A long Wednesday!

Verizon Wireless hasn’t let us down yet! Steve just called on his cell phone from Silver Lake, Oregon. He rode 91 miles today, which took him 6 hours 45 minutes of riding time. The first 8 miles were a steady climb of another 800 feet in elevation to the summit of the Cascade Mountain Range. He was able to cruise 15 miles downhill after his uphill efforts…weee! Most of the remaining miles were long, straight, and flat stretches. After coming out of the Cascades, he’s now into basically very flat, high-desert terrain with sage brush, etc. Road conditions have been good and traffic’s been very low. (Unlike what we’re experiencing in our own community lately).

Last night it rained through the night so he got a late start this morning. He awoke to temps in the 40s so he dressed warmly and in his raingear. The temps didn’t go above the low 60s today so he was grateful for his arm and legwarmers. A very large breakfast at the lodge gave him a good kick-start this morning. Tonight he’s staying in a little motel in order to have a roof over his head, a warm shower, and a bed. And there’s a restaurant down the road so he won’t need to cook a meal tonight.
—Stay tuned for more updates down the road! ~~Diane

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

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