97 tough miles today to reach Mazama, WA
I started in Okanagon and rode west through Twisp.
I descended through the northwest arm of the big burned area.
Burned trees. Notice the entire slope in the back
is burned too - :(
Methow river near Winthrop
Old skool town of Winthrop
I am staying at a very interesting place tonight in Mazama, WA. North Cascades Basecamp caters to everything outdoors: hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, and even outdoor education. Their location makes accessing areas for all of these activities a snap. Right now there is a group of 21 12-16 year-old rock climbers from Seattle staying here. I am going to help lead an owl walk a bit later, so I will have the chance to interact with them a bit. You can book into this place as either small or large groups, and the owners Kim and Steve seem fairly amenable to working with you to make sure you get the experience you want. I am actually staying with them in their house on the premises. Their outdoor interests include birding, so when they head about Biking for Birds, they gladly offered to put me up for a night (or two!). We head several Barred owls in the woods behind the house as well!
Tomorrow is going to be so challenging that I am not even going to write much about it now. I'm going to need all the sleep and recovery I can get! Basically I have a 75-mile ride with lots of climbing as I cross the last bit of the Cascades. I should also start to get some free birds as soon as I drop onto the western slopes of the Cascades. 530 really isn't that far away. I could even get there this weekend!