Today went from Portland to Astoria, on the coast.  The coast of Oregon is considered to be a rainy climate, much more so than Portland, which is separated by the Cascade mountains from here.  Lewis and Clark had rain on 52 out of 57 days they were here.  The area of Astoria is the western end of the Lewis & Clark trial, and the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies (hard to believe).  When Lewis & Clark first got to Astoria they thought they were at the Pacific itself, rather than upstream.  The closer they got to the Pacific, the more they noted that the water was “tempestuous and horiable.”  Today I biked those miles to the Pacific for the ceremonial dipping of the rear wheel into the Pacific to start the coast to coast journey. The wind seemed to be in my face. Both directions.  A picture of the wheel dip is attached.

The rear wheel in the Pacific…

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