I heeded Kathleen’s advice and set off earlier today, although by the end of the day i wish i had left even earlier. The day started with a hill climb out of town but with little heat, it proved no problem. By this time, i had now crossed back into Washington and would be travelling on state route 14 for the rest of the day. The road was nice with a constant view of the river, but as the heat increased, it became clear that there was very very seldom shade areas. I made it to my lunch stop in decent time. I have taken quite a while for meals during the day so far to try and cool down, probably something i will need to change because it just gets hotter throughout the day, reaching a peak at around 6. I set off after lunch for my destination of crow butte park campsite about 20 away. The lack of shade continued and riding was tough. The roads were quiet so i put my music on and headed slowly for the park. Over the past couple of days i have seen a few dead deer at the side of the road (don’t worry no pictures) despite there mashed appearance, i am pretty sure they all died of heat exhaustion. Finally the park came into view and day three was over.
I set up camp and then set about making dinner with my new stove. Obviously a camping novice like me was unable to work the stove, so i went to seek help. I headed over to Joyce who runs the park and lives with her husband Brad, a Vietnam veteran. She suggested that i join them for dinner, i gratefully accepted. Dinner was really good as was getting to know such a generous and interesting couple. I stayed until dark and then headed to bed. Not before they have me a care package, pictured below. A nice end to a tough day. Tomorrow will be a shorter day, destination Umatilla. Oh and please keep the comments coming, they really do help.