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Rain and Remembrances

6.20 Todays Scenery

June 20, 2013

This gives one an idea of my view of the scenery for the best part of Wednesday and until noon Thursday. Actually, it was worse. Between my eyes and the windshield, the face guard on my helmet had an equal amount of water. Several times during the day it rained so hard I could not see the roadway. We rode for five hours before we broke out of the rain and into sunlight. It was miserable.

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Here we are at our first stop after leaving the rain behind. The person taking the photo is from Sydney, Australia. He, his wife, and four year old daughter, are riding bicycles from Vancouver, B.C. to San Francisco, California. His wife has a solo bicycle. He and his daughter share a tandem bike. The child’s is equipped with pedals; she can pedal if she wants. If one is curious, the distance is 950 miles.

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These sea lions were on a rock below us. Less than a mile south are the Sea Lion Caves. The caves are located 11 miles north of Florence, Oregon. If you happen to be in the area, I recommend that you stop. It is quite a treat.

The URL http://www.sealioncaves.com/ will give you a glimpse.

A stop at Gold Beach was a must for Jim. While on the Brown Water Run in 2003 I had an accident and was medevac’d not far from Gold Beach to a hospital in Medford, Oregon.

1 Medevac

After I was carried away, my fellow riders continued on to Gold Beach for a meal. Doug Foss, retired San Francisco P.D. Motors, offered a memorial to George Cramer. I hate mayonnaise and my buddies have tried over the years to slip me a taste or two. The group went to the Port Hole Café. Doug arranged to have a small bowl of mayonnaise brought to the table with a lighted candle “in case George doesn’t make it.”

2 Memorial Mayo

Jim wanted to relive the experience at the Port Hole Café. We had a good meal and then rode south to Crescent City, California.

4 Chopper

July 12, 2003, not a fond memory.

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Chance of Rain – Beware of Old Wives’ Tales

Red sky at night; sailors delight,
Red sky in the morning; sailors warning

Last night produced a beautiful red filled sunset. This morning the sky was grey so we couldn’t see the color. The various weather reports reported “possibility of rain.”

It was chilly so we wore sweatshirts and jackets. Twenty miles down the road it began to rain. Not heavy, but steady. We started looking for a sheltered place to change into our foul weather gear. The rain lightened up to a drizzle and we made it to the next town where we stopped to warm up and get coffee.

1 Changing to rain gear

We changed under an overhang at a historical site.

2 - Lewis and Clark Park above Astoria

This was in the Lewis and Clark National Forest on US 101 about twenty miles north of Astoria, Oregon.

3 Crossing from WA to OR

We were still enjoying the rain when we crossed the Columbia River on the Astoria-Megler Bridge from Washington into Astoria, Oregon. The bridge is unique in two areas. First, it is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. The four mile plus bridge was the last segment of US 101. Once completed, it connected Los Angeles, California with Olympia, Washington in August 1966.

4 Astoria Bridge

The rain followed us all day. As usual it abated when we stopped for the evening.

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