When we got on the bikes this morning the sun was shining and the winds were calm.
That changed as soon as we left town. The winds picked up out of the northwest with gust up to 25 mph but a steady 15 plus made level ground feel like hills and hills like mountain climbs. 15 miles in we had climbed several hundred feet, but it sure felt like several thousand.
A short descent and we were at our first rest stop.
A right turn and we were out of the wind but onto our 15 mile climb to the Blewett Pass. The grade was never over 7 percent but it proved to be a worthy challenge as the wind started to blow in our faces as we neared the top.
From the top it was a tricky descent with several sharp turns. Joe took off down, while the rest of us decided to put our bikes on the car and join him a few miles down for the ride into town. Luckily the rain stayed in front of us into Leavenworth.
Leavenworth reminded us of Helen, Georgia although a good bit larger with bigger mountains surrounding it.