On Weds May 21st Me, my roommate Dave (rememberface on here) and my girlfriend Rachel packed up and headed down to San Fran. 3 days down Via the 101, 2 day (3 night) stay in Downtown San Fran, and then 3 days home through the interior! Rachel had an exam on the following Tuesday so she flew home the monday we left to head home.
6:30 in the morning on the starting Weds, I drag everyone up early, Dave nor Rachel was too happy about it. They both wanted to get up at 9 and leave at 10:30. Me getting us up early would prove to be a good thing in the end though.
We rode for about 2 hours, out of Van (sunny!), across the border (no wait at all!) and into Washington. The weather network said Sunny in Van and Washington with maybe showers in Cannon Beach. not so bad I was thinking. The second we get into Washington we're welcomed with pouring rain. Rachel and I were alright, but Dave was in his 1 piece Dianese suit that's 100% perforated. After 2 hours of riding we stopped at a gas station. Dave basically had hypothermia.
We got Hot Chocolate, and talked over what we were going to do. We both knew there was no way we could continue this trip for long stretches if this continued. We decided since we were only 10 mins from Lynwood we'd go to Cyclebarn and get Dave some Rain Gear. Dave warmed up by punching invisible American ninjas.
When we got to Cyclebarn, Dave got some rain gear and I decided a heated vest would be a good idea. It stopped raining in Lynwood and after we purchased our new gear I went out into the parking lot to attach the vest hookup to the Multi's battery. (note dave pimping the new rain gear)
While I was getting my vest hooked up the VERY american yellow hummer parked next to us, looking hardcore, well... He did till he tried starting it, and tried again, and again and again...
We finally continued on for another hour or so, pulled off for gas and to figure out where the connection to the 101 was. We decided a map and pizza were in order.
I located the closest porn shop, they veto'd that and found the connection to the 101, so off we went. We hooked up with the 101 and now to add to the rain we were getting 75KM/H winds too! Felt like we were in a hurricane for the rest of the day. Basically going down the highway in a good lean but going straight. We eventually pulled over because we saw a huge moose! but it ran off before we got the camera out.
I'll let Dave show you how big the moose was.
We rode for another hour? and we hit the bridge going into Portland (cool bridge by the way!). After the bridge I saw a Radio Shack and wanted to get an adapter for the vest so Rachel could wear it on and off too. They didn't have anything but on our way out Dave's bike wouldn't start. da-dun da-dun da-dun... nothing, wouldn't turn over. Batteries dead! how? we were riding... Ok time to push start the bike!