Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Road South from Elma Washington

The Chehalis River

To continue last year's Northwest tour, Steve Fox and I met a few riding friends in Elma, Washington and headed south.

From left to right: Steve Fox, Steve Sipma, Linda Roddy, Sheila Ross, Mary Bradley, Noreen O'Brien. And in the foreground Steve Fox's awesome new HP Velotechnik Scorpion 26. 

8 AM Push off.

Central Washington, the flat lands

Near Centralia we discovered an unopened new bike trail. Consider it open now.

After a long day on the road, we met for an unhurried dinner in the historic Centrailia downtown. Good food and beer, unhurried conversation. We sat in a front window booth, well away from the earnestly awful house band.

You could do a lot worse than end up in downtown Centralia. This beautiful old hotel, now converted to offices and condos, was a few blocks from an antique railroad station. Both have seen some Washington history.