I headed west across the Palouse farmlands. It was a lovely warm and breezy summer day. I'm in a hurry so no pics. Out into the Columbia Basin and the breeze turns to real wind and the temp climbs considerably. It feels like I'm riding thru a hair dryer at 100 mph. Head buffeting and my sinuses hurt from the heat and low humidity. My goal is a slide show, etc, by Lois Pryce and Austin Vince, in Monroe WA. Of course I start late and am trying to make up time. At Vantage I veer right and head to George then to Wenatchee where I make a wrong turn and wind up downtown at rush hour. Some construction slows traffic and a loss of power messes up the lights and turns off the gas station. Back on the main road I find gas and as I head up the valley the winds subside. I barely slow for the tourist trap of Leavenworth and press the low speed limits to Stevens Pass. Fog slows me to 10mph and the cold is enough that I put on my Hippo Hands and wind breaker. I arrive a bit late and Lois is already speaking. Lois Pryce...Lois on the Loose. Lois is an attractive sassy lass and will make a lovely grandma some day. Austin Vince...Mondo Enduro Austin is a serious character with a lot of energy, and the two of them put on a good casual informative show. Mostly trying to encourage others to take the big step for a long cycle trip. After meeting them, I wander around in the dark looking for a cheap motel. Next morning I head up I-5, after a heart attack breakfast at Nadine's in Smokey Point. I dead reckon NE and there was a lot of wandering. I think I went thru both Concrete and Darrington. How did I do that? I did a bit of flower smelling. This old school bldg is still in use. Tafton Elementary. A caretaker said it is an historical bldg. I finally clear the traffic. Old #6 has a bit of a starboard list. and a superheater I like these steel bridges.