New (used) bikes for our next adventure

Back in Portland, Dallas and I spent a few days recovering from our travels from Alaska.  We needed to get moving though, before the weather turned cold and rainy.  It was apparently already too late to miss the rain, so after 2 rest days, we started to get serious about our next move.  Dallas purchased an almost new Kona Honkytonk from our friend Alyssa, and I found an excellent deal on a GT Wheels 4 Life Peace tour bike on Craigslist.  The former owner of my new steed had just finished riding across the US with it – you can see her blog here: www.missionusa2013.blogspot.com

On Friday, Dallas caught up with family in Oregon City while I ran with our friend Kelly in Forest Park.  I spent that weekend testing my bike out on some of John Benenate’s team rides.  It’s heavy compared to everyone’s road bikes, but it will definitely get me out of Portland.  After spending Saturday and Sunday cycling in the rain, Dallas joined me for Tuesday and Wednesday evening group runs organized by other Skora ambassadors.  There’s definitely enough resources to stay active all week in Portland.

My plan was to wait for a few sunny days in a row (which could be weeks here), and get as far south as possible before the rain hits again.  We got lucky on Thursday afternoon when the sun came out (and we got to see our friend Kristina, from Sockeye, who had just arrived in Portland the night before).

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Hoping to leave Friday, we hurried to get everything we needed together for another long bike tour.  Halfway through the day, we decided we wouldn’t be ready and would leave on Saturday instead.  Saturday morning came, and we still had a few last minute things to pack and adjust.  By Saturday afternoon, we were still not quite ready.  Hopefully we haven’t wasted our only two sunny days in Portland.  We definitely plan on biking out Sunday morning!

The plan is to head south as far as Eugene together.  Then, I may cut west to the coast and ride down the Pacific Coast Highway.  Dallas is planning to continue towards Crater Lake (hopefully the National Park will be open again by the time he gets there) and south to visit his dad in Ashland before meeting up with me again in San Francisco.  The goal is to get to San Francisco by October 19th.  Keep checking back for more frequent updates along the way!

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About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

Posted on 6 October 2013, in Bicycle Touring, Portland, Portland to San Francisco, The space between and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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