Gathering the hopes of Americans in their letters and sending them to space
Ride Part 1 – Seattle to Butte
We’ll have several photo albums for the actual ride itself. This one will take us from Seattle to Butte and I’ll try and update it almost every day. I’ll include pictures of the fabulous people we’ll meet, the scenery and the HOPE we find along the way!
We were greeted at the Queen Anne Post Office by the friendly crew from Branch 79!!
We were so happy to have lots of media to help get the word out!! Several television stations, newspaper, and documentary!
It was like Gary was a "movie star"---so nice to have the media there!
Dan and Gary discussing important stuff....or are they? hmmm
Gary getting ready to ride!
Gary pulling away from the post office---couldn't catch up to get another "in action" shot....but you'll see him in action!
It was a little chilly at the beginning this morning, but as you'll see Gary warmed up quickly!
A good chunk of our route today had Gary riding along the Yakima River (and we're also camping by it)
There were a few hills, but Gary took them pretty easily! It was neat to watch him catch up to me as I waited at overlooks along the way.
Starting the last leg of the day's ride....Gary pulling away from the RV.
Gary starting out the day leaving Ellensburg to go down the Vantage Highway toward the Gorge!
As I was waiting for Gary down the road, I took in the beautiful countryside around me....mountains to the west, brush around me, the hum of electric fences, the wind power in front of me.....
We passed a big wind farm---very cool!
I got to ride today and it was lots of fun!!
Such a beautiful sight!
As I was waiting for Gary, I saw three tractors out in the field....all three had American flags flying proudly!
Gary riding not too far outside of Moses Lake
Moses Lake letter carrier/NALC branch president, Susan Hagaman took us out for a wonderful meal at the BBQ Depot. Great food, conversation and companionship!! Thanks Susan----you rock!!!!!!
Gary got to talk to the carriers and clerks in Moses Lake before we set out for Sprague---it was a nice send-off!!
Another picture of the stand up in Moses Lake
We got everybody from the Moses Lake station out back to take a picture before we took off!! Thanks gang!
We were a bit off the beaten path riding from Moses Lake to Sprague, but we didn't actually go down this road---were on blacktop the whole way.
Gary gives me crap for taking so many pictures of him riding, but I like it!! I'm going to make a collage when we're done just of pictures I've taken of him in action!
This is Sprague Lake and was the view from our RV site---just gorgeous!!!!
We were sitting on the dock dangling our feet and enjoying the breeze off the lake.....good times 🙂
We're back to trees by the side of the road---looks a little more like home as the terrain has changed yet again. One state, so many different looks!
Here's what "Betsy" looks like on the inside---figured I might as well invite you inside since you've seen the outside of her. We're learning the best way to move around, pack and unpack, etc. She's an old gal, but comfortable and we like her!
Yes, I had to add my picture of the day of Gary riding his bike!
Waiting for Gary and I looked up and there was the flag---another sign of the hope that we all have....the freedoms that we enjoy, what the flag stands for...
Both Saturday and Sunday we rode along the Centennial trail which is a 37-mile trail that parallels the Spokane River----beautiful, clear, fast water!
Besides all the bikers, walkers and bladers, people use the river itself. We saw many many people tubing, kayaking, floating, whatever down the river. It looked like great fun!
There were many little paths down to the river itself, so we stopped a few times to check out the water.....very nice!
Gary kept telling me to go out further....hmmm...think he's trying to tell me something? haha!
So, it seems that many of my pictures are about water----what can I say? We've seen some beautiful lakes and rivers!! We're staying just off of the lake and drove/rode part way around it.
Since I keep putting up pictures of Gary riding, I figured I'd put on one of him "not" riding....as we stopped so I could take pictures of the lake. Relaxing, short ride together.
We had a quiet afternoon, so we took pictures of our domestic relaxation!
He bikes, he gathers hope and he even does pedicures!!
Gary does like his feet massaged and I'm more than happy to oblige!!
We met a family at the pool at the KOA, and there was so much HOPE in this little boy....as he jumped in, as he giggled and played...just to see the simplicity and happiness!!!
It was an incredibly windy morning in Coeur d'Alene and I snapped this pic of the flag in front of the post office.
While we were waiting for the rain to stop to be able to ride, we parked near this swamp/bog area....pretty cool!
Joan foolishly decided it would be fine to ride in the driving wind and rain...that lasted all of about a mile and a half...
As I was waiting for Gary while he was riding, I took this picture of the trees as it seems like we're up in the clouds..
The sky never did clear on Tuesday...dark, windy and damp all day long...
Wednesday we crossed into Montana and there is still snow to be seen!! Thankfully it didn't fall on us, even though there was the threat of snow....
As we rode into Missoula, the rains were falling....beautiful to look at, not so beautiful to be out in!
Several times a week, Gary's got to clean, lube, and whatever else it is he does to maintain all the bikes---he's got it down to a system at this point...
Jeanee from the PO set up Gary doing stand-ups at 3 of the Missoula stations. This pic is from the station on the west side of town (don't know its "name")
I only wish I had everyone's name to put on the picture! This is the crew from the Missoula west station.
This is the crew from the main post office in Missoula.
Angela Marshall and her crew from KPAX8 in Missoula interviewed Gary at the main PO.
This is Gary doing the stand-up at Hellgate Station before we head out from Missoula.
We took Hwy200 out of Missoula, and ended up making it a little longer trip to Deer Lodge, but on a quieter better road than 90.
Yes, big surprise, I've got a picture of Gary riding a bike....can't help it. He's my honey and I love him 🙂
I got to ride for a bit....good to stretch the legs and enjoy the sunshine!
On our little backroading excursion we ended up a bit too far off the beaten path and found a gravel road....hmmmm
We ate a delightful lunch at the Wagon Wheel Cafe in Drummond on our way to Deer Lodge----good food and nice people!!!
This is the crew from Hellgate Station. Mark is standing next to Gary and he's the branch president of Missoula----Mark, you ROCK!!!
We had a very scenic ride into Deer Lodge....lots of mountains!
Many of my pictures so far have been either of water or mountains...go figure!
As almost always, we started the day at the PO with Gary talking to the carriers----they also had a packet of letters for us from the 5th graders!!
Though there aren't many carriers in Deer Lodge, they're a great bunch!
The road to Butte had, yes, more mountains...fancy that!
Even though the road was flat and conditions good, it was an incredibly windy ride for Gary from Deer Lodge to Butte.
Even though we've seen lots of mountains by now, they're still awe-inspiring to me....WOW!!!
There's a statue called Our Lady of the Rockies that looks down on Butte from 8500 feet up. She's 90 feet tall and weighs something like 80 tons. Very cool!