Day 1 Astoria, OR to St. Helens, OR

Posted by cgiblin2 on June 24, 2011 in Day 1 |

Day 1 Astoria, OR to St. Helens, OR
Riding time today: 5:39
Riding time total: 5:39
Distance today: 67.93 mi
Distance total: 67.93 mi
Average speed: 12 mph
Top speed: 33.6 mph
Average cadence: 36 rpm
Max cadence: 52 rpm
Calories burned: 3829

Last night my parents and I arrived in Astoria around 10:00, and hence we ate and went to sleep late. My plans of waking up at 6:00 were quickly replaced with waking up at 8:00. It was a slow go this morning mainly because I wanted to double check everything on my bike again. I was looking for things to get rid of. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get rid of too many things, thereby not lighting the load really at all.

We went to Astoria cycles on the corner of Marina and 11th St. If you are in the area, I highly recommend them. I’ll get to why in just a moment. After buying a lock, a rain jacket, and a presta to shrader valve adaptor, I went to the coast area to take the obligatory photo by the water signifying the beginning of my journey. Yes, I could have gotten in the water, in the sandy area, but it was a shallow beach and I didn’t see the point of getting my shoes and socks wet! I started off, and after 10 minutes, I started hearing clicking sounds coming from my front derailleur. I turned around and headed back to the bike shop. A hipster bike mechanic threw the bike on the rack and made some adjustments. I gave him a tip and I was on my way. 20 minutes later, the clicking returned. I attempted to adjust the derailleur myself but was unsuccessful. Man, now what to do, should I return again, or just live with it? Well, I ended up going back, and this time dealt with an older more experienced bike mechanic by the name of Chris. Not only did he take his time to checking out the whole bike, but he taught me a lot making adjustments, as well as passing on general touring advice. He was super stoked when I told him I’m going across the country. Before I left he also filled my tires to a much higher psi than what the bike shop in Petaluma had recommended. That along with the gears pristinely turned, made the bike ride immaculately. I can’t describe in words how great it is to know that your bike has been tuned by a professional who also tours himself. It was a real morale booster.

Back to the tour. Oregon is beautiful. I’m so glad I’m here now rather than in California with the impending deserts of California and Nevada to look forward to. It’s green, clear, no smog, and really bike friendly. The shoulders are a bike tourers dream. I hope the wide shoulders co finite on into Washington and beyond.

I stopped at a subway for lunch, and ordered a foot long chicken breast. I ate half, and saved the other half for dinner.

Around the 50 mile mark, I could feel the effects of riding a 70 pound bike. My legs were feeling it, but I pressed on. My goal was to make it to Portland, but it was getting late, and I decided I should start looking in St. Helens. I found a Best Western that had a huge banner on it with “welcome America by bike riders” written on it. Just as I saw that, my gps beeped to indicate a low battery (I forgot to charge it the night before). I took those things as a sigh and rode in. Rooms were $109.99. Yikes, I really need to spend half that or less! There we’re any other hotels nearby, so I asked if she could come down on the price. She asked what I did, and I told her that I work at a university. She clapped her hands and said “perfect!” She then said, how about $74.99? Given the circumstances, I, without hesitation told her I’ll take it! So, here I am in one heck of a nice room with all the amenities. I probably won’t end up staying in too many places as nice as this. I’m looking forward to crossing over to Washington tomorrow.













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