42 degrees. That's the short of the report.
Day 1 map
It was the middle of the week when I was asked my thoughts and it was either duffy or winthrop.
And just like that the plan came together. One weekend, 2 nights involving camping and cooking.
We met at panda express in Bellingham for some quick food then headed along south skagit river to Marblemount in the evening. There wasn't any traffic and the ride couldn't be smoother. The plan was to stay in diablo lake Campground but it was full. We rode to the viewpoint on the other side and returned to Gorge Lake for rustic camping with an overflow camping area. The water was cold, the campers friendly and good times were had under a full moon.
day 2 map
The morning started fresh and cool. After a morning omlette we rode the cascades enjenjoying perfect conditions and mid-10 temperatures until mid-morning arriving in Winthrop to 35+c where the temperature remained all day.
The switchbacks heading north of Nespelem is covered in unsurfaced pavement making the corners unpleasant. Republic had a rally which takes the fairgrounds and offers a paid event better served to spend a weekend than ride through.
In Kelowna the temperature rose over 40 and a clerk had a solid chuckle at our full gear asking why. We were reminded why on the main road where police diverted traffic around a bike destroyed in the middle of an intersection, I hope the rider is OK.
Near Merritt a rider was stuck with a flat tire. With a compressor and repair kit we gave a hand but the bike didn't have a center stand so we rode into town to get a can of fix-a-flat.
At Nicola lake it was after hours and full but we mentioned Karma was in our favor as we had just spend time saving a stranded biker and the hostess made some room for us.
day 3 map
A short day with a plan to sleep in. At 8am the tent is already roasting and reaching 30 by the time we're leaving the campground. We avoided Spences Bridge/8 in favor of higher elevations but it remained hot heading into Lilooett for lunch.
The diner in Lilooett was frigid and packed. We took a large table and invited some riders that came in after to join us. The riders were on day 21 of riding across Canada to Tofino to swim in both oceans with a return through the states. We offered some local recommendations, had a laugh and they offered to pay for our meal.
I expected Duffy to be colder but it remained over 30 and over 40 in Pemberton. We were consuming over a gallon a day on the road but good times were had and in hopes of relief I returned home to find a power outage and no running water for hours. Joy.