We don’t want to wake up tomorrow and ride into headwinds for a fourth day, so we push hard for Portland.
It’s another long day. After 83 miles and 8 1/2 hours of spinning our wheels, we arrive. There is little time for photos today. Lots of wind to the face again, particularly in the morning, slowing our progress. Check out the whitecaps in the photo below taken in the morning compared to the calmer water in the afternoon.
Stops were mainly for refueling, caffeinating, and for more berry picking. Mile after mile of blackberries calling my name. Scott and I have eaten buckets of these things in the past two days. I’m surprised we’re not pooping purple.
I think the locals must get tired of them because there doesn’t seem to be a picking frenzy. Being short on time, I have optimized my berry picking efficiency with the two handed approach. This way my berry per minute consumption is maximized. Worried that there may be an end to the berry bushes, I pick an extra pot to bring into Portland.
We are in a hurry because we have many miles to cover and we need to get to Portland before 8pm. Scott’s Leatherman multi-tool has a defect and there is a retail store on our way that handles warranty issues. They close at 8pm.
To make it a little more interesting we have a flat at the 11th hour.
Cutting it close, we arrive at 7:30pm. Scott dashes into the store and leaves me to lock up the bikes. Before I even finish getting everything secured, he emerges, new multi-tool in hand. Problem resolved in less than 5 minutes. Kudos to Leatherman’s awesome customer service.