Just the shortest of updates– I don’t have enough computer time to transcribe the back-logged entries in my journal (we are both keeping these, though, and will post them when time allows). These ones won’t be the most interesting to read, but will hopefully reassure our friends and families that we’re doing fine.
So, briefly: We’re in Hoquiam, WA; it’s a beautiful, sunny day and we’re getting a late start. After three nights of hobo camping and two days of biking in cold, heavy rain, all of our clothes and gear were wet and we were chilled to the bone. Kini is a 6-year treeplanting veteran and was totally down for more of this; I am not, and talked her into a motel room for the night. Our laundry is done, everything is dry, warm showers and good nights’ sleeps have been had, and we’re officially through the Olympic Peninsula, i.e. the most rained-on spot in North America. We’re in good spirits and still stoked on the trip; we’ve seen a lot of beautiful places in the last four days, talked to a lot of very kind people, and eaten twice our weight in food. We should be in Oregon the day after tomorrow, and from Astoria we’re planning to head inland to Portland to stay in a hostel and explore the city for a few days, before returning to the 101.
Also, to ease any worries, specifically those of my parents: we’ve had no near misses on the roads so far. Drivers have been incredibly gentle and generous with us; I’m pretty sure every day that I bike around Victoria is more dangerous than highway riding here.
More at some point in the future, but that’s all for now. To anyone reading this, I hope you’re well, too.