Santa Rosa to the Bay

We made it back home! Can you believe it? All the way from Seattle to Bellingham, Vancouver, Salt Spring, Victoria, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, Bainbridge Island, Seattle again, Olympia, Portland, Euegne, Brownsville, Coos Bay, Florence, Fort Bragg, Jenner, Santa Rosa, Sebastapol, and Oakland! 

  

The last couple of days were wonderful, annoying the last moments. We ended up staying at a geodesic dome in Sebastopol with a pool for Nates birthday. We had a beautiful brunch in the morning to celebrate and rode a couple miles to our Petaluma to play our Farmers Market show.

  

The show was incredible, we were overwhelmed with all of the food that we were gifted to the crew and we loved playing!

  

On our way home, we were lucky enough to go by Yuba bicycles headquarters in Petaluma and get a tour and talk to the people that work there. We test rode some bicycles. Two of our 10 extra cycles were from Yuba so we were happy to provide feedback and hang out with them.

  

For the final 20 miles we decided to take a ferry into San Francisco. We were able to fit all of our bicycles and it was my first time getting into San Francisco that way. We were all so excited to see the city and it felt so weird to see that familiar city skyline. It had not really sunk in until that moment for me. We are home. My bed is close by. We are not sleeping in tents anymore! It was a very strange feeling I can not quite describe it.

   

BUT! Our shows were still not over, we had two more to play and decided to stay together as a group at night to not end the energy or disperse. We played a Friday night gig at Oakland’s art walk called “First Fridays” and we had a 10 bicycle system instead of our typical 4. There was also a huge double decker bicycle called “El Arbol” or “The Tree” that lights up and is also a generator bicycle as well. It was a beautiful show and we had an incredible turn out.

   

The second and final show that we had was at PLACE for sustainability where we had all the acts of the tour play, and I even got to sing a song. It was a blast and we spent the night all together to keep the tour going! The next day, it was hard to part and felt very odd. I still can feel the feeling but not quite put it into words. Pedaling away from everyone after almost 3 months of being together anywhere from 10-2o people at one time. We really loved the tour, hanging out with each other all the time and playing music with one another. We are even talking about riding 6 months and playing shows in Europe 2018 summer and there are still more plans in the work for the future of the tour! Thanks for reading and following. This tour has been a blast BUT there is more to come so stay tuned.

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Jenner to Santa Rosa

     

Leaving the coast was a much-needed break from hills and from the dew filled air. The coast has such a dramatically different feel than even 5-10 miles inland. Jenner was beautiful, we met a man that owned the community center, and he let us stay at it. Everyone in the town of a population 136 was so nice and welcoming. The town lays at the mouth of the Russian River and is on the Pacific Ocean. The state route highway 1 runs through it, as well as the 116.

  

Typically heading inland there are a lot of hills, but to our surprise, we didn’t hit any! We passed through Guerneville and had a beautiful dip into the Russian River and had some lunch before hitting into Santa Rosa, wine country and lots of traffic and cars!

Santa Rosa was amazing, we got to stay with Carolyn’s brother, Sean. He had a house and he let us stay in his driveway with our tents. We played a show at the Santa Rosa farmers market. It was amazing, we had a lot of participation and her brother came as well. We did a little wine tasting, a lot of riding and the anticipation of arriving at home is at the forefront of our thoughts! We are really trying to enjoy every moment. Less than a week left!

  

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!

 

 

 

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!

  

Seattle to Olympia via Vashon and Tacoma!

 

Seattle was a lot of fun but also pretty exhausting! Tour is hard to balance between riding and playing shows. We find it hard to please everyone, but the balance of the group is wonderful because we have open communication and really enjoy spending time together. It is a pretty special group! So after our Mt. Baker show we rode to Vashon Island, we took the sunset ferry across the way. We joined with two Pleasant Revolution members Aaron and Colin who came with some crazy bicycles. Aaon on his tall bicycle and then colin on a tandem! It was fun to have them around, they contributed a lot and Aaron even bought our tickets for the Vashon ferry! So nice!

  

  

We had some friends on Vashon host us, and we had a beautiful night falling asleep to the orchestra of frogs and animals outside. The next morning I met for coffee with Alice, my old neighbor and friend of my mother’s that I grew up with. She lived next door to our cabin on paradise cove. It was great to catch up with her and get a coffee and treat. Later Michelle, Carolyn, Adley and I went to my mother’s grave and spent some time there. My bicycle flipped over at the grave site. It had never done that before. Of course, we had to got to the bicycle in the tree. The infamous and beautiful tree! I remember going there as a child and seeing the way the tree would change crushing the bicycle alive!

  

We rode through the island and that was so hilly! So many hills, I tried riding with “SUBrina”, our sub woofer that was made into a trailer. We took the ferry to Tacoma from Vashon and found ourselves in Tacoma at Point Defiance park. My friends Tyler and Robbie that I had met in Ecuador and then later cycled with Tyler last summer on the East Coast, were living in Tacoma. I decided to stay a night with them and we played in the park and enjoyed each others company. It was nice to be with them and enjoy some new friend energy!

 
 

The ride 35 miles was difficult as some times and it was just me. I enjoyed riding through the coast and the forest. Below is the Tacoma Narrows bridge that I find stunning!

 

 There is a octopus that lives underneath it, one of the largest in the world! The bridge at one point fell in an earthquake. Some of it is new, and there have been stories of orca whales that like to travel under the bridge!

 

 

The next day I cycled to Olympia alone maybe 35 miles and joined the group for our show in the Artesian square which had a water well that flowed right through the city. Fresh water you could fill up. Tyler and Robbie came to the show and it was so nice to have them there. The show was wonderful and we ended the day at a friends house and we camped on their front lawn. The capital of Olympia it was fun to experience it in a different way.

The Olympia show is below! Nice colorful mural behind was a great setting for us!

 

Here are some photos from the event thank you to Bunker for taking them for us!

 

 

Four Shows and Three days in Seattle!

 

  

We rode from Port Townsend to Seattle and I got to ride over the Hood Canal bridge. It was temporarily opened for a boat to go through so we were able to ride it without cars moving which is special considering it would have been a loud and polluted bridge with all those cars! Lots of trees and magic!

Seattle, Washington! Again!

Seattle was incredible and we were so happy to be back and in full action. For the three days that we were there, we had 4 shows and loved every moment of it. Sunshine, swimming, playing music and enjoying everything that Seattle had to offer. We covered a lot of ground and got to cycle all around the city. Above are the photos from our second show at Gasworks park one of my most favorite parks in Seattle. We did the last minute show there and the people loved it. We had a great show.

We found the crowd at Gasworks so wonderful and receptive to what we were doing, and that was an unplanned and last minute show. Goes to show its always good to have an open mind when booking shows and that you can always play something last minute. Below is a swimming hole we found with a rope swing on the Ballard locks.

 

The first show that we had is still my most favorite show that I have experienced. Partly because my whole Seattle community came! It was at Peddler Brewery with a bunch of picnic tables and a stage outside. My grandparents came, my dad and stepmom, brothers and sisters and cousins! It was a great show and I loved seeing my family on the bicycles and experiencing the whole show for the first time and after hearing so much about it!

The sweet Heather Perrea hosted us again and she had cleaned out her whole yard and we were able to have all (believe it or not) 18 people at her house! What a host huh? She was so special and accepted and loved having us and we couldn’t have done the Seattle weekend without her. Below is a picture of her pup, pepper who loved having us there as well! THANK YOU, HEATHER! We love you.

The next show was Outlander brewery and that was amazing, my friend Dragan hooked us up in the back patio on a Saturday night and we rocked an amazing show. My sister came out for some of it as well. I used to hang my artwork at the bar, it’s so nice to get support from friends for art, music, and projects.

  

Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and Beyond!

   

  

We arrived from the black ball ferry midday into Port Angeles from Victoria that took about one hour and 36 minutes on the ferry. Again, epic as we passed through the islands and through the US border and into the tiny cozy town of Port Angeles. Home of the Olympic and Hoh national rain forest it is where many people get their start before their trek into the forest.

    

   

We arrived in town and wanted to play a show so we asked a bar owner we met on the ferry if we could play at his bar. Two hours later we were on stage praise on the sidewalk and then later elevated on a second story stage that looked down upon the bar. At the bar called “next door,” we met a man who let us crash at his place less than a mile from downtown and the venue we were playing around. So many nice people along the way! Yipppeee! The outdoor sidewalk concert quickly turned into a full-on elevated stage venue inside and we played a couple hours on this stage that was on the second story looking down onto the bar. A pretty amazing venue.

We slept in the lawn of a friend and played music around the bonfire!

Next, we traveled next to Port Townsend and along the way we passed by squirm which is where my great aunt lives!

  

This part of the tour was super super super important to me. After my mother passed in 2007 I started using my mother’s last name as my artist name. Molly Aigner turned Molly Keen for my art and inspiration. I sign my paintings M. Keen and my mother has been with me through all my journeys and paintings. So meeting another Keen was amazing. She is a painter herself and signs her paintings M. Keen as well! What a blessing and amazing thing to have in common. We spoke of family and I heard stories I never had before.

  

I gave her a last minute call to see if he could have lunch or coffee and she agreed! Met me within ten minutes at the Mexican restaurant down from her home. What a gift! Her name is Marion keen and he is an artist and painter as well. He was married to my grandfather’s brother, Stan. What a beautiful reunion it was!

Marion let me know that she has a son and family in Port Townsend so I grabbed the number of her son, drew. The next morning after we camped at a clearing in the fleet and made a lovely fire. We stopped for gas at a gas station and sure enough, there came Pamela and Drew running to our group of cyclists and asking “Which one of you is Molly?”. They had found our group and the reunion was beautiful. The last time I saw them was apparently when I was only a couple of months old and I was at their wedding. They are Keen’s as well! I loved meeting them and getting to know them. I invited Pamela to our show and she came for the whole set with chocolate and gifts included! She was so sweet to connect with and just retired from working for the library for 25+years! What a treat it was to be able to get to know her!

The show was set on the water at a park and we had a great turnout. After the show, we rode another 5 miles to a friends house where we slept in the front yard. It was a great place to stay for the night and we were all super tired!

  

  

The next day we were in route to Seattle! We rode a different way from Port Townsend to the Edmonds ferry! I was able to ride early enough to get dinner with my family and enjoy Seattle! More to come on the Seattle shows that I have helped book and put together. It is going to be an amazing weekend! Stay tuned.