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Fire Stations, Chickens, and the Road Less Traveled

Posted by on Apr 13, 12:25 PM
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Bremerton ViewFirehouseSunday was a hoot. After Mass, an IOF board meeting and goodbyes to the remaining siblings and our dearest mother, we spent some time at the library setting our route. Then we jumped on the Kingston ferry and made our way to Bremerton. As a last minute bonus, our friend in Bremerton had a dinner lined up for a group of like-minded people at the very place we were to stay for the night – a decommissioned fire station!

RosarioThe house was spacious and had been made to be quite comfortable. With a view of the town, the water and the Olympic range I felt we had come to the right place. As soon as we arrived and rinsed off it was made known that we were to present our expedition to the guests. We did so, briefly, and a bike helmet was passed around to collect money for the orphans. $175 dollars was raised, just like that! Thanks to all who gave on that evening.

Mt RaineerWe were treated quite well by our hosts that and even had our own bedrooms. The next morning the Stocktons graciously invited us to a feast of ham, eggs and pancakes and we partook, all the while keeping an eye on Andrew St Hilaire’s pet chicken which, by its character, reminds one of some miniature prehistoric creature.

Randall and I spent most of the day there tying up loose ends. At 6:30 PM we finally got on the road again, though I could have stayed a few days! Of course, there was not enough sunlight to make it all the way to Gig Harbor. So we did most of our 30 miles by the light of the moon. ChocolateThere was a construction zone we had to navigate through in the dark, riding on a stretch of dirt that was about to Randall's Ghostbe paved into an off-ramp. We arrived at the beautiful home of the Rosarios around 9 PM and were warmly welcomed. A large supper was warmed up and we took much delight in downing the halibut and pasta set before us.

TentPacking upAfter another scrumptious breakfast we were off again, this time for a longer trek. The GPS set us up with a fantastically scenic and hilly route around Mt. St. Helens to Portland. At the moment we are about one half of the way there, discretely camped in a farmers field on the way to the town of Randle. So far we have been blessed by the best of weather and mostly tail winds!

Comments:

  1. Nice work……glad you’ve had some nice weather on your side. Still getting your gear dialed in??

    SM

    — Stacy Moon · Apr 14, 07:54 AM · #

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