Day 5: Flat day and bye bye Oregon.

Earliest start of the trip so far today. I knew that the day was going to end with a climb into walla walla and didn’t want to arrive late in the day. This plan was soon ruined. Riding was going fine, but a the front tyre was making a noise so i stopped and yup, first flat tyre! Not to worry, I’ve been on a course:) I took the wheel off, found the cause, found the hole, put the patch on and set about inflating it. It was then that i quickly found out that the pump i brought with me didn’t fit the tubes that i got here. Miles from anywhere, i started trying to flag down some help. It wasn’t long before Rich stopped to help out. He was brilliant, pretty much did everything for me. An hours delay but i was off again.

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The next 30 miles or so were the best riding so far, the Columbia river on my left, and large cliffs to my right, creating plenty shade. Before i knew it, i was out of Oregon for the last time and back into Washington.

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I bit further and i left the Columbia river, my travel companion for the past few days. Then things got hotter again, but before it got too hot, i was in walla walla. I was already thinking about having a day off tomorrow, finding another flat once i had arrived made it an easy decision. Walla walla is a pretty big town and is the last chance to get a new pump for a while. I booked into a motel, air con on full and got a pizza hut delivered to my room:) Rest day tomorrow.

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2 responses to “Day 5: Flat day and bye bye Oregon.

  1. Kathleen

    2 flats already, you have been baptized by the road!
    Welcome to Washington!

  2. raphaelle

    Very healthy food habits I see! Have fun, good luck for the rest of the trip!

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