September 10, 7:50 p.m. (Pacific Time)
I just got back from an 11-hour day of driving. I had to bring my son back to Seattle, then we made a quick trip to Tacoma to pick up a sound mixing board that had been repaired there. (Yes, besides being a bicycle messenger, my son is a guitarist and sound engineer.) Along the way back to Seattle, we encountered a major traffic jam on Interstate 5 North which was caused by an auto accident. When we passed the accident site, all we saw were five fire trucks and the burned-out shell of an SUV. After delivering Aaron to his home, I drove all the way back to Spokane by myself.
I had camping gear with me and I had planned to shorten the trip by camping in the beautiful Coulee Country of central Washington. I had my bike too. Unfortunately it was too darn smoky.
Don’t worry about my cycling streak though; I managed a half-hour ride in the semi-darkness of Spokane. However, this post is all about YESTERDAY’S bike ride, so let’s go back in time . . .
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September 9, 9:30 a.m.:
I remembered riding around the Gonzaga University campus a few years ago and really enjoying it. Excluding some places like the hypocrite Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University, college campuses and their surroundings are generally pretty hip and fun and architecturally interesting.
Gonzaga U., home of the Zags, is where I headed this morning. I love to say that name, GONZAGA. When I got there, I just wanted to shout out at the top of my lungs “GONZAGA!!!!!!!”
Moving on from the Gonzaga University campus, I checked out some of the sights along the Spokane River. Here are a couple pictures from that part of my ride.
Same Day, 11:45 a.m.
The REI employee who brought a new pair of trail running shoes out to the designated pick-up area seemed a little surprised to find a guy on a bike waiting there. That guy was me. I had ordered them before I started today’s ride, and when I saw they had curbside pick-up, I thought “why not?”
After she ID’d me, I asked her to take the shoes out of the box and put them in my pannier. She was more than happy to do so and when REI sends me that inevitable customer survey, I will be sure to tell them about the fine service I received at the Spokane store.