8:12 am - Sunday - September 13th - Forks, WA - 54° F, 93% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the east.....still heavy overcast today mixed with smoke from the forest fires in Oregon. The forecast high today is 66° F. On this day in 2017 TLE and I were at the summit of Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island watching sun rise.......↴
We find ourselves in a holding pattern here in Forks, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. It is still smokey here (Sunday morning), but even smokier the further south you go. US-101 was closed for a day, or two late last week due to a fire which had jumped the highway near Lincoln City, OR, but it is open once again, and the smoke is supposed to dissipate Monday. On the other hand the forecast calls for rain along the entire route Monday afternoon, and early Tuesday....we (I) don't like to drive in the rain. So, we are kind of sandwiched in between forest fires/smoke, and rain coming Monday afternoon. We could just pound out the roughly 328 miles between Forks and our destination on Monday before the rain comes, but that is a long day. Right now our game plan is to depart Forks Monday morning and get as far south as Raymond (124 miles), or even Chinook, WA (180 miles) making our drive on Tuesday to our final destination shorter (194, or 151 miles).Saturday we watched Stage 14 of Le Tour before heading into town to visit the local supermarket, and also an outfitter for TLE. She needed to buy some water proof boots for when she joins me working outside this winter on damp days, plus some warm boots for non rainy days. Remarkably, she was able to find both pairs of boots for under $100....perfect!