July and August are typically high season for cyclists. This year, we got a number of Trans-America riders headed back from the Traditional front-wheel dip in the Pacific to Seattle to fly home. And, as always, the popular north-to-south crowd on the Pacific Coast route from Vancouver or Seattle to San Francisco or Imperial Beach: a surprising number came via Vancouver Island rather than the Bellingham-Whidbey Island route. This year we had our first Olympic Peninsula Loop riders. Again, a large number of Europeans: Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium again in this second half of the season, along with Canadians and Americans.
As of 27 August, the total guest count for the year stands at 44 cyclists, including 8-month-old Leo, but not 7-year-old canine Kona, who ran uphill beside Jo’s bike, but rode downhill in her own B.O.B. trailer. This brings our total guest count for the three years we have been hosting Warm Showers members to 75, who have arrived singly, in pairs, separately, and in groups. Cyclists have ranged in age from 8 months to mid-70s and have come from 10 different countries. We’ve had to turn away quite a few more when we have been traveling ourselves or had the house in the midst of remodeling and didn’t have a warm shower to share. As of now, we are unavailable until at least mid-October while we go in search of Warm Showers hosts in the mid-west on our own bicycle tour.