Selfie at the Washington state sign near Cathlamet WA.

U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 63 from Astoria OR to Longview WA (Salmon Appreciation Day on the Columbia)

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

58 miles – Total so far: 3,292 miles

“One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit … We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.” — F. Gump

Today was a day entirely dominated by the mighty Columbia River. It was also a day entirely dominated by heavy rains. As such, I did my best to mimic the Sockeye, Soho, and Chinook Salmon who frequent these waters on their annual upstream migration. The Columbia River is, in a word, powerful. It is easily the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, spanning over 1,243 miles through British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. By volume, the Columbia is the 4th largest river in the United States, and generates more hydroelectric power than any river in the country.

It’s volume was increased today, I’m sure, by the heavy rains which lasted a majority of the day. And like the famously-focused salmon, I found my way laboring (i.e. spinning) upstream towards Longview Washington all day. As for Washington, after turning inland I crossed the Oregon border into the Evergreen State shortly before noon in a ferry crossing, of all things, the Columbia River.

I passed through the small inland towns of Westport OR and Cathlamet WA on my way towards Longview WA. Of special note were the beautiful homes and properties along the Columbia on State Route 4 in Washington. It was obvious to me that this is THE place to be in the southwestern region of the state.

Today I learned that, like the Columbia River’s salmon, I can prevail even when the odds are against me, and this gives me an acute appreciation of what they do on an annual basis. Except die at the end, of course.

It’s All Good.

Anchors Aweigh at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Astoria OR.
Anchors Aweigh at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Astoria OR.
Riding the ferry across the Columbia River at the Oregon/Washington border.
Riding the ferry across the Columbia River at the Oregon/Washington border.
Selfie at the Washington state sign near Cathlamet WA.
Selfie at the Washington state sign near Cathlamet WA.
Incredible truss bridge over the Columbia River at Cathlamet WA.
Incredible truss bridge over the Columbia River at Cathlamet WA.
Surly Pearl and the mighty Columbia River near Cathlamet WA.
Surly Pearl and the mighty Columbia River near Cathlamet WA.

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