Days 1 and 2 of my ride

September 1, 2009

Yesterday I cycled 66 miles from Eugene Oregon (inland) to the Pacific Coast.  Today I’ve gone south another 60 miles or so along the Pacific Coastal Highway, or Hwy 101.  The riding has gone well these two days, so this gives me confidence that I’ll be able to complete the ride to San Francisco.  Physically, anyway!

We’re a group of 13 unrelated people, pretty diverse, from Alaska, New England, New Mexico, and places in between.  About half women, half men.  So far we’ve made camp 3 times, and now that I’ve had the practice I’m getting better at sleeping on the ground.  After two weeks of this trip, I will have set up and taken down the tent about 15 times.

Inland OR – logging trucks, McCain signs.  The weather is warm.  We climb through several ranges of 1000 feet.  As we descend to the coast, the logging trucks give way to RV’s, and we see liberal signs.  The temp drops about 10 degrees when we arrive at the coast.

A little disappointed with Hwy 101 as it has more traffic than I had pictured.  I’ll start out earlier in the day tomorrow to try to avoid it.  Not sure how I will post pictures here yet, but it may be possible.  And a random note – here in Oregon when you order a coffee (a hot coffee mind you) to take out, they offer it to you with little cocktail straws stuck through the hole in the lid cover.

More later when I can – over and out!


One Response to “Days 1 and 2 of my ride”

  1. James said

    Hey, I can comment now! Sounds like you’re having a great time. This sounds like one of the trips I hope to take someday when the kids get old enough to come along, or old enough to look after themselves while Dad wanders off for a while 🙂

    Hope you have a safe and pleasant ride, and I look forward to the pictures.

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