Tenino to Napavine: Goodbyes, Hellos, and Beer

Matt finds out the hard way one of the reasons I don't like sidewalks.
Matt finds out the hard way one of the reasons I don't like sidewalks.

Saturday was the toughest one yet. Temperatures reached the upper-nineties, maybe over a hundred, and three miles before the finish the umbrella clamp broke. Not the umbrella, the umbrella clamp (although the umbrella at this point is pretty destroyed). My team manager/publicist/mom will be looking for a replacement tomorrow, but it won't be quite as urgent because the it's forecasted to be twenty-degrees cooler. High of 75? I'm going to have to wear a jacket!

Sadly, today was Matt's last day with the crew. He has to go back to his job being an inspiration to young minds. Thank you Matt for all of your hard work and entertainment!

Raise your hand if you think Matt is awesome!
Raise your hand if you think Matt is awesome!

Happily, we were later joined by my good friends Todd and Karen Stabelfeldt, as well as Steven Rose from the Sequim Valley Lion's Club for the last leg of the journey. They all endured the heat, hills, and traffic like champs. I'm fortunate to have so many good people in my life.

I'm not at all jealous of the fact that Todd's chair is a little bit faster than mine.
I'm not at all jealous of the fact that Todd's chair is a little bit faster than mine.

Today's pub was Dick's Brewery where we met Meredith who helped us with the route today and offered assorted beverages as a welcoming gift. Thanks, Meredith! We chatted as we got down to the business of rehydrating. I was thirsty!

Not THAT thirsty - I had help drinking all of this, I swear.
Not THAT thirsty - I had help drinking all of this, I swear.

We are back on schedule with about ninety miles to go. I'm feeling tired, but confident! I've got this!

My lane
My lane