Peddling for the People

Grace and Alan's Bike Trip Across North America



Posted by xc2009 on August 8, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Hello from Seattle. We arrived yesterday afternoon and met my cousin Makeba at her apartment.  Yesterday, we rode from Port Angeles to Bainbridge Island and caught our third ferry of the trip, this last one across the Puget Sound. I am so glad that we are here. No more riding for at least 5 days, maybe even longer if we decided to take a train south to Portland….but this is just our frustration and tiredness of the road talking. I am sure after a few days of rest we will be ready to ride again.


The day before yesterday, August 6th, we took a ferry from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles and met a couple (Marty and Cindy) who were also taking a bike vacation. We chatted and discussed life on the road and by the end of the conversation they had invited us to stay with them in Portland. Sweet, we thought. Then yesterday, while riding and feeling extremely worn out (both of us just wanting to not be doing what we were doing) Marty and Cindy drove past us in their car and pulled over on the side of the road. A few miles before, Grace and I talked about stopping at the next restaurant for a sandwich because it was noon and we had not eaten since 7ish am. When Cindy and Marty got out of their car, they offered us sandwiches, fruit, cheese strings, and drinks. Our prayers had been answered. Thank you.


Today, August 8, 2009, my parents arrive in Seattle to visit with Grace and I and see Makeba and her husband Aaron. We will spend the next few days enjoying, relaxing, and seeing the sights in Emerald city. I am sure my mother has a few ideas about she would like to do. Grace and I would like to do a wine tasting, maybe go to a sports event, walk around the city, and perhaps take a day trip to the Olympic peninsula.


Last night, Keba treated us to dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant and then went to a local watering hole and met up with two of her friends Beca and Jason. Grace and I slept so so (not a typo) well last night. Neither of us can remember the last time we slept in until 9 ish am. I think my parent’s flight will be late arriving.


Grace and I are overjoyed with our progress…and relived to be in Seattle with family. We would like to thank everybody who has helped us make it this far, we could not have done it without you.


Of life, not riding on for a moment.


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Reply Uncle Hunt
12:45 AM on August 11, 2009 
Congratulations Grace and Allan
Reply Cindy Evans
1:07 PM on August 28, 2009 
Hi! I met you two at a bar in Vancouver, I was with my parents and we are from Annapolis, Md, you both we so nice and so friendly ....... ....I just got on your website and ready some and it is so interesting....I will for sure read more and see how I can help also!! If you ever decide to do the East Coast, I live in Edgewater, Md. a few minutes from Annapolis and have room for you guys........I give you credit and will love to finish reading your blog! Have fun at the burning man festival!