Day 1, Oregon
July 15, 2010 - Departure from home
Jenny drove me to the airport, where I checked-in my bike box and one bag. Then I flew to Eugene, Oregon and took a shuttle to the coastal town of Florence.
When I pulled the bike out of the box, I found that the airlines had damaged the front fork. The aluminum dropouts were bent, so that the wheel would not go on.
I have been asked why I didn't take this up with the airlines. The reason was I'm not the type that blames others for things. Instead, I take personal responsibility. If the airlines damaged my bike, it was only because I didn't pack it well enough. (I packed it well, but not well enough, it seems.) And because I was now on journey, and didn't have time for messing with the airlines. I needed to repair the bike without delay.
I found a bike shop in town, and the nice people there repaired the bike that afternoon. The bike got a new fork, and while I was at it, new and wider tires (28mm) to replace the old ones.
That done, I pedaled out to the beach, and back, for a nice 10-mile warm-up.
On the beach with a howling wind.
Back in Florence, I stopped at a Mexican restaurant.
Miles pedaled today: 10