What a beautiful day!! Sunny and cool out with rolling waves of bright green wheat to my left and right, the Cascades behind me, and nothing but open road ahead. Perfect. BMW and I walked into Waterville, where Jenn met up with me again to give me a delicious breakfast sandwich which she got from the Coyote Pass Cafe. I stopped in there to say thank you as I walked by, super nice people, and good food. Right after that, I met my first dog friend on the Walk. A pretty golden retriever who decided to escort me through town and bark at anything that moved or came near us. She stopped at the edge of town, and I think she said good bye when she gave me a few little barks, and turned around and ran back to wherever she came from.
From there, I walked to Douglas, my next home for the night. I dropped off BMW and met Marilyn, the woman Brad said he knew in the area. She let me into her guest house and was kind enough to agree to drop BMW and I tomorrow morning where ever I would leave off today. I left BMW again, and headed off down the road to try and make up for lost miles from yesterday. I moved pretty quickly, enjoying the complete lack of traffic FINALLY.
Today was the first day I really felt like my Walk began. I felt so good to be out on the open road with sunny sky's. It felt so right, just where I should be at just that moment. I'm so excited that I'm less than two weeks away from leaving Washington and headed into Idaho.
I saw some beautiful horses in the fields this afternoon and some hawks playing above me for quite some time. I stopped on a pullout to watch the horses run which was perfect, because it was 5 and right on time, Marilyn showed up to take me home.
She was really interesting to talk to. She grew up in the area, and her Great Grandfather homesteaded this land so her and her sisters own much of the land up there. Now her and her husband are retired and train agility dogs. She told all about how the land was formed so long ago, and how that affects the crops in the area. The floods from the ice ages that created the Moses Coulee and the canyon where the Columbia River runs through. Loved it. So happy I got to talk with her. When she dropped me off, her and her husband where leaving to go to a class, so I spent to rest of the night relaxing, icing my legs and feet and took a long hot bath. So needed. Made some chili for dinner, got caught up on some of my TV shows, and went to bed. What a great day.