one car in town on Sunday morning. The day's route started out climbing immediately. I had stocked up on ice and water in Tonasket which proved invaluable with the warm temps. The climb to bustling Wauconda took a few hours. In Wauconda there is a gas station, post office, restaurant, and general store...all in the same 1500 square ft building. The staff was nice as could be and chatted about all the cyclists coming through lately. With water re stocked and a cold soda to fight the heat I continued the last 1.5 miles to Wauconda Summit. I could see the grey clouds on the east side so I bundled up. The clouds let loose as I started descending towards Republic so I grabbed my rain jacket. The hard rain hit me for about 1.5 miles of the 8 mile descent. By the time I got to Republic the sun was out and I was mostly dry. Despite being Sunday afternoon I found some internet and power for the gizmos. I also consulted the locals on whether or not to try and go over Sherman pass to.
It was about 2;30 when I made up my mind to tackle the 18 mile climb and 20 mile descent. I am so glad I did because despite the painful climbing (more gradual than Rainey and Loup loup though) the descent was killer and it capped off a perfect experience for the day. Plus on the way up I saw a small cougar with its dinner (squirrel) in its mouth. On the way down I saw numerous deer and a moose! The last 3 miles went back up to Kettle Falls where I had dinner in town and then camped at the RV park. I am growing to like the RV parks because you have easy access to showers, bathrooms, and electricity. I know, real high end amenities.

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