Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 8 – Chilly, Hilly Ride

Mural in downtown Shelton, Washington
Mural in downtown Shelton, Washington

Temperature was 43 degrees this morning when we started our ride from Shelton, Washington headed towards Elma. While I stopped at the post office on the main street in town, Bill took a few photos of the murals and historic train cars nearby. Wherever we stop, everyone is interested to find out where have we come from and where are we going.

Train outside the post office
Train outside the post office

Our ride this morning started out with a long climb out of town until reaching Cloquallam Creek where the ride leveled out. Many of you know that we travel with a white strobe LED on the front of our bikes, and 2 red LED lights on the rear of our bikes. Bill also has a flashing red LED on the rear of his helmet. We definitely wan’t to be visible. A gentleman today slowed his vehicle as he approached us to tell us that we had great lighting. He had seen us way down the road. Safety, check!

I can check this off my Bucketventure list. Nice to have these available!
I can check this off my Bucketventure list. Nice to have these available!

We also met a young man traveling on his bike north from San Diego,  on the road since the first week of April, tenting it up the coast and willreach Seattle,his destination, tomorrow. He encouraged us to stay off the 101 as much as we could. Our Adventure Cycling Maps tend to take us on the back-roads and byways.

Cycling on Cloquallam Creek Road
Cycling on Cloquallam Creek Road

Bill managed to get several photos of a blue bird that I noticed as we cycled today, I believe it was a Stellar’s Jay.

Stellar's Jay in flight
Stellar’s Jay in flight
Backside of Stellar's Jay
Backside of Stellar’s Jay
Hiding behind the branch
Hiding behind the branch

Our ride was shorter today, only 30 miles as we were concerned about lodging. The next town with lodging was another 30+ miles and that just made for a long day.  We have stopped for the day in Elma, Washington – not much here but at least there is a decent hotel. Tomorrow we hope to make it to Centralia, Washington. Oregon is getting closer, maybe by Friday.