Day 113: Around Willapa Bay

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Willapa Bay Tidal Flats

33.67 miles

After cereal for breakfast, we left the Walsh Beach Motel in the cool fogginess of the morning. The shoulder wasn’t very big, but it was comfortable enough for us and the little bit of traffic and the few logging trucks we encountered. The fog lifted pretty quickly and the sun warmed us nicely as we cruised along Willapa Bay, passing through the Shoalwater Indian Reservation. We caught glimpses of open tidal flats all the way around and upriver to the town of Raymond. Raymond is another town whose fortunes have come and gone with the lumber trade. According to our guide book there were once as many as twenty timber mills on the river in Raymond, but now there are only one or two. We crossed the Willapa river and picked up a bike trail for a short way west again to South Bend, and the Seaquest Motel for the night.

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Pacific County Courthouse

Our accommodations at the Seaquest were quite surprising. We got a small suite, with a full kitchen, TV area and separate bedroom and bathroom. Quite spacious for the price. South Bend has a nice little super market, so I stopped in for breakfast food for us and walked down to the waterfront for a chai latte at the local tea shoppe. While we were cycling on the other side of the river, earlier in the day, I noticed a large white building that I thought might be a mansion of some sort. It turned out to be the Pacific County Courthouse, and it was located just up the hill from our motel. We walked up before going to dinner to have a look inside. From the outside it looks like quite a confection, at least for a courthouse. It was built in 1910 and has a stunning stained glass dome inside.

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Stained Glass Dome

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Do all the important things all at once

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Staircase in the courthouse

Both of us are still fighting off our synchronous colds, so we’ll have dinner and go to bed after an episode of Downtown Abbey. We’re planning a long leg to get us to Oregon tomorrow.

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