We aren\’t triathletes you know…

July 1, 2006, 10:52 pm
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We made it to Astoria, Oregon! One state down, two to go!  We smell like onions, look like we walked from Canada, and feel great!! Except for sore VGs.

We left Seattle on Thursday, biked to the ferry station, and took the ferry to Bremerton.  From Bremerton we biked to Potlatch State Park where we were eaten alive by bugs.  We had time to nap by Hood Canal and stretch in the sun.  We had a little cous cous curry (mush) for dinner.  The three of us were piled in the 2 person tent like little sardines.  It gets dark so late up here and we were soooo tired our eyeballs wanted to rest! But Linsey couldn’t stop moving, so we didn’t have the best nights sleep.

The next morning we chomped down some Clif Bars and set out for Montesano.  The book we have is great because it breaks the ride down and tells you exactly how many hills there are and where the hills are located.  It was a wonderful surprise to see that we finished three hills, when we thought we had only done two.  We stopped in Montesano for some Mexican food. Holy moley! We eat so much these days!  We napped outside of a courthouse and decided to bike another 30 miles to Raymond.  We thought we took a short cut, but mannnnn we we wrong.  SOOO many hills. Linsey and I were cracked out on the side of the road talking about how we needed to eat 3-6 Shot Blocks (Clif’s energy chews) every hour in order to keep up the pace.  Little Vegan is the powerhorse and often stops to read or climb a tree stump while Linsey and I lag.  She fell off the tree stump.

We got to Raymond and camped at an RV campsite where we all showered.  I watched the dirty water pool up at my feet= awesome. We are so stinky and dirty. I love it.

Now that Raymond is over with, I’ll tell you all about the creepy Old Man Clemens.  I was on the phone with my mom facing the water, and I guess Old Man C was sitting behind me on our picnic table just hanging out.  Linsey was walking back from the showers and asked him, “You watching my friend?” and OMC holds his finger up to his mouth and says, “Shhhhhh!”  Then he starts talking at us about the trip and how he wished he wasn’t doing something like that. Well, his wish came true, he isn’t.  We got a good laugh out of Old Man C, but I slept with a knife next to my sleeping bag just in case he wanted to steal our Clif Bars.

Today we rode from Raymond to Astoria, OR.  We met our first fellow biker at a junction and he told us of a shortcut. So we took that and instead of staying in Washington for the night, we decided to ride the other route and make it to Oregon.  The bridge from WA to OR is a mile long and CRAZY!!  Small shoulder, hardly a bike lane, scary as crap! The last leg of the bridge is a little piece of candy corn on the map, and we had to bike up it with no stopping.  It was by far the steepest hill we’ve experienced yet. And we’re alive! We didn’t get hit by a big RV, and if one of us did get hit on this trip, it would have been there. So stop worrying.

We are having fun and eating tons of Clif Bars. We aren’t desirable by any crazy rapists because we smell so bad, and look worse. No gentlemen callers yet….just idiots that like to honk and wave as they scare the crap out of us.

We love all of you! Thank you for your support!! Pictures will be up next internet stop. This computer is jacked. PEACE OUT!

PS. We are two days ahead of schedule and we’ve biked about 190 miles in 3 days. Yeah, I know…we are awesome.


Are We There Yet?
June 29, 2006, 5:45 am
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…And when I say “there,” I mean on the road. It feels like we’ve been talkin’ bout this thing forever, and now it’s finally happening and we can all just stop freaking out about it…mom and dad.

Lindsey and I left from San Diego on Monday and got to Stef’s house in Seattle this morning (Wednesday?). We had a crazy day, running on small amounts of sleep and large amounts of excitement. We learned how to change tires, made a few trips to REI for last minute buys and exchanges (check out their trusting return policy, by the way), ate ethiopian food, packed our 30 pound loads (a piece), went to the lake, and rode about 7-10 miles around Seattle, and all before sundown…of course the sun sets way past my bedtime in this state. But I must say today went well.

Tomorrow we leave at 6:00am, and the journey really begins. Make sure you all check in for stories and picture along the way. Thanks again to everyone who has been helping us out, and…uh…we’re still accepting (coughing noises) donations.


This is called a wheel

Nice shot o’ Linds, gettin to ride.

Nice load, (helmet too small?)

June 9, 2006, 8:33 am
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Hey everyone,

Our trip is starting in Seattle very soon and it seems as though everyone is concerned. Just last night one of my friends told me he went to Oregon and just the drive on the 101 took it out of him. I just had deja vu BIG TIME.

The past few weeks, our mental and physical strength has been put to the test. Stef suffered from a dehydration spell, Linsey from anxiety attacks and the death of her dearly loved grandpa, “Beepa Bob,” and me with a persistent abscess that decided to resurface just weeks before the trip.

You can’t stop us now! We’re having such a good time! We’re having a ball! We’re going to have a blast with the struggles and accomplishments over the course of the ride. And if we don’t make it to San Diego, we’ll have made it somewhere. And wherever that place is, I bet there is a nice beach and a tasty burrito just around the corner.

We know that all of you support our decision to take this trip of a lifetime, and the link below is a THANK YOU for everyone that has donated time, love, concern, money, equipment, or other goodies along the way. It really motivates and inspires us to receive your comments and know that you are checking in regularly with our trip.

Thanks to everyone that has helped! Click here!


Lindsey and Linsey in our Clif tee-shirts! Don’t worry lil Vegan, we have one for you.  Click the link to see what other goodies we have gratefully accepted! 

May 22, 2006, 6:32 pm
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Thank you for your patience! Please CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

To view information about the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside, CLICK HERE

April 10, 2006, 1:36 am
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Guess what we’re doing?! Give up? Okay, I’ll tell you:

We are celebrating our health by leaving our nasty cars at home and riding bikes on our road trip from Seattle to San Diego this summer.

We’re riding to raise money for the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside, an organization that provides temporary shelter, services and even counseling to women and families that have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. Both Stef and Lindsey have volunteered at this location and feel that this organization could use our help.

This blog allows viewers to donate to Women’s Resource, or just check in to see how our adventures are going. Maybe you are curious as to the progressive growth of our bulging thighs, maybe you want to make sure we check our brakes everyday, or maybe you’re wondering about the drama that will inevitably unfold when three girls smell each other’s sweat everyday for a month. Whatever your reason, we invite you to check in regularly, and be inspired by our awesome chick muscles.

Our trip leaves June 22nd, and should take us about a month to complete. We are all looking forward to the challenge.

Linsey, Lindsey, Stef, Christel