Category Archives: AMERICA

BIKING THE OREGON COAST PART II: Yachts, Florence, KOA, North Bend/Coos Bay.

To set the record straight, the Coast Bike Route on highway 101 on the Oregon Coast, is no holiday.  The cars are fast and the shoulder is from nothing to 6 ft (9 meters).  I will NEVER-EVER ride the Oregon coast again.  I’m staying at campgrounds their max stay- 3 days, just to avoid getting back on the highway.   I stop at all rock shops and most art galleries, I’ve been sending myself souvenirs all along the way.  There’s a huge Methamphetamine and Heroin problem all along the coast,  very sad.  I finally got a hair cut.

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I FINALLY GOT A HAIR CUT, WITH AN AMERICAN FLAG CAP,E TOO FUNNY.

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BIKING THE OREGON COAST: Vernonia, Astoria, Manzanita, Cape Lookout, Newport.

I’m at the library in Florence Oregon on the Oregon coast.  I’m playing blog catch up.
I left July 15, exactly the day I wanted to leave.  I bummed a ride to the start of the Banks-Vernonia bike trail.  This tour I’m trying include many of the places I visited over the 42 years I lived in Oregon and one’s I haven’t.
I was a bike tour guide and use to bring people on this trail.  Starting the tour with no cars was great.  As I was biking past a large field, there were some Indians  (from India) playing cricket, that’s a hard game to learn.  The owner of the Blue House Cafe, a Mediterranean restaurant, he use to help me shuttle the van, back in the touring days.  They would always open the history museum too when I brought a tour through town.
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PORTLAND REVISITED, WHAT HAPPENED?

I left Portland in July 2015 and moved to Slovenia, permanently I thought. My tenant left town and I rented my house from him for 3 weeks. I’m back in Portland now and A LOT  has changed.    Housing prices & rent have sky rocketed, marijuana is for sale all over town, the food carts are still the place to eat, and so much more.  My house with my pride and joy edible garden yard were way out of control.  I trimmed for 3 days and hired a crew to clean-up the mess I made.  I went to a Blondie/Garbage concert, camped at Oxbow Park, attended the Master Gardener show (I’m a master gardener too!).

I got to hang with many of my long time friends.  I enjoyed several nights of comedy, eating & drinking out almost every night.  I went to the Water Front Blues Festival and saw Chris Issak-awesome.  I rode the famous Sunday Parkways, my favorite bike event in Portland.  I made the Blazers draft night party, free food and beer and it’s showing.

I did bike tours around Portland 2012-13, everyone commented about all the homeless camps.  That was nothing, it’s become homeless heaven, they’re everywhere, I was a little shocked.  I heard that the homeless websites, tell readers, “move to Portland”, that’s not helping the situation.,  They say 100 people a day are moving to Portland, only making securing a home even harder.

Most people I meet in Europe, if tell me they’ve been to America it’s usually Florida or New York.  People, the west coast is the only place to visit in America.   The best vacation you can have of America from somewhere else is?  Fly to Seattle, buy a vehicle and drive to San Diego stopping at Mt. Rainier, Portland, Oregon Coast, Crater Lake (my favorite),  San Francisco, Yosemite, the beaches & so much more. Sell the vehicle in San Diego and fly home. Give yourself 6 weeks at the minimum and 2 months if you can pull it off.  That’s the best way to see the best America has to offer, when you have limited time.

Portland is still the Berlin (hipster city) of America.  It’s a bummer what’s happen to housing prices, but they’re just catching up to the other west coast cities, SF, LA, Seattle.

I’m currently in Newport Or. riding my bike to San Diego.  This blog is my attempt to get caught up to today.
Thanks for Reading,
Jeff

U.S.A. & Portland vs EU & SLOVENIA? (vote Bernie Sanders)

I have lived & worked in America for 57 years.  I had a few jobs as a teenager, but mostly I’ve been self-employed running several different business’s.  I feel my experience in business and life in America, gives me some insights to the opportunities & struggles of living in America.   I’m asked all the time if I miss America.  So I thought it could make an interesting post, both for me & you.  3 years of living in Europe has given me a  first hand experience  of living a more social agenda.

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EU
                                                     USA
SIZE                          4,422,733 SQ. KM.                           9, 857,306 SQ. KM
POPULATION             508,191,116                                         320,000,000
GDP                                $19 trillion                                           $18 trillion
GDP per person            $32,000                                               $53,000

America  exports to the EU totaled $262 billion  & imports from EU totaled $387 billion
The imbalance is, America consuming more than it produces. (equals larger carbon-footprint & more)
Trade with Slovenia is similar: Slovenia imported $305 million in goods & exported $700 million worth of goods, to America.

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