Today was a big (and our first) milestone on the trip, the boys biked over their last and highest pass, Sherman Pass, that was an elevation of over 5.5K ft! After a homemade breakfast by Kathy at K Diamond K Guest Ranch, we started the day in Republic and they were off to the races, climbing about 17 miles straight up (and steep). But as the saying goes, what goes up must come down, and it was true today! After the climb, they had roughly 10 miles of steep, straight downhill on windy roads before it was flat. We had lunch at Sandys Drive-In in Kettle Falls before the last 10 miles into Colville, where Bobby discovered he had a flat. The driving duo headed into town to repair the tire and ended up spending over an hour shopping around, waiting for the boys, and hanging with the manager at Clarks All Sports. Ending the day in Colville, clocking in about 55 miles.
With this being the hardest and highest climb of the trip, Chels and Sandy knew they needed to be extra supportive today. Every time the boys passed them they were out of the car with doors open, pump up music blaring as loud as it would go, dancing and cheering them on. It was great motivation for the guys and helped keep the entertainment alive for the drivers!