Since then things have been busy. My son Michael graduated college and started graduate school at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Karen and I found our dream home and moved to Idlewhile atop Braddock Mountain in western Maryland. My daughter Leah successfully transitioned to a new school and town and has made lots of friends. I was lucky to take time for a few great bike trips with many of my cross country riding mates along the Natchez Trace and Blue Ridge Parkway. Time passed quickly.
Tomorrow I embark on 1,400 mile journey down the west coast. Many things are the same as my cross country trek ... the starting point, the great ABB support crew (Mike & Barbara Munk, Karen Bauer, and Jim Benson), and so many of the riders. What is different ... the comfort level, the friendships, and the confidence. This trip will be all about the people, the camaraderie, and the sites. Thanks for following along, Onto the show ...
|Geldings (Jeff, Mark, Me, Joe) Reunite ... Susan Joins the Fun|
After a nice dinner on the wharf, we all went to bed early in anticipation of bike assembly and orientation. That's what we did today. My bike went together quickly without any issues. My hard travel case keeps my bike safe and secure. Unfortunately, Toronto Mark was not so lucky. Something must have been dropped on his bike box in transit, as both his wheels were damaged. He will borrow two ABB loaners until he can have a new set shipped later this week. The afternoon saw lunch with old friends and meeting new faces (Tracey from Indiana, Russ from North Carolina, and Herb from Santa Fe, and Charlene from Alexandria VA). An informative bike safety check and orientation gave us the chance to meet all the other riders and freshen up on the rules of the road and daily routine.
|Rick, Me, Barb, and John Under the Bridge|
|Mike Helps Us Double Check Our Bikes|
My family and friends are all set to follow (thanks for all the great phone calls and emails). Pig is all set and is following along with moral support. Tomorrow we head south ... 65 miles and 3,150 feet of climbing as we follow the coast to Tillamook.. Lots of memories and pictures await.
|Bridge From Washington State Into Astoria|
|A Great Riverfront Town|
|View Looking Down on Astoria (I Took This One on 2010)|
|Pig is One of My Biggest Supporters (Thanks Cathy)|