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Riding in the Rain (Blog #436)

Monday, May 20, 2013

What a beautiful state I live in! And each time I take a ride on my bike, I appreciate the lush beauty of this state's landscape. Yesterday was REACH THE BEACH, a fundraiser for the American Lung Association... that goes from Portland Oregon to Pacific City on the coast. I started in Newberg and went the 80+ miles to the beach.

I started about 7:30 and met up with a friend who started two stops later. We traveled through the rolling hills that are dotted with vineyards and a thousand shades of greenery. As we climbed the coast range, the drizzle got pretty intense. And for me, this was PERFECT cycling weather. A constant air conditioned ride with the gentle tapping of rain drops make for a good ride. I don't always stay very dry, but it's very ok.

We stopped along the way to enjoy wild roses and other wildflowers, roadside waterfalls and the lazy river that runs along the route for miles. I often wish I would take more photos but I am slow enough as it is, so most of the photos are part of my memory bank.

The arrival at the beach was a bonus. The smell of the fresh ocean breezes welcomed us several miles ahead of the final finish line. And... even after a long ride we mustered enough energy to lift our bikes in celebration!

I rode in memory of my mom, enjoyed the sights along the way and settled nicely into a drizzling journey. Could not have been a better day!

"Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip." ~Robert Hastings


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