Evergreen is a Lie

Greetings from Washington! (The seventeenth state on our route).
Today we started off in Lewiston, Idaho. Sam did the ride dedication this morning, asking us to ride for all the people who don’t survive as a memory that we’re doing this work with a purpose. Within the first three miles of our ride we had crossed over into Washinngton. Immediately, we were greeted by a large sign that stated, “Washington: The Evergreen State.” We realized as the miles of the day stretched on, however, that statement could not have been more ironic. It would seem more appropiate for the portion of Washington that we rolled through to be deemed, “The Never Ending Rolling Hills Covered in Wheat with a Sparsity of Trees State.” That being said; today was another toasty one with a few good climbs but the team pushed on and concluded the ride in Waitsburg, Washington at Waitsburg High School where many an I4Ker enjoyed hot showers. We were also fortunate to receive food donations from Betty’s Diner, with special help from Mike, which wrapped up today quite nicely. Thanks also to Kyle, a worker from a fruit farm who helped one of the groups fend off bees!

Onward and westward.

Love, hugs, and tailwinds,
The Illini 4000

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