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DAILY REPORT: David, John, James and Skip. Another warm sunny day. Start temp was 66 deg and ended with temps at 89 deg. Winds were 5 - 15 mph as a head wind for until we reached the AFB.
In general this was supposed to be an easy ride today. Rolling hills into Spokane and no major climbs. Both boys were quite happy about that. We left the Coulee dam after a well rested night sleep and drove into Wilbur were we started our ride (see yesterday.)
There was moderate head wind that held us back a bit. We pace lined the entire way taking one mile pulls and then the lead rider would fall back to the back of the pace line. In this way you would pull for aprox 4 min and then rest for 8 mins. It works pretty well - just like the Tour de France (except we are going a lot slower; lot slower!)
The real treat for the day was getting a chance to talk with the Boys and Girls Club on the Fairchild Air Force base. We had no problem getting our vehicle on base and went straight to the youth center. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and John Smith their director. They had prepared a little fruit lunch for us since hadn't had lunch yet. It was very nice.
We then had a chance to meet with all the youth and staff. We talked about the trip, preparation, planning, the whys and hows. We then had a questions and answer secession. The boys and girls had lots and lots of good questions that John & James answered. We were running out of time so we went outside and held a group photo shoot. It was really a great time.
We said our thank yous and good byes and headed over to the base exchange so John & James could get a hair cut. They decided that with this warm weather they needed a lot shorter hair. While we were there we talked with a number of super folks that were very interested in our ride. They ranged from triathaletes to a Naval Corpsman Chief who had retired several years ago. She was kind enough to gives us some bottle water because she didn't want us to use tap water to fill our water bottles. A real sweet heart. Thanks!!
Overall it was a very positive experience for the boys. We then bike the remaining 15 miles or so downtown to the Marriott. We would like to say a special thank you since they covered our rooms for us. This is a very nice hotel; but specifically it is right on the Spokane River Centennial trail which we will depart on tomorrow. We will be using over 50 miles of bike trails between WA and ID.
Well once again it is after midnight and tomorrow we are off to Idaho. Until tomorrow.....thanks for joining us.....ride safely!!
The Riding4Hope Team
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