Crossing the Golden Gate bridge as we said goodbye to San Francisco
While the blog has drifted off into the deepest, darkest recesses of the blogosphere, Ellie and myself have cycled north from San Francisco through northern California, Oregon, and Washington, into Canada. Vancouver marks the end of biking in Los Americas for us, an amazing journey that I began almost two years ago in Buenos Aires and which for the past nine months I've shared with Ellie, at first mostly ahead of her in the oxygen-deficient Andes and then the gravity defying trails of the Central American highlands, but more recently I seem to be the one trying to catch up. A few hidden bricks in her panniers will soon sort that out. Our slow race will recommence in early August, when we start out from Tokyo, Japan, and meander through Asia, where I plan to start blogging with a vengeance once again. Meanwhile we're taking some time off the bikes and heading for the Canadian Rockies with family.
Our only encounter with a bear occured along a busy stretch of Highway 101 in northern California where this young bear had been killed and left at the roadside.
For days in northern California we cycled past and camped among the giant redwoods
Pete had just arrived back from the Himilayas when he pulled us over
and asked us to stay the night in Arcata
The Oregon coast
Port Orford, Oregon
Hemant from Jaipur, India, was cycling from San Francisco to Seattle
From our first meeting on a beach in Baja California, we spent a
wonderful three days in Waldport with Suzen and Jaime
We had a few soggy days in northern Oregon and across the
mighty Columbia River in southern Washington
Riding on the Olympic penninsula in Washington state
Independence day celebrations at Camp Runamok!
We took a series of ferries from Port Angeles (USA) to Vancouver Island
(Canada) and then back to mainland British Columbia and Vancouver city.
Wheat, potash and other resources arrive from the interior to Vancouver's port by rail
Riding into Maple Ridge, 50 km east of Vancouver city, with Mt. Baker in the background.
Our last day biking in the Americas
Trip distance: 48,002 kilometres