I was up about half an hour later than usual – I think it’s a mark of fatigue that I’m finding it harder to get up on time but, despite the delay, I was on the road by 07.00 after a great breakfast.
It rained all day today, and I was soaked within about five minutes – thankfully my new gloves and overshoes did their job, and kept my hands and feet warm. I followed route 12 along the banks of the snake river today, and while the views were better than yesterday I had no time to enjoy them. Not only was the rain torrential, but the road was awful – it was small and winding, with heavy traffic making matters worse. When cars passed they couldn’t give me much room, meaning i got treated to a wave of dirty water every 30 seconds plus logging trucks whizzing by about a foot away doesn’t make for pleasant cycling even in nice weather.
Just about the only good thing I can say about the ride today is that it was short and after 65 miles I made it to Lewiston, where the road widened but the traffic increased in density. It took me another hour to get across the city, where I crossed the river into Washington, the penultimate state of the journey. Crossing the river took me into Clarkston, another city that has merged into Lewiston.
I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to dry out, whilst waching the storm blow past outside – I just hope the weather is better tomorrow.