July 11, 2019 – day 9.
I’d camped close to the Snoqualmie Tunnel in the Cascade Range.
Nearby was Keechelus lake. Many trees had been killed when the dam allowed more water.
Aside from Snoqualmie, the world’s longest biking tunnel, there are 5 more on the Iron Horse Trail.
Much of today’s ride downhill to the drier flatlands was near the Yakama river.
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad went bankrupt ceasing operations in about 1980. Washington State acquired the line creating the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in place of the rails.
The stations and stores that serviced the trains are now mostly abandoned.
I was impressed to see a slow cook Bar-B-Q place in the former Cle Elum train station.
The Great American Rail-Trail has clearly not yet caught on. In two days I met only two other long distance cyclists. From Japan, they’d come from Reno, planned to cross to Seattle, then work their way south to California.
I’d seen surprisingly little animal life in the mountains. The flatlands are better.
Sadly I saw, for the second time in my life, a juvenile Bald Eagle. On the ground it was quite defenceless. I’m assuming something went wrong while it was learning to fly.
Also farm animals in abundance.
It was a very windy day. Happily the wind was at my back.
In the temperate rain forest I could camp pretty much anywhere. Here in farmland it was far more difficult to find a discrete spot.
So far, so good. I feel fine after the last 2 long cycling days. Not a wreck yet.
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