The Pacific

02/05/2010 I was up early this morning, as I wanted to get the bus down to the beach and back again before I checked out of the motel so I didn’t have to drag my stuff around. The weather was every bit as bad as yesterday, with a fierce wind blowing off the sea making…

Finished

01/05/2010 I found it hard to get to sleep last night, despite having cycled 90 miles, as I was excited at the prospect of reaching Astoria – my final destination. I had a choice of two routes to the coast – I had decided to tale the more direct route that would take me via…

The Columbia River Gorge

31/05/2010 I set off this morning optimistically dressed in my basic cycling shorts and jersey as it was warmer than it’s been in a while – soon enough though I was wrapped up in my wet weather gear getting saturated, I didn’t mind too much though, as the wind stayed clam. It’s typical that today,…

Flats

30/05/2010 Before I’d even set foot outside this morning I had a setback: last night I had taken off both tyres and tubes, and had checked that they were intact and good to go. Despite my precautions, I noticed that the front tyre was flat while I was loading my bike. I took the tube…

Oregon

28/95/2010 I had hoped after yesterday that the weather would improve, and while I had clear skies today, the wind was worse than ever. I was up at 05.00 as per usual after another good nights sleep, and was feeling positive about the day ahead. I cycled through the Walla Walla valley this morning, which…

Slow Progress

28/05/2010 I fell asleep last night at around 17.00, and woke up still fully dressed to my alarm at 05.00! I was exhausted last night but 12 hours sleep did it’s job and I felt fresh this morning with a great breakfast helping to prepare me for a big day. After a nice easy first…

Washington

27/05/2010 I was up about half an hour later than usual – I think it’s a mark of fatigue that I’m finding it harder to get up on time but, despite the delay, I was on the road by 07.00 after a great breakfast. It rained all day today, and I was soaked within about…

The Lochsa River

26/05/2010 I spent yesterday evening having supper with Tim, Ruth, and Jane. They are all retired teachers, and had done some cycle touring in the UK and Cuba prior to doing this trip. Tim and Ruth are riding a tandem bike, but aren’t carrying any kit (as they have the support van). They prearrange points…

Idaho

25/05/2010 I had intended to get up at normal time this morning, bit at 05.00 this morning I lacked the resolve – knowing that I only had 60 miles to do. I was up at 06.00 and out by 07.00, feeling rested and full after one of the best free breakfasts all trip. For a…