Started following the map… not this easy! I guess a GPS or an Iphone would have made things easier but I have chosen to keep a low budget and go low tech… a map it is, a gift from Steve, the Mentor of Monsters, my mentor. The truth is that I didn’t have the money for the Iphone… quite expensive, but I guess it’s inescapable in everyone’s future.
On the Lewis & Clarke Road I met Jameson and Laurel, or they met me, not sure. We became best buddies immediately, I guess this is what bike touring does. They also are starting their journey today, but theirs is a lot longer. They are crossing the country from Astoria to Yorktown, VA. They where in South Korea teaching English for one year, then they did some bike touring in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, came back to the US, and 30 days later here they are starting a new journey. I guess the bike touring bug really exists. I will be telling more about them in the future. Lovely human beings!
They were very kind with me, waiting for this old and out-of-shape guy. They moved faster but stopped so I could join them. I asked Jameson, “How come you go so fast uphill, and I take so long?” “Five months of bike touring in Southeast Asia!” he replied with a big smile.
We were in Seaside when Laurel said, “I wish I could have some clam chowder.” Three minutes later we were parking our bikes in front of Tsunami where they have the best clam chowder in the entire world (it is a well-known fact!)
After that we had to face the hills… ah, the hills!
Torment for those going uphill, but always followed by joy and freedom in the downhill. I guess that everyone has to pay a price for pleasure.
We got to Cannon Beach and decided to call it a day. Enough of biking in the rain. We were looking for a place to stay, so I asked a lady in the parking lot of the grocery store where we stopped to get some groceries if she knew of a campground. She told us about one she knew and then she left.
Meanwhile, I got a few people to join me in singing together “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me, Higher and Higher!” Everybody now! It was a joyful moment.
We called the campground but it was closed and would only open in two weeks. While we were debating what to do, the lady came back with her husband and invited us to stay at their place. They said we could pitch our tents in their backyard. Nice people. Kindness exists! Let’s go!