Daybreak Over Dry FallsPosted: July 31, 2012
Up at 4:00am as we know we have a long hot ride ahead of us. Out of Coulee City the road rises up to the wheat field plateaus. On the way we had a birds eye view of the Dry Falls created by the Missoula floods. 2 1f/2 hours later we leveled out in the middle of the wheat harvest. We arrived in Farmer at break time. Not far north of Farmer we stopped at the Farmer cemetary. Ironically but aptly named place. All through this region signs of the decline of the family farm are evident. Old beautiful homesteads left abandoned in the middle of massive wheat fields. GMO wheatfields! We rolled on through another deserted town called Winthrow and stopped for lunch at the Catholic church. The only shade in town.
From there on we continued to climb up what we would later discover to be a pass. At the top we had a view of the Columbia river below with Lake Chelan in the distance. We missed the amusement parks rides in Quesnel this year but you needs them when you have a 12% grade basically pointing straight down for 5 miles! Yahoo! The temperature increased as we flew down the hill. At the bottom there is another wicked hill up the Lake Chelan. By 2:15 we pulled into a rather high end summer playground……beautiful people, powerboats etc. Ya get the picture.
This morning we’re sitting at Starbucks waiting for the slow boat to Stehekin. We’ll post when we’re back!