Peddling for the People

Grace and Alan's Bike Trip Across North America



Posted by xc2009 on August 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Hello from Portland. Hello from the house hold of Marty and Cyndi. Hello from the end of our riding. This coming Tuesday, August 18th Grace and I will board a train and depart for San Francisco, California to visit her brother Paul. We will remain in the bay area until the end of August and then head to the Nevada Desert for the Burning Man Art Festival. At this point in time we will have met up with Todd R. and become a group of 3. We will have a week of "down time" between seeing Paul and leaving for the desert.


Thinking back, the last few days have been pretty relaxing. It took us three days to ride from Seattle to Portland. The ride was easy considering we had almost a week off the bikes in the Emerald City. Many many thanks to my parents and cousin Makeba for their generosity while we were in the city.


On Tuesday night of last week we stayed in Tenino, Washington at their local park. There is a great 14 mile bike trail that we took from Kelm to Tenino; both of us were more than happy to get away from the traffic and trucks of the road. The next day, Wednesday, we rode to Longview, Washington and stayed in a hotel. It has become easier to spend money as the trip as progressed. We have about 1/3 of our trip savings left and only 1 more month on the road---although Burning Man will be an expensive week and our travels to SF and then back to the Nati will eat up much of what we have left.


The next morning from Longview we crossed over the Columbia river---it was a crazy ride over the bridge to the Oregon side. Longview, as far as I can tell is a logging city. From the bridge saw ships and yards and factories filled with lumber and logs. The shoulder on the bridge was no shoulder at all, but rather a lane dedicated to wood chips, and pieces logs that had fallen off trucks. We rode a tight line on the white line, trying not to be in the lane of traffic or playing bump-ed-e- bump with the wood chips on the shoulder. Thankfully, the traffic and trucks were kind and we made it across.


We arrived in Portland by following the river to downtown where we met Cyndi and her friend Mike. The four of us then rode up to Mike's house and then to Cyndi's place a mile or so further up the road. As mentioned, the past few days have been great for relaxing. Grace bought a new pair of running shoes and has begun to get back into the sport. Last night, the four of us:Marty, Cyndi, Grace and I went to a movie and then dinner with Ben and Deirdre. Their daughter, Morgan works at the theater so the 6 of us received free tickets---awesome, yeah. The boys and Grace went to see "District 9" and Cyndi and Deirdre saw "Julie and Julia." I really enjoyed the Sci Fi flick, it was one of the more original movies I have seen lately.


Today, Grace went for a run early in the morning and then came back and slept with me for another hour before we all got up and had a wonderful breakfast. We would like to thank Marty and Cyndi for hosting us while we visit this part of the country. I believe we will go biking today and check out Portland.


We just finished watching the World Championships in track, where Usain Bolt won the 100 meter dash in a record time of 9.56 seconds.



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Reply Linda Suszko
7:42 PM on August 17, 2009 
Alan and Grace,
Congratulations!!!! We've enjoyed checking your website to check up on your progress, read about the nice people you've met and the wonderful sites you've seen - what beautiful photos! We so enjoyed seeing you when you came through Minnesota and were happy to be a small part of your adventure. Enjoy your time in San Francisco and at the art festival - you've earned it. Love from all the Suszkos!
Reply Uncle Hunt
7:25 AM on August 28, 2009 
Congratulations Allan and Grace

Can't wait till you start your around the world bicycle trip!