Finally setting out on the oft-mentioned Epic Road Trip. The first leg didn’t really amount to much. We just drove down to Eugene to see my folks, my sister and brother-in-law, and, of course Lucas, Julia and our great little grandson, Neil.
We have had a really great summer getting to know our grandkids better as well as spending time with our kids. Last Thursday, we all met in Eugene to get some photos of the 8 of us. Scott, our son-in-law and Wyatt’s Dad, had wanted to have some professional photos taken. But, in true Scott fashion, he didn’t think of this, or at least didn’t mention it to anyone until our very last week in Oregon. Never mind that we had all summer to set something up. That’s not how Scott rolls. Cody managed to find a couple of photographers who would do the job on short notice (and after 7:00 PM) but they wanted between $250 and $500 to do it. That’s not how I roll. I was just as happy that the professional route didn’t work out since I really prefer a more relaxed approach. So, armed with 3 cameras, one tripod, and dressed in our finest, we all met up at Hendrick’s Park in Eugene. Of the 300 or so shots taken, here are a few of the better ones.
But, after 4 months for Lulu and 3 months for me, it was time to get going again. We felt like we were kind of stagnating by not moving for so long. So, after fixing Flipper up with new leaf springs and shocks, a new bike rack, new brakes, new oil and filters, new cushions, a new awning, as well as some strategically-placed touch-up paint, we were finally on our way. Granted, the first leg is something less than “epic” as it only took us from the Silverton Hills to Eugene, but, as they say, “a journey of a thousand miles…” and all that.
We spent today lolling around my folks’ and sister’s places. Lulu used my sister’s kitchen to make a bunch of granola for the trip. Somehow I’ve never managed to convince her that breakfast is supposed to be hot and salty and, preferably, meaty and covered with gravy. Granola? Seriously? I drove around town and picked up various odds and ends that we needed. And then we just took it easy and enjoyed the 90+ degree heat. Figure we better soak it up because it ain’t gonna be like this on the coast tomorrow.
Tomorrow we head up to Garibaldi, about 2.5 hours away. We have reservations at an RV park where we’ll meet up with our friends Brian and Barb who we met originally anchored at Playa Santispac in Baja’s Bahía Concepción. We’ll be meeting up with several cruising buddies the first few weeks of the trip.
As to where we’re going and when, it’s all up in the air. We have a vague, general idea but it will definitely be unfolding as we move along. So, if you’re traveling the highways and byways over the next couple years and find yourself having to slow down for this in front of you:
Give us a friendly honk and then cut us some slack. We’ll be pedaling as fast as we can.
Day 1: 93 miles Trip Total: 93 miles