FURTHER THAN CHICAGO: day 52, 53, the end!

Eugene, OR > Rickreall, OR
72 miles
Rickreall, OR > Portland, OR
58 miles
Left Eugene during the USA Track and Field Qualifiers.
So busy.
Beautiful weather.
A homeless man told me I “looked like a captain of a ship” because I was wearing a cycling cap. (?)
Rode to a tiny town outside of Salem, OR.
Rickreall, OR.
The campground was closed to the public because of “Bus Across America”.
Hundreds of tour buses, and retirees.
We slept in the city park behind the campground.
Last night camping.
Woke up the next morning to beautiful weather.
Last day on the trail.
Had to commandeer our own route from Rickreall, OR to Portland, as it was off route.
After consulting an Oregon state road map, we decided to take highway 99 all the way into town, a direct shot.
Turned out to be a great decision.
Rode through vineyards and hazelnut orchards.
Plenty of shoulder.
More and more bike paths as we got into the Portland suburbs.
Green bike lanes.
Enough trees in the city to rival Ann Arbor.
END, riverplace hotel!
miles (on-route): 2,939
miles (on and off-route): 3,090
flats: 5 (geoff), 0 (sarah)(crazy)
states: 8 (illinois, missouri, kansas, colorado, wyoming, montana, idaho, oregon)
mountain ranges: 5 (ozarks, rockies, tetons, bitterroot, cascades)
highest altitude: over 11,500 ft. (hoosier pass, colorado)
money spent: just under $2000 each (not including bikes, gear, or train ticket home) NOTE: this trip could be done for much cheaper if you were to leave a bit later in the season, it is possible to free camp the whole trip if you need to)
motel rooms: 13
times paid for camping: 3
animals we saw: rattlesnake, pronghorn, coyote, red fox, eagle (bald and golden), bison, moose (!), bighorn sheep and tons more.
cheapest cup of coffee: 25 cents in White Bird, Idaho
hours on the train home: 47 and 1/2

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  1. Johntron
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations. I’ve been following your updates since day 1. Good job!

  2. Posted July 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    awesome!!! congrats.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted July 6, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    so inspiring. thank you for taking the time to share with all of us!

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