12mph America At The Speed Of Sanity

31May/051

May 31, 2005

Steve called tonight and he rode solo 53 miles today. His route went from Susan Creek to Diamond Lake. His ride was cold, windy, with sprinkles, and an elevation gain of 4,000 feet. It took him 6 solid hours of biking to accomplish this ride today. Needless to say, he was wiped out tonight! He is camping in the National Park there, so there are some other campers in the area tonight. Tomorrow he'll have a big breakfast before heading out to Silver Lake. If you haven't done so yet, please check out the newest photos under "Diane's Photos"! And don't be afraid to try leaving a comment where it says, "No Comments or 1 Comment or 2 Comments."
---'Til later....Diane

30May/050

Home Again

While I try to recover from arriving home after leaving Roseburg, Oregon early this morning, I'll write an update for Steve too. It always seems bizarre to travel all day from a more remote location and be home that evening. I have to pinch myself a little.

Yesterday's "dip" went well along the Pacific Coast. We were at a public beach in Bandon, Oregon for the official tire dipping and first pedal strokes eastward. Steve was joined by our friend Laura and one of her cycling friends, Sandy. The three of them left Bandon, Oregon at 11:30 A.M., May 29, 2005. The coastline was breath-taking and tomorrow when I have more time I will upload some photos. The trio rode almost 60 miles from Bandon to Camas Valley. Their trek included windy roads up and over the Coastal Mountain Range.

Steve called me at O'Hare this evening as I was waiting for Stephanie to pick me up along with the bike case and luggage. Steve, Laura, Laura & DeWaine's son Chayse, and one of her other cycling friends, Shelly, rode from Camas Valley to Susan Creek, which was another 58-59 miles. When Steve called he had already set up his camp and showered and it was 6:10 PM Pacific time. Tomorrow he'll be on his own so now he's truly on his own. Today and tomorrow he'll have negotiated the Cascade Range. Once Wednesday comes he'll be heading into high dessert terrain and extremely desolate areas.

Over the weekend our college friends, DeWaine and Laura, treated us to wonderful hospitality. DeWaine, Chayse, and I hung out together yesterday after seeing the biking trio on their way. We returned to the beach where we built a beach fort out of tree remnants strewn on the beach. We rewarded ourselves for providing support to the cyclists and being such good fort builders by enjoying some yummy Bandon Cheese Factory homemade ice cream. Yum!! I had Brown Cow, which is an assortment of three different chocolate ice creams in one....go figure!

Steve was quite touched by all of the post-cards that were in his packet that I gave him en route to Portland. Yes, he'll enjoy them and find great inspiration from all of you.

Happy Trails to all of you! --Love, Diane

28May/051

Anticipation

We are in Oregon - at a hotel in Portland. As Barb would say "One more go-to-bed!"

The plane ride out was eventful. After sitting on the runway at Ohare for 40 minutes we finally took off. Then headwinds finished us off and we missed our connecting flight - despite an airport sprint. These new rules about closing the doors 10 minutes before take off did us in. The next flight was in 45 minutes, so it turned out okay. The luggage made it, the bike made it, and somewhere in the middle of the night we got to the hotel. Fresh baked cookies were waiting, so it was all good!

We watched the weather this morning. It is going to be warmer, cooler, cloudy, sunny, showers, thunderstorms, and snow. So I guess I'll just get up tomorrow morning and ride.

Tomorrow's ride is from Bandon to Roseburg, 80 some miles. 🙂

Steve

26May/051

1 Day to Go!

It's 5 PM and this place is humming with last minute preparations. Steve has cleaned, lubed, and successfully dismantled his bike and has it carefully padded inside its case. The need for another large bag is apparent so we can get the 4 panniers and their accompanying racks to Oregon with us. The confounding factor in this is that we each get two pieces of luggage....2 X 2 is 4. Well, I'm the only one flying back so negotiating 4 bags (one of which is a large hard-shell bike case) could be a challenge. Steve's hoping that my small piece of luggage and one of the bags he's using for some of his gear will fit inside the bike case. Then I'll have only 2!!!

The forecast for our destination in Oregon is 90 degrees today. But...by Sunday when he's to begin the ride, the 70s and showers are in the forecast. Hmmmm....he may put his new rain gear to use right away.

Thanks for all the cool comments. We've also received a ton of emails today. It's quite heart-warming. Love to you all! --Diane

25May/051

2 Days to Go

Here we are only two days from taking off for Oregon. It seems crazy, but my "Things to Do" list seems to be getting longer rather than shorter! Steph's ready to take command of the household and our geriatric kitty after receiving our "Household Management Guide" and a guided tour from me. Jeremy's been busy creating this website and will be our communications contact for the summer. Two nights ago Steve had neatly organized all of his wordly possessions for the bike trip into piles that amazingly ended up fitting into his four panniers (saddlebags). The next two days will be a whirlwind as we tidy up essential paperwork, break down THE bike so it fits into a special carrying case, and somehow pack the panniers and their contents into a suitcase. While Steve is officially on his sabbatical, I have two more days with my preschool students this week and a couple of days packing up my classroom next week before my summer begins. Stay tuned!

25May/051

Welcome

So much for leaving town under the cover of darkness. Who knew that a little bike ride could cause so much interest? Obviously - not me! So, by popular demand, here is the website. Thanks Jeremy!

If you are here for the first time, I am embarking on a self-supported bike ride from Oregon to Virginia. It is the dream of a life time and I am looking forward to the bike ride, visiting friends and family, meeting new people, and seeing the country at 12 miles per hour.

Throughout the summer Diane and I will post electrifying tales, mesmerizing stories, and thrilling accounts of our glorious adventures. And all of that with photos. I’ll try to stay away from “Day 29, 74.5 miles, 11.5 mph, wind from the north,” unless you let me know you find that mesmerizing.

Thank you for all the interest, well-wishes, and prayers.

Steve

24May/051

Quick Note

Just a quick little usability note... On the right you'll notice two different sets of photos. One for Steve, one for Diane. (that's the obvious part) The 3 most recent photos for each of them will show up at any given time, but the full photobooks will be on a seperate page. You can click on pretty much any text and/or images in that area of the page and be brought over to the full photos page for either of them. So don't feel down if you only see 3 pictures and are wishing for more.... 🙂