Friday, July 3, 2009


so i left leah today! what a trip! cant believe the journey ended already, i keep thinking i should be peddaling my bike off into the distance soon, but am also relieved to be relaxing in california wine country.... sipping local wines, beer, and local fare! perfect ending to an amazing trip.
we decided the best places we discovered in the last month were: the san juans, mainly orcas island with the incredible view, the entire oregon coast (especially the last 100 southern miles,) and the amazing humbolt redwood forrest in northern cali. it got so hot in the redwods we were forced (willingly,) to throw the bikes and jump into the river till it cooled down. life is hard!
im so happy to be able to share this trip with everyone, and im excited to be visiting most of you soon! im heading to San francisco on monday to get a bit of city pace, then back to seattle on the 15th! cant wait for my ireland return in august! leah is going to be osting continually on the rest of her trip to mexico. woohoo! send her some love! imy leggs stopped working on the constant up and down of the last 100 miles! but shes enduring!
yay to travel!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

1,000 miles!

yeah! so we actually hit 1,000 miles yesterday, what a cool milestone. it also happened on the hardest day (i thought,) that weve had our whole trip. it started at 1100ft in the red wood forrest and quickly climbed through a small mountain road to about 2000ft to the top of legget hill. the ride included all sorts of traffic and road work along the 3.5 miles of incline. it was tough!
once we were over the hill the climate also went from sunny and hot, to muggy, foggy, and really cold. we were having 90 degrees for a good few days before hand, so it was a big shock to be on the cool windy coast again. weve definately mentioned how cool it would have been to have stayed in the mendocino valley, and drank wine everyday... but! we followed our guide book. so it keeps going!
after the 10 miles of downhill we reached sea level! yay! it seemed like an achievment ubtil more uphill for the next 2 miles, then the sweet california coast, speckled with capes steep downhills and no shoulder, logging trucks, steep uphills, and chilly pacific winds for a good 25 miles. it was hard!
we did still hit 1000 though and reveled in it for a quick minute. but we wanted the day to end so we hauled butt to camp.
we have been touring alongside a group of cyclists for awhile now, and last night we all got together and had a huge bonfire and shared stories of the road and our lives. it was a really cool evening with all sorts of entertainment. the pacific coast tour is a tour that attracts all sorts of people with all different goals and experience in biking. its cool to be apart of such a diverse traveling group. i think leah and i fall into the "young, no job, and a need for challenge group." other groups could be: "100 miles a day", "no where else to be and love to bike", and "no experience what-so-ever."
the computer im at wont let me upload photos! we'll try again next time! lets hope our tires dont fail before then, im riding one more day then its all walking for me! im meeting my friend sarah in the sonoma wine country where she lives to sample the local "terroir," then maybe friday getting to san francisco to see the city for a week! so excited, biking is tough. im read yfor the break. leah is heading to SF for a couple bike races, (she just cant get enough of cycling.) then heading south to the mexico border. fun times all around.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

850-something miles!

you know, i was so amazed with the oregon coast that i could have gone home right there and then happy. i felt accompished and ready to go home! oregons coast is actually unbelievably beautiful, i thought," how could it get better?"
weve been in california for 3 days now. the redwoods completely blew me away! i noticed myself being more grateful i did this trip with everymile. the trees are centuries old and so lush. towering over head with azaleas blooming and the ocean breeze wafting through the trees. loved it.
so yes, im glad i kept going! im glad my bike has yet to fall apart too. its over 30 years old and only has 10 speeds! ive passed people with 27 speeds on their bikes, and $1000 in gear, who have been amazed ive gone as far as i have. and you know what, its not that hard! (i think ive spent $300 in gear, mostly thanks to audrey for lending me her panniers! (they are looking great too!)) you just go a until u feel like stopping, then stop, check out the scenery and hang out till your ready to keep going. that said, my bike will probably start to fail on me,( its making a wierd noise once and awhile!) but im going to ride it till the end.
just 275 miles till san francisco too(about 5 days?!)! then im planning on leaving my bike, to a loving home, or someone who wants to give me money for it. : )
anyways! last night we stayed in the local county park and were unblissfully lulled to sleep by local partiers and their loud drum n bass music till 1 am! hey girls gotta have fun, right? why not go to the county park? it was a new experience, we wernt complelled to pay for the site... but promise to next time! so... NOW, we are in a really cool town called eureka, CA. its got an amazing historic district with huge victorian mansions and quaint cafes. (looking forward to some baked goods after this post!)
will be posting pics soon!

Monday, June 22, 2009

this land of the free

Made it to Coos bay today! the sun is shining and the outlook is optimistic. Oregon has the most amazing coast ive ever seen, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches everywhere. Also lots of capes, which translate to hills in the biking world. but totally worth it!
weve been through interesting towns that make me wonder why they ever came to be in the first place? small broken down, villages. then sprawling strips with walmarts and car dealers. a lot of contrast.
ive been reading "bury my heart at wounded knee," by Dee Brown on this trip. its about how the west was won (stolen really,) with first hand accounts from native peoples. a sad read, but eye opening. and being in the land that was once respected and cherished by natives is heart breaking when you come upon strip malls, and clear cuts. knowing that there were once buffalo and antelope in this country baffles me! its seems they were wiped out for only a couple reasons: greed and power. mostly during the gold rush times, no one really talks about what was on the land before we tore it up for gold and moved natives from the homes they had for hundereds of years.
and then i realize we are biking down the coast and not buring fossil fuels and dumping sewage from rvs. and i feel a bit better about all the work we are putting into the trip! totally worth it to have an exhaust free road trip.
so thats my reflection for the week! and one for my native homies.
hope everyone had a happy solstice!
california in two days!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

more pics...

Oregon has some pretty cool stuff to see.... i love jelly fish, bridges, and lighthouses. so its win win win all the way! we figure about four more days in oregon then off to the redwooods, more pics for sure soon.
thanks for checking in guys!

things that go grrrsnorwwht in the night

so, if anyone is ever traveling through Lincoln City, they can go ahead and skip Devil's Lake State Park. The park is basically in the city and the hiker biker site literally across the street from a shabby residential neighborhood. And the lake isn't that great. In the middle of our night there Taylor woke me because of strange noises outside of the tent. It sounded kind of like a deep snorting carnivorous sort of noise, with a whiny 'i'm dying' sort of noise mixed in intermittently as well. Something was definitely being killed by something else practically right outside our tent. So what did we do? We clapped at it, of all things. Maybe we yelled a little too, but mostly clapping. It went away after that, whatever it was.

The next campground, South Beach State Park, was much better. We got there with plenty of time to bask in the sun on the beach before heading back to camp to fix some dinner (spaghetti with veggies - super yum).

yesterday we took a rest day and skipped riding through the drizzle and today we ride on (and on and on. . . )

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Oregon Coast!

We've been serious gluttons since we got through the boarder, eating and snacking all the time, taking huge breaks....

who knew excersizing 5 hours a day would require so much food!

we noted that our days have been a little bit like this: wake up, eat, bathroom, cycle, break, eat, cycle, break, lunch, rest for awhile, cycle, break, and eat more food, then cycle to camp and eat, probably dont do anything after wards except lay around in the tent, sleep.

its pretty cool to be able to do this for awhile. had a great time in cannon beach, eating of course! gotta soak it up while it lasts! we might get to SF by the 4th of july?!


Astoria Bridge: Not for the faint at heart

No one stops on the bridge! but we do!

So we made it to oregon, over the astoria bridge, 4.2 miles long with a super small shoulder with two way traffic speeding by at 55mph! it was tough. and you proabably shouldnt stop on the bridge, but we did! aaaahhh! we had been leap-frogging a really slow couple for the fast two days and of course they were ahead of us on the bridge. so instead of passing them, which could probably kill us, we stopped and waited as traffic flew by. pretty scary. but at least there wernt logging trucks, it was sunday, even loggers have days off.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Highlights from the Washington leg...

Get us out of Aberdeen!

Largest Sitka spruce in the world (that little bump is leah!)

Big Ass cedar tree


Hoh Rainforrest!

backcountry, usa

Lake Cresent

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

Thanks for checking in guys! the pics arent in order (reversed) but at least we got some up! in oregon now! its great to be out of washington!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

finally on our way again

After not finding fuel in Aberdeen, getting a flat on busy highway 12, pinching the patched tire at least twice (only time will tell if we got it this last time), loosing my favorite water bottle (the only one that doesn't tast like booze), and realizing that my mp3 player turned itself on at some point and completely drained the battery, I am ready to get out of here and as far from Aberdeen as possible. Lake Sylvia was alright but lots of noisy children. I used to go there as a kid though and at first I didn't remember anything but all of a sudden memories of running around beneath the dam came back to me and when I went exploring things were just as sweet as I remembered. I made Taylor get up and check out the walkway under the water but he was kind of "humph" and just wanted to sleep in the sun. I had plans to mend pants, write letters, and take care of other odds and ends but instead we pretty much just lounged around all day.

It seems we are at war with the chipmunks. And I think the crows must be in line with them. The one night we didn't hang our food in a tree a creature chewed a little hole through my pannier and got some of our bread. Taylor retalliates with all sorts of noises and when there are rocks we throw them. Last night the bag was properly hung which might be part of the reason a big crow perched on that same branch and 'Ka ka'd' at us all morning. And unfortunately that campsite was devoid of rocks.

So today we are off. We are doing a bit of a shorter ride to leave us plenty of time for laundry. (Neither of us can wear our cycling shorts at this point and i know that i at least am out of clean underwear). But I can't complain too much because the weather has been amazing and promises to stay good, at least for the immediate future. And tomorrow we should make it to Oregon, which is totally awesome and promises to be beautiful. We have been seeing all kinds of super beautiful places. The trees especially have been amazing and I highly reccomend them.

Friday, June 12, 2009

then they rested...

So we made it to Montesano, washington. ten miles east of aberdeen. After the last post, we took hwy 12, which has 4 lanes of FAST traffic and lots of debris strewn across the shoulder. one big obstacle course really! we suffered 2 flats (one each.) and fixed one on the hwy shoulder! amazing, funny, and tiring. but we made it. and we finally found a place, after 2 big towns, that has camping fuel! weve been trying for 2 days and finally ran out, and ate a cold dinner. thank you, montesano hardware store!

at the moment, we are nursing our body aches from a week of not much rest, leah has a bum knee, and my heel is acting wierd. so hopefully in the morning we canmake it a short 40 miles to the next park on the coast. then one day left in washington and its oregon and cali all the way!

i wanted to let peeps know that if anyone is thinking of good camping this summer. they should definately check out the hoh rainforest and/or lake quinalt. SO pretty, and the hoh has primitive (free) camping by the river. i was amazed by the forrest there, very lord of the ringsesque. ill try to find a place to post pics soon!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coasting the Coast?

wow, aberdeen washington, eh? if anyone has been here it feels like its name should be Anytown USA. one long long strip of grocery stores, walmart, and rite aids. but needless to say the trip so far has been amazing of course, and very ecclectic!

Orcas island was so beautiful, and the weather has been sunny ever since. leah and i started the trip camping in moran state park. we stayed 2 nights to get our bearing and hiked a good 6 miles up and around mt constitution. had the best view ever of the san juans from the summit... theres hundreds of islands up there!

sunday we left our camp at about 6am! (wow, wasnt ready for that.) to catch the only ferry to sydney, canada that day. after the ferry we took a breezy 20 mile bike ride down to victoria city. we spent a bout an hour and a half there, ate a $5 hot dog, saw a castle, and desided we should be heading to the land of the free again. victoria doesnt have too much going for it, as far as we could see. our eyes were set on the olympic hot springs, far across the straights. ....

weve been staying since victoria in beautiful olympic campgrounds: some with water, some without, but most with composting only toilets. its been a rugged smelly trip! ive yet to have a shower for 5 days! i smell, BAD! ("sorry" to the woman and her baby next to me at the library.) leah took one in lake quinalt last night, and i decided to wait for the state park we are staying in. too cold for me. but one day soon ill bath in the lake!

our trip since the hot springs area has dipped up and down from 1000 feet in elevation twice. which i find myself saying out loud: " i am a machine, im a well oiled machine." its been my mantra on the hilly parts and really works! i kinda had this idea that i'd be "coasting" on my coastal bike trip... btw weve biked about 290 miles this week. average rides are about 60 miles a day!

the food has been sustaining, mainly convenience stores and cans of quick camping food, precooked rice, fruit and veggies. i do want to note my most interesting meal so far... yesterday in kalacola on the pacific coast we ate a lunch of: cold wheat bread with cream cheese (from the victoria ferry,) one cold can of pork and beans, cheetos handi-snacks, one strawberry pop tart, and some trail mix. now thats a well balanced meal of over 200 ingredients!

the only meal that comes close to that weird is when we dropped pasta on the ground while draining it and had to sift through all the leaves and pine needles. the meal had a nice earthy quality...

so, yes we are having a blast! and yes, everyone should bike the washington coast. im surprised at how easy it is and how many places there are to camp and see the beauty of washington. its a great state to be in. looking forward to one days rest. then 100 miles to the oregon border.

until later! hope everything is well!
to the theonistas out there i need some more chocolate shipped out to me ASAP. ill let u know my whereabouts!
and Audrey rocks for lending me her awesome panniers! xo

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Already the tour tour has taken its own path

Leah and i decided within the last half an hour to skip the vancouver leg of our trip, seeing that our accommodation fell through. yes, we could probably have tried to find another place to stay. but the cons out weighed the pros. why start an out doors adventure in a city anyways? as soon as we decided the feeling of our trip exploded with even more adventure...
san juans here we come! afterwards we will be going to victoria and then continue as planned from pt. angeles down HWY 101.
im leaving at 9am to bike to woodinville in my 1970s raliegh touring bike, "white lightning." hope she makes it down the 101! after woodinville we'll be heading by car (yeah i know,) to the anacortes ferry terminal and orcas island!
more soon!