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Riding With Passion for a Purpose

OH How Good it feels.

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Today was the first day I've ridden in nearly a month. I can't begin to tell you how good it felt to get back out on the bike. It was only a 20 mile day but it felt so good. I met Jose Santiago who is the founder of a veterans group called Warriors 4 Life. These guys are a small group who is focused on the veteran and not the politics of a big organization. All the people. at this point, are all volunteers that run the group and they are doing some great work. I think I may be shifting my focus from R2R to the Warriors 4 Life group. I really like the small personal feeling of this organization. I encourage all of you on Facebook like and follow Warriors 4 Life. https://www.facebook.com/Warriors4Life/

Just getting on the bike today has shown me just how much I love being out on the bike. I REALLY need to find a career in cycling. I want to be out on the bike and find a way to help others reach their dreams. I want to use cycling to prove to people that anything is possible, by opening the mind and removing ones own barriers, that goals can be reached.

This is the difference riding in wet conditions with and without a fender.

This is the difference riding in wet conditions with and without a fender.

Unceremonious unofficial end to the ride

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Well it is kind of a downer unofficial end to the ride. After leaving Seaside on the way to my brother’s place I stopped in South Bend, WA. All was well until that night. Around 3 in the morning I woke with nausea and headed to the bathroom, where I ended up staying most of the morning. I was in absolutely no shape to ride. I called the hotel office to tell them that I had to stay another day.

After finding short bouts of sleep between trips to the bathroom I made it over to the office to extend my stay for another night. I also made the rather disappointing decision to call my brother and have him come and pick me up. As of this morning I feel so much better but still not in any kind of shape to get back on the bike. I could stay here another day and ride tomorrow but why sit around a hotel room when I have family so close? My brother may not think it is that close after an hour and half drive but I thought it was a better decision to have him come and get me.

I must say after reaching Seaside I had a huge feeling of mixed emotions. Both happy and satisfied that I was able to complete this rather epic ride. And sadness and disappointment with the fact that the ride was over and having fear of what comes next. I can’t tell you how good it felt to get back on the bike on Tuesday to ride to my brothers. Now to have to be rescued and picked up makes me feel depressed that I couldn’t finish the way I wanted to.

 

That’s all Folks

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Well this it! I’m back in Seaside, OR thus the official end to my ride. I really can’t tell you how I feel about the end of the ride. Happiness and sadness at the same time. In a way I don’t want to post that I am finished. I really don’t know what I am going to do now. I’ll write more later. I just wanted to get this posted to let you all know.

More Obstacles and Coincidences

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As you know from this morning’s post that I started out only to find my rear tire going flat. I originally thought I has something wrong with the front. The bike was swaying and I felt it the most in the handle bars. So I looked and couldn’t find anything. I got back on the bike and the next 20 yards reveled the back end was what was swaying. I looked down and saw that the tire was almost flat. I turned around and pulled into a gas station. It was misting so I asked if I could work in one of the bays but the attendant declined. Oh well. I went to the side and flipped the bike over. Changed the tube and went to put things back together.

This is where the coincidence happened. When I spun the wheel to check things I noticed that the brakes were rubbing. Upon further inspection I found that the return spring was all twisted. I pulled the brake pads and found that the pad was almost gone. The spring was folded over. I replaced the pads and adjusted them. I was back on the road.

Now what may be called a coincidence may be more than just coincidence. This is the second time now that my tire went flat for no apparent reason only for me to find another problem. Just over a week ago while riding especially uphill the bike was making awful noises. I stopped several times but couldn’t find out what it was. I thought the noise may be from all the rain and it was just the drive train getting dirty.

The next day the noise returned. I just kept riding. When the tire went flat later that day I couldn’t find anything in the tire. However, when I took the wheel off the bike I noticed that the skewer was a little loose. So thankfully I found it before anything bad happened. So between the loose skewer and the bad brakes I think God must be looking out for me.

Later today I got a second flat. This time on the trailer. No revilations on any other problems this time, just another flat tire. The one good thing is that the weather actually started to get a bit clearer. I was able to actually see my shadow! There is hope for the rest of the week for good weather. Although it is supposed to rain a good bit this weekend which is when I reach Seaside. Keep thinking dry thoughts for me.

Ride On!

Another late wet start

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Bandon, OR bicycle police and K9 unit. 

Bandon, OR bicycle police and K9 unit. 

Once again it is wet and dreary in the Pacific Northwest. I got going only to find a semi flat tire. Upon stopping to fix it I found no reason for it to be flat: however, I did find some messed up rear brakes. I'll talk more about the coincidence later. New brakes new tube and I'm ready to start my day. 

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Oregon State #1

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I posted on Facebook this morning about the rain. As you can see I've struck out and the day has been good to me so far. 

I'm back in Oregon my first state. I'm on my last little bit of the ride. I'm starting to feel a little melancholy knowing that I'm almost done. 

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Rainy Days and Thursdays (Wednesdays) What ever day it is.

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After much debate, with myself, I finally got on the bike. It wasn't until about 9:30 by the time I started peddling. It was chilly and raining. The clouds were really cool because they where low and competing for space with the redwoods. As I kept riding the rain stopped and started several times. Lucky for me is it did warm up and made riding in the rain just fine. The afternoon gave way to actually having the sun peak through and create some shadows.

As I progressed and made it to the "Avenue of Giants" I found myself in awe. The more I rode the more in awe I became. These massive trees towered above and disappeared into the clouds. Even though I have seen redwood trees before I have never seen anything so big. I believe I read that these are the biggest trees on the planet and I believe it. It felt kind of like the first time I was in the big city. My neck was sore just from looking up at the buildings. The same thing was happening with the trees. In fact I really had to watch it because it was hard to ride and look high up at the same time.

It is amazing to think that some of these trees were alive when Jesus was born and even before that. For me it is almost incomprehensible that a living organism can be that old as well as large.  

I am now putting the "Avenue of Giants" in the top 5 places on this trip. I have to recommend to anyone if you have a chance to make it here you have to take it. Riding through these majestic trees is so awe inspiring. And I mean literally through trees. I am so glad that I made the decision to get out on the bike today. Even with the crappy weather it has become one of the best days of riding.  

This was from two days ago.

This was from two days ago.

The camera didn't really pick it up but the moss on the trees seemed to glow a bright green color.

The camera didn't really pick it up but the moss on the trees seemed to glow a bright green color.

Testing my Willpower

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I must admit that overall this ride has been pretty easy. I'm able to push over hills, through the wind and some rain. It has been very hot, over 100 deg for more than a week, to temps down into the teens. Each of these are manageable. The real challenges start to happen when they start to pair up. Hills with wind, rain and cold are just a couple of the possible combinations that make it difficult to continue. God forbid that three or all four of them happen at once.

These last few days are proving to be one of those challenges. I have been contending with several of the possible combinations. Just yesterday I wimped out and stopped at just 15 miles. I chose to stay in a town here that has amenities as opposed to going further to areas without any places to stay or get food. (I didn't expect this but this part of CA is rather sparse with little services). As it turned out shortly after I stopped so did the rain. I could have continued on without as much of a challenge, but still having few choices on places to stay.

It did rain overnight so being inside was well worth it. I sit here battling with myself knowing that I should get out and keep going. The rain is forecast for everyday over the next week. I really can't afford the time or money to sit around the hotel room.

Well as I sit here writing this I'm working on the motivation get out and ride. This time of my ride is really messing with my ability to deal with my depression and anxiety. I think much of it is coming from knowing that I am almost finished with the ride and still totally don't know what I am going to do. Well keep checking back to find out what happens today and how I fair as I go out onto the road.

It’s all the Girl Scouts Fault.

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This trip has been theft free and I for one am very thankful for that. Although not for a lack of trying. At least at one camp ground a couple of weeks ago, I was shown to one of the best camp sites I have had. The view was absolutely amazing. I leaned the bike up and immediately walked about five yards away from the bike to watch the surf. I turned around and a squirrel had taken an interest in my stuff. I shewed it away and started to take my stuff out. Everything was wet from the prior night and I spread it all out to let it dry. Meanwhile the squirrel maintained its interest in my bike. I took my folding chair out and went the five yards to sit down and watch the ocean.

I turned around and the squirrel was on top of my pannier. I once again chased it away. After repeating this two more times I finally realized that the @#$! squirrel was eating through my bag to get to the Girl Scout cookies I had in the bag.

Not only did the squirrel eat a hole in my pannier bag but in his effort to get through the bag my jacket was in the way so he ate right through that as well. The only justice in this situation was that Rocky didn’t get any cookies. After finding out what he was up to I moved the bag and ate all the rest of the cookies.

In the end the little bugger caused me a couple of hundred dollars in damages. I bought a new jacket that was $125 and to replace the bags it will be up to $180 unless I can find more online cheaper. For now I have taped over the hole and hope the rain stays out. I think I can finish out the ride without having to replace the bag.

So if the Girl Scouts didn’t make such good cookies my stuff would still be intact and wouldn’t have needed to be replaced.


Ride On!

Scott

Sorry

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I didn't think I could get much worse at blogging but I have. Even having two days off due to rain I still haven't written anything. So FYI I'm heading north again from Ft Bragg, CA trying to get to Leggett. Not sure I can make it with the climbs and tbe strong headwinds. We shall see. 

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Pacific Ocean

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Well I made it back to the Pacific Ocean! I am at the Navy RV park and marina Fiddlers Cove just south of Coronado. Right next to the beach where the SEALS train. The last few days have had a full mix of environments. From going through the desert and then the sand dunes in the desert to mountains and finally the ocean. 

My climb coming out of Ocotillo, CA was pretty big. Although in the grand scheme of things the altitude was not all that high but going over 4000 feet from near sea level is still a challenge. My RunKeeper app that tracks my rides said that my overall elevation gain for the day was just over  7000 feet.

The ride through the mountains from the Yuha desert to San Diego also put at a stones through away from Mexico. As you can see I the picture we already have walls up between us in many of the places that I have seen the boarder on my trip.

Now the really nice part of that it was really nice coming down the next day. Still had to do some climbing in the foothills coming into the San Diego area but I would say it was still a pretty easy 59 miles today.

The only downer was on one of my descents I was going somewhere between 30-35 mph and something big and black hit my face and stung me. So now my check is all swollen. It looks like I've just come back from the dentist.


Warmshowers

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Not sure if I have written anything about Warmshowers.org. It is a great place for cyclist to go to find places to stay while out on the road. It is kind of like Couch Surfing but only for cyclists. Plus you are not permitted to charge people to let them stay. Hosts can simply let you stay in the back yard and use the bathroom, to using the guest room, laundry, Wi-Fi and maybe even a meal. I have stayed with 9 hosts so far and they have all been great! If you were one of my hosts thanks! Everyone of you have been such wonderful hosts.

I want to give the most unique award (up to now anyway) to Phyllis and Randy. They offered to host me even with last minute notice. I kind of forgot to look for a host and when there really wasn't any other options in their area I remembered to check Warmshowers and there they were.

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What made the stay so unique is that they live in an Airpark. I had never experience one before and I think it is absolutely one of the greatest ideas ever. Most of the home owners have their own hangar and you just walk out of your house, hop into your plane, taxi down the street, and take off on the private runway. These two have renewed my desire to get my private pilot license and maybe even find a place like this to retire in.

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Arizona Break Time

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I just spent the last week off the bike here in Arizona. I had a wonderful week with family and just taking it easy. I was able to help with a few projects around the house and meet some wonderful people. I really want to thank the people of the Skyline RV Resort in San Tan Valley AZ for a wonderful reception. My mother-in-law, Carol, had scheduled a nice little welcoming party for me on Sunday afternoon. I was really shocked at how many people came to hear about my bike ride. We didn’t count them but we estimated that 40 to 50 people came. It was great to be able to get up and talk to everyone about my ride.

I shared stories from things that had happened to me on the road. I talked about Ride 2 Recovery and the great work that they do. And I answered questions. All-in-all we collected $350 for Ride 2 Recovery! So once again I want to thank everyone who came out both from in the park and other friends of Carol’s from the Phoenix area. You all are so wonderful.

One equipment update…. I have now replaced my tire on my trailer. The tire on the trailer was the original tire and it lasted over 10,000 miles! So I shouldn’t have to worry about this tire since I only have about 2,000 miles to go to finish my trip. That is unless I keep on riding, somehow.

Take care and I will be back on the road tomorrow Feb 3rd. Look for more stories from the road.

Ride On!