Miles: 56.84
Total Elevation Gain (ft): 789
Weather: Sunny, Hot
Hillbilly Insults: 0
Roadkill: 8 (Deer, Owl, Mouse, 2 Snakes, 3 Unknown)
Bugs Swallowed: 0
Mean Dogs Chasing: 0

I couldn't distinguish SE Washington's wine country from the Flint Hills of Kansas. Take a look at the picture below. Hot, arid, inhospitable. Good when the grapes must suffer. Not so good when mine do.

Everyone tells me how much they love wine country after they take a holiday. I'm pretty sure it's the wine talking, because the mesas are interesting for a moment until they turn into broiling yellow fields of dry grass.

I had a painful ride into Walla Walla today. I think I might have to drop the mileage or take a rest day until my bottom becomes more human and fades from resembling a baboon in estrus.

Walla Walla: Charming downtown plopped in the middle of agricultural operations. I wish I has another day to explore it a bit.

I was reminded by my brother from another mother, Tom, that today is the 69th anniversary of D-Day. It's makes my whining so trivial!
So, I feel like a schmuck for complaining about my self-imposed mid-life crisis, dream vacation. It's all leisure for me and it was voluntary and conscripted sacrifice for the saviours of democracy.
While my brain was broiling under the skillet that Kali calls a "helmet" (More vents please!), I marveled that German engineering today provides me with impervious Schwalbe Marathon tires. That's a long way from the weapons of the Wermacht and the gas chambers. Thank you General Marshall for taming the Hun!

One final note: Go Bruins! Go Heat! I'm not on the LeBron hatin' bandwagon.


06/06/2013 8:18pm


Thanks for the great storytelling and for making us mortals feel like we are on the ride with you. With the exception of my ass and genitalia hurting like yours, it feels like I am looking at roadkill and navigating the hot terrain.

Keep the poetic prose coming and I will keep following attentively!

Stay up Big Guy!


06/07/2013 10:17am

I noticed there was no EMLA listed on the supplies list. Miralda wants to know where to ship a case of the numb stuff. Try not to do too much damage to the downstairs equipment or your midlife crisis will get miserable. Have fun and be careful. Rubber side down and all that stuff.

Jonathan Leahey
06/07/2013 6:24pm


If Miralda is serious, I'll take whatever numbing ointments she'll dole out. My stash of prilocaine/lidocaine is on its way with Katy tonight for the weekend. That'll be a bit of sweet relief. Although, I did a bit better today. I think I'm toughening up or just doing vascular damage!


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