Day 18: Hope, BC to Lynnwood, Washington; Melancholy and Motorcycling; Lost Zen; Onto the Pacific Ocean! Trip Total: 4593 miles (7391 kilometers) so far.
Hope, British Columbia really was a nice town. Great town center with a park, shops and restaurants. I liked it. Until the three buses of tourists showed up. They are certainly welcome to do that but it changed the ambiance of the town quickly. I had a nice breakfast at Sharon’s Diner and then Big Red and I skedaddled.
But I felt road weary. I wasn’t as happy. Big Red wasn’t as happy. My lovingkindness was getting harder to conjure up. I had flat out lost my Zen. These 18 days have been the longest continuous ride I’ve had without a layover somewhere. Two years ago I rode to California (you can read about it in this blog) but the whole trip was 18 days, I did less miles, and I took a day off in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Yesterday, I only managed about 150 miles because I felt I needed to stop more. I’ve got another 1200 miles to go until I get to LA.
But for today, I’m heading for the Pacific Ocean. I’ve been known to get lost but even I can’t miss the Pacific Ocean! So I set a modest goal of getting to a little town called Seaside, Oregon; 200 miles down the road. I’ve already booked a room one block from the ocean. If I like it there, I may take a day off. Try to get my Zen back. And Big Red’s.