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THE GOOD TIMES IN AMERICA, I’LL MISS OREGON.

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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.
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WHAT I SAW ON MY FAREWELL AMERICA BIKE TOUR, AN ENVIRONMENTAL VIEW. MILLENNIAL’S (Y)OUR SAVIORS?

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.
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29 PALMS TO ROYS, MOJAVE & TECOPA HOT SPRINGS

I stayed 2 nights in a hotel in 29 Palms.  I’ve camped for 4 months and have only stayed in a hotel 3 nights and 10 nights in hostels.  It’s Thanksgiving and the traffic is horrible.  99% of California drivers are super polite, but it only takes one to make me feel unsafe.

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CARRYING ENOUGH WATER IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF TOURING OUT HERE.

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ANZA BORREGO A DESERT OASIS & THE SALTON SEA.

I’ve been to Anza Borrego Springs desert 4 or 5 times.  I finally witnessed a Big Horn Sheep walking through the campground.  I hiked up Palm Canyon, an oasis in desert where a spring sustains palm trees & wildlife.  Anza Borrego the town has this great 60’s feel, especially Carlees Steak House. There are lots of jeeps here, (tearing up the desert).

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Finish driving to San Francisco, Biking SF to Monterrey.

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     I brought another cyclist I met at Manchester Beach to Stinson Beach.  We partied all the way, too much fun.  We stopped at one beach and the perfect California lifeguard was there.

I finally made it back to Russ and Jill’s place in Tomales, to drop off my car. My first night, there was another football game with the crowning of the Homecoming queen.   Of course I got a photo with last years queen and other Tomales High Celebrities.
Russ always talks about how lucky he is to have a steady stream of spring water, especially in drought ridden California.  Russ may have stopped milking cows years ago, but if you live on a farm, there’s still farm work.  I wasn’t much help because the doctor said I could only lift 20 lbs.  The yearly task is to scrap out the built up muck, out of the spring water box.  I tried my best to help Isabella lift out the heavy buckets.

     Russ drove me to San Francisco and dropped me off.  I was so excited and somewhat apprehensive to be on the bike again.  I thought Sunday traffic would be somewhat quiet, wrong.  Highway 1 was lined with Pumpkin patches and corn mazes.  I booked 2 nights at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel.  I took a day and rode to Ana Nuevo Reserve, where as kids we camped out with HUGE bonfires, illegal now.  The beaches were covered with seals and I saw probably 150 Pelicans too, super cool.

 I contacted an old high school friend in Santa Cruz, I gave it 50/50.  He called back! and we met for lunch and a couple beers.  He’s quiet the craftsman, he made the beer taps at the SANTE ADAIR BREWERY.  Part of my farewell America tour is to visit my old schools, the house I grew up in and the downtown area.  As kids we had only one store downtown that was 2 stories.  My brother and I use to bike downtown just to ride the elevator up one level.  I stopped by the library too, where my first & favorite bike was stolen from.  It was great to see the new bike facilities.  Known as Silicon Valley, it’s home to the most famous tech companies: Apple, HP, Google, Facebook, Netflix and many many others.  The Apple campus was HUGE.

I take the bus out of Santa Cruz to Watsonville, to avoid all the cars and traffic. I ride past acres and acres of strawberry’s (strawberry fields forever).  I ride to Monterey and stop for a beer at the American Legion building, it’s Thursday night football- cheap beers and free burrito bar, killing it.  It’s dark & straight up to the campground, I opt for sleeping behind the building.

Sorry to my Facebook friends for using some photos twice, (but they’re good!).
Thanks for reading,
Jeff
NEXT:  Big Sur, Sneaking around the Slide, Morro Bay! and San Luis Obispo

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AS SEEN AT THE AMERICAN LEGION