Leaving Spokane, it was clear that the area was irrigated and kept green by the river. Soon outside of town, the arid environment offered dry breezes and beautiful views of cumulus clouds floating past on the wind. I explored side trails and farm field roads leading up into the Colville NF. The elevation climbed, eventually doubling as I made my way above 5000 ft. The trail was rough and rocky but I pressed on, amazed at the views of the valley and small towns beyond.
Down in the valley town of Chewelah now, I'm drying out in the sunshine and hope to have a nice day riding around taking pictures. My new cooler bag is NOT waterproof but fortunately I didn't destroy my Chromebook in the process. I'm hoping to pick up my hammock in Colville tomorrow and look forward to having a dry 12ft tarp to camp under for future storms such as this. My next amble will be along Hwy 20, the North Cascades Hwy toward the coast.
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 55'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.