Category Archives: BIKING

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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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

LJUBLJANA TO RATECE (Italian border) ON THE “NEW” BIKE PATH. MUSEUM DESK SHOW (photos)

I try to ride my bike weekly from Skofja Loka to Ljubljana (25km).  On one journey home I notice some new Red Bike Signs that directed you to “Kranj.”.  I wondered what route it took and why there was no signs to Skofja Loka?

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SKOFJA LOKA IS STRAIGHT AT THIS SIGN, HOW HARD IS IT TO ADD THAT TO THE SIGN?

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WHERE THE HELL IS VELENJE SLOVENIA? & WHAT IS THERE TO DO?

I volunteered to set up an Electric-Bike (E-Bike) testing area., during the European Mobility Week.  I love to bicycle, but for transportation the E-Bike can replace your car, in lots of situations.  We had 30 people test ride the E-Bike, all came back with  huge smiles. One of the other participants also had an E-bike for testing.  I talked with him and he said he was from Velenje (where?). He told me there are  60 km of separated bike paths in Velenje & you can get an E-Bike too!, I’m in. Continue reading

SLOVENIAN KAMNIK ALPS LOOP BIKE TOUR with Stanley

I like my Blog  to focus on bicycles and the positive contributions bikes can play in our lives.    I had already ridden & written about the Kamnik Alps loop bike ride. MAP.  I’ve been wanting to re-do the ride because of the nature and people this tour provides.  Stanley wanted to visit Slovenia, so this was the perfect ride to show off Slovenia (& a little of Austria too). Continue reading