Well we officially started today. Let's backup a minute to last night though. Somehow we got everything with think we will need for 90 days loaded up in the Jamboree. We were all stressed out about forgetting something, but the reality is, all I need is my wallet and phone and I'm good. Anything elsewe need along the way is what they make credit cards for. We expected to leave for Fort Stevens by 3 pm and of course we didn't enter the on ramp to HWY 26 until 5:30 pm. We needed to get some food for dinner but thought hey, quick stop in Seaside and we'll still be at Fort Stevens way before sundown. We can even check out the starting spot for tomorrow! Of course we stumbled on a fantastic tap house/bottle shop (Hop & Vine Bottle Shop and Tap House) for a beer and then dinner to go at Finns Fish House and next thing you know we are arriving at Fort Stevens at 9:30 pm!
Greg and Krissie our great friends for over 35 years will join us for the first 4 days and and arrived at 10:30 pm so we stayed up until 12:30 am laughing and drinking wine. 70 mile ride tomorrow to start a 3700 mile trek? Ahh hell with it, that's 6 hours away!
7:00 am came early. Complete with dry mouth and headache but the adrenaline from thinking of what lies ahead got me "up and att'em."
We hiked down to the beach for the ceremonial Instagram photo and it occurred to me what a fantastic adventure we were ready to embark on. How fortunate am I to have a work situation that allows this, a partner to support me and friends and family to share in the experience. My cup is full and I am so grateful!Deavs). I will not try and replicate it here as you have to read the original. That said, the Deavs were in full force as we began Day 1 of the journey.
Once we got started, the ride itself was uneventful. It was long, lots of elevation change and heavy
I'll let you know what we decide.....