The Bike Touring Pages of
Chris X. Edwards

Summer 1997 - Yukon to California
Journals - 2 August 1997


Day 23

2 August 1997 (sunny! nice in shade; mileage = 57.8; Castlerock RV Campground) -- X - We got up at our target time (6:00) and were rolling after breakfast at ~ 7:00. We enjoyed some great riding in the long shadows. We rode very well for about 16 miles when we got to a town called Centralia. It looked like generic America with one house standing out incredibly. It was covered completely in artwork made almost entirely of trash and mostly styrofoam. I stopped to admire it and its owner came out and gave us the grand tour. This guy was a nutcase and I had only the highest respect for him. He was, as I aspire to be, a cool nutcase. Wow! What a place. He liked us well enough to go over the normal 5-minute tour. Very cool. Very unusual and wonderful. It made everything else look boring. We got to Winlock and for the second day in a row, I saw a sign asking for info on an unsolved murder in that (respective) town. I went into a library and borrowed their WA Atlas. The woman was suspicious, but when she learned of our travels, she was very impressed, a la the Plains folk. We ate lunch there and headed out. It was very hot in the sun, but OK in the shade. We could see Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Ranier very clearly on the horizon. We got to our campsite. We went a bit farther to an RV park which had a very nice spot for us. We took showers, made a Swiss-style pasta meal and packed up for the night. Oh ya -- our campsite neighbors -- Swiss!
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