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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28: Eugene OR to Florence OR and the Pacific Ocean

80 miles

We are DONE! It feels great to pull this off. All of us had a lot of doubts that this would work out, but we did it.

Out of Eugene, Beth and Abby followed the Adventure Cycling route; I drove ahead. But Oregon route 36 had no shoulder and a large number of lumber trucks, so Beth and I cut down to Elmira and went to Florence on Oregon 126. That road had a lot of traffic (and one tunnel) but generally a good shoulder.
Abby joined us again 10 miles out of Florence, and we rode into Florence and then 5 miles further into a county park where we carried the bikes for a few minutes over sand in order to put the front wheels into the Pacific Ocean. So Beth did 80 today; I did 64 and Abby did 47 -- she's still a bit sore, but coming along well.

This has been a dream of mine for ten years. To finally accomplish it, particularly to accomplish it with my family, brings me to tears. It is a wonderful day.


We're two days ahead of my aggressive schedule to finish on Friday. Tomorrow we are going to play dune/beach tourist. We are definitely NOT getting up at 5:30 a.m.! Friday, we will meet Abby's future in-laws while driving through Portland. They are picking her up there to have her spend a few days with them in Seattle. From there, Beth and I drive to Jackson; she's backpacking in the Tetons for a week; she and Trey will drive the car back. I'll fly out of Jackson on Sunday evening and be back at work Tuesday.


I haven't added up the exact miles, but it was about 3300 for the whole trip -- 1100 to Chicago and 2200 since. We took 17 days to get to Chicago (including the rest day) and 33 days to get here, so we were pretty consistent.


  1. Thalassa! Thalassa!

    (I have been following enviously since Chicago.)

  2. Congrats! This is quite an accomplishment. I have had fun following along. Your daughter will be in the best shape ever for her wedding!