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April 30 - Tire Dip in the Pacific

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Yesterday, April 30th, the day began with me (Brad) unboxing our bikes and Sherie walking a mile to the grocery store to stock up for a few days. Bikes and Beyond, the shop where we sent the bikes was moving 2 blocks down the street and we found our bike boxes buried among other bikes, tools, etc. at the new location. I was there when it opened at 10 a.m. and the owner, Scott Lee, had me take the bike boxes back to the original shop location to assemble. This we know already....there is always a surprise. This morning's surprise was my front axle was missing! Hard to ride without that. The shop gave me an old one from a donor wheel, we adjusted the new fenders I had brought from home to fit the bikes, and received some advice about a short cut (10 miles) to the closest point for dipping the tires in the Pacific.

Our first ride of the trip was 10 miles in the rain. We don't have to worry about getting wet now. Saw some elk along the way and rode through what felt like a rain forest to get to the ocean. The spot we chose was the shipwreck of Peter Iredale.

On our way to the coast, we stopped in Wyoming to visit our son, Josiah, at the Ferris Mountain Ranch. Gary and Judy Raymond (owners of the ranch) are wonderful, Christian people. They hosted us in a cabin on their property and took great care of us for 3 days. We got to work on the ranch, which felt really good. We now have friends in Wyoming and we expect we will see them again. On one of the days there, we drove into Casper, Wyoming with Josiah and we found the wall mural that was perfect for our theme of "Better Together".

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Posted by BTAdventures30 15:01 Archived in USA Tagged ocean astoria trip_begins

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Looking forward to following along with your journey. Be safe!

by Jean Ellen

Great pics. It’s not often when the stars align and you know for sure that what you’re doing is the right thing… finding that “better together” mural has to inspire that confidence. Congratulations.

by TimTaylorPHD

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