Time to start dancing on those pedals!







George and I deliriously arrived (via plane) in Portland, Oregon on a chilly evening, and stayed with Ian, our first couchsurfing host of this trip (we used couchsurfing a lot during our last bicycle trip as well). Ian and his roommates were very involved with Oregon's Measure 92 for mandatory GMO labelling (which lost, but the battle continues). One of Ian's roommates gave us a ride in her Fishy Apple Car, funded in part by Dr. Bronner's soaps and truly a sight to be seen!


Since arriving in Portland, we explored the city and waited patiently for our bicycles to arrive in the mail. We met up with McKenzie, a school peer/Portland native, and she showed us around and even gave me a knitting refresher. I am excited to have a knitting project to work on for days we get into camp early or idle times during the trip. We adventured out on our own as well and enjoyed all that Portland has to offer: nighttime pick-up ultimate frisbee games, free yoga, coffee shops out the butthole, and Voodoo Donuts.

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We ended up staying here two extra days than anticipated because George's bicycle was damaged during shipment. However, this was good news because it meant we could hang out with my AmeriCorps NCCC teammate, Colleen, who recently relocated here after working on fire crews on the west coast for a couple of seasons.


Now that we are full of good beer and George has his bicycle repaired, (thanks, River City Bicycles!) tomorrow we start pedaling south to Salem, OR (56.1 miles). We are both eager to get onto the road and start making our way to Los Angeles, CA!


PART TWO: What we brought on our bicycle trip….

We aren't pro-bicycists when it comes to touring by any means. For example, Melissa still brought her cotton socks to rainy western Oregon just because they were her favorite Doctor Who pairs (they aren't practical, but they have a picture of the TARDIS on them!). However, we thought it would be interesting to share the things that we brought, and to see what we lose, donate, replace, or gain along the way.


Bicycle: Novara Verita

Trailer: Burley Nomad Trailer (used this last trip as well)


Bicycle: Torker Interurban

Dreamer Design Trailer (decided to use a trailer this trip---used a rack last trip…donated by Vanya)

This is our supply list, minus clothes (maybe we will tackle that a different post:

  • (3) 16" x 1.5" tubes
  • (2) 700c x 28 tubes
  • Topeak bicycle pump
  • Zipties
  • Pedal wrench (15mm)
  • Multi-tool
  • Screwdriver
  • Swiss Army Knives
  • Cook gear (pot, utensils)
  • MSR pocket rocket
  • (2) Thermarest 72mm Sleeping Pads
  • MSR Tent Fury 2
  • (3) U-Locks
  • Water Bottles
  • Wallets
  • First Aid Kit (plus Ibuprofen, Benadryl)
  •  Art and Writing Supplies
  • Compass
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Reading Material
  • P-cord
  • Headlamps
  • Trashbags
  • Helmets
  • Backpacks for daytrips

I will edit this list as I am surely missing things, as well as make a list of clothing that we brought!

Time to rest---the road awaits!