What an amazing send off organized by the Whatcom Community Foundation. Before it began, I learned that a big article had appeared in the Bellingham Herald…on the front page, above the fold. Slow news day, I guess.
Mauri Ingram in her inimitable, humorous way said a few words about the foundation and the fundraiser. I couldn't believe the number of people there. An email from Rachel from WCF later in the day said that an additional $1300 in pledges had come in at the send off. During the day another $1200 in pledges were made online for WCF.
I'm not sure how many folks rode from the start--some for just a few blocks, some to Lake Samish, and a few more to Sedro Woolley. Five riders stayed with me all the way to Newhalem--David Fayram, Todd Elsworth, Sarah Benn, Cathy Campbell, and John Bolton.
It was a beautiful day for a ride, and except for having some light leg cramps late in the ride, it was uneventful. We arrived in Newhalem about 4pm, where three of the riders camped for the night, along with their support vehicle drivers.
An early dinner preceded my earliest bedtime for years--I'm sure I was asleep by 8pm. 80 miles under the belt. Only something over 2300 to go.