(Day 53) On conversations and "canyon" carving...
I am still processing that conversation. So many ideas, so many threads to bring together and build on in ways that will contribute to the effectiveness of my work. Thanks so much Tom! I do hope that you get to come to the IPCA meeting in London and we have a chance to connect face to face again! I so enjoyed my time with you!!
With Tom rushing off to another meeting I headed to Dallas Oregon to meet Dr. John Choppala who was introduced to me by a fellow Couchsurfer, Marce Williams. Marce was unable to host me and she suggested that John offer to host me. By the time John had contacted me I was comfortably situated with Rick and Joanne Scharer in the poolside cottage. This morning I recieved another email from John asking if I would be free for coffee. As it happened I would pass by Dallas, where his practice is located on my way to the Oregon Coast for one last ride... so I stopped in!
We had a great little visit talking about traveling and the people we have met along the way and what couchsurfing does in making the world a smaller place. John has family in India and travels internationally quite regularly. It was nice to meet you John and I trust that you will be blessed with more adventures in the future!
I had a moment of panic while in Dallas! I went to go into a store and when I went to get my wallet out of my tank back it was no where to be found! What a panic!! Unbeknownst to me I had picked the wallet up inside of ball cap and it was there - under the ball cap on my seat!!! Crisis averted!!!
I also stopped at an audiologist office in Dallas and picked up some filters for my hearing aid - I had forgotten to pack them... duh! I wasn't sure I would find them as in Amherst they have to order them in... low and behold... the office I stopped at had them in stock and I was good to go!!
Reaching Lincoln City I soon discovered that there was an onshore wind and an incoming tide! This meant I got to see some amazing surf! I stopped at a number of places for pictures and just to enjoy the view.
Interesting fact: in Oregon all the Pacific Coast beaches are public. I saw a picture in the State Capitol of the Governor that brought this law into effect - its a huge portrait of him wearing a suit standing with one foot in the forest and the other on the beach.
From "End of the Road" it was south to Siletz Bay and then Boiler Bay and Rocky Creek State Park. From sand to cliffs and then back to sand again at Beverly Beach. I kind of wish that I had stopped at the Agate Lighthouse - but it was such a chore... and its so warm when you stop...
At Waldport I stopped for a bite to eat just off the bridge at the Big Wheel Cafe (in business in the same location since 1949). The burger was good. The conversation with the daughter of the original owner was worth the price of the burger and then some. She was so full of stories about the community and the changes that have taken place, I could have spent all day listening to her! She reminded me of Molly from Molly's Reach... she must drive slow though... she told me I was three hours from Salem... it was three and I needed to be back for supper at six... so I made tracks on Highway 30!
What an awesome road. Just look at the twists and turns on this road! It follows a rive valley and hugs the mountainside for about sixty miles! The best sixty miles I have ridden this week!! What a state! Mountains and twisty roads to the east and the west! I could enjoy living here - at least for the roads!! Not so sure about the politics!!
Tomorrow it is eastward to Boise, ID where I will be staying with Couchsurfer Kent Johnson. From there it will be south into Utah... on the Sabbath Road...