Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 21st-27th

July 21st Eugene-Portland
Total Miles: 120

Very enjoyable day and evening with my friends Eric, Tiff, and Tera.
Coors Lit in the back yard and then down the road for a bite to eat.

GREAT peeps indeed.
July 22nd - 24th Portland-Seattle

Total Miles-170

Off to see yet another old friend from New Hampshire days of yore.
Met up with Jarid and Celia in Seattle and was only planning on spending one night and then set off looking for adventure in the great white north. However, ended up staying until the 24th.
Activities included:
Drinking PBR in the backyard
Baby sitting
Listening to drag racing albums
Stir-frying fun
Late night Ice Cream

July 24th- Seattle, Wa- Rock Creek, B.C. Canada
Total Miles- 365 miles

It feels good to be back on the road and putting the miles back on the bike. Ruby continues to amaze me, as she handles and performs so well. My ass is also doing rather well, all things considered.

Well, entered Canada and already felt the difference. Was going to hit Vancouver, however I decided I had enough with city life and really wanted to start wracking up the miles once again. Rode until it started to become dusk…and we all know what happens then. Not only do vampires start to roam around Canada, but so do deer and elk. So, what does the kid do? Pulls in to a convenience store and inquires about local camping.
Again I’m told of a place to camp in town for free….DIG IT!
Setting up camp at the local fair ground I run across several other bikers with the same agenda. After a brief introduction and some talk about the road they send me north the following day as I’ve stumbled upon some of the greatest riding in all of Canada…and it’s just north of me.

Again, I’m going to continue to echo the same message I’ve said before and will most likely say again in this crazy blogging world….the camaraderie among bikers is an amazing thing and comes in all shapes and forms. I never get sick of talking to others on their own journey-this seems to happen daily.

Side note_ While swimming in the river at the camp ground, The kid lost one of his flip-flops and was not quick enough to recover it. I believe it was the flop.

July 25th Rock Creek, B.C.- Creston, B.C.
Total Miles- 367

WOW! What a ride indeed. The bikers were correct. They sent me on a loop and told me where to…get this… hop on a ferry, for free. Free ferries…and then the road continues…crazy!

July 26th- Creston, BC- Lethbridge, Alberta
Total Miles-270

Very late start today-just couldn't’t get my self moving. Didn’t hit the road until 11:00. No worries…where am I going anyways?

Bought a new pair of flip-flops, they say Canada on them, I’m pretty cool with my Canadian flip flops. All the other bikers step back a few feet when I walk on by.

More amazing roads. I started to enter the prairie zone and don’t seem to mind at all.

Stopped at an attraction/historical site that was quite amazing. The place is called Fred Slide and it’s the story of how the side of a mountain collapsed and took out a whole town.

After another costly day/evening of travel, I have come to the realization I need to reenter the states if I’m going to continue. Starting to consider an early reentry. I also feel the need to build up my riding endurance once again. Not that I’m in a rush to get home, but I do like the feeling of putting in a 500 plus mile day from time to time.

Got a chance to catch the Sox beat the Angels at a local watering hole. It’s nice to see the Sox are back on track. Thank God for my crackberry, as it keeps me updated on the scores.

Will also try and do more camping to save money.

July 27th- Lethbridge, Alberta – Glasgow, Montana USA
Total Miles-380

Well, the miles are increasing some and that’s good. It also feels a bit nice to be in the land of less costly items. It was somewhat of a drag in that I really wanted to cross Canada on the bike. Oh well, looks like I need to start planning another trip for next summer. Ha!

While riding along the roads of Montana, I came into Brockton I had to stop and ask. There's only one store, no stop lights, and a high school. I went up to the school and had the chance to meet the superintendent of the Brockton school system. We chatted some and then she indicated, "So, your the Brockton High School that always comes up while googling the name." Proudly, I indicated, "But Of course" in my best Peter Sellers. Upon leaving I started brain storming ideas of how I can mix and cross breed some lessons and activities amongst the two school and cultures. Brockton Montana is based on an Indian Res. and the total school population is under 130 students. Now, Brockton High School in Mass has more students than the entire population of the res. However, there is so much in common as well as vast differences that need sharing.

Craziness. In a roadside gas station I noticed this crazy looking van plastered with rappers wearing Red Sox caps…so I had to ask! The rapper is know as Bullet and the only reason he had a Sox cap on was due to the B on the lid. However, he was a very well informed baseball fan. We talked about the Sox, as well as The Mariners (his team). Over all he was a pretty decent guy. Never heard of him, but his promoter was still pushing cds to young girls (mostly Native American kids). Boy was sporting some crazy bling on the grill.

That’s all for now kids. Oh, being back in the states has already proved it’s weight in gold. Stayed at the Starlight Motel. Total cost-$30.00….yeah boy!

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