And word from Gaby in Oregon!

Trip Start May 03, 2007
Trip End Jun 2007

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Hey All

We made it to Oregon! The trip has been fun and adventurous so far. We split into biking 'pods' straight away, we have the Tijuana Train (a fast paced 'racing' group- mainly experienced bicyclists), Pod Awesome (a high energy unruly pod), Peace Pod (a mellow sightseeing pod) and the Night Riders (a mellow directionally challenged group who often roll into camp after dark). Pods are fluid depending on how everyone is feeling but seem to be pretty structured.

The first few days we had a rocky start. Navigating cities with inexperienced riders and not having a solid plan turned out to be very adventurous. My pod got lost on our way to Birch Bay Campgrounds and arrived at dusk- some how we missed a turn and ended up bicycling down the I-5. The next night there was no accommodation planned, but the Tijuana Train arrived in Stanwood and found us a church to sleep in that night- they went door to door begging for a room, hut, garage or stable when a kind pastor took us in (Thank you Pastor John). We slept in the church and he let us shower and get cleaned up at his house. That was the night The Night Riders got their name since they didn't arrive in Stanwood until about 3-4 hours after everyone else did.

Seattle was another city where accommodation was hard to find. We ended up camping in the field at my boss's house - she also opened her doors and let all 27 of us shower, cook and sleep (Thank you Julie Krause). After the Seattle mass ride the next morning we headed across the Bremerton ferry and biked towards the coast.

The hills have been a little brutal and we have had our share of injuries. I hit train tracks on day 3 and went down hard- I hit the concrete at 27 kph with a car barely missing me. Kelly also fell in the same spot that day and Camillo wiped out skidding down a hill- he is riding a brake-less fixey all the way to Mexico, and a few others got some scrapes and bruises. These last few days have been much smoother with preplanned accommodation and no large cities to navigate! The terrain has been relatively flat which helps a bit too!

Camp each night has been fun and we have had a few interesting conversations. My favorite by far is the up-hill/ down-hill debate. To fill you all in, you know the saying when things are going bad and you say 'its all down hill from here' to mean its just going to get worse, well now that doesn't quite work since downhill is such a great thing and up hills represent things getting harder.

Hope this blog finds you all well and hope to read all your comments soon!

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