Day 2 St. Helens, OR to Cascade Locks, OR

Posted by cgiblin2 on June 25, 2011 in Day 2 |

Day 2 St. Helens, OR to Cascade Locks, OR
Riding time today: 6:16
Riding time total: 11:55
Distance today: 76.09 mi
Distance total: 144.02 mi
Average speed: 12.1 mph
Top speed: 31.0 mph
Average cadence: 69 rpm
Max cadence: 159 rpm
Calories burned: 4,070

I woke up late today due to not being able to sleep last night. However, I had to be in the hotel restaurant by 9:00, or else I would miss out on the included continental breakfast. I stumbled into the restaurant around 8:45, and immediately the aroma of omelets, sausages, waffles, and coffee swept over me like a giant ocean wave. I ate as much food as I could fit in my stomach because I knew I would need the energy later. I also took three of the Danishes for the road.

The day started around 10:00 because I took my time eating then chatting with one of the hotel workers who was in awe of what I am doing. Fast forward 20 miles and crash! I was on one of the designated bike roads and noticed some railroad tracks up ahead. No big deal, right? Well these tracks were curved around 90 deg. I was traveling around 20 mph, when I crossed over the tracks and just like a train, my bike wanted to follow the tracks. My handlebars turned abruptly, and I went flying. As I was in the air, I began thinking of my motorcycle accident, and how I thought two-wheeled crashes were behind me. I hit the ground rolled over once and thought I need to get out of the street before a car or worse, a semi hits me. I picked up my bike and wheeled it over to the side of the road. My knee was in a fair amount of pain along with my elbow, both of which had some nasty road rash. My new bike now had bend shifters, scrapes, a torn pannier, and other various damage. I obviously wasn’t happy, however I soon became grateful that I wasn’t run over by one of the many semis on route 30. However, the one thing I didn’t inspect was my iPad. If that had been broken, that would have been a too much bad news overload. For more information, watch this YouTube video:

Let me just say I love Oregon, especially Portland. They are most bike friendly cities that I’ve ever cycled through. But, Oregon has some of the worst civil engineers in the entire history of mankind. I taught kindergarten students in Taiwan that could have designed that railroad crossing 1000 times better compared to the “professional” Oregonian civil engineers .

I was going to press forward and try to put this mess behind me. I road through Portland and was having a difficult time trying to take my mind off of the crash. An hour later, I passed the first bike shop that was on my route and pulled in. I thought I would try to get a new mirror and have them look at my bike. My grievances were soon quashed by the sincere friendliness of the bike shop (The Outer Rim) employees. They were a little busy, but still told me to bring my bike in. I told them about the crash and they were sympathetic. They also told me that I could clean up my wounds in their restroom. They had neosporin and bandages! Brandon, the bike mechanic working on my bike, inspected the bike, made a few adjustments (mostly to the front derailleur) and refastened my cadence sensor. Not only was he a really cool guy to chat with (actually all oft the employees were), but he didn’t want to change me for getting my bike back in shape. I was running low on cash, but had enough for a tip.

I then made my way to the scenic hwy 30 route aka the Columbia River Gorge Hwy. It was overwhelmingly beautiful. Im glad I am cycling through this rather than the deserts!

I ended the day at yet another pricey hotel in a tourist area. It was nice, but I can’t keep up these pricey rooms indefinitely. I washed my clothes in the sink for the first time. The real test is if I can tell the difference in freshness tomorrow.

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  • cgiblin2 says:

    Comment test. If you aren’t able to leave a comment, please, somebody let me know. I have had a few database problems with WP and my hosting service so far, and comments may be another issue.

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