Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Aug 19, Bend Oregon.

    Hi Amy thanks for those inspireing words,Elizabeth, I am just a bit crazy you had it right. I made a few minor changes to the bike from the last trip. The rear wheel didnt hold up it had a bunch of micro cracks in the rim(not good) I complained to trek corp and they replaced it under warentee with a much stronger Bontreager clyde. Everything else is the same but new parts I changed the cassette, chain rings brakes headset pedals, all the cables, overhauled the hubs just about everything that moves.

    The ride from florance to eugene was another cool morning start, I was begining to think winter was closing in.
    The first 15 miles were peacefull just cranking out the miles along a river I saw a tug boat pulling a hudge load of logs to the mill I stoped and watched a while Because i didnt realize they still transported logs that way. 20 miles out is a cafe I stoped at once befor and thought it would be good to get some pancakes, short stack $2.75 the place was full of charictors, some old and young beat up crippled loggers and mill workers that had one too many fights with a stuburn tree, I got into a conversation easly with them about land prices gas prices and the rest of the normal topics, Of course they were interested why a growen man would want to ride a bicycle accross the country.

    Left pedaling a little slower, and just enjoying the ride. I met a fellow going west we stoped and talked a bit he started in New York. and withen 2 hours his ride would be complete I could feel the excitement then and still can as I recall the moment. It wasnt that long ago I was finishing up part one on the west coast myself.

    This fellow told me he had met 2 others going my way and were about a day ahead of me they were green with no experiance and looked out of shape. I thought I might catch up to them, more on them later.

    I pulled into Eugeen and it would be 2 hrs befor the hostile opened so I found a laundrymat. Rosie the attendant there helped me out with free soap and a game of cribbage as the cloths were washing and drying.

    The hostile was full of people of varrious stages of finding them selves through adventure, booze and or drugs. a coupla of the guests were pretty decent though and enjoyed my time woth them. One of the guys in the dorm room i was in came in drunk and got sick so I picked up my stuff and sleped in the living room and left by 6 am what a dump! thankfully most hostiles are not like this.
    This post was originaly posted at BicycleForum.com.

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Posted by george t korkos

    That day I made it to just west of mckinzie bridge, If you remember or have read part one I wrote about the climb over mckinzie pass with the weather turning into early winter as I climbed and tried to do me in. That was the night Id met Rusty, the woman that took me in that cold wet night I wanted to visit again and stayed at her place this night. In the morning I left by 7:30 to start the climb over the cascade mtns. Since Id been over Mckinziee pass 2 times allready I opted for the other route santiam pass it is about 4,500 ft that is deciving though because a few timnes you loose everything you gained and start climbing again.

    The first 17 miles were quote easy I met a girl going west and we waved as we passed. I was in the mode of climb-drink water- eat and keep going when ever the road flatened out Id take a short 30 - 45 second break Finished off the first water bottle at 20 miles the climb got steeper, the thing I noticed was climbing from the west face seems to be longer, I kept going. Things looked so different with the sun shining I kept reliving the ride through here in the rain sleet and wind a year ago. i was into the 4th hour oc climbing when things got real steep I figured about 9 miles to the summet, By now i am in my second to the lowest gear. Everynow and then Id have to drop into granny gear but would get out of it as soon as i could. 6 miles to go the only way i could go forword was in granny,

    I saw a telephone in the middle of nowhere so i thought Id call some one and say hi. too bad the phone didnt work. then I saw this guy his biked proped up against a tree and his was laying on the ground he had pannieers but not much other gear and looked to be about 280 lbs he looked wiped out. i shouted HI! he didnt respond in fact he made it a point not to look at me. I wondered if this was one of the guys Id heard about that was a day ahead of me. I was ready to go so i tried once more to talk to him I said "hey man, only 6 more miles to the top", I think he gave up and didnt want to talk to anyone.

    I left and made the summet where I had my lunch looking down on a beautifull sight. While eating my turkey sandwicjh and ornge a forest service truck pulled in and I told them of this guy and to check on him, I figured it to be the least I could do for a fellow cyclist and hope someone would do the same for me some day.

    I was excited about the ride down the pass I figured it would be at least 20 miles of joyfull downhill but i got gyped It lasted only 6 miles but it WAS fast i hit 42 mph and was smileing at everyone i met and whooping it up then the road turned into just another road some up sopme down and some flat. The climb was close to 30 miles so Im still looking for a looong decent.
    This post was originaly posted at BicycleForum.com.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Posted by george t korkos

    got into bend and went to visit Mike a guy i know here, I found a bottle of stienlauger a beer I discovered when working in new zealand, the only beer i like. made dinner, sauteed carrots green beans onion garlic and chicken breast with cous cous then crashed. Just hangin out in bend today went to church everyone quite friendly and hung arround a while and talked about biking.

    Kelli has aggreed to do some posting for me since I am soon to be headed into some remote areas and computers may be hard to find. Ill mail her an up date and she will post it, I promised her Id work on improveing my penmanship.
    any questions about anything? just ask. ILL try to remember to answer as I post

    thats it for now hope you all are doing well and enjoying whatever it is you are doing
    This post was originaly posted at BicycleForum.com.

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Posted by Danielle Foster

    Catfish!!!!!

    I love your posts, it's like I'm there, but obviously not feeling the same thing YOU are feeling in your legs and booty.
    You are so lucky, I'm glad you're out there spreading the word at the laundromats and church-why not?
    I did the MS 150 with Captain Ken yesterday. It was a lot of fun-2000 riders!!!! One guy did it while trailing his old greyhound dog in a little kiddie trailer. They were cute-she was an old racing dog. One guy even did it on a unicycle! Now that was something to see. Lots of young kids too- they went BOTH ways. 80 miles one day, 75 the next, I couldn't believe it!!!
    Gary is mending his broken ankle. So I"m sure he's living vicariously through your posts. He wants to meet you somewhere along the way if you do this again next year.(he should have a bionic ankle by then)
    I'm doing some continuing ed this weekend, then heading to Germany to hike the Black Forest, then on to Paris. I've never been, so it should be cool. I've heard the biking is awesome. I'll check it out. If I find your favorite beer (I'll be in Belgium), I"ll smuggle it home.
    Stay hydrated, stay dry in the rain, stay happy, and may you have the legs of a Silverback Gorilla (I'm thinking it's the strongest animal I know)to get you to the top.
    If you're heading Lake Michigan way, let me know around when, cuz I can meet you.
    Take care, be safe.
    Love,
    Danielle
    This post was originaly posted at BicycleForum.com.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Posted by george t korkos

    hey danielle:
    thanks somehow you allways know what I need and when I need it thanks for the gift. But you must remember you still owe me a meatloaf dinner!! I am concidering posting about the time I thought you and johnny (G) tried to do me o\in on a mountian bike ride in california
    This post was originaly posted at BicycleForum.com.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •