I had a super time here in America. The bicycle tour from Portland to Death Valley was my super dream bicycle tour. I heard “your living the dream” multiple times from the people I met. I feel lucky, at 62 that I’m healthy and have the motivation to continually seek adventure. I also did the bike tour to reaffirm my choice to move to the EU. No question about it, the EU’s social & economic values are more representative of my values.
I have so many thoughts about what I saw while biking through Oregon and California. Since high school the environment has always been a major concern (religion) to me. I was proudly recycling bottles & cans back in 1972. Back then my Dad told me it was cheaper and easier to just throw them away, as he was throwing a beer bottle into the garbage. 46 years later lots of America’s still have that attitude. The worlds resources are just for them to use once and toss into the garbage.
The weather has been as great as advertised. I didn’t ride far, only 34 miles, but it was up ALL day, killed me. Again, maybe 10 cars, and a few trucks, all day.
ARLENE AND KIETH
KIETH WAS ONE OF MY FIRST EMPLOYEES OVER 30 YEARS AGO!
The advice from cyclist was to skip riding through Los Angeles, (Hell-A). Then one bike shop owner said riding along Venice Beach was super cool. It was a tough choice, but the train won. I was told the train went along parts of the coast that had no roads. The train reminded me of the train from Barcelona to Colera, right along the beach, good choice.
The injury is healing fine ( though somewhat painfully). I’m taking a week to get to San Francisco and hopefully heal more before biking again. First heading to Bend Oregon for 4 days. But first brunch at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. It’s snowing and my car won’t make it up the hill. I must park and take the bus up.
I started riding on Highway 1 and just 10 miles from Fort Bragg I was run off the road
twice. If your thinking of trying bike touring? “ALWAYS” use a mirror they’re lifesavers. I stayed at Mackerricher State Park, quail visitors for breakfast and whale skeletons. There is a 3 mile bike path to Fort Bragg. A great little town, organic breakfast, fun shops, good cards and a super rock shop. I got my shredded shirt repaired by Sew & Sew, which was just bought by 3 lovely ladies a week ago, so I suggested it should now be Sew & Sew & Sew.
Ryan was our trusty park ranger. He worked 4 miles from Myers Flat and hadn’t seen the bumper sticker yet, yep I bought him one. The saying was so true yesterday but not as much today, if you grow marijuana. 10 years ago marijuana grown here sold for $5,000 per pound, today it can be bought for $600 per pound on CraigsList. The growers or ex-growers…..
This is my farewell tour to Oregon, biking the coast I’ve been living in Slovenia for the past 3 years but felt the need to have a formal farewell. I want to move back to somewhere in the EU, maybe Slovenia. America doesn’t represent my values as much as the EU does.
I’m trying to post using my phone, WordPress has some (many), flaws.