Monday, April 28, 2014

Basehor 5th Grade

It was a real privilege to visit Basehor, KS Intermediate School 5th Grade Class today and share with them about my Lewis & Clark Trail Bicycle Ride. Thank you for the tremendous greeting, courteous attention and excellent questions. You may read more about my ride on this blog, starting with "Day 1" and clicking "Newer Posts".

I hope you are inspired to reach for your dreams and enjoy the ride.


Thursday, June 30, 2011


Marilyn and Emily rolled in about 11:00 PM last night. We spent today enjoying the ocean and touring the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where Katie volunteers. What an amazing place! Mike joined us (poor guy has to work), for dinner at Nana's Irish Pub. We finished the day by watching the classic movie "Princess Bride". Now I know what an R.O.U.S. is. :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 45: The finish line!

Made it to Waldport around 7:00. It's never been so nice to see Mike & Katie! Had my first flat as I was pulling into Newport. Had my second 2 miles outside of Waldport (had failed to check the tire for the source of the flat; a metal shaving). We are still anxiously awaiting Marilyn and Emily's arrival, hopefully tomorrow. After a good night's sleep I'm sure I'll share a few reflections on the experiences of the last 45 days. Right now I am just grateful for a safe arrival and a wam shower!

Miles: 74
Grand Total: 3,037

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 44

It has been a lovely day. I attended Sweet Home Church of the Nazarene. They had just completed their VBS and the kids had fun singing their songs. After church Tom and Marilee invited me to lunch. We were joined also by Mike and Iris. Thank you for great Chinese food and fellowship. I think I'm getting spoiled by the great hospitality I've been shown.

After lunch I headed for Corvallis. I noticed some rubbing on the back wheel and found several spokes very loose. I've made an appointment with a local bike shop who graciously put me at the front of the line for Monday. Meanwhile I've found a camp spot I think will work well. Interestingly I was greeted by a family of nutria. Katie investigated them based on my description. They are an invasive species from South America. You can read about them here:
I don't think they're man-eating, so I'll be Ok.

Miles: 50
Total: 2,963

What kind if tree is this (besides BIG)?

Day 43

Today seemed short. Perhaps because it was packed with variety. I can't really say much about Redmond. It has a nice McD's. It was early and I moved quickly on to Sisters. Sisters reminded my of Estes Park. If you like tourist towns you'd love it. Sisters is named for the three dominate "sister" peaks of the Cascades. There's a story about it that I don't yet know.

Have I mentioned the Cascades? They're amazing. Very distinct volcanic shapes and the lava flows (see photo) are other-worldly. Starting up the east side, the forest was similar to what I've seen throughout the trip. But as I decended the west face I saw a destinct change. I think this is what's called a "rain forest", with ferns of all kinds and other fauna I've never seen before. Guess I'm not in Kansas anymore.

I am in an "official" campground tonight. Nothing like half hearing the fireside conversations of my fellow campers. Oh and the music, gotta have music to camp, you know.

I see there's a Nazarene church in the upcoming town. I wonder if they welcome people who haven't showered in seven days. I'll put on extra deodorant. ;)

Miles: 83
Total: 2,913

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Lava flow

Biking friends heading up Santiam Pass

Richard and David are from CA and doing a loop around OR. Richard had a biking accident 6 months ago and has 3 pins in his left hip.

Snapshot happy

Cascade Mtn Preview

Day 42

I got ahead of myself yesterday. Today is #42.

I left camp early trying to beat the wind. Turns out the wind was light today. First stop was Mitchell. Met one of a group of 3, headed my way. These are the first since Paul, back in NE. I did not end up riding with them since I was just getting breakfast. Maybe I'll catch them tomorrow. The Ochoco National Forest was beautiful and included a challenging 9 mile climb. The Ochoco Reservoir made a perfect picnic spot, then it was on to Prineville, a town of over 10,000. I found a suitable campsite just out of town and called it a day.

Lord willing I will reach Waldport as early as Monday. I will savor these last few days. The Lord has directed and protected me so many time during this adventure thanks to those who have prayed and encouraged me throughout.

Miles: 73
Total: 2,830

Friday, June 24, 2011

Tonight's menu

Corn beef hash with fresh green beans, mushroom and onion.

Pretty cool background for something

Tonight's campsite

Near tonight's campsite was a ring of rusty tin cans. These were not fresh off the WalMart shelf. I'd like to think a handful of cowboys used this very site several decades ago while driving cattle. At any rate I selected a can as my memento for this trip. It has a floral imprint on each side and a cylindrical top with holes for poring. The top does not unscrew. Any guesses what it was for? I don't know.

Day 41

Who in the world is John Day? Everything in this area of Oregon seems to be named after him. According to wiki, John Day was a trapper in the early days of Oregon:

This area is well known for early mammalian fossils. In fact there is the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. I didn't go there but i did ride through the "Picture Canyon, John Day National Monument.

Miles: 65
Total: 2,758

Picture Canyon, near Dayville, OR

Signs of progress

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 38

Monday started with a 10 mile hairpin downhill. What a blast! My highest speed was only about 34 because I had to stop to take pictures. At the bottom was a nice cafe, where I splurged for breakfast. Of course, for every downhill there's an uphill. It wasn't bad though and I enjoyed watching a bald eagle soaring above me. For the next several mile the highway parallelled St. Joseph's Canyon, where Nez Perce Chief St. Joseph led his people on a flight from U.S. soldiers around 1866.

Before long the gorgious Wallowa Mtns loomed in the distance. These Mtns are especially impressive because they jut so abruptly from the valley floor. And the town of Enterprise, at their feet, seemed the perfect place to live.

I couldn't stay long though because the weather was perfect and the sun was still high. I finally called it a day near Minum State Park, but not before seeing my first elk herd of the trip. What beautiful animals.

Miles: 83
Total: 2,560

Been there, done that.

OR HWY 3 South


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