Day 1, June 23, MY BIRTHDAY , Astoria OR to St. Helens OR
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Up at 5:30 AM, pack, 6:00 Breakfast at Red Lion (on the shore of the Columbia River ) - pancakes, sweet rolls, juice and coffee. Load luggage 7:15, on road at 7:45. 3250 ft of climbing today.
Yes, it's my birthday. I've never spent it on a bicycle before. Maybe some interesting things will happen.
51F, damp roads, slight breeze, it rained hard last nigtht, 30% chance of rain today, most riders are warmly dressed and have or are wearing rain gear, it is rather cold especially when moving. We will be on RT 30 all the way to St. Helens.
I took some scenic pics of the Columbia River as I was coming down a very steep downgrade. Out here there are a lot of very big logging trucks, semis and construction trucks. Rt 30 is quite narrow in places so it is necessary to be very careful. They sometimes pass going 70 - 80 mph quite close. I'm constantly looking in my helmet mirror.
Got to Best Western in St. Helens at 2 PM, cleaned up and went to Subway for a 3 meat combo. I heard that Chris did get his bike in Astoria about 1 PM, a bike shop assembled it, he set out for St. Helens and had a blowout (flat tire) 10 miles out of Astoria and another one 5 miles from St. Helens fixed them and finally arrived at 7:00.
My daughter Kris also called me on my cell phone to sing to me and wish me a safe cycling journey.
Today was a really good first day ride - not too long, only 70 miles, but consistant climbing grades. Lights out tonight at 10 PM, a good improvement.