The time in Victoria the past few weeks was great. The weather was great, the riding was great, everything was great except for my head as I tried to recover from having my ears almost explode on the flight home from Louisiana. I’m not sure what went on there but my head couldn’t equalize when the plane went up or down and caused the most pain I have experienced in years. I ended up hopping off the plane in Seattle and taking a boat home. The week after I was spitting up blood, and it took 2 weeks for my head to feel right again. Sketchy. I feel good again, but during my two weeks of head agony I came up with the idea of riding down to the next bike race so I wouldn’t have to fly again. I’m sure I would be fine, but it gave me a good excuse to plan a little bike tour down the Washington/Oregon coast!
My bro dropped me off at the Port Angeles Ferry last Saturday and since then I have been cruising. The first two days in Washington were wet but once I left Astoria Oregon I have really lucked out. Pulling a 50+lb bob and camping along the way makes for a solid day, every day. My carbon road bike, the Kona Red Zone has been handling the Bob no problem. We even hit a muddy gravel logging road for 20 km and it just laughed. Asides from the logging road, the riding has been unreal, especially down the Oregon coast. Right now I’m on day 4 and have reached Waldport Oregon, 600 km into the journey. I have another 360km to go to California where I have been planning to meet up with our Kona team mechanic Dave who is driving the Kona rig down to Santa Rosa CA. We will meet the rest of the team there for a race this weekend then it will be onwards to the Sea Otter Classic in Monterrey CA. Hopefully I get there in time for a pickup or else I may end up riding a little farther then planned. The way the trip is going thus far that wouldn’t be such a bad thing!
A full report is on its way, probably once the tour is done as right now there’s a lot of miles to ride and campsites to be made.
I would like to send out a huge thanks to one of my new sponsors Wild Mountain in Jasper,Banff, Kelowna and Red Deer for the support and great TNF gear which has really come in handy in the wet weather. Wild Mountain is an outdoor clothing store specializing in The North Face gear. They live to inspire outdoor recreation.
Headin down the road!