Day 65 – Harris Beach State Park, OR to Floras Lake, OR

Miles biked – 70

Approx Total Miles Biked – 3183

Days to Party – 12.

11/3/2009  What a breathtaking wake-up! We packed up our cookware and hiked down to the water, where we made oatmeal and coffee looking out at the Pacific. Bike and Brew had really made it to the other coast! Brooklyn, NY to Brookings, OR. We walked along the shore and waded ankle-deep in the chilly water.  Then it was time to bike. We were excited to reach our day’s destination, since we were going to be staying with Andy and Joanna Bolt just outside of Langlois, OR.

Andy is the son of John Bolt, who, back in Michigan, had given us a lift when we biked 18 miles in the wrong direction. In a true example of everything happening for a reason, John had given us Andy’s number should we need contacts on the Oregon coast. At the time, that seemed so far away, but as fate would have it, Andy and Joanna’s was the perfect place to stop in for the night.  They live right on Floras Lake, and after a hilly day of riding, it was so fun to get to their home, unload the bikes, and then take the “party barge” out on the water. The sunset was gorgeous, and the lake water was like butter, and it was a great ending to the day.

Back at the house we had a fantastic home-cooked meal, and then settled in for the night. It was great fun to talk to Andy and Joanna about our random encounter with Andy’s parents back in Holland, MI.  They had been talking about us as we slowly but surely made our way to the west coast, and it was funny to hear how excited they were to have us stay at their place, as, equally, we were so grateful and excited that they could host us! It just goes to show what a lasting effect the somewhat fleeting encounters of this trip have on us.

Special note: check out the article about us on the WEND mag blog that mentions the Bolt story :)

Brookings, OR - beautifulness

Brookings, OR - beautifulness

Floras Lake - beautifulness

Floras Lake - beautifulness

Andy and Joanna with the crew

Andy and Joanna with the crew


 
 
 

One Response to “Day 65 – Harris Beach State Park, OR to Floras Lake, OR”

  1. lori
    18. November 2009 at 00:01

    Amazing publicity and great photos!!!!

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