Sunday Sept 2, 2012...Astoria to Tillamook Oregon
For those of you who don't know, Tillamook is the town where the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell movie Overboard was set and I think it's a fitting title for my first day of riding. I've gone "Overboard" with the hills, and the mileage and the roads.
The weather today was beautiful, sunny skies and about 18 degrees Celsius. I'm going to post my Garmin stats below. We rode 66.84 miles in 5 hours and 9 minutes with lots of climbing. Suffice it to say that we basically climbed Snowmass Mountain. Here are my garmin stats for today:
We started out the day riding near the front of the group but after a while a lot of the group passed me on the uphill portions and there were a lot of them (not the group, the uphills). Did I mention that there was a lot of climbing? Somehow, we ended up being the 3rd and 4th people to the hotel, I guess some of the other riders stopped to have lunch or take in the views, personally I just wanted the last 10 miles to be over.
The Oregon coast is spectacularly beautiful. Here are some pictures we took today.
Mark says I should talk about how I feel. I'll tell you how I feel; Tired but I'm sure after a good night sleep, I'll still feel tired (I mean better). Tomorrow is another day when I'll be tired, anyone noticing a theme here? Wait, I might be hungry too. Slightly lower mileage tomorrow but with more climbing...Yeah!!!
A few of the other riders here are blogging as well so here are the links to their blogs:
Baltimore Mark: http://markstrekacrossamerica2.blogspot.com
Jeff Douglas: http://jeffscyclingadventures.blogspot.com/
Joe Shroeder: http://joescyclesamerica.blogspot.com/
Also, Lauren is in London and she's blogging there. We are a blogging family!!! Here's her blog about her adventures in London: http://laureninfoggylondontown.blogspot.ca
I'll post more tomorrow but for now, this is an amazing adventure and I'm really happy I'm doing this. Love to all.