Imagine a rainy, foggy, windy and cold day. Now imagine it again, but ten times worse than before. That’s the second day of my journey.
The daily rainfall today broke a 110 year standing record! Can you believe it? I really chose my dates well!
There was so much water around me that I thought, “If we could use this water, just what is raining down today, and redirect it to places that need it, there wouldn’t be a single desert left on the face of the Earth.”
It is easy to understand why Oregon’s vegetation is so exuberant. Water! Unlimited amounts of water!
Well, high pressure here, low pressure there, and here I am with 40 – 45 mile per hour headwind gusts climbing these never-ending hills. My average speed must be 3 to 4 miles per hour. The wind is blowing so hard that I have to dismount and walk the bike. Safety first!
Temperature is 10 degrees below average, and I am soaking wet. I am constantly wiping off the raindrops from my glasses. I am happy with the helmet cover; it works well. I am also happy that I am carrying a waterproof camera; a normal camera wouldn’t make it. I deeply regret I did not put my shoe covers on; my socks, my shoes, my feet, wet, wet, wet!
I am shivering and I need to raise my body temperature fast, before hypothermia kicks in. Time to make a decision. I am at the beginning of my journey and I should not get sick. I am doing this to enjoy and have fun. I am far from where I planned to be but I’m gonna stop anyway. I am calling it a day and check in the first hotel I come by.
The Inn at Manzanita, it is.