Day 79 – Eugene, OR to Independence, OR

James Rosenberg

After a great day off in Eugene relaxing and hanging out with my friend Reese, it was time to get back on the road. I packed up, said goodbye and immediately turned the wrong way down a one way street.

After turning on Google Maps and getting myself properly situated, the ride was pretty easy and mostly downhill. I left Eugene and began looking for a diner for breakfast. When I saw a pair of fully loaded touring bikes sitting outside a diner about 20 miles North West of Eugene, I took that as a good sign and headed in.

I spotted the two cyclists immediately and began chatting with Geert and Anita – a couple from The Netherlands. They had started within a few days of me so we had had very similar experiences and travelled with many of the same folks. We swapped stories for a while agreeing we’d see each other in two days (they were staying at a motel tonight while I was headed for a city park). They then headed out, leaving me to finish my breakfast.

Even though it should have been an easier day, I was exhausted when I got to the park. I set up my hammock and spent the rest of the day horizontal.

There’s no one else in the park and it’s on a river, so tonight should be a great night’s sleep!

Key stats:
Miles: 70
Elevation gained: 1,000 ft
Breakfasts crashed: 1

Floating the river on my day off

One of Reese’s friends (an Astro Physisist) showing off his telescope!

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  • Bruce Hedgepeth
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    ALMOST THERE !!
    I’m not sure if you realize it but you still have the Coast Range to cross to get to Astoria. And that will challenge you. Be strong !!

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