Change of Scenery
After spending the past few weeks poking around Western Washington, we made a command decision… to move on. We have loved Washington, and we feel that we have hardly seen all that it has to offer… but we have spent a lot of time here and there’s just so much more to see!
Our original plan had us going out to the San Juan Islands, then across Washington somehow and out to Montana. Well… we puttered around the islands long enough that it’s now late enough in the year that we need to start thinking about winter (as strange as it seems, since it’s still technically summer). So… we will just have to explore Montana when we roll back around next summer.
In the meantime, we decided to hop on Amtrak today. We’re headed to Eugene, OR and we’re enjoying the fact that, on the Cascades line, you can buy a ticket for your bike (thus guaranteeing there’s space for it), without having to stick it in a box first. (Of course, the downside is that the train out of Bellingham doesn’t go all the way to Eugene, and we have to switch trains.)
Our apologies to all the folks out in Washington, Idaho or Montana that we didn’t get to hook up with… we’ll see you when we come back around!
From Eugene, we haven’t decided exactly which direction we’ll take. But we do know that we’ll wind up working our way over to the coast and heading south (through the redwoods) to the Bay Area (so if you’re in that neck of the woods, start sending us tips on where we should go and who we should meet!).
Chris Cavs September 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm
can I make a recommendation? I know it’s a long way, but you should make your way to Arizona for awhile. My brother lives in Flagstaff and used to be a bike mechanic there, so he knows the bike scene. If you decide to go down that way, let me know and I’ll try to hook you up. Keep pedaling strong!
tdp September 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm
+1 for Flag and/or Prescott, AZ!
Gary September 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm
If you’re hitting the redwoods, you need to check out the old highway 101. It has various names along the route, Avenue of the Giants, Newton B Drury Scenic Hwy, etc, You can pretty much go along the coast this way for miles and miles. If you like beer, we have plenty of local breweries too. If you stop by Arcata and you’d like to meet for a beer that would be great. I love this blog and have been following your trip since you were selling all your stuff.
Adam September 13, 2009 at 1:40 pm
We’d love to host you all a bit and help you hook up with the bay area bike scene when you’re around.
Corey September 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm
I posted a note on the AIDS/LifeCycle website/blog about your upcoming travels to the Bay area…hopefully you’ll get a few people that can help out! ALC has a ton of cyclists that live there and are very community oriented.
I’ve been following your travels with great interest from my home in Las Vegas…you two are such an inspiration!
Jenn September 14, 2009 at 4:51 am
Bummed you aren’t heading to Montana just yet. On the other hand, you’ll have even more stories to tell when you arrive. Missoula will welcome you whenever that is!
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I’m so excited you two will be here in good old Eugene! Please be sure to visit the REI at the corner of 3rd and Lawrence. I would love to meet you in person! Any idea what time you’ll be getting in?
The train station is just blocks from the Eugene store!