Tuesday, September 29

Arrribbba!

3300km in 25 days of riding, my legs are full of lead and I have a few sadddle sores that are preventing me from enjoying the last remaining riding in Calgary days before the snow. I would show pictures but that is just not right. Our last few days of riding were spent in the 'city suburbs' that completly engulf the space between LA and the Mexican boarder.

Here are a couple more choice moments from the trip.


Hanging out at Deception Pass.




Our typical mid day dry everything routine.



Speedsters in the Redwoods~

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California Bums



Trying to look cool in Golden Gate Park



Our favorite signs!



Mexico Baby!




All in all it was a unreal trip, looking back on the last six weeks and I could easily say that it would be the best six week combined period in my life. I would reccommend cycling through Oregon to anyone, consistently the best riding day in day out that I have done. The next adventure starts right away, I'am hyped for the new training season and to connect with friends.

Thursday, September 24

so~cal

Well I can now see why the minimum recommended time for this trip is 5 weeks. Since our only rest day in San Fransisco we have pushed over 100 miles for four of the last five days and on that 'small' day that we put in a good 85 miles. Needless to say I'm starting to feel the trailer a little more. The northern California coast has been stunning, with the the redwoods and the extremely jagged shore line the riding has been challenging everyday. Here are a few highlights of the trip.

The biggest climb of the trip in the Cascades! A nice 2 hour slug fest~



A midday nap by the hood canal, in Washington St.



Here is a nice little pick of me chilling with Paul Bunyan.



Just taking a break in the middle of our 30 min pedestrian bumper fest crossing Golden Gate Bridge.



Camping in Strawberry fields.



Beaches in Big Sur.



Today on our 'little' jaunt through Los Angles we pass a older guy with coke bottle glasses rockin his hard gear on the road bike. He was holding about 33km/h and no matter what the terrain he was in his big ring just mashin it. Passing him just lit a fire under his ass as he proceeded to pass us right back mentioning how it must feel to be passed by 78 year old. I just had to snap a video of this legend.

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Tomorrow San Diego and Saturday Mexico!

Saturday, September 12

Cali Baby!

Well the km's keep rollin by! The 378 miles of Oregon Coast was stunning, the landscape seemed to change every 20 miles from rainforest's to desert and back to the waves crashing on the jagged rocks below the cliffs that we climbed. The coast is swarming with bikers as the typically wide shoulders and hiker - biker camps allow for a real easy journey. You can't really beat $4 a night for a 'primitive' camp site. That was the warning at the first state campground, 'these are primitive sites and you will have to walk half a mile to the nearest showers'. Tough life when you are camping on the beach legally with free hot showers.

When we crossed the boarder from Canada to the United States the boarder guard laughed at what we were doing and in his finest US accent he said, 'You boy's won't make Oregon let alone California'. Needless to say that added a little fuel to the fire on our way down here. Currently I'm standing in a library in Eureka getting the most of my 15 minutes of free Internet.

Again my lack of pictures is quite said. Hopefully next post I will have a few to post.

Saturday, September 5

Oragon Trail!

I think before I delve into the bike trip, I would like to talk a little about the week following the ITU race. Things were a mix of ups and downs, not that the race did not go well but I have been running through things in my mind. This is key to focus and rev up my training for next year, I know that in order to fight with the top 5 guys in the country I have to be more focused and real about what I need to do. SWIM - RUN - CORE - RECOVERY

The week between Kelowna ITU and Ironman Canada was filled with a lot of beer and sleepless nights. Jevon and myself headed out for Penticton via the bike. I ended up staying with Marc and Jamie at a beautiful B&B overlooking Skaha. I spent Saturday mixing things up with a couple of friends and then took my coach Jack Van Dyk out for dinner. Ironman day was a real mix of emotions watching friends and clients out there pushing their limits. I finally understand the emotion involved with Ironman and will hit this race in the next couple of years when my training allows me to race.

Along to Mexico

We have been rolling along for the last six days starting things off in Penticton and heading west through the Cascades. We have been averaging about 130km a day and squatting just outside of small towns as we go. After 6 days without a real shower and shave we finally cracked and have hit a funky little hotel in Astoria, Oregon. The riding has been breathtaking; especially through the Cascades and the hood canal from Port Townsend to Elma. As we hit the coast today things got a little windy and we got soaked, hence we are drying things off and catching a great meal.

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No pictures yet, the download cord was left in the hotel!

Catch you in a few!