Vancouver to Lodi: Day 6

Sometimes, you just have to earn it.

We woke up this morning, sore, tired and greeted with downpours. How lucky were we? Added to it, we knew we had a headwind all the way south to Florence. Fantastic.

Sometimes, you just have to earn it.

Here’s a sample of how we spent 3/4 of the day leaving our very nice place in Lincoln City:

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There’s much more video from that soaking 50 miles in Oregon’s summer splendor.  Today was getting to the task at hand, waking up your legs, turning over the pedals, grinding it out – pretty much every cycling cliché you can muster. We had 75 miles and a few thousand feet of climbing to put in our past.

I cinched down my rain jacket and did exactly what you have to do in crappy weather – laugh at it. Of course the skies will part and sunlight will shine wherever you aren’t…of course you’ll have to roll on rough shoulders with RV’s flooring it beside you…at some point, it’s all adds up to hilarity.

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One of the few conversations had today was about all of the different tourers we have come across during this trip – they’ve come in all types.  I’m 30. Warren is 55. We’ve seen cyclists out here who are older, less experienced, and tougher than us. It truly is a challenge that all types of people accept, from all backgrounds and motivated by different goals.

Notably was a French girl hammering it over the Astoria Bridge the other day, hauling big bags in casual shoes on flat pedals and a mountain bike. Her final destination is San Diego…all of sudden Vancouver to Lodi is small fry.

After a big, hot lunch (necessary for a cold, wet day like today) we climbed our way into better weather. Pushing all the way up to a few view points of beautiful sun drenched beaches and lazy sea lions lounging on the rocks below, the sun was out and the end in sight.

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Rolling into town, the local bike shop generously offered their hose to wash our bikes and floor pump for our tires. These bike shops have been key and all really helpful on our trip.

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We made Florence by early afternoon and quickly cleaned up and recovered with some local beers and actually some Lodi wine! (MD’s 7 Deadly Zins)

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Tomorrow is a bigger day, with forecasted sunshine. Fingers crossed.

78 miles, 3,100ft.

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