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Jul. 17th, 2014 | 10:27 pm

Day 3, Shelton, 82km. 5 degrees cooler, but rolling hills all day, legs sore. First flat. First equipment failure: stripped mounting bolt on front derailleur (thanks bike shop!) fixed by borrowing bolt from bottle cage. Random strangers hollered incoherently at us and gave us the finger. The concept of a camper van has graduated to "a full length tour bus, with two people in it". There are hundreds of these things. They drag cars behind them.

Hood canal is lovely and relatively sparse. Narrow roads. Peaceful many places. Mud flats, wetlands, mountains, forests. Decent ice cream and adorable post offices in one-store small towns. Everyone complains about living in Washington state and paying high taxes.

Road race car convention has checked into hotel. They are not quiet. Currently standing outside our door having a passionate conversation about race cars. Hm.

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from: kiwano
date: Jul. 18th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)

What a relief that virtually every bolt, screw, etc. on a bike is M5. The fork on my bike has 2 sets of mounting holes near the axle for fenders/rack/etc. Neither my fender nor my front rack can screw into one of these sets of holes, so I typically keep a couple of screws in there, partly as spares, and partly to protect the threads in the holes from rusting away just in time for me to figure out that I want to screw something in there after all.

I think I went through about 4 or 5 spare screws on my cross-Canada ride (I certainly went through enough that I felt compelled to buy more in Fernie--and then never used them)

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