Rose for the day at 530am and actually held to leaving early. Coffee, gas, and routine check sent me away. Nor-Cal mornings are clear and a great way to begin a long trek.
Coffee with the Back From Hell MC in Redding. Bikers who used to do drugs but now drink too much coffee have the best things to say.
Chipped my helmet after a careless drop. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Some sparkly nail polish and new shades from the 99 cents store made me feel way better about my oafish clumsiness.
Rest and gas in Eugene. Nearly slept in front of the Shell station.
.....Or not? Rode into a construction zone area to ask some people on bicycles how to get to where I was going. Nothing dangerous, just passed the signs. Not only did they not help me, but the motorcycle cop who quickly scurried over on his Honda didn't give me comfort. He cited them, then began writing me up. What a way to end an all day odyssey. After asking me if I am supposed to be riding past barricades and if I do that in California, I had a smart assed "Are you supposed to ask rhetorical questions?" working its way out, until he responded to my eye roll with a warning. We chatted bikes for a sec, he told me not to do dumb crap, gave me directions, and told me the next time I see a cop to smile and wave. I was on my way after he asked me about my trip and told me to ride safe. I feel weird typing this, but thanks Portland PD! It's always good to have cool cop stories, especially being from Torrance. A nerve-racking way to end a long day.