Another Perspective...by Dylan Weil
Trip Start May 03, 2007
16Trip End Jun 2007
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We have all arrived safely in Astoria, Oregon. Today was a fairly relaxed day. The major highlight was crossing the bridge from Washington State into Oregon. It is a mile and a half long with a very narrow shoulder. It starts out with a good sized up hill, followed by a decent decline, then it is flat for a long time. Then we all looked skyward at the massive steep hill in front of us, and shifted into a low gear while pedaling furiously. Once you reach the top there is a fairly rapid windy road that leads you into town. It seems fairly laid back here. We will be staying at a school in Astoria tonight before continuing down the coastal highway tomorrow. Thursday we get a much deserved rest day in the sand dunes, which I think we are all looking forward to.
To briefly update on the trip since Stanwood: we woke up the next morning at the church and pedaled onto Seattle. Definitely one of our busier days in terms of traffic, but no one got exceedingly lost since for the most part we were just going straight. There were random celebrations going on on the side of the road for Cinco de Mayo as well. We spent the night at Julie's house in Seattle, who is a friend of Liz. She was so hospitable. We felt right at home as she gave us full access to the guest house. All of us got a proper shower and use of the barbecue to make burgers for dinner. Julie even gave us a huge amount of cheese to put on our burgers. Julie, if you are reading this I just want to say on behalf of all the Agents of Change...Thank you so much.
The next day we had our mass ride in Seattle. We started in the University district and cruised around downtown right to the ferry terminal, where we continued on to Bremerton. We did a little bit of flyering and sold some bracelets and shirts. I would say for the most part, we have been very well received everywhere we have gone.
Everything got a little chaotic as we did not arrive in Bremerton until 2:00PM and we really can't ride past 7, so that everyone can get to bed at a reasonable time. We pedaled onto Shelton and took a detour west in the RV to Montesano, as going to Seattle had brought us away from the coast.
This brings us to yesterday (Day 5). We hopped onto our bikes and went to Bay Center. Yesterday was the smoothest running day with the possible exception of today. Everyone has kind of settled into a routine, and the route has become a lot simpler as we are for the most part just heading south now. My pod arrived at our campsite early, so we bought a whole bunch of local oysters, tabasco sauce, and lemons, and all ate a massive amount of the Bay Center seafood. We set up camp, took some showers, and ate dinner. We all headed over to the cliffs to watch the sunset over the ocean, and it was gorgeous. Afterwards, a bunch of us hung out at the beach and made a campfire. It was a crystal clear night, so we had an unrivaled view of the constellations. I even saw a couple of shooting stars.
That brings us to today. Thanks to our support team, we had some awesome fried egg sandwiches to get us started this morning. It was a fairly relaxed day as we did not have too far to go. There was a little bit of mist, which was actually quite refreshing, but it has cleared up a bit. And now here we are: In Astoria, Oregon.
We are all have sore bums, we all have sore legs, and we're all a bit exhausted in varying degrees, but everyone seems so happy to be here. It's hard to believe that we only have exactly one month left, and have been riding for 6 out of our 32 riding days. This has been an amazing journey. To be able to go 3000 km at the pace we are going, and see all the things we have seen is incredible.
Well that's all for now. Thanks for reading.