Wrapping Up the Tour

I had decided that I was probably done biking for the moment so the next few days were spent figuring out how to proceed. Again, times and places get muddled up in the life of no time or place so I will try to keep the details straight.

I could see on my maps that after Gold Beach, the first thing facing me was an 800 foot hill. Remembering the challenges of 600 foot hills, I started asking around for alternatives and learned there was a bus that left from the supermarket in town. The next day I packed up and headed in to find it. It turned out that this bus would only take me to Brookings, the next town, but it was past the hill and it was the place where I had already planned to land when I was biking.

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The hill was big and one of many so I was happy to be in a bus. The very kind bus driver also dropped me right at the Harris Beach State Park $5 hiker/biker camp area. I met a nice lady at the bus stop who shared a ton of information about the buses and the area. If I got up early enough I could take the 6:15 bus to Smith River, then the 6:45 bus to Arcata. If I was really lucky and Greyhound didn’t require me to box my bike, I could even catch the 9:30 bus to Santa Rosa!

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Of course with every person there is a story. Gold Beach is a beautiful tourist town on the scenic Oregon coast with many restaurants, hotels, and cute shops. You would never think it hides drug problems. The lady was in the process of moving to Brookings because her RV park was overrun with drug people and according to her, the whole town was in trouble. This isn’t the first time in my travels I’d heard about drug problems, or met someone who was afraid to talk with me at first because of all the problems she had had in the area.

But, this subject could be a whole other post. This afternoon my objective was to set up camp at the park, and set my alarm for bright and early in the morning so I could continue my travels. When I came back from walking around and hanging out in the bathroom (electric outlets, you know!) Ā I found another biker at the next campsite. He was going from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. When he learned that I was planning to take the bus the next day, I could feel the respect drain out of him and he was done talking with me. Ok, whatever.

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It was a good feeling to think that this could possibly be my last night in the tent. I kind of like the tent, like my own little cocoon, but I was very tired of being cold all the time and the thought of a warm indoor space was very nice.

To be continued…..

 

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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13 Responses to Wrapping Up the Tour

  1. Laureen says:

    Jan and I have the deepest respect for you Kris. We admire your moxie to go on such an adventure, and look forward to you spending time with us in Mexico. I don’t like the cold either, and I think you will like the weather in Ajijic much better than the Oregon coast. Both are beautiful, but very different. Safe journeys friend!

    ps – Donna, my bicycling friend who you met at our house said she watched a young bobcat harassing her hens who were luckily locked in the henhouse this morning. She had a 15 second stare down with the beautiful cat. Yes, lots of wildlife to be mindful of, not just humans on drugs.

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    • I have always wants to see Mexico so when you get settled we will have to plan something!
      I know there is wildlife in Oregon but I didn’t think about bears looking in your back window, and now a bobcat checking out your friend’s henhouse. I suppose when we live in their territory we will cross paths. I’m glad nothing visited me in my tent though.

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  2. raj484 says:

    Amazing travels. Enjoy the journey.
    Suzi

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  3. juliasdogs says:

    Have a nice rest of your trip! Thank you for sharing your adventure, the good AND the bad šŸ™‚

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  4. Hi Kris – I just got back from a quick trip to Vegas for my job and wasn’t able to comment until now (but I know John has). I just wanted to let you know that we’re SOOO proud of you for making the decision to stop and doing it on your own terms. Look what you accomplished – how many people of any age can say that they biked all the way down the Washington and Oregon coasts? That part of the coast is so gorgeous but also always seemed kind of melancholy to me – in a way I can’t explain – so I get how lonely it must have been for you. Anyway, it’s good news for us because you’re coming home sooner, and I bet Joel can’t wait to see you!
    Hugs.
    s

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    • I hope you had fun in Vegas even though it was work.
      It was surprisingly lonely. A post is in the works about that. I don’t think I’m done touring though. There is still the Nicaragua trip we talked about, you know šŸ˜€
      Yes, Joel and I will be happy to be back together!

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  5. ME BE in Panama says:

    Can’t wait to see you back in Panland and to catch up with all your stories. Hurry back, and maybe we’ll see you before we leave for Ohio (May 7th)

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  6. Kris, this was an amazing journey, and I am in awe of what you were able to do! Your grandkids definitely have claim to the coolest grandma ever!!

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    • Wow, thank you so much! It was a very interesting experience for sure, and I think there will be other tours as well (but in warmer climates!)
      I hope all is well with you. It seems like ages since I’ve seen an update. Best wishes and hi to your husband šŸ™‚

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