Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Definitely a full day!
We loaded our gear, checked our map and got some friendly advice from Jim...
|Almost ready to roll out.|
|Then Jim saw us and came to chat|
Jim is the owner of the Sterling Restaurant which is right next door to our hotel. There are actually three Sterling Restaurants in town that he owns. He was out there helping the workers who were breaking ground and beginning construction on a new, bigger building that he says will be ready by the end of August.
Jim saw our bikes and came to talk about riding as he too is a cyclist. He went over the map with us and told us which bridge to ride across the river on our return and other little tips about the trail. He spent a good amount of time with us and wished us a great day.
|The marker of our beginning of the trail near the hotel and Sterling's|
|Not far along the trail was the Sternwheeler that takes passengers up (or is that down) the Columbia for a week long trip to Portland, OR|
Tis the season for little goslings and we saw many many as we cycled along the trail. They were on the water, next to the water, on the lawns feeding, along the shoreline and anywhere one looked.
|A couple of families on an outing|
Vickie knows when to stop for my photo taking obsession, so was sure to not pass up this one by the marina. There were new and very nice homes along this stretch of the trail.
We crossed the first bridge over the Columbia to Pasco. There is a wide, protected bike/pedestrian lane that made if fret-free. Plus, we were the only ones on the trail.
From fine homes and expensive yachts, we transitioned to farm land and open spaces.
|This is the most sway backed horse I have ever seen|
|He wandered over to get what he was sure was at least an apple, and brayed loudly when we walked away and left no treat.|
|Goats across the way needed some attention too.|
Leaving the farm animals behind we came to more neighborhoods and passed by the local high school.
This was Tuesday morning at about 10:30 and everyone was at an event on the field.
|Special Olympics competing going on with the entire student body to cheer them.|
|This mailbox photo is for my friend Linda H.|
We soon approached the Cable Bridge that we would return on across the Columbia. But what we came upon was most interesting.
|This part of the trail is on the Pasco side and Vickie is right to feel there could be a guard rail along here. There was a drop on either side.|
|We glimpse the Cable Bridge|
|And there are specks up there in the rigging.|
Death defying I say!
This finished only the first third of our day! I'm going to break it into two parts and take a rest!