Sunday morning came, and it was time to uu stuffed us with and incredible breakfast and coffee, and we were ready to start.
Early going was slow getting out of town. Had to stop for light after light. But we eventually got out into the countryside and the ride improved tremendously. Jr took the lead so I could draft of him and therefore, share some of the load. I was pulling the only trailer, with all the gear we’d need until we got back to Portland. So despite him being on a slower bike, it was still balancing things out a bit. This ride will be about a lot of sharing.
Met a wounded veteran along the way, and talked with him for a while. Great guy (Thank you for your service!). We made good time to and through Tillamook State Park (what a beautiful park!) Had some vertical to climb over, but nothing bad. Coming to end of park and mountains the head wind became bad. I felt bad for Jr but he kept grinding out the miles and we steadily worked our way to the ocean.
After reaching the Pacific, we grabbed a quick snack, and celebratory beer (to toast official start of our ride from coast to coast). While there, met a nice gentleman who asked us about what we were doing, and have me a cash donation.
After that we started our return ride to Portland (instead of route we had planned). It was much easier and faster going back with the fierce wind at our backs. We made quick time, and just before returning to Tillamook State Park, we stopped for dinner. After dinner was a short ride to place we stopped to camp. All told on the day, we had covered 130mi. Had a beautiful campsite to top it off…
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