Monday, June 7, 2010
Day 8 Portland to Centralia (101 Miles)
Don't worry loyal fans. I am back. For all those non-loyal fans who read my dad's post, I'll remember that. I heard there was an uproar in the blogging community over the fact that my dad wrote a post but he begged and I was starting to get typer's fingers anyway(it's a rare typing disease). The NBA Finals game was also on. Go Celtics! Special thanks to Ray Allen for destroying the Lakers. Anyways, here it goes-
I would like to start off by saying I am not a fan of downtown Portland, especially with a Suburban that has a bike attachment on the back. The guys woke up at the usual time today and took full advantage of the hotel's complimentary made to order omelets and breakfast. After breakfast the dudes came back to the room, got ready, and I drove them to a little outside of Downtown Portland so they could start their ride safely. I then went back and made a visit to Voodoo Doughnuts (see pic), a famous doughnut place in downtown Portland that was shown on the travel channel. You might want to Google it just to check out the menu, it's pretty sweet. [Side note- On the way back to the hotel I saw the mom from the TLC show Little People Big World driving around.] After packing up and checking out I spent 20 minutes trying to find a parking spot in Downtown Portland so that I could buy some BioFreeze, the magical elixir of life that heals all pain. Eventually I picked some elixir up then met up with the guys on the border between Washington and Oregon for a lunch break and to share some Voodoo Doughnut treats (As the team's unofficial nutritionist this was probably not a good idea, but they tasted too good to waste).
Double side Note?!?!- [No offense to Oregonians but I was happy to be in Washington: I was tired of Forrest Gump rain, having people pump gas for me into my car, and semi-trucks that were carrying logs. However, I really enjoyed the stop at the Azevedo's, it made up for the rest of Oregon's downfalls. Zach added that it was too green in Oregon with an excessive amount of photosynthesis]
After lunch I drove ahead and stopped for the next break and fell asleep in the car on the side of the road, so much for reading when I had extra time. The guys woke me up about an hour and a half later for the 2nd break of the day. My Dad and Zach then took off for the home stretch to Centralia. I went ahead and got the hotel ready for the aching bodies of the bikers. More importantly, I spotted the stores around Centralia and I'm pretty sure there is a Nike Outlet store here so I am definitely going to visit that tomorrow morning. For dinner we went to some sushi place that had an all you can eat sushi buffet. Zach and I got the sushi buffet and I am pretty sure we put them out of business. Sorry I'm not sorry.
The guys are very physically tired, but they said the ride today wasn't bad in regards to weather and elevation. Zach is giving the old man an intense massage right now (looks painful) and I am suppose to give Zach one in a bit (suppose to). Only 2 more days left and then we're done. So pray for us as we hit the homestretch, the riders are pretty warn out. Thanks to everyone! (Even the non-loyal readers, you know who you are). Also, Go Celtics! Big pivotal game tomorrow.