Day 75: Pacific: Swisshome, OR to the Frickin Pacific Ocean

26 miles (42 km) – Total final milage: 4,157 miles (6,626 km) Over the last 75 days as I’ve inexorably rolled towards the Pacific Ocean I’ve daydreamed of what the moment would be like. As I crossed the Mississippi, I experienced a small bit of the exuberant joy I expected to see at the end. AsContinue reading “Day 75: Pacific: Swisshome, OR to the Frickin Pacific Ocean”

Day 74: Signs of the end.: Eugene, OR to Swisshome, OR

60 miles (97 km) – Total so far: 4,091 miles (6,584 km) Eugene is a well-intentioned town of biking lifestyle lovers… with a little bit further to go on implementation. The many bike paths are well maintained and superbly marked. Unfortunately, they end abruptly with no warning. Having a bike path down a busy highway thatContinue reading “Day 74: Signs of the end.: Eugene, OR to Swisshome, OR”

Day 73: The Atomic Pie Bomb: Sisters, OR to Eugene, OR

92 miles (148 km) – Total so far: 4,031 miles (6,487 km) The pre-penultimate day of my grand adventure across these United States was wonderfully joyful and fulfilling. A cobalt blue sky framed the vibrant green of Williamette National Forest. In the distance to the South, the Three Sisters Mountains proudly displayed their snowy rainment. ToContinue reading “Day 73: The Atomic Pie Bomb: Sisters, OR to Eugene, OR”

Day 72: Riding Incidental: Ochoco Lake, OR to Sisters, OR

47 miles (76 km) – Total so far: 3,939 miles (6,339 km) Today wasn’t so much a ride as it was a series of cafes, pubs, restaurants, and the like rudely interrupted by pedalling on a bike. After yesterday’s blazing time in the saddle Paul, Terry, and myself were all ready for a nice restfulContinue reading “Day 72: Riding Incidental: Ochoco Lake, OR to Sisters, OR”

Day 71: Wildfire!: Dayville, OR to Ochoco Lake, OR

73 miles (117 km) – Total so far: 3,892 miles (6,264 km) This trail isn’t done with me yet. Today’s ride was to be seriously challenging. Two 2,000+ ft passes through the Ochoco mountains. Temperatures over 100 degrees for the eighth day running. No shade, and little opportunity to replenish water. Fortunately, the Presbytrian churchContinue reading “Day 71: Wildfire!: Dayville, OR to Ochoco Lake, OR”

Day 70: Outstanding Oregon… and Outlaws!: Austin Junction, OR to Dayville, OR

60 miles (97 km) – Total so far: 3,819 miles (6,146 km) 100-105 degree heat really smothers all chance of enjoying any pedal stroke made after 11:00 AM. We’ve tried all manner of things to avoid these blistering temperatures: starting early, cycling late, hibernating in restaurants during the worst of it, jumping in rivers, hydratingContinue reading “Day 70: Outstanding Oregon… and Outlaws!: Austin Junction, OR to Dayville, OR”

Day 69: Train!: Baker City, OR to Austin Junction, OR

54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 3,759 miles (6,050 km) We were up before dawn to race against the heat. The race started with the sun coming up over the horizon and the three of us shooting out of Baker City. We’ve left the arid Hells Canyon behind as we continue to ascendContinue reading “Day 69: Train!: Baker City, OR to Austin Junction, OR”

Day 67: Hot Headwind Hills and Harleys

My destination for the day was Baker City. The ride itself was the kind to just get done. Lots of steep hills, temperatures over 100 degrees for the fifth day in a row and a hairdryer headwind would have made today tough in the best of circumstances. Circumstances, as it turns out, were anything butContinue reading “Day 67: Hot Headwind Hills and Harleys”

Day 66:Final state: Cambridge, ID to Halfway, OR

Oregon Day 66-Halfway, OR Day67-Baker City, OR Day 69-Austin Junction, OR Day 70- Dayville, OR Day 71-Ochoco Lake, OR Day 72- Sisters, OR Day 73- Eugene, OR Day 74-Swisshome, OR Day 75-Pacific Ocean, Earth Day 66:Final state: Cambridge, ID to Halfway, OR 57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 3,651 miles (5,876 km) TheContinue reading “Day 66:Final state: Cambridge, ID to Halfway, OR”

Day 65: Experimental Eating: New Meadows, ID to Cambridge, ID

51 miles (82 km) – Total so far: 3,594 miles (5,784 km) I had been fearing another scorcher of a day today, so I set my alarm early ready to jump on the bike and race against the noonday sun. Contrary to forecast, a gloomy overcast drizzle hung over us as we pedaled up andContinue reading “Day 65: Experimental Eating: New Meadows, ID to Cambridge, ID”