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November 20th, 2009

Day 71 – HUB, Cascade Brewing, Amnesia, and Deschutes in Portland, OR

Total biked – 3319

Days to Party: 4

11/9/2009 With a full itinerary, we woke on the early side and got our day started. Anders and Sara went to experience the joys of brunch at Gravy that they had missed the day before, while Caroline and Tracy went on a 4 mile run to the rock climbing gym, with plans to meet at Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) at noon.  HUB is a very bike-centric brewery thanks to the combined passions of Christian, owner and brewmaster.  The very modern and aesthetically awesome brewpub is filled with bicycle parts and memorabilia. Christian was even sporting some badass cuts and scrapes from his recent cyclo-cross race as he went over the descriptions of the very tasty and extensive sampler tray.

Alex met us there and got to take part in the tour, and then was nice enough to drive us to our next destination, Cascade Brewing (located at the Raccoon Lodge). Cascade Brewing is the utopia of American sour beers. Barrel after barrel is lined up aging to perfection, and while our uber talented and gloriously entertaining host, Ron, whet our palettes with Cascade’s more traditional (and delicious!) beers, we were all excited to get to the brewery’s specialty. Sour beers have become a team favorite, and we had one of our best brewery experiences here! Ron was liberally uncorking barrels and we had chances to layer different beers, making each sip and taste experimental and exciting. We all had a great time, and after over three hours of tasting, we were especially thankful to have Alex to drive us!

Anders and Sara had left their bikes at Hopworks, so they were dropped back off to retrieve them, while Tracy and Caroline headed back to the apartment. From this point on, the bike and brew crew decided to divide and conquer—Sara and Anders headed to Amnesia Brewing Co. and Tracy and Caroline had plans to meet up with some Portland beer lovers and brewers at Deschutes Brewery.  The girls were picked up by Dave Constant, a friend of Zach Turner, whom we met at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. He had gone to school in Portland, and passed on Dave’s contact info for when we’d be in town.  Dave is an accomplished brewer himself, and not only did he generously give us a ride, he also offered us sips of his freshly made grappa! We had a great time hanging out at Deschutes where we were joined by some awesome people—Rick from WEND magazine, Katie Brown of Beer Northwest, Chris Hodge from Columbia Distributing, Dave’s friend Ben, and our housemate for the weekend, Shawn. Stories were told, laughs were shared, and it was a great ending to a jam-packed day in the life of a bike and brewer.

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Cascade Soures, yum

Cascade Soures, yum

Ron pouring us sours from the barrel

Ron pouring us sours from the barrel

Biking and brewing lovers unite!

Biking and brewing lovers unite!

November 19th, 2009

Day 70 – Portland – Taking a day off

Days to party: 5

11/8/2009 On our first full day in Portland, home of 44 breweries, more per capita than any other city in the world, we didn’t visit any.  We also skipped out on riding our bikes.  Instead, we all decided to do our own thing today—Caroline went for a 7 mile run down to and around the gorgeous Esplanade path, Anders and Sara headed to brunch, and Tracy geeked out for a bit on the computer and got in touch with her friend Hallison, who is in law school at Lewis & Clark. Hallison then met up with Caroline and Tracy for a late brunch at a restaurant called Gravy, which had an awesomely delicious menu! Earlier in the day, Anders and Sara had tried to go there but ended up at the place next store because they couldn’t handle the wait, if only they’d known how good it would be!  Instead, they used the extra time to go back to the house and Sara gave Anders a much needed haircut :)   After that, it was a great tour in Hallison’s car around the city, where we got to see Washington Park and the rose garden, Powell’s bookstore, the stately mansions in the hills, and more.

In the evening, Tracy, Sara, and Anders went for dinner and live bluegrass at Laurelthirst, while Caroline met up with her friends Alan and Julia for dinner. (Incidentally, Julia was just in town visiting from Washington, D.C. and is responsible for hooking us up with our great hosts in La Crosse, WI where she had gone to school!) Then the two groups reconvened at the bar, Saraveza, which had an AMAZING selection of brews, including tour-favorite La Folie from New Belgium and a hard to come by Cascade sour – The Vine. At Saraveza, we met our new friend, Alex (of the podcast HikeYeah), and he offered to be a chauffeur/companion for our brewery adventures the next day.

Portland, thus far, could be easily summed up as “great people, great beer.” We went to bed early that night (as opposed to other nights! Ha!)…we had four brewery stops planned for the next day!

Bikers Beware

Bikers Beware

Drinks at Saraveza in Portland, OR

Drinks at Saraveza in Portland, OR

Saraveza

Saraveza

November 19th, 2009

Day 69 – Eugene to Portland, OR (Pour-tland?)

Miles Biked: 6

Total biked – 3319

Days to Party: 6

We woke up to Shane’s homemade maple and pecan scones fresh from the oven, did quick fixes to the slow leaks on Sara and Anders’ tires, and rushed off to the train station to escape the impending torrential downpour. The storm we had heard about for days was well on its way. The Cascade train was great, bike racks and all, and we enjoyed a scenic trip into Portland with nary a drop of rain…right up until we pulled into Portland’s Union Station.

Upon arrive in Portland the sky immediately opened up. Our “Portland Ambassador,” Dat, was there to greet us, and we hung around the station waiting for the rain to let up. Two hours later, the streets were flooded and it was still pouring down buckets. During these two hours, though, Anders and Dat braved the weather and cycled over to a bike shop to have Sara’s front tire fixed. By the time they came back soaked to the bone, Sara’s friend, Heidi, had arrived from Seattle with her friend Jess to hang out for the remainder of the day.

We all decided we could not stall any longer and made our way in the rain over to Upright Brewing Co. a mere half mile away. Upright is a new brewery in Portland, having opened just this past spring. They have a cool little space and brewer Alex Ganum gave us a great run through of their process.  They brew with open fermentation, and it was the first brewery on this trip at which we were able to actually see this process with our own eyes.  They had also just tapped a crazy new sour beer, the Fatali Four, made with local chilies when we arrived, and it became an immediate favorite! We are still trying to figure out how Alex created a tasty and drinkable sour beer with hot chilies – not your typical flavor combo.

From there we made our way over to our Portland home. Oakshire Brewery’s owner Jeff had most generously opened up his Portland apartment to us. It was ideal for our visit, and we quickly set up shop and got to know his amazing housemates. After drying off we headed over to New Old Lompoc’s 5th Quadrant for drinks and snacks with Heidi and Jess. Over brews we discussed our best options for getting ourselves out to the suburbs to attend a beer tasting dinner we’d been invited to by Ninkasi. The dinner was 13 miles outside the city and not particularly accessible by public transport- but we had never been to a beer pairing dinner and we were excited for the opportunity. We debated a 13 mile bike ride in the rain, in the dark, and over the huge west hills of Portland vs. a 2 hour journey on public transport… but ultimately decided to pile 6 people into Heidi’s VW Bug and have her drop us off at the restaurant.

In retrospect, perhaps the twig was trying to tell us something (did this seem too difficult?) but we made our way out to the suburbs of Portland and arrived right on time for the Ninkasi beer-pairing dinner at Bethany’s Table. The event proved to be a masterful encounter of extraordinary food and outstanding beer, albeit perhaps too elegant for four humble cyclists.  Jamie, owner and brewmaster of Ninkasi, was inspiring and taught us more than a few new things about beer and pairing. Did you know that hops lift the oils from spicy foods off the tongue? Thus a hoppy brew like the Tricerahops makes an amazing combination with spicy sweet potato, chili, and cocoa soup.

Day 1 of 3 in Portland had been eventful, and we were all anxious to see what more was in store for us!

Isadora, Missy and Shane in Eugene

Isadora, Missy and Shane in Eugene

Arrival in Pour-tland

Arrival in Pour-tland

Upright Brewing Co

Upright Brewing Co

Open Fermentation - no sneezing!

Open Fermentation - no sneezing!

Ninkasi/Bethany’s Table Beer-Pairing Dinner Menu:

1st Course
Beer:  Autumn Wheat (New)
Food: Pear Salad

2nd Course
Beer: Tricerahops
Food: Sweet Potato, Chili & Cocoa Soup

3rd Course
Beer: Believer Double Red
Food: Caramelized Pork Belly, Italian Corona Beans & Mustard Greens

4th Course
Beer: Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt
Food:  Angus Rib Eye with Bacon Molasses Butter & Roasted Root Vegetables

5th Course
Beer: Oatis Oatmeal Stout
Food:  Oatis Ice Cream with Dark Cherries and Chocolate

November 18th, 2009

Day 68 – Over the Rainbow to Where the Sidewalk Ends – Eugene, OR

Miles biked – zero (Caroline 10)

Approx total – 3313

Days to Party- 7

11/6/2009 It was a stormy night in Eugene, which made us all especially happy that we had a roof over our heads and were not getting up early in the morning to ride.  Instead, we’d decided to take a day to explore Eugene and then hop on the Amtrak to Portland the following day.  The weather report said rain for the next 4 days and we had a schedule to  (at least sort of) stick to if we wanted to get to Seattle in time.

Our bonus day in Eugene was definitely the right decision.  We absolutely loved that city!  In the morning, we had coffee at Shane and Missy’s and then went out to explore.  Caroline went on a spectacular run on Pre’s Trail while Anders, Sara and Tracy went to a local coffee shop to geek out.   After sufficient emailing, blogging and postcard writing was done they walked all over town looking for the perfect lunch spot, eventually settling on an all natural burrito place recommended by a passerby.  Then the 4 of us met back up at Ninkasi for a tour of there bustling brew operation.

We were given the royal treatment by Ninkasi’s newest employee Zoe, who had just been hired to run their new tap room in the new building they were moving into THAT DAY.  It was a hubbub of activity and we got to be in the center for a brief moment.  We tried some of their latest beers and got a view from the roof of their neighborhood, locally referred to as “The Whit”.  Zoe was bursting with excitement about the place and her energy was contagious.  How could it not be with Ninkasi being only a 3 year old company that had doubled their production every year since they opened?  We could have walked away after the tour perfectly content having seen the place and tried the beer and learned about their name sake (the Sumatran goddess of fermentation) but then they really went above and beyond and hooked us up with t-shirts and a case of their Radiant Summer Ale.  Thanks so much to everyone at Ninkasi for a great visit!  Walking out we watched as a double rainbow formed over the brewery feeling like we had just left somewhere that was truly special.

However, rainbows are the result of one thing you don’t really want when you are on foot about to walk 2 miles to another brewery with a case of beer and two laptops in hand – rain.  Caroline had smartly biked to the brewery after her run, so she was lucky enough to not be on foot but the rest of us had a long walk ahead of us.  We all stood for a moment trying to figure out what to do, we even called a car service, to no avail, before deciding to just hoof it.  Caroline rode back to the house, feeling a little burned out after her long day and still a little worried about her bent bike wheel while the rest of us took turns carrying the beer and the computers as we made our way to our next stop on our Eugene brewery tour: OakShire Brewing.

OakShire is a smaller Eugene brewery, originally called Willamette Brewing, that had actually contacted us when they found out we were biking through the area.  Their head brewer Matt knew the guys at Beermapping.com, who we’d used to plan our trip, and through them found out about our trip.  It was a huge compliment to be contacted by the brewery and we were excited to check out the place.  They did not disappoint.  We tried all the beers available in there tap room and loved them all, especially the Espresso Stout and the Ill-Tempered Gnome.  We even got to sample of a small batch of Really Ill-Tempered Gnome they had still in the tank.  Good stuff.  While there, Matt gave us a tour while their assistant brewer, Dana was hard at work.  Dana is the only female brewer we met on the trip and it was exciting to chat about her experiences in the industry so far.  Sounds like if Sara or Tracy want to make the leap there are many places that would love to have a woman on board.

At the end of the tour, it was time to get home, now with TWO cases of beer as Matt also hooked us up with some tasty OakShire brews to take with us up to Portland.  We were about 3 miles from home but as it turns out, right on Matt’s route home!  He told us to just hang out for a few minutes while he wrapped up and he’d be happy to drop us off.  Brewers are the nicest people.  While we were just hanging out, we met Jeff, the owner of OakShire and their former head brewer.  After getting to talking, he asked if we had a place to stay in Portland.  We told him we had a possible floor to sleep on but nothing definite, to which he responded “you should just stay in the apartment my wife and I keep up there for when we have to work.”  The twig knew what it was doing when it sent us to OakShire.  Thank you so much Jeff, the place worked out perfectly.

Back at Shane and Missy’s we were invited to movie night.  We grabbed a bite to eat and then watched a movie on their home projector while munching on ice cream bars.  Then it was a quick dip in the hot tub and we were off to bed.

Ninkasi Brewing

Ninkasi Brewing

Happy to accept a case of Ninkasi Radiant

Happy to accept a case of Ninkasi Radiant

Matt at OakShire pouring some brews

Matt at OakShire pouring some brews

Save the planet sign at OakShire

Save the planet sign at OakShire

November 18th, 2009

Day 67 – Elkton to Eugene, OR

Miles biked – 50

Total for trip- 3313

Days to Party – 10

11/5/2009 Crashing in the field in Elkton worked for us, but our tents didn’t love it.  It was very damp and our tents where already pretty mildewy.  We vowed as we packed them that we would dry them out as soon as we got to Eugene as there was a chance this was our last day of camping.  The end was in sight and it was exciting but a little bit sad.  For breakfast, we went to the OTHER restaurant in Elkton (besides the sports bar/convenience store/diner), an adorable little Italian bistro – or was it French, Caroline? :) – that was one of the first places in a while that felt like it could be in New York.  A little taste of home.

Our ride to Eugene, which we hoped to finish before 1pm when the rain was supposed to hit, was 50 miles.  We finished breakfast at 8:30am and figured that as long as we didn’t hit any major hills we’d be right on track.  The first 15 miles were done in a zippy hour but then we got a harsh reminder that we were on west coast.  There was a huge 5 mile climb on a road called Territorial that kicked out butts.   At noon, we’d only made it 35 miles but we had to take a food break.   We ate the last of our groceries and had some coffee at a cute shop in Lorraine where we met a motorcyclist out for a scenic ride who gave us routing tips through the back roads to Eugene.  Good thing too, because almost nothing was labeled like the map!

After that stop, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we were not going to make it to Eugene before the rain.  We did our final 15 miles up and down some rolling hills with raindrops rolling down our backs.  It was ok though, because we knew we had a warm place to stay ahead of us, with a hot tub!  We’d made another Warm Showers connection with a couple named Shane and Missy who had circumnavigated the US two years before and were now living in Eugene raising their 6 month old daughter Isadora.  It was like us in a few years!

We arrived in Eugene while our hosts were out but it worked out perfect.  We were able to change out of our rain soaked spandex and into dry clothes, and then we hit the town.  First stop – The Eugene City Brewpub, owned and operated by Rogue.  We were greeted in front of the pub by our server Tom who told us to roll our bikes around back and then started us with some samplers.  We knew we were going to like the Oregon breweries!  After warming our bellies a bit with some snacks, we got a tour of the downstairs brewing operation from their brewer Nate.  His story was awesome.  He had started professionally as a chemist and was a homebrewer hobbiest but when Track Town (the line of beers Rogue makes at Eugene City) was looking for a new brewer, they called Nate.  He was living every homebrewers dream!

After the pub, we biked back to Shane and Missy’s for an amazing homemade diner.  They made chicken with spinach, broccoli soup and the most AMAZING beet brownies.  It was a bikers paradise.  Also, Shane was nice enough to look at Caroline’s back wheel, as it was a little less than true ever since a keg had accidently fallen on it.  Oh, the life of a bike and brewer…

Foggy Elkton Morning

Foggy Elkton Morning

Rogue Eugene City Brewing Track Town

Rogue Eugene City Brewing Track Town

Nate brewing on possibly the smallest system weve seen yet

Nate brewing on possibly the smallest system we've seen yet

November 18th, 2009

Day 66 – Floras Lake to Elkton, OR

Miles biked – 80

Total for trip – 3263

Days to Party – 11

11/04/2009 Andy Bolt knows that when you are traveling by bike, its important to eat a lots of food :)   That’s why he and his wife Joanna started us off right with dutch babies and bacon for breakfast.  Our plan for the day had been to ride from their house to Florence, about 95 miles.  That would be challenging enough in itself, but for days we’d also been hearing from people that there was a storm coming and it was expected to hit the following afternoon.  If we rode as far as Florence we’d have about 65 miles over some mountains to get to Eugene on a day when we were likely to get dumped on.  Andy helped us come up with a new plan.  He suggested we skip the bit of not so scenic 101 in favor of a leisurely breakfast and ride to Bandon in the Boltmobile. Then we could cut over at Reedsport instead of Florence.  If we got a lot of miles in, we would be able to do the rest of the ride to Eugene before the rain – fingers crossed.  Smart guy that Andy Bolt:)

We got out of the truck at Coos Bay ready to fly.  It was a little sad how close we rode to the Oregon dunes without stopping to ride buggies, but some things must wait until the next adventure.  Instead, we booked it to Reedsport, ate sandwiches and pie and then started east.  38 ended up being one of the most lovely riding days of the trip.  It was a beautiful river valley on a newly paved road.   The weather was a cool 50 degrees or so and we had a tailwind!  We did 40 miles or so on a slight uphill without even really trying.  A quick stop at Bob’s Grocery (and a short chat with Bob himself) for chocolate milk, bananas and black licorice and then we kept pedalling.  Since the route and our pace was thrown off a bit we weren’t really sure how far we’d go.  It was either going to be Elkton or Drain but neither town had anything in particular we needed to stop for.

We rolled into Elkton at about 4:30, hungry and ready for a beer.  It was possible for us to ride another 9 miles to Drain but Elkton felt like the right place to be.  We ordered dinner and drinks and started chatting with the bartender/cashier/waiter at the sports bar/convenience store/diner that we’d rolled up to.  A quick survey of the town looked like this was the only place to go and apparently he ran the show.  When we first asked, he said there was nowhere nearby to camp, but after an hour or so of us buying scratch tickets and winning and buying more while we told him about our trip, he decided we were not crazies and offered us a place in his empty lot next store.  His only rules – don’t be too loud and no number two in the field.  We laughed and told him that would work out just great.  Apparently he had a lot of cyclists and motor bikers who came through who weren’t as courteous as us:)

Langlois to Elkton, OR

Langlois to Elkton, OR

Elkton convenience store/bar/diner

Elkton convenience store/bar/diner

November 17th, 2009

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

November 13th, 2009

Day 64 – Prairie Creek National Park, CA to Harris Beach State Park, OR

Miles biked – 55

Approx Total Miles – 3113

Days to Party -13.

11/2/2009 We woke early at the campsite shrouded in a thick fog. Ryan shared a smorgasbord breakfast with us before we parted ways. We stayed off of US-101 for the first 10 miles or so, riding along a beautiful and thickly wooded side road.  We decided that we would need to get second breakfast shortly after getting back to the main road. The next town was Klamath, which had 3 exits, and few food options. After exiting on the first two and reaching only a campground and a boarded up café (still billed as being open 24 hours/7 days a year), we took a side road that led us a 1.5 miles down the road in cyclo-cross fashion. When that landed us at a dead end, the three wise bike and brewers laughed and turned around to back track the mile and a half. I, however, have an adamant refusal to double-back on roads and miles I have already travelled, and almost died while carrying my bike and panniers up a steep, rocky slope to the road. Luckily, we found a great café, fueled up, and pedaled on. It wasn’t long before we had another “must-stop!”– The Trees of Mystery roadside attraction with a giant Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe.  Not only did the visitor center have outstanding free samples of homemade fudge, Tracy and I found and excitedly purchased WOLF T-SHIRTS!! We have been on an epic search to find your classic airbrushed wolf t-shirt, and we are finally proud owners. I have vowed to wear it each day of riding until the end of the trip.

At this point, it was necessary to get some more miles under our belts, so we rode on, climbing a pretty grueling hill before descending into Crescent City. There, we ate a quick lunch and loaded up at the grocery store for a camp dinner. We crossed into Oregon at sunset, made it to the Harris Beach state park campsite just after dark, and settled in for the night. We knew that the site was right on the water, and we were all excited to see what our home for the night would look like in daylight. Brooklyn to Brookings – coast to coast – in 64 days!

~Caroline

Morning at Prairie Redwoods

Morning at Prairie Redwoods

This road stopped being a road

This road stopped being a road

Babe the Blue Ox and Wolf Shirts!

Babe the Blue Ox and Wolf Shirts!

Welcome to Oregon

Welcome to Oregon

November 13th, 2009

Day 63 – Eureka to Prairie Creek National Park, CA

Miles biked – 60

Approx Total Miles – 3151

Days to Party – 11

11/1/2009 Every time we try to leave a great town it’s tough, but departing from Eureka was especially hard. Dick and Kathy led us on a short bike ride to The Grange for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon. We satisfied our ferocious appetites, rode back to their house and then reluctantly pedaled away. As with many days, we had many different goals – a long shot, a hopeful and a fallback – kind of like choosing a college.  Our long shot was Cresent City, about 85 miles away.  Our hopeful was Del Norte State Park (the farthest north redwoods state park). Our fallback was Prairie Creek, about 55 miles from Eureka.

If our late start and the title of this post were not enough of a tip off, I’ll just say it: we only made it as far as Prairie Creek.  But what a beautiful ride it was.  We started in the fog of Eureka, riding up 101 along the coast and about a half hour in we got our first view of the ocean!  It was a tough riding day with lots of steep climbs but luckily also a lot of down hills.  We had second breakfast in Trinidad, a highly recommended little beach town and then loaded up on groceries for our ride into the redwoods.   We saw lagoons and elk and tons of beaches.  It was amazing.

Upon arrival into the state park we were reminded that it was bear country.  It sounded kind of ominous until we realized that it just meant we had to put all our food in a metal box.  If only more campgrounds had those for the raccoons!  The campground was a neat spot right on the edge between a elk prairie and the forest and the coolest thing about it was that we surrounded by other touring bike campers!  In the whole site, there was only one group with a car (out of 4 groups… but still).  We spent the evening making our fancy camp dinner of tuna melts and the long awaited s’mores while getting to know a fellow cyclist, Ryan, who was on his way down from Seattle to Hawaii.  He was planning on flying part of it, of course, but would be biking until at least San Francisco, if not farther depending on the weather.   He was a cool guy who had been traveling on his own, on a MOUNTAIN bike and doing a much better job of being thrifty than we have.  He did give us tips on where to get some deals on canned food though as we went north.  Ryan, if you’re reading this, we hope you had a great journey and we loved your tattoo.  Cheers!

Biking through coastal fog

Biking through coastal fog

Prairie Creek Redwoods

Prairie Creek Redwoods

Ryan the touring mountain biker

Ryan the touring mountain biker

November 13th, 2009

Day 62 – Happy Halloween from Eureka, CA

Miles biked – 13

Total Miles Biked – 3091

Days till party – 12

10/31/2009 – Eureka was the land of fog. A strange but adorable town that we could never really totally see.  When we woke up in Dick and Kathy’s house we felt like we had so much time!  Caroline ran town to town and the rest of us enjoyed the calm of having no where to pack up a go to for the day.  When we finally got on our bikes to go out, it was almost 2pm.  We joined Caroline at Lost Cost Brewing for lunch and a sampler of their highly recommended beers.  They did not dissappoint!  There was no tour to be had, but we weren’t really feeling terribly motivated anyway so we chowed down and then went out on the town to complete a very important mission: Halloween costumes.

Since Milwalkee, we had decided we would be The Wizard of Oz.  We had red bike booties for me (given to us from our friend John Rowland) to be Dorothy, and Anders and I have found a great kids lion costume for Caroline but asside from that we are at a bit of a loss.  Tracy really wanted to wear overalls to be the scarecrow (even though in the movie he doesn’t wear them) and Anders just wanted to tape a metal funnel to his head to be the tinman.  It seemed like it should be pretty easy to pull it all together, but after rummaging through every thrift store in town we got a little worried.  Tracy found her overalls but as far as Dorothy went, I was still up a creek.

We biked back to the house (Caroline ran…another 6 miles!) and got ready for the barn party.  Caroline turned the kids costume into an awesome adult get up with the little help of a pair of scissors, Tracy put on her overalls and I put on a beautiful dress from Japan that Kathy lent me.  I decided that with my red booties and that dress, if I couldn’t be a proper Dorothy, I’d be Dorothy in Japan:)  Anders never got his funnel but decided that if we were going to be a party with everyone dressed up, he’d put on the one costume he had – his spandex.  The party ended up being a blast.  There was a bluegrass band, a bonfire, pingpong, lots of gradudate students and a keg of local brew.  Pretty much everything you need for a great party.  Costume highlights include: cookie monster, Schrodinger’s Cat, and a blue footed boobie (a very literal translation).

-Sara

Chillin out in Eureka

Chillin out in Eureka

Lost Coast Brewing

Lost Coast Brewing

Halloween in Eureka

Halloween in Eureka