Bicyclist ends his 800-mile tour with a visit
One of the bicyclists we met at the Omak Stampede campground a couple of days ago, ended his two-week bicycle tour of Washington state with us, north of Spokane.
Kevin Lupton, of Hailey, Idaho, rolled onto the property we are care-taking midday on Friday after almost 800 miles pedaling a very circuitous route from Portland, Ore., to Spokane.
The high school teacher (and Scamp 5th wheel owner) says that for the past six years he’s taken off on a two-week ride each summer. “Most of the time I just head out alone,” says Kevin. “This year, however, I rendezvous with a couple of New Zealanders I met several years ago on another bike tour.”
After flying into Portland, Kevin caught up with them in Cascade Locks on the Columbia River about halfway through their trans-USA tour from San Diego. The small group then started north, around Mt. Rainier, up the Yakima Valley, through Ellensburg and Wenatchee to where we met them in Omak. After Omak, they climbed to Wauconda and Curlew before dropping into Colville.
The New Zealanders then peeled off and headed east toward Glacier National Park before they plan to veer north to Banff and Jasper, B.C.
Yesterday Jimmy helped Kevin box up his bike and this morning took him to the Greyhound station in time to catch the 6:30 a.m. bus to Boise.
Photo: Bicyclists and RVers Jimmy Smith, left, and Kevin Lupton. (Julianne Crane).