Week Ten Stats

Week 10 Stats:

Starting city: Mitchell, OR

Ending city: Portland, OR

Total distance traveled: 198 miles

Total distance to date: 3596 miles

Days on the bike: 3

Days in Portland: 4

Average per day of riding: 66 miles

Shortest day: 56 miles

Longest day: 76 miles

Total money spent: $16

Average per day: $5.30

Number of sons CouchSurfing host Jennifer raised as a single mother: 7!

Delicious food at Jennifer’s: BBQ’d chicken, pasta salad, roasted corn, chips n’ salsa, and Dairy Queen Buster Bar! Next morning: sourdough pancakes, eggs, homemade granola, and chai tea (and pasta, chicken, and granola to go!)

Terribly good movie seen with Jennifer’s sons: Conan the Barbarian (the one, unfortunately, without Arnold)

Best pickup line, courtesy of Conan: “I live, I love, I slay and am content.”

Bike riding at the bottom of a thousand foot canyon: Check mark symbol

Elevation change between Madras and Government Camp, OR: 2500 ft.

Description of my CouchSurfing host Geoff’s town, Government Camp: Quintessential ski village

Geoff’s international history: Lived in Saudi Arabia, went to boarding school in Switzerland, speaks German, has visited most of Western Europe (including several Oktoberfests), and has backpacked across New Zealand (and can’t wait to go back)

Food consumed at Geoff friend’s Lia’s party: Steak, teriyaki chicken, bean n’ broccoli salad, strawberry shortcake, and Lia’s original chocolate-dipped potato chips (with choco-chips to go!)

Rivers crossed into Portland: 1, the Willamette, thankfully less intense than the Mississippi crossing

Nights spent at JET friends Taylor and Julie’s apartment: 3

Katherine’s picked up at the airport: 1

Coffee shops in Portland: a bajillion

Parks in Portland: a forest’s worth…literally, the city parks are forests

Voodoo doughnuts consumed: “No Name” – Raised yeast doughnut with chocolate frosting, rice krispies and peanut butter, and a quarter of Taylor’s Mango Tango (I originally went for Old Dirty Bastard, but the bastards weren’t available)

Awards won in 4 player Pac Man at Ground Kontrol Arcade Bar: Most Games Won (actually, I tied with Julie at 2 games each; Taylor won 1 game…and Katherine ate 2 items)

Impression of Portland: Beautiful, green, young, and most definitely Portlandia


4 responses to this post.

  1. you say “katherine ate two items” like it’s something to be ashamed of! it’s hard to be so bad at pac man. sheeesh.


  2. Posted by Angie Maher on September 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    hey brandon…let me know when you’ve reached the end of your journey! i’d like to do a short story for the website/newsletter. thanks! –angie at AFTD


    • Posted by bcline909 on September 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      hi angie! I finished the trip – made it to Portland, OR about 3 weeks ago and am now back in Charlottesville, VA! I still have a few more posts to write, but let me know if you need any info for the short story – my email is bcc9t@virginia.edu. thanks!


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