Showing posts from June, 2014

Coastal Ride: Days 22, 23, 24 and 25

Things that make me smile when riding:
- listening to seals bark as we hug the coast - the smell of freshly cut wild anise (licorice) which over the last week grows rampant in some areas - Tyler singing his version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang while bouncing up and down on his bike - finding my glove velcroed to my ass after thinking I'd lost it - Tyler chasing after other cyclists who pass us as fast as he can trying to keep up (copying my dad) - when a passerby cheers for me when climbing a tough hill

Coastal Ride: Days 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21

This section of our trip has been as enjoyable as it has been emotionally and mentally difficult. We ventured into unchartered territitory for both of us, and while exciting, we lost some of that comfortable familiarity (which is basically the point, but kind of intimidating at times). Luckily, and this might sound a little lame, at least we had each other. Luckily, our bad moments didn't happen at the same time. Luckily, we aren't willing to just say fuck it. The good stuff has been too good for that kind of ridiculousness. We've seen such gorgeous views and cool stuff along the way. I find myself over and over stopping and taking pictures and just generally enjoying what we're doing here.

Day 16: Crescent City (Eat Day)

You probably won't be surprised to hear how we spent most of our rest day eating. Again! What was especially nice is that we were able to share all that eating with Pam and Erik, who took very good care of us in terms of ensuring we were satiated …

Coastal Ride: Days 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

Oregon State Parks are great. Some of them are HUGE, but the facilities are still typically clean and organized. Each state park we stayed in Oregon had hot showers, water, restroom facilities with power, and firewood available. Compared to both Washington and Arizona, Oregon definitely knows how to run a park facility that maintains and cares for the environment it is showcasing as well as provides conveniences for those visiting.

Also, we adored our stays in the yurts available in both Washington and Oregon. If I could go back, I would have reserved a couple more of these cutie-pies to make some of our camping stops a little more luxurious. If you have the opportunity, and can actually plan a few months in advance, find a spot and reserve; they're worth it.

Day 10: Rest Day (Eat Day) at Beverly Beach

I think I'm going to call our rest days "eat days" for now on because really, that is all I seem to do from the time I wake up until we go to sleep. Beverly Beach Stat…