Monday, April 5, 2010
I’m getting around to re-reading the journal I kept while on my trip down the California coast last summer. At the end of each day before going to sleep I would lay with my journal and write for a while. I wanted to revisit it, and finally get around to posting the rest of the photos from my trip. I won’t be posting all of my journal here, but I will transcribe most of it.
With all the nervousness + planning last night I didn’t get to bed until 3. I had palnned on getting up at 9, but that was out the window when I first hit the alarm. After waking up at 10, I decided to take my time and not rush leaving (mistake!) I showered and finished the dishes, took out the trash, went for an egg bagel and coffee at Noah’s and came back to finally load the bike. It was like a game of tetris, but none of the pieces were square, just a mass of lumps that I had to make fit.
And i finally all did! I felt I had room to spare too! I mad sure everything was super secure, took a deep breath, and took off.
I got to Tacoma really quickly, but the drive between Tacoma and Olympia is pretty nondescript, and I thought I had taken a wrong turn. Olympia finally surfaced, and I made my first stop.
When I did, I found out the cover on my left side of the bike had dislodged and was hanging off. I must not have reattached it well after checking the fuses. I secured it , got some water and drank it all at the gas station, then spend half an hour looking for zip ties to be sure the plate was scure. Didn’t find a place so I took off again, but on 101N, not S, so I had to turn around (only a 2 mi. detour).
The ride to Aberdeen was FREEZING. I had left Seattle sweating. I think it was 70 when I took off. I put on another layer under my jacket and decided to look for long underwear/johns/thermals. None in Aberdeen, but I did find zip ties + a watch so I can tell time w/o my cellphone on. Aberdeen looks like any other old coastal down, one way “Main Streets” with the other direction a block away. Lots of old mining + logging stuff.
I ate at a place I think called Billy’s. Looked old + unique, had a bar. I ate a yak hamburger. I twas pretty good. I’m determined not to eat at a chain (even though I shopped at Aberdeen Walmart).
Finally I made it to 101. The first section was through logging forests. Big hills with curvy ups + downs. This was a lot of fun, but very cold. There was no sun, maybe 60 out. Aberdeen was bright + nice, but 65 is nice when you’re not going 55 mph.
It took a while (and an addition of another long tshirt) but I made it to Astoria + Oregon! The bridge in was amazing.
Anyway, found long johns in Fred Myer in Astoria and put them on in the bathroom there. 7:30pm + ~60mi. to Tillamuk, which would be my 250 mi. for the day, I was cutting it too close, but pushed on.
Checked for any campsite within 30 mi of Tillamuck with no luck. Definitely getting dark. Huge cliffs menacing against the dark sky + ocean. I started looking for hotels too, but all “No Vancancy” signs were lit. ~2 miles from Tillamuck there was an RV park w/ camps ites. I was so relieved. It was at least 9:15 and pitch black. nice woman checked min in, got me fire wood, so I started that up, set up the tent and started relaxing. Drank a canteen of water, stopped used complete sentances. Stared at the starts for 15 minutes and saw two shooting stars.
Then I threw all the wood in the fire so I could see to write this. Time for bed.
Oh yeah, plan for tomorrow: Last start park in Oregon. 282 mi from where I am now. I’m getting up at 7:30 hopefully! Wooo! 7.5 hrs sleep! Vacation!