Tuesday June 20
We woke early after our first night of camping in a county park along the Skagit River, flowing jade green and furious with spring mountain snow melt. Expecting a wet and cold day of biking, we layered rain gear and packed and ate breakfast quickly in a rain shower. We spent most of the day biking along the Skagit River on back roads, had two flat tires, a second breakfast/coffee stop in Marblemont, picnic lunch at the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center, and entered the stunning and rugged North Cascades. Miraculously the rainy weather disappeared and we stayed mostly dry! We biked 39 miles with an elevation gain of 1800 feet and arrived at our campsites at the Colonial Creek Campground right on Diablo Lake. We spent a lovely evening with a dinner of "one pot pasta and veggies" prepared by our "dinner prep" team. The evening was capped off by an unexpected visit from 2 other touring cyclists we met earlier: Owen, a young bike mechanic from Korea and Portland, OR biking self-supported from WA to Boston and Sarah from Scotland. It turned out they were sharing a campsite with Tania and Walter from Germany who we also met the day before in Anacortes.
All agreed this was " the most beautiful place we've ever camped", a clear green lake ringed by snow covered mountains.
Our time together as a C2C4C team is settling into a routine as we are getting used to chores, packing, unpacking, setting up campsites, riding styles, personalities, and team decisions. We are all in awe of the beauty we have encountered from the people we're meeting, the mountains, rivers, lakes, and rugged beauty of the Cascades.