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    Monday, August 17, 2009

    If you're going to San Francisco, wear some flowers in your bike spokes

    Jess and Mel in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

    So we're two thirds of the way done, and just 11 biking days from Mexico... It's kind of hard to believe that this all might be over soon. After a sweet weekend in San Francisco with incredibly sunny weather, we're finally heading out of the mist and into Southern California. Estimated time to Mexico: two weeks, or less.

    We're averaging about 50 miles a day (less in the area directly north of San Francisco, with super steep small hills that wind around the coast and never let you build up speed). We've had some crazy adventures, met some amazing people, sneaked into a few hot tubs and cable cars over the redwood forest, and generally are having a blast.

    Some photos from our journey to Mt. Hood:
    Jess all geared up as the sun starts to rise (we hiked from 11:30 pm to 2:30 pm the next day, then of course snuck into the hot tub at the lodge for a few hours. I told Jess and Brendan, I hope there's a hot tub like this at the bottom of every mountain I climb!)

    The mist on the Oregon Coast was a little unsettling... and quite cold!

    The California coast, on the other hand, has been super sunny and beautiful. On this downhill I set a new max speed--42 mph!

    Learning to swing dance with David in Coos Bay

    The shower with three heads!

    San Francisco was great and I had a chance to see my aunt and uncle in Menlo Park. Now after two days off the bike it's back on the saddle for the final push to the border... can't wait!

    Stay tuned for the next update, including my favorite signs and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Bike Nutrition."

    Total miles: 1,310 (total miles for last update: 842)
    Max speed: 42 mph
    Boxes of perogies consumed: 6

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