October 12, 2002

4472 miles later

I rolled into Andrew and Beth's driveway yesterday afternoon in Portland. It was a beautiful ride from the coast. First over the coastal range through a beautiful forest then into the suburbs of Portland. Flying down the hill on west Burnside all of sudden you're in downtown Portland.

I'm going to feel a little weird for a couple of days not hopping on the bike, but I like it here. I'm glad everyone has enjoyed this site. I really enjoyed updating it and checking back to see the comments. Thanks so much!

I'll have some more photos to put on in a little while. For now, I'm off to look for high-tech jobs in Portland... :)

Posted by Dave at 10:18 AM | Comments (9)

October 10, 2002

Day on the coast

I walked the beach at sunset last night after re-reading my journal and it's hard to believe this trip is almost over. I wistfully left Pacific City this morning and pedaled north up the coast scenic route. I stopped at Cape Lookout and went for a hike to the end of the cape. The trail has wonderful views both north and south on the coast. I've lucked out with another sunny day here. Then I rode onto Tillamook. I'm now a little closer for my last day's ride into Portland tomorrow.

Oh, and some photos...

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Yellowstone

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Madison Valley, Montana

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A nostalgic photo of Twin Bridges, Montana

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Bitterroot River, Montana

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White Bird Hill, Idaho (yup it was raining)

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Eastern Oregon

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John Day Valley, Oregon

Posted by Dave at 07:27 PM | Comments (3)

October 09, 2002

Elevation 7'

So the sign in Pacific City claims. I am at the Pacific coast in a wonderful little town. The ride over McKenzie pass on Monday was one of the best days of the trip. Once I got off the main road barely 20 cars passed me in 40 miles. It's a climb up to the top where you can see for miles around. The North Sister and Middle Sister peaks of the Cascades are very close and impressive to the south. To the north you can see Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson and the very tip of Mt. Hood. All around is a solidified lava field. Belknap Crater right near the top erupted a few thousand years ago. There's a great observatory on top which is basically like a castle turret that you can go inside and on top of.

It's a great descent to the McKenzie River from there and on into Eugene. I then came down the Willamette river valley, wonderful flat terrain after many, many mountain passes in Oregon. Around Monmouth (near Salem) I turned west again and reached the coast. Just before getting to the coast I was on old scenic Hwy 101 which goes through a beautiful dense forest. Everything is very green here. The forest brings to mind all those words like loamy, fecund, lush. Although the coast gets a lot of rain, it's bright sun today.

I let my feet get swallowed up in the sand on the beach here and I'm going to head back down there around sunset. It's been quite a trip to the coast and I feel really happy to be here. Not sure of my plans but I may stay here tomorrow as well then I'll go to Portland, probably by bicycle.

Posted by Dave at 07:32 PM | Comments (3)

October 07, 2002

Over McKenzie Pass

Dave called Monday night; he rode 88 miles over McKenzie Pass into Vida Oregon. He describes it as a stellar day. He is now in the Willamette Valley.

Posted by Dad at 08:59 PM | Comments (0)

October 06, 2002

Photos

I just had some photos become available.

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I took several photos in Kansas but most look about the same!

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You have to cycle a ways more to get to the "colorful" part.

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Oh yeah!

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On the climb east of Togwatee pass.

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The west side of Togwatee pass, I came down that road but there are two touring cyclists going up and east.

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Jackson Lake and the Tetons, I first ran into the Snake river here then again when I crossed from Idaho to Oregon.

Posted by Dave at 05:57 PM | Comments (2)