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Old 11-11-02, 03:33 AM   #1
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10.23.02 Riding into Astoria, Oregon

It was an easygoing morning. I got up and moseyed into the kitchen, which is as good a meeting place as any. I said good morning to all and fixed myself a latte to start off with a kick. I fixed myself a nice omelet since everyone else either seemed taken care of or wasnít into a heavy breakfast. I got on the internet and learned my buddy Eli wasnít going to be home in Astoria until Friday but welcomed me anyway. I also got in touch with Servas hosts Anne and Alan in Naselle, which is about 20 miles north of Astoria, to see about dropping by on my way south. When I checked my bike, I realized there was a leak in the tube. After 4 patches, I decided to ditch the tube and just start fresh. I did a quick change and then said farewell to my kind hosts before taking off on another great sunny day. I rode out of Raymond and continued south through more tree farms. Most of the way was pretty flat and I really got cruising. By 3:30pm I made it to Naselle and dropped in on Alan and Anne. They were a cool couple around my parentsí age living on a nice place set back amongst the trees from the small town of 900. We had some tea and took a short tour around the yard to take a look a couple of large spruce trees and to pick some apples. Anne and Alan are avid bird watchers and we talked a bit about some of the birds and other marine animals of Alaska. After a couple hours, I decided to move on towards Astoria before it got dark. After about 10 miles, I came up to the Columbia River. I saw a huge fog rolling in from the ocean, which seemed to be staying on the water. As I approached the Astoria-Megler Bridge, I was enveloped by the fog and it became much darker. I put on my red blinking light and started on the 4.5-mile long bridge. It was pretty creepy since the visibility was so low due to the time of the day and the thick fog. I saw about 3 different kinds of dead seabirds that must have been hit by cars. The passing cars made me a bit nervous but what was really scary was the last mile or so of the bridge, which all of the sudden rose up high into the fog. Passing cars looked like they were getting launched up into the clouds ahead of me. When I made it to the other side, into Astoria, Oregon, it was pretty much dark. I had to indulge in a whopper at Burger King, which is pretty rare. After my meal, I had to put on another layer of clothes before continuing to Eliís. I passed through town and read it was 47 degrees F on one of those digital clocks. I found Eliís place and was met at the door by a barking dog I had forgotten the name of. She didnít want anything to do with me! Luckily we quickly made friends after a couple of milk bone offerings. I settled in on the place and found Eliís note reminding me to relax and that the dogís name was Rachel. I took Rachel out for a walk and then came back to enjoy some nice herbs left for me by Eli. I looked through a package my mom had sent to me to the address and enjoyed a cold beer. I had lots of junk mail, companies wanting me to consolidate my debt, and organizations wanting me to become a member. I munched on some salad, messed around on the internet for a bit, and then took a nice hot bath to clean up and soak my muscles. After the bath, I threw in some tunes and caught up on my journal writing. Tomorrow Iíll probably take Rachel out for some Frisbee or catch if itís nice, check out Astoria and possibly input some of my journaling into computer. (60 miles)

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