Our sixth day of biking started with a big long climb out of Republic, WA to Sherman's Pass in the North Cascades and and a magnificent descent into Kettle Falls, Idaho with sweeping views of Lake Roosevelt. About 5 miles outside of Colville, WA we reached our home for the night, a lovely refuge for touring cyclists called the "Bacon Bike Hostel" conceived of and built by Shelly and Barry Bacon on their land and open to any touring cyclist traveling across Washington without any charge.
The bike hostel has four bedrooms, a kitchen equipped for cooking, two bathrooms, and laundry facilities, all with a gorgeous view off a back deck.Our group of nine C2C4Charlie riders were joined by Denis and Cobey,a mother and son from Burlington, VT also traveling cross country by bike.
Shelly and Barry Bacon stopped by to meet our group and to take a picture of all our many bikes parked out in front. They were thrilled to see our group enjoying their hostel. We wanted to make a monetary contribution to their community projects, so asked about their work. Shelly then told us about their concern about homelessness in their community; how they have started a tiny house building project (Hope Street Project) to provide inexpensive permanent housing; how they open the bike hostel to homeless families during the winter months' how they are involved with a home to provide support for people in addiction recovery; and how they invite a group of Vietnam vets to their home every Friday night for dinner and a movie. Barry is a family doctor with lots of experience working in Rwanda, Malawi, and established a family medicine residency program in Kenya. The whole family has lived in Africa and two of their four children were adopted from Malawi. Barry is now working on building a partnership with medical training programs in East Africa and Washington State. Shelly and Barry are smart, committed, engaged and creative in their community support.
We were happy to give the Bacons a bottle of Massachusetts maple syrup and to support their work with the Hope Street Project. We left the hostel feeling grateful for the restful night, gracious hospitality and inspired by their example of engaged and committed care of their community.
For more information about the Bacon Bike Hostel: http://www.baconbikehostel.com/ or the Hope Street Project https://www.statesmanexaminer.com/content/first-tiny-home-underway,