May 23, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

50 miles – Total so far: 3662 miles

Woke up to the feeling of great anticipation as a key milestone on my journey around the American perimeter was about to bite the dust, so to speak.  That milestone is the completion of the entire Pacific Coast of the United States, from Tijuana Mexico to Vancouver Can...

May 22, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

52 miles – Total so far: 3612 miles

This morning picked up right where yesterday left off: peaceful roads, a spectrum of green, pine trees, hills, ocean views, islands, and more. As has been customary lately, my camera cannot stop taking pictures. Today’s 52-mile ride was relatively easy, and when I wasn’t ta...

May 21, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

47 miles – Total so far: 3560 miles

Without question, today was one of top five days spent cycling on the entire Pacific Coast. And to make it even better, it was somewhat unexpected. The morning started out with a 6:30am sharp ferry ride across the Strait of Juan De Fuca from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island....

May 20, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

52 miles – Total so far: 3513 miles

Today was tough and beautiful, and tough.

First, the beautiful. As I left Bremerton WA, I was greeted to the West by a glorious view of the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountain range, home of the famous Mount Olympus. Throughout the day, the landscape transformed from a...

May 18, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

46 miles – Total so far: 3461 miles

“We live and die by time and we must not commit the sin of turning our back on time.” — from the motion picture “Castaway”.

Woke up to all-to-familiar raindrops in Shelton Washington, but was soon enjoying cruising down the historical-looking and appropriately named Railroad...

May 14, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

65 miles – Total so far: 3415 miles

Woke up to a nippy 34 degrees Fahrenheit, broke camp quickly, and hit the road around sunrise. From that point forward, I played in Mother Nature’s world. As today’s long 65-mile ride materialized, it became evident early on that I was entering the southern region of the fa...

May 13, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

58 miles – Total so far: 3350 miles

The day was beautiful early-on, the ride was pleasant, the hills were moderate, but I felt a little jilted for a good portion of the day. Two iconic and prominent Washington volcanoes were just out of reach by bicycle all day. As I left Longview Washington, the once notorio...

May 13, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

58 miles – Total so far: 3292 miles

“One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit … We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.” — F. Gump

Today was a day entirel...

May 12, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

41 miles – Total so far: 3234 miles

God hitched a ride with Surly Pearl and me today. After a couple days of ever-so-slight pessimism, I woke up with a sparkling new attitude, despite the dreary weather forecast. My iPhone weather app subtly predicted a day of 90% rain shower chances, from sunrise to sundown....

May 10, 2015

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

56 miles – Total so far: 3193 miles

I cannot remember a single day on this entire cycling tour passing through so many charming towns, quaint fishing villages, and beautiful seaside communities. At the risk of sounding like a charter member of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, it is rare that one can enjoy so m...

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