Dolly's Bike Blog

Musings about fun between my legs

2017 Pacific Coast

  • August 9, 2017
    While I haven’t actually been “off the road” these past 2 years, I haven’t written any blog posts.  It is my intention to once again write about my/our adventures on the bike. First, beginning August 21 (after the eclipse), Don and I will be on board the American Empress paddlewheeler with our tandem bicycle on a ... Continue reading →
  • August 19, 2017
    I am off on another great biking adventure! In mid-September, after some exploring and tandem riding with Don (see below), I will begin my next epic bike tour down the Pacific Coast, from the Canadian border in Washington State to the Mexican Border in Southern California. I will again be writing about my adventures here on ... Continue reading →
  • August 20, 2017
    Don and I left Carmel on Sunday, August 13, around 2 pm, after a farewell lunch with Tom, Molly, Ana and Yoseph.  We drove to St. Louis, MO, spending the night and visiting with Don’s college friends Hillary Debenport and Roger Debenport.  Monday we drove to Kansas City, KS, visiting Don’s brother Dave and sister-in-law ... Continue reading →
  • August 20, 2017
    Today’s “shakedown” ride was intended to be sure our tandem was in good working order. For us, it was also an attempt to figure out Garmin tracking (moderate success). Prior to the ride, Tour leader Bill McCready gave a briefing in the park across from our hotel – notice the waving hands.  Then we set off ... Continue reading →
  • August 23, 2017
    Many others have better photos of this spectacular event than I do, and I look forward to seeing them posted over the next few days. Our group left the Vancouver Hilton at 5:35 am, headed to the REI store north of Salem, OR, about 50 miles away.  The organizers wanted to be sure that we arrived ... Continue reading →
  • August 23, 2017
    Since our bikes were stored in trucks since our tour of Portland on Sunday, it was time to reconnect. The boat docked early this morning at Vista Point Park near Skamokawa, WA.  We had initially intended to ride 60 miles, but altered our decision when we were told about the many sights to see in Astoria, ... Continue reading →
  • August 25, 2017
    (The internet connection on board the boat is not strong….thus I have abandoned efforts to upload photos until we are back on terra firma.) Overnight the boat moved from Astoria to Skamokawa and Vista Point Landing, where we were picked up on Wednesday morning by buses.  They drove us to the Johnston Ridge Observatory (U.S. National ... Continue reading →
  • August 25, 2017
    We opted for the 12-mile longer route today.   At times, we regretted that decision as we struggled with some steep uphill over the first 6-7 miles.  Twice we got off the bike to catch our breath and let our heart rates return to something close to normal. The anticipated vistas from Chanticleer Point and Vista ... Continue reading →
  • August 26, 2017
    I was mistaken in my last post.  We were docked Thursday night at The Dalles. After being greeted by Foozies and Cowboys as we got off the boat (representing the early history of the town), we biked from The Dalles along the Riverfront Trail to the Oregon Museum of Discovery. In addition to lots of information ... Continue reading →
  • August 29, 2017
    The boat docking was delayed this morning due to overnight traffic through the locks.  We finally docked at Umatilla, OR around 8 am and quickly loaded onto buses toward Pendleton, OR.  We were actually let out at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute where the trucks also distributed our bikes.  The museum had displays about the history ... Continue reading →
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