It's a done deal. I forgot my camera so the tiny logging towns, stunning Victorian farm houses and fields and hills and trees and creeks and dormant volcanoes and Lake Washington and Puyallup (hisssss) will reside only in my mind, at least until next year. I wonder, maybe still in a blood sugar deprived state, what 'Centralia' would be in French? Centralia is the overnight heart of STP--quite a dynamic place for at least one night a year. Being prejudiced about wonderful names for wonderful towns, I'm just think it deserves a nicer name....So many people camp. Vikings, Goths, Huns, otherwise warriors, those. There were cops everywhere! I'm so naive; I thought the cops were the help the bikers navigate the commercial/residential paths to the SRs and secondaries that are STP. Nope. They are to pull the bikers over and TICKET them if they don't make the stop sign. Actually rerouted the ride out of Yelm; Yelmites don't like this ride or the people who ride it. okay. I loved coming into St. Helen's from the Washington side. Never have before. And the Lewis Clark bridge is just your requisite damn scarey steel bridge. I think Oregon has the world franchise on those. Gold Wing Club did an escort over for the bikers. Cool. Funny. People love to ride up to you and rip on you because you have a mountain bike. sigh. And riding in to the finish line through Nopo was highly emotional. Cried a little bit. How I love that Nopo.
On Location with STP
Lloyd Center, Oregon