Grande Ronde, OR to Tillamook, OR via the Pacific Ocean
Today 67.9 miles
Total 4,557.3 miles
” Ocian in view! O! the joy!” William Clark
Our intrepid group reached the Pacific Ocean today, coming through the coastal rain forest on a cloudy damp morning, only to get our first view of the Pacific in the dazzling sunlight when it was perhaps 200 yards distant. While I didn’t cry when I spotted it, I will admit to a rather startling flood of emotion. There were hand shakes and pats on the back all around after which we put our hands in the sea and took the obligatory photo! I think I have a sense of how Lewis and Clark felt at the same moment and would not think less of them if they cried like babies. Of course their trek was infinitely more arduous and they didn’t have the luxury of being a plane flight away from home, but I am certain that what I felt today was a tiny piece of the same satisfaction. We have two days of riding up the coast ahead of us to our ultimate goal, Astoria, Oregon and the end of The Trans America Bike Route. That’s also where Allison will meet me Tuesday morning! Can’t wait!
Coming through the rain forest on our way down to the sea!
Our first glimpse of the Pacific!
Talk about intrepid, this woman was heading South along the Pacific coast to Tijuana, with her two dogs!
There are still lots of hills to climb along the coast!
19 thoughts on “Day 82 Did Lewis or Clark Cry?”
Great job Pat. What an adventure. Due to your posts I was able to share your experience without all the work. You are an inspiration.
Joyful tears came to my eyes when I read your encounter with the Pacific. The excitement must be spiking your Adrenaline especially knowing your favorite “flower” will be waiting for you!
Congrats Pat! Not many people are able to say they have accomplished a dream. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us, you are an inspiration to all.
so great an accomplishment on so many levels. I am sorry to see the trip ending as i have enjoyed so much following your progress, the words and experiences you shared. On ward! Best wishes.
Well…. you moved on from just been a nice guy and now you’re also an inspiration. We certainly missed you here. we all thought you might of retired but didn’t expect this! congratulations! Your “father” came in today and let us in to your little_big actually_ adventure. Hope to see you soon. Breakfast on us!
Spiro and friends from Brookside Deli
Thanks Spiro! I’ll be stoping in when I get back!
Thank you, Pat for your beautiful descriptions this summer. While your adventure was something I would never even think of trying, I immensely enjoyed reading all your thoughts. Like coming to the end of an awesome book, I will miss sitting down to see what happened on your daily adventures. Maybe think of becoming a novelist? Safe travels for the conclusion!
What an incredible accomplishment Pat. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for letting us all live Vicariously through your blog.
Well done and congratulations to you and your traveling companions on your truly magnificent accomplishment. Riding with you even if only through your daily postings one cannot appreciate the trials you all went through.
The question, what’s next, and how do you top this. Perhaps cross county on a southern route?
I must admit I’m done cycling for a while!