Journal Entry # 1
Well, here we are with the trip underway. We
got off to a rocky start after arriving in Florence. We dipped our
rear tires in the Pacific Ocean and then headed down the road. We
were just two miles into the trip and Celia lost control and had an
accident. Some of the community helped us out by taking her and Tim
to the hospital. She came out with a concussion, some scrapes
and bruises, but was okay. We finished up that day late after
waiting in the hospital. Celia flew home the next morning to
Otherwise, our trip has been amazing. The scenery has been
spectacular as we bike through mountains, gorges, desert, and wooded
countryside. We have climbed three passes of about 4000 feet high
each. We have come to find that out that our favorite hills are down
hills. It is exhilarating to feel the bike reach speeds of thirty miles
per hour and know that you worked for every minute of your descent.
We have covered 330 miles ish and have tires legs, butts, and bodies.
We hope our bodies become accustomed to this type of beating soon.
Our stays at night have been unique. A couple of times we have
stayed in city parks, other times in campgrounds, once in a
farmers field, and tonight in houses of Redeemer Lutheran Church members
in John Day OR. I'm sure the locals think it is quite funny to see
five guys shower under hoses, in sprinklers, and sit in icy rivers to
ice their legs. We love every minute of it.
We are attempting to post pictures soon (they are not developed
yet). Our pictures should be amusing yet picturesque as we click
at every person we meet, place we stay, and great view we see.
We will try to publish our journals when we return so you can get
all the details, facts, and funny events of our extravaganza.
Watch this website for info and details regarding that. We will
write more when we have time and another on-line opportunity.
Until then, we'll leave you with our favorite quote so far: "We
only lift our butts off the seat for two reasons, one is for railroad
tracks, the other...
Ride on MOB
Paul, Steve, Tim, Dan