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  • Archive for the 'road trippin' Category

    hood to coast

    Sunday, August 27th, 2006

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    I linked up with team “Office Pace” for another romp on the Hood to Coast Relay Race. My team started the race at 3PM on Friday and we finished up just after 7:30 PM last night. Thus I’m very happy to be sitting down and writing this post (because my whole body freakin hurts!).

    The race, for those that aren’t hip, consists of teams of 12 crazy people that run 3 legs each for a total of 197 miles from the Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood to Seaside, Oregon. Our squad did pretty good this year (I personally think I didn’t run fast enough, lack of training), so here’s the stats:

    Office Pace Beaverton, OR 961
    Course Time: 28:24:41
    Division: 85 / 127
    Overall: 536 /1032

    We finished the course in 28 Hours and 24.41 minutes, which is an average mile time of 8:45 minutes (I definately was ABOVE the curve on that time this year). But we all had a great time, and enjoyed the stinky suffering that is Hood to Coast.

    I was runner #4 this year (I have ran in the #1,#2, and #5 positions in prior years). Leg four is a pretty easy set of runs, which was very usefull with my lack of training:

    Leg 4 7.1 miles Zig Zag area ~ 5:30PM August 25th
    My first leg was 7.1 miles through 85 degree heat… it was the suck! And I thrutched out 9:40 miles.

    Leg 16 3.5 miles Scapoose~ 3:30am August 26th
    Running at 3am is good times. Nice and cool, nobody around, and ONLY 3.5 miles (shortest leg on the course!)

    Leg 28 4.2 miles Middle of Nowhere~ 12:30PM August 26th
    My final leg was suprisingly more difficult than I expected. I hadn’t seen the map of this leg and didn’t know it was all a gradual uphill. Fatigue and the 85 degree heat combined for another slower run… but I was finished!!!


    Chinook Was Here

    Monday, August 21st, 2006

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    We had an excellent time on our coast trip… many a paw print were left on remote beaches… and many wonderful ‘moments’ were had by all.

    Day 1: Not Disapointed
    After attending Tyler and Katie’s wedding up in Seattle, we drove to the Southwestern-most point of Washington State: Cape Disapointment. Just outside of the villa of Chinook, WA, this state campground was quite nice with quick access to the beaches and ancient sea stacks to boot!

    We took the opportunity to tour the Louis and Clark interpertive center at the cape and got super eductated on the wonderous journey of the expedition. Interperative museums have come a long way baby!

    Day Two: Goonedocks and Surfer Brahs
    The next stop on the tour took us to Astoria for a quick cultural break in Astoria where we took in a Saturday fair. The festival was quite vibrant with some interesting vendors, and excellent quesadillas! I couldn’t help but notice how much cooler this fair was then the super lame ones we have in Bend… perahps it was the people, or maybe it was the bomb kettle corn.

    We were planning on staying at Oswald State Park that night, but the hipster surfer bro’s had already snatched up all the campsites. Bummer dude! We mobbed down to Lincoln City instead and stayed at Devil’s Lake State Park. We had some interesting neighbors that sang Groove Armada’s “I See You Baby” to me while Beck was gone.

    Days Three-Four: Hot Carl Washburne
    The next stop on the tour was Carl Washburne State Park north of Florence. Again we got shut out on the ‘primitive’ campsites but opted to camp in trailer land instead. Our site was rather nice, right next to a stream and across the way from a couple who would walk their cats on leashes.

    We had an excellent hike from the campground to the Heceta Head Light house during our stay. Chubnook was able to power the hike out to the light house, but required a ride back to the campsite (3 miles ain’t bad!).

    Over hot cocoa on our last night there we were treated to an amazing sunset too… a great place for sure.

    Day Five: Brookings
    We then strolled down to the Southern Oregon coast and setup camp outside of Brookings. This was a very popular campground, and for a good reason; it is amazingly beautiful! Check out the flickr gallery for pictures from our final sunset on the Oregon coast.

    One odd thing about this town is it seemed to have lots and lots of old folk running around, and they were oernery too!

    Ferndale
    The final stop on the coast was with our family in Ferndale, CA. We spent two days in town visiting everyone and taking in the County Fair. We also drove out to a tiny burg called Bridgeville (of being sold on eBay fame) where we encountered a strange cross breed of redneckdirtyhippies at the local ‘Bridgefest’.

    Words can’t really do justice to this awesome road trip, so spend some time looking at the pictures to take in the beauty of the coast.


    Humboldt County

    Friday, August 18th, 2006

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    Long time no blog! Well that is because Becky and I have been off the grid, and away from computers, wireless, phones etc for over the past week!!!!

    Our extended road trip has led us to our family in Ferndale, California. Today we attended the Humboldt County Fair with my cousin Kathy. I lost about 15 big ones on the mule races :(

    We also had a lovely lunch at the Eel River Brewing company in Fortuna (highly recomended for any lost coast road trips!). I have been taking a ton of pictures, but don’t have a way to get them off the camera right now.

    Fun times!



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