Here Comes The Sun!!

Last time I wrote we were nearly rusting over, fortunately Janey-Rae was water tight, but our waterproofs were letting the driving rain through, and our daily mileage was a bit higher than normal because when it is pouring rain, or driving sleet, getting out of Janey-Rae didn’t inspire us as much as it does when the sun is heating us up through the windshield. Fortunately we had friends both new and old, and family to visit or re-visit. Our sodden roads took us from California and up the west coast into a drenched Oregon where we managed to squeeze in some excellent camping and bike riding in between squeezing out soggy clothes. The weather didn’t dampen our enthusiasm too much, but we were thinking maybe we headed north a bit too early in the season.

The sun actually did manage to come out, and we did get on our bikes, enjoy a few towns and cities, and most of all continued northwards to Canada before we started to head eastward marking the beginning of the return home.

Oregon and Washington threw some beauty and color our way in many different forms, from green moss to black skies, shipwrecks on the beach, rainbows in the sky, spectacular displays of tulips to walls filled with chewing gum. More importantly we made some nice connections with friends some new some old, and the journey continues on with the sun in our eyes in the morning instead of the evening sunsets.

After Washington we made it to Canada and explored a small but wonderful section of British Colombia. So we drove from where The Colombia River empties into the ocean and creates the natural border between Washington and Oregon to crossing the lake on a small cable driven ferry near its headwaters in Canada. The Canadian accents and funny rubber money reminded us where we were, but the north American Beauty looked quite similar in a colder sort of way.

We’re now in Spokane and Spring is pushing its way through the clouds. We have met and continue to meet welcoming people and the scenery is still never letting us down.

I am a bit bummed about the blog today. I deleted lots of photos from my media library not knowing it would delete the photos from the blogs themselves, so now I have to sit down and put a lot of photos back in those blogs, it’ll give me a chance to revisit the blogs I guess. It’s at times like these I miss the non-digital world of photo albums and film!!

Hope everyone is well. Enjoy the Spring. We know as winter fades into a memory, the sun will be coming.

Peace, Joe

About thebikeguy61

I was born in The Bronx, in NYC. I traveled a fair bit of the world by bicycle for many years. In more recent years I have moved around Europe with my wife and 2 children. My first book was published in 2010, "Cycles of a Traveler". Back living in France after a fantastic voyage across America with my family. Next book on its way, and always more interviews to look forward to.
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3 Responses to Here Comes The Sun!!

  1. Ella Young says:

    Thanks Joe.

    What amazing scenery and friendships! Here it’s just rained for the first time in three weeks, and gardeners and farmers are delighted, but not Bank Holidaymakers!

    Much love to all the family,

    Ella XXXX


    • thebikeguy61 says:

      Hi Ella, glad to hear you finally got some rain, a shame it had to come on the bank holiday weekend though. Yes it is definitely brightening up here after a record breaking wet, snowy, winter on the western seaboard. We’re seeing lots of lakes, rivers and waterfalls that never existed!!!
      See you when we get back to Europe.
      XO Joe


  2. Bill Donnelly says:

    always great to read about your travels…plus you need to add you were an above average baseball player in little league


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