Portland to Brownsville and Eugene!

  

Thank you, Portland for everything! We were happy to move on and experience Brownsville, the oldest town in Oregon which is where I had breakfast and a coffee with the Mayor. A city councilwoman showed me the art center as well. Apparently, it is where they filmed Stand by me. A lot of people come from all around the world to celebrate it once a year in the summertime. It was a small and quaint town, above is the picture of Adley talking to the Mayor.

 

We rode through a trail for much of the ride. Went swimming in a cold river too!

 

We rode through Salem on the way to Eugene and found ourselves in the midst of a Pokemon battleground, or gym as the kids call it. We were laughing so hard at the game because it was the first time we had seen it in action, and the first time that some people in our crew actually knew how big the game was. This was a memorable moment!

Our first night in Eugene we played at Vanilla Jills which was an ice cream shop that had a venue in the backyard of the shop. We had a great turnout with tons of people dancing. It was epic!

 

  

We stayed at a cooperative in Eugene that was about a block long but all the houses did not have fences. Instead, they took down the fences and built homes, tiny houses and gardens. It was a flourishing community and we were so excited to stay there. Complete with a fish pond, treehouse and more! I feel so thankful I was able to stay there and meet such beautiful people, living out their dreams.

  

  

Our second show was Eugene was so much fun, playing at the park for the Sunday street closures. Lots of people that supported bicycles. We stayed at a cooperative that hosted all 18 of us. We gained Sierra and Robyn during this time and Mike Cobb and Kelly came by too! The street closure was about 10 city blocks wide and there were so many families and people out enjoying the community. I guess they pick a different street each month of summer to be apart of the street closure. I say they pick some streets and do it year round! Amazing!

  

We had two big sponsorships come through in Eugene. The first was Nutcase helmets that donated a bunch of colorful and different style of helmets. The other was a party in my pants which are reusable menstrual pads for women. All gear donated and we were so happy to be supported by them both! Thank you!

 

 

 

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Olympia to Portland – 1 month stong

Goodbye Olympia! We had three days to ride to Portland and took about 45 miles each day. We wanted to get to Portland for the weekend!

 

Olympia was really beautiful with a lot of rivers and trees!

 

 

 

Here is the group at the welcome Oregon sign. There was an epic bridge that we cycled over and actually just a weekend after the famous Seattle to Portland ride so there were still singing on the ground welcoming riders and showing them the way.

   

Our first show we played at was for Velo Cult a brewery and bicycle shop. Yes, a bicycle shop with beer and a venue. It was the perfect setup for us, and quite hard for us as it was the first show we had inside. The sound was overwhelming but we learned a lot.

Our second show was at the Sunday street closure for only bicycles and pedestrians! No cars and it was magical. I walked on stilts and there were children that were learning how to stilt walk as well. It was amazing because they were staring at me with awe and loved my sparkle pants.

 

The third show we had was thanks to my friend Sarah Vitort who hooked us up with the Jade lounge. It exactly the show that we needed as the whole group came together and we tried some new songs. We even had one of the original pleasant revolution riders, Kipchoge come and play with us. Incredible night and I had another family member show up and stay the whole time! What wonderful surprise it was! I also got to see an old friend, Andy Vu. It was fun to see him again.

 

Portland was great, we spent about 4 days there and had a blast. Shout out to Mike Cobb and Kelly for hosting us at their home. It was a great place to call home and we enjoyed watching Mike fix bikes all day! Ah!