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. 🙂


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

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!