San Diego – Newport: 87 mi
Newport – Malibu: 90 mi
Malibu – Santa Barbara: 70 mi
Santa Barbara – San Luis Obispo: 108 mi
San Luis Obispo – Gorda: 70 mi
Gorda – Carmel: 68 mi
Carmel – Davenport: 60 mi
Davenport – San Francisco: 68 mi
San Francisco – Bodega Bay: 70 mi
Bodega Bay – Manchester Beach: 67 mi
Manchester Beach – Leggett: 82 mi
Leggett – Eureka: 97 mi
Eureka – Crescent City: 86 mi
Crescent City – Humbug State Park: 76 mi
Humbug State Park – Coo’s Bay: 65 mi
Coo’s Bay – Waldport: 75 mi
Waldport – Tillamook (Garibaldi): 87 mi
Tillamook (Garibaldi) – Astoria: 65 mi
Astoria – Kelso: 55 mi
Kelso – Olympia: 77 mi
Olympia – Seattle!!!: 64 mi
We FINALLY made it to Seattle on the 25th!!! We were quite tired the last few days but we managed to gather our strength and finish what we had originally set out to do. From Astoria we changed our plans and made our way inland to Kelso, up to Olympia and finally to Tacoma (Defiance Point) across Vashon Island and to Seattle.
Our conclusion of the last days of riding are:
– Warm weather makes a difference! Having the sun out while riding makes everything more enjoyable. Especially when accompanied by the amazing scenery along the Northern Oregon Coastline. During the last few days of our trip the weather cooperated quite well, we had a little fog in the morning but full sun later on in the day.
– Our amazing idea of surviving on bagels and cream cheese was not so amazing. For the remainder of my time in the US I think I will refrain from eating bagels + cream cheese, McDonald’s, Cliff Bars and Fruit Punch Gatorade. Also not encouraged, leftover ribs for breakfast with potato salad before a ride.
– Thinking while crossing the Colombia River bridge, “This would be a terrible place to pop a tire.” increases the probability of popping a tire tenfold. At least, after popping and crossing the bridge with a flat we were able to put to good use our tire changing supplies that we carried over 1500 miles and only had used once.
– Not being able to sleep while in a KOA Kabin on plastic covered mattresses requires ear plugs, especially when more than one of the cabin’s occupants cannot sleep. The sound of tossing and turning the whole night will keep you awake.
– Writing a blog on an iPhone versus a full computer/keyboard is very different. I wish we had brought at least a keyboard with us.
As for now, we will continue resting and recuperating strength lost along the way at my grandparent’s home on Bainbridge Island. We are so happy to not have to change sleeping locations daily and eat home cooked meals. We were even able to squeeze in a movie and go out for drinks in Seattle (which was an adventure in its own).
Once I return to San Diego, I will be sure to write a detailed account of our travels including the good, the bad and everything in between.
Thank you to everyone for following us along our way. The support of our family and friends gave us the strength and motivation to finish when we were exhausted. And thank you to all who have been so generous and have made donations to team fundraiser with LIVESTRONG®.