Day 48 (motorcycle): Rubber Back on the Road

(sorry if the day numbers seem weird. I started the numbering over for the hiking, but it seemed better now to just keep it all together. So 48 is the total number of days out) October 14 Miles 4993-5170.3 So after exactly one month and over 550 miles of hiking, it was finally time to get the rubber on the road again! After spending a great afternoon in Seattle where I got my sleeping pad fixed at the MSR factory, eating fish sandwiches and raw oysters at the market, and getting a coffee at the very first Starbucks, we were on our way south to Portland. There, 8 of us (we lost Swiss Miss this morning on a plane back to Georgia), were invited to stay at the home of the Splarmboys (Splints and Farmboy), whose parents were so fantastic to not only do so much for me but then
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Day 14 (cont.) into Portland

Mile 4933 (almost 5k!) Last night I didn’t get into Portalnd until late. The guys at the Harley-Davidson dealership weren’t done working on the bike until about 4 o’clock. Luckily though, Eowyn was running great again, other than a slightly stiff front fork, and they even cleaned the bike! Perfect for putting it in storage for a month. I left 101 earlier than planned to get to Portland faster and took rt. 126 East to I-5 This was actually a really nice ride, which I was glad to get in with the bike in working order before putting her in storage. When I made it in, I finally got to meet the “trail angel” family that had so kindly offered to let me store my bike in their garage for a month. Their son, “Splints,” had been thru-hiking the PCT (a 2,600 mile long trail that runs from Mexico to
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