Archive for July, 2013

Cycling Day 13 – Longview to Portland

Not much to report today, we’ve left the planned route and we just relied on google cycling directions which took us down Highway 30 all the way into Portland.  The route itself was pretty easy – 85km of fairly flat highway with a wide bike lane.  After our rest day yesterday we found it reasonably straightforward.  We’re going to stay in Portland for a few days at least – after only Read More...

Cycling Day 12 – Chehalis to Longview

After a bit of a restless night, due to uneven ground, we headed out for the fifth day in a row.  We wanted to make up for yesterdays rather unfortunate detour and get to Longview. We’ve decided to go off route to visit Portland. We set off a little later than planned after a spot of reading and a second outing of the questionable coffee press (thinking Starbucks instant might Read More...

Cycling Day 11 – Centralia to Chehalis

Woke up this morning in the Travelodge in Centralia and was a little bit slow getting out of bed. We had spent the last night with internet access concentrating on updating our blog and finding a solution to the issue we are having with the gps in that it can’t show more than the first 200 points of the route down to Mexico.  In the end, the updating of the Read More...

Cycling Day 10 – Elma to Centralia

We had a bit of a lie in and late breakfast so had a pretty delayed start to the day. As it turned out this wasn’t too much of a problem as the ride was incredibly flat all the way. We averaged 22km an hour – with the heat (31c) and wind this felt like good going. We got chased by some crazy dogs at one point. Note to self: check Read More...

Settling In..

There were two main doubts I had coming into this trip – camping and cycling (basically the only two activities I’m engaging in for the coming months).  I remember our family going camping at our property in Morgan occasionally, but I can’t really say that I’ve camped a lot in my life.  Apart from Easter 2010 (and festivals which don’t really count), I can’t remember going camping since I was Read More...

Cycling Day 9 – Belfair to Elma

After yesterday’s easy ride we decided to get some miles in. We set off a little later than planned but still decided to take our time and load up at the local QFC (supermarket not fried chicken takeaway :D). A decent wine cellar noted. It was already feeling like it was going to be a hot day at 10am. It was hovering around 30c for most of the morning and Read More...

Cycling Day 8 – Seattle to Belfair

Today was a rather easy affair after sampling quite a few offerings from the local breweries in Seattle the previous nights. We decided not to get too carried away and set our sights on Belfair. Rode down from Capitol Hill and just missed the ferry. Tested our walkie talkies in the car park and looked pretty daft. We met some nice bikers waiting for the ferry back to Bremerton and they Read More...

Cycling Day 7 – Fort Casey to Seattle

Today was always going to be daunting – we were hoping to get to Seattle for Thursday night which meant about 90km through some difficult terrain.  We got up early and rolled across from Fort Casey state park to the 09:30 ferry to take us across to Fort Townsend.  We got a few strange looks on the ferry as we eagerly charged up 6 devices from one power point – Read More...