Even short notice is still worth trying. Three days earlier I was introduced to Bart. And he managed to pull together this group for a potluck while we were in Walla Walla, Washington. Small and simple we shared a wonderful meal and had a great conversation. A key part of which was about who owns the energy system and how can we make it and keep it accessible to small energy producers, not just the big energy companies.
Bart also found our wonderful hosts Ormand and Christy (with dogs Ellie and Max) who generously opened their home and fed us a delicious breakfast. Ormand also biked us out of town to get us the best route that avoided the highway for the first half of the day.
We had biked a short 25 miles into Walla Walla using part of our rest day to make up time. We were early enough to enjoy a one weeek completed celebratory breakfast and stop at the local bike shop. Thanks to Matt and Michael at Allegro Cyclery for getting us set with new computers (mine stopped working the first day) so we can more accurately measure mileage and time and other statistics. So we know we went 70 miles today with an average speed of 11.6 mph and bike travel time of five hours and 57 minutes.
Today we met to cyclists from Spokane at the roadside fruit and veggie stand (picked up yummy local produce for dinner) who gave us some route tips and suggested a stop at the goat cheese factory. We met Mama Joan who gave us the most love filled hugs and encouragement reminding us we just need more love and kindness in the world. We’re all working to spread more of it. Pass on the hugs people!