This is June 14th. I was up early this morning at 4:30 AM. First thing I did was open my suitcase and try to eliminate some “stuff”. I managed to take out one 5 oz bottle of chain lube. It didn’t lighten up the baggage. However, I added one more jacket, a handful of empty Baggies, another pair of bike socks, some summer shorts and a heating pad. This medium size luggage was growing and I was too when I carried it.
My carry on held my laptop computer, papers, books, cords and chargers, cell phone and miscellaneous other things were jammed into this rolling portfolio luggage.
I also lugged with me a cardboard box containing just bike things, pedals, helmet, bike shoes, pedal wrench, multipurpose tool, a spare tire, tire tubes, handle bar bag, a rear bike rack, a rear bike bag, air pump, gloves, balaclava, seat tube and a saddle.
Well, I boarded the Continental flight in Cleveland at 2:30 P.M. and flew to Houston, Texas. I only had half an hour to catch the flight to Portland Oregon. Of course the gate was clear down at the opposite end of the terminal, a mile walk. Isn’t that one of Murphy’s Laws?
The airport was jammed with travelers, I can tell that school is out and families are headed out for vacation travel.
The flight from Houston to Portland was about 4 ˝ hours. I always ask for a window seat and so I can look out the window and see the terrain and topography changes as the plane flies along. I spent 4 hours looking out the window. I love seeing how the earth changes.
Texas was flat. It was spectacular view seeing the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Wow! Did it get mountainous in Idaho and Oregon. I kept imagining myself down there in a few days biking those roads. The valleys were deep and the peaks were high. What a sight to fly right beside Mt. Hood near Portland. I could see the road we’ll be biking on in a few days.
I was, by this time, biting my nails and getting really exited ( maybe panic is a better word ). I can’t believe I’m here.
Well, I could not get the computer to dial up my Ohio Internet Provider. So I’ll call Paul in the morning and try to figure this out. I’ll be so disappointed if I can’t make this computer work but we’ll keep trying.
That’s all for today. Bye.