Bear Grylls

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Sep 21, 2010

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Fort Stevens State Park

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm loving being outdoors. I think it's been about 2 weeks since I slept under a roof and while it's no world record, I do feel like I'm growing bark instead of skin. Love it!

It's been a week of big things and small things. Small things like loosing my spare keys to my bike lock but then finding them almost a day later in my sleeping bag. Or blowing up my mobile while trying to charge it while it was sitting in a pool of water. But then reviving it. Of finding a good book in a dodgy 'Trading Post' just as I finished my other one.  

Big things like those trucks transporting trees from A to B. They're scary. When we were small, Dorgan's Lorries were just up the road so we were used to big lorries. But these are thunderous Mo-Fo's that take no prisoners. And then the huge Astoria Megler bridge - all 4.1 miles. And yes, it WAS windy as it turns out. 

As it's been so remote, I'm carrying all my food with me. I've experimented with a few freeze-dried meals coz they're light and less bulky. I dunno which is better, them or the million and one things I can now cook with rice? (Answer: neither). And now my body has begun rejecting the Trail Mix, or more specifically the sportsman trail mix, that was my mid-day fuel til now. It's just dried fruit and nuts with a few M&Ms thrown in - great for lunch when you're Hank Marvin and stuck out in the middle of nowhere. But now it's my kryptonite, my body's rejecting it and I'm having to work around the fruit 'n nuts and head straight for the M&Ms. I'm gonna need to find a new superfood.

And now I've arrived into Oregon. The Oreganos are gonna have a tough time being as friendly, chatty and down-right hospitable as the Washingtonians who were brilliant. 
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Aisling on

Don't forget that detour to Portland :)

footloosets on

A Detour to Portland would be a long hard ride over the mountains. :(
The big logging trucks are scary to us in the RV, hold tight to the side of the road as you will have them keeping you company down 101. Stay safe. Con

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