The Olympic National Forest was waiting at Washington’s doorstep as we crossed back
into the USA. We followed the eastern boundary of the Forest and then cycled around
the Hood Canal to catch the ferry into Seattle.
We spent our time in Seattle playing tourist and trying all of the delicious local
Seattle to the Columbia River |9.8.10 |
Our final days in Washington were dotted with rain, sun and berries. We rode through
Christmas Town, USA, catching a glimpse of your future holiday tree!
Picking blueberries and blackberries ensured that our bellies were full to brave
the bridge crossing the Columbia River into Oregon.
The Oregon Coastline |9.15.10 |
Riding the coastline down Oregon was beautiful and a little wet. Were able to pick
up a few fellow touring cyclists along the way to share the adventure with. Aaron
shared our pain of the bridge over the Columbia River at the Columbia River Coffee
Company and rode several days with us. We also picked up Team Beer Sampler and Karl
in Oregon. Karl is cycling for a small AIDS charity based out of Athens, GA.
Enter NorCal |9.21.10 |
Our energy was high a we headed into Northern California. We rode through fields
of cows and lilies all the while noticing the clouds building. NorCal welcomed us
home with a week of rain! Despite the downpour we managed to hike around the giant
Redwoods and were treated both awe inspiring, and truly strange sights. We finally
got out of the damp weather for day of rest with our host family outside of Arcata.
Redwoods to Vineyards |9.29.10 |
After a week of riding in the rain the sun came out and we finished off the Redwood
Forests with a stroll down the Avenue of the Giants. Then the terrain got tough as
we climbed a 2000 foot hill which dropped us off on the beautiful California coast.
We spent the next several days climbing and descending along perilous cliff sides
until we hit the Russian River. From there we headed into the Sonoma Valley to spend
some time with the Russell Family!