Archive for April, 2010

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April 30, 2010

Friday, April 30th:  Another day of no cycling.  I am going to have to start riding weather or no weather if this keeps up.  This is the end of my 5th week and my total cycling mileage is for this week is 273 miles giving me a 5 week total of 2,058 miles.  In today’s pictures the first one was taken last night and the rest this morning.  Right now it is 3:00 in the afternoon, 39 degrees and sleeting.  How much better can it get?  Someone told me it was in the mid-70’s in North Dakota.  Can’t wait to get there.  At least we are parked at a truck stop in Butte, MT where we can get warmth, food, gas, etc.  Hoping it’s better tomorrow.  Need to get out and ride.  Remember that this ride is to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can check out our progress, read our blog, see our pictures and make donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by going to our website at http://www.jacobsonexpress.com.  Until next time…Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy

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April 29, 2010

Thursday, April 29th:  Today I cycled zero miles.  We are still at the truck stop just before Butte, MT.  This morning it was 32 degrrees with snow flurries off and on.  The wind is blowing heavy from the west.  We are inside the truck stop where it is warmer.  It is now 5:30 PM and 33 degrees.  The warmest it has been is 35 and its been down to 31 degrees.  It is actually snowing now and the wind is still blowing.  If it wasn’t so cold and snowy I might be riding.  Good Tailwind going on.  They expect 2-5 inches tonight and I heard it might get worse tomorrow.  Will ride as soon as the weather allows.  A lot of cars are coming in with snow on them.  Some people have told us there are accidents on the road and they are closing roads.  I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know how things progress.  Thill then…Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy   http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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April 28, 2010

Wednesday, April 28th:  Got up this morning and looked outside.  Cold, Windy and Heavy Dark Clouds!  Doesn’t look good.  Suited up anyways to get ready for a ride.  Put on many layers today and I don’t plan on shedding any on today’s ride.  The wind started out as a sidewind from the front.  The clouds look very threatening but I reallly don’t think it will rain because I am dressed ready for it.  Judy caught up and passed me.  A few more miles down the road she was waiting at an exit to a rest stop where we had lunch.  I had just got my 5th flat tire.  The fourth one for the back tire.  This time instead of just replacing the tube, I decided to also replace the tire.  New tires are always harder to put on than older ones.  Especially in cold weather as the rubber is not quite a pliable.  After lunch she offered to take me back up to the road but since she had such a nice place to park so I said I would just ride.  Once I got back on the road I was actually making a lot better time as the winds had shifted to mostly a tailwind.  We met up again at a truck stop just outside of Butte, MT.  Today’s ride was 38 miles and at the end of the ride it was still a balmy 39 degrees.  And the wind is still kicking up it’s heels.  So until next time…Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27th:  I am now leaving Bearmouth, Montana.  We spent the night in a rest stop next to the big rigs.  The skies are dark and cloudy so I will take some rain gear with me.  I see the road to Butte.  That is the direction we are heading and the skies look like they are clearing up ahead.  So far the weather is holding up and no rain.  But alas, I just got a flat tire!  That’s my 4th flat tire in over 2,000 miles.  Not too bad an average.  Judy caught up with me just as I was changing my tire and waited with me until I got it fixed.  The winds are picking up and slowing me down a bit.  I try to think of headwinds as a long hill.  Just shift to a lower gear and keep pedaling.  A few more miles down the road and the skies are getting darker again.  I am gettin close to Deer Lodge and it is starting to rain.  It is not a strong rain but combined with the wind it feels worse than it is.  Judy is waiting for me at the off-ramp into town.  I get in with her to find a place to park.  We find a nice little place in town to grab a quick snack.  It is at the Boomerang Bakery.  Onna Scharff gave us $5 for LLS and loves to knit socks and volunteers her services around town.  Kim, Dave and their daughter Shelby run the bakery were very friendly.  We had Louie’s Famous Montana Pasties to eat.  Very good.  After talking with them for some time they sent us off with a bag of their Pasties and a box of assorted pastries.  We walked around town for awhile, stopped by the Deer Lodge Post Office to mail some post cards and later in the evening went to Broken Arrow Steak House & Casino for dinner.  It is Judy’s birthday so I am taking her out for dinner.  She ordered the ribeye and I ordered the tenderloin.  Both were very good.  Todays ride was only 42 miles but seeing as it IS Judy’s birthday I thought it would be nice to spend some time off my bike and with her.  In the morning will check out the weather and decide where the ride will take us.  So until next time…Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy      http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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April 26, 2010

Monday, April 26th:  After yesterdays ride decided to take it easy today and only rode 52 miles.  Stopped by the Adventure Cycling Association office.  That is where I purchased my maps from that I am using on this ride.  Decided to divert from the maps at that point to avoid having to ride 25 miles on gravel road.  Instead I will be cycling across Montana on the I-90 & I-94.  As you can see from the picture there are lots of hills around but more importantly, look how wide the bike lane is!  The scenery doesn’t change much along the interstate.  Maybe later on there will be more to see.  Will be spending the night at a rest stop at Bearmouth, MT.  It is about 1/2 way between Missoula and Butte.  The next rest stop is 67 miles.  Don’t know if we will stop there or go further.  Until next time….Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy     http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25th, this is a continuation of the pictures from below:

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April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25th:  Today I cycled from Kamiah, Idaho to Lolo Montana.  A total of 141 miles.  Feels like I had a workout today.  Last night before going to bed took a picture of another nice sunset.  The sunset with the silhouette of the hills and trees is quite the site.  Shortly after leaving the campground I saw a sign that warned of winding roads for the next 99 mile.  I didn’t think they were too bad.  I wonder what Judy thought?  Had scattered showers today.  I think I found almost all of the scatters.  Lucky they didn’t last for more than about 5 milles at a time.    Saw some unique hillsides today.  It’s funny how you cross from one state to another and you can almost immediately see drastic changes of landscape.  Passed by a runner today who was pushing a stroller.  We had seen him earlier in our trip.  Once in the Lewiston area and also while we were camped in Kamiah.  I stopped to talk with him.  Asked if he was hungry and he said “Yes, I am always hungry.”  Judy was parked just up the road waiting for me with sandwiches so we offered him some also.  His name is Bjorn and he is from Sweden.  His stroller carries all his supplies.  He is running from Westport, Washington to Tybee Island, Georgia.  He runs 33 miles a day and mostly camps in hotels.  I have been seeing the river for sometime now and there are quite a few rapids along it.  Saw some kayakers going down the rapids.  Looks like fun.  Maybe another vacation?  They ride the rapids along the Lochsa River and the usual ride is about 9 miles.  One kayaker told me that people from all over the world come here to ride the rapids.  And for all my Postal friends…being a retired mail carrier I could not resist this sign.  There is actually a Post Officed Creek.  Saw the creek, but looked all around and could not see any post office.  Oh well, mail my postcards later.  Did get to see quite a bit of wildlife today.  This one deer actually stopped in the middle of the road and gave me that ‘deer in the headlights’ look.  As soon as my camera clicked, he dashed into the woods.  And what is that I see across the river?  SNOW!  I was hoping I wasn’t going to see much of that on this ride.  It’s getting cold up here!  Entered Montana,  Saw signs of Wecome to Idaho, Welcome to Montana, Entering Mountain Time Zone and I know I crossed the Continental Divide but I never saw the sign.  Saw a group of Llamas relaxing in the sun.  They have their fur coats on.  Also saw quite a few elk.  (Sorry I had to take their picture on the run and it’s kinda blurry!)  All in all a good days ride.  Tomorrow we will go to Missoula and visit the Adventure Cycling Office.  That is where I got my maps from.  So until then…Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy      http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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April 25, 2010

Saturday, April 24th, still enjoying our stay at Lewis-Clark RV Resort in Kamiah, Idaho.  Finished up our laundry today and went back to Sacajawea Cafe for dinner again.  Last night I had the Prime Rib and Judy had the Fried Catfish.  Both were very good.  They also have a frybread that is delicious…warm with homemade raspberry jam.  The waitresses Heidi and Rose were very friendly.  Tonight Judy ordered the Beef Ribs and I ordered the Lumberjack hamburger & Fries.  The hamburger was two 1/3 lb patties with Pepperjack cheese, Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, Ham and Bacon.  The fries were coated with a beer batter and fried.  They were surprised I finished it all!.  Judy’s ribs were also delicious.  They were cut right off of the Prime Rib we had last night.  They have a motel here and individual cabins as well.  The prices are very reasonable.  If you’re looking for a place to get away to…this is it!!   They have some wild life here also.  If they see you coming they will chase you down hoping for a handout.  Tomorrow morning we set out again for another day of adventure.  So until then, Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy     http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23rd.  It’s been a few days since I have last written because I have no internet service at times.  Remember, even when I have no internet service you can still go to my website and track me on my GPS SPOT.  It is always working and shows where I am all the time I am riding.  I will catch you up from the first blog you missed and will end with today’s blog followed by all the pictures as they occured.

Tuesday, April 20th:  I went with Judy as she drove across the bridge to Washington to get the tire replaced on the motor home.  I waited with her until it was done to make sure everything was ok.  They had the tire replace very quickly and it was not as expensive as we had expected.  (about $300).  After the tire was replaced and paid for Judy drove me back to the bridge on the Washington side by Maryhill.  The weather is cooler than it has been the last couple of days and looks like it could rain.  The day started out well.  Easy hills and a great tail wind.  And sure enough…25 miles down the road the rain caught up with me.  Guess I wasn’t pedaling fast enough.  The rain wasn’t too bad.  I only had my windbreaker on and barely noticed the rain.  Took a picture of the river from the Washington side.  The traffic on this side of the road is very light but seems to have a few more rollies.  Saw my first center-pivot in action since I have been on this ride.  Probably see a few more before my ride is over, especially when I get into farming areas.  I took a different route than Judy for about 15 miles.  I don’t think she could have followed me through this tunnel.  It was neat riding through it and seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel”.  Found a place to camp for the night.  It is a campsite near Wallula Lake.  It is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers and is free to use up to 14 days.  There are no hookups, but that’s alright…we’ll be leaving in the morning.  Even though the ride today did not start until 10:15AM I was still able to get 96 miles by around 5:30PM.  Now it’s time for dinner and relaxation until the ride tomorrow morning.  So until next time…Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

Wednesday, April 21st.  This is our second day with no internet service.  Posting of our blogs have to wait until we have internet service or a wi-fi connection.  In the meantime you can still track where I am on my ride by going to the website and clicking the ‘where am I?’ button.  Today the skies are very dark and looks like rain.  I will put on my rain gear just in case and start riding.  There is a very strong wind today and it happens to be a tailwind.  As I was leaving Oregon for the last time I came upon a ‘Welcome to Washington’ sign.  As I looked behind me the ‘Welcome to Oregon’ sign was also there.  It is amazing how I can stand in one spot and take a picture of both signs and see such a drastic change of landscape.  I didn’t always have a tailwind today.  Sometimes while going around bends in the road I would get caught in crosswinds that can make keeping the bike straight and out of the car lanes difficult at times.  After going through the town of Walla Walla and all through the countryside were miles and miles of onion fields.  It looks just like large clumps of bright green grass and is grown in fields and on the hillsides as well.  Judy  said it was time to empty  the sewer in our motor home so I found a Lewis & Clark State Park campground for her.  She was not happy as she thought the roads were too narrow and she had a hard time getting through.  Silly me, I thought there was plenty of room when I rode my bike through there.  We did get the sewage dumped and headed back on our way.  Still having mostly tailwinds and no rain drops at all.  After 90 miles of cycling found a nice wide spot in the road on Hwy 12 with a center pivot across the street in an onion field.  We are about 20 mile or so west of Pomeroy, WA and not sure what lies ahead so we will spend the night here.  So until next time…Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

Thursday, April 22nd: Before retiring for the night Judy had me take a picture of the sunset as it set behind the hills. I have to admit it is a beautiful sunset. Got up early this morning after a night of what sounded like gale force winds. It was a good thing we had the back of the motor home facing the wind otherwise we might have been rock and rolling all night. It was pretty cloudy and still very windy but I didn’t think it looked like rain so I only wore my windbreaker. About 2 or 3 miles down the road the rains started. I figured I was too far to turn back now, so I kept riding. About an hour later Judy showed up and pulled into a parking area just ahead of me. I got in and we waited the rain out for about 2 hours. This time I put my rain gear on and headed on down the road. It never rained again the rest of the day and the skies only got clearer the farther I rode. Stopped in an RV camp called Hell’s Canyon Resort to get the best option for the direction to travel. Thought about whether or not to stay but it was still early and wanted to get a few more miles in for the day. They offered to let us dump our sewage and fill with water, but since we had just recently dumped we just filled our fresh water tanks and headed on our way. Judy took the main highway and I cycled through the town until both paths came together. Crossed over into Idaho today and took a picture of the road that lay ahead. Lots of hills and nice roads. Mostly tailwinds all day. As I reached the summit of one hill I saw a sign that said steep downhill next 5 miles. It was about a 6 or 7 percent grade with very nice roads, very little traffic, no intersections and a strong tailwind. What more could you ask?  After the 5 miles it was still a downhill grade only not as steep for at least another 10-15 miles. Finally caught up with Judy parked on the side of the road again. Checked in with her and she sent me ahead to see if I could find a nicer spot to spend the night. About another 5 miles up the road was a little area where they allow over night parking for up to 14 days. It is at Gibbs Eddy along the Clearwater River. Today I cycled 70 miles and we are in Idaho between Lewiston and Orofino. Looking forward to another day of riding tomorrow, and until then….Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy      

 

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Now we are up to today, Friday, April 23rd.  Today’s ride was only 53 miles.  Total cycling mileage for this week of riding is 388 miles giving me a total of 1785 miles for the first 4 weeks of cycling.  A beautiful day.  Cold, not much wind and mostly a gradual elevation gain.  Judy made reservations for us to stay at The Lewis & Clark RV Resort in Kamiah, Idaho.  Todd and Kristy were working there.  Kristy said she had seen me the other day in Lewiston and honked at me because she had seen Judy’s RV earlier behind me.  It was time for us to do laundry again and showers didn’t sound that bad either.  Because we were doing the bike ride for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, they said we could stay 2 nights for just $5.00 to cover the cost of electricity.  On the way here today had quite a few views of the river, the roads were very nice but sometimes narrow bike lanes.  Traffic was very courteous to me.  Sometimes drivers go way out around me even when I don’t think it is necessary.  On the way into Kamia saw a house all decked out with gnomes and other lawn ornaments.  Quite festive looking.  Planning on having dinner at the Sacajawea Cafe which is at the campsite.  The menu tonight is either Prime Rib or Catfish.  I think we’ll make this stop one of our mini vacations.   Remember that this ride is being done to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  All donations can be made by going to our website at http://www.jacobsonexpress.com.  And until next time….Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy

  

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April 23, 2010