Coos Bay, Oregon
March 8, 2013

The ride from Salem to Coos Bay was really fun, especially the traverse from Eugene to the coast. The morning ride to Eugene was free of rain, but was very cold. The traverse from Eugene to Coos Bay proceeds over the mountains to Highway 101, very scenic and beautiful. I know I am taking a weather risk riding along the Pacific Coast, rather than Highway 5, but the ride down the coast is breathtaking.

I am now completely comfortable with the ride of the bike and sidecar. For the first time today, I was even able to steer with just one hand.

I stopped in Eugene to salute the Ducks in order to keep my Everest summit friend, John Dahlem, happy.

Go Ducks!! Are you happy, John?

Go Ducks!! Are you happy, John?

I have a special place in my heart for the University of Oregon. My Mom, who was an Angel on earth, applied to the University of Oregon when she graduated from high school in Long Beach, California. She told me she felt a little guilty when she applied because she knew, if she was accepted, she could not attend because, as she said, “I didn’t have two pennies to rub together.” She was accepted but could not attend any college. During one of our family trips to Eugene, we brought my Mom with us and I took this photo:

GG in front of her "would be" alma mater

GG in front of her “would be” alma mater

We love you and miss you Mom.

Tomorrow, I plan a leisurely ride down the coast, with no particular destination in mind.