Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

A day filled with mixed feelings and emotions.  Fully rested, fully packed, bikes are mounted… but are we truly ready to go?  That is the question of the day.

We got on the road at about 9am.  The fog from the day before had risen to a few hundred feet, so today we actually felt like Superman with super vision.  Unfortunately though, we only lined the beach a few times the first 20 minutes of the day before we diverted inland.  We took the more scenic route over Highway-18 through the mountain to Tigard, OR before getting on Interstate-5.  We seem to be driving slowly today, in no rush, and not talking very much.  Both of us are simply trying to get everything straight in our heads.  Jerry thinking about his retirement coming soon, and Greg thinking about just the opposite… getting his career on the way.  Greg has the idea of what he is chasing and had plenty of time to think about it on this trip, but he isn’t talking much about it yet!

All set for our last ride (on THIS trip)

All set for our last ride (on THIS trip)

A few hours in, we started driving by the Columbia River and the first thing Jerry says is… “Is THAT the OCEAN?!?” After yesterday’s fog, this might as well be the ocean because we wouldn’t recognize the difference!  Yet.  No traffic today (except for the I-5 Bridge going up), no rain, no wind, no sun, just is an easy cruise to our final resting place (I mean, our destination).

Along the Columbia River (Marine Drive)

Along the Columbia River (Marine Drive)

We arrived home around 2pm and had a lovely, beautiful young woman waiting for us:

The Beautiful Couple reunited at last.

The Beautiful Couple reunited at last.

On the road for 40 days and 39 nights, and it’s time for a rest.  And tonight we’ll be celebrating the birthdays of two of those we love, and sleeping in the comforts of our own beds in the place we call home.  Life never ceases to be beautiful, am I right?

Mission Complete.

Mission Complete.