Taking a break at the city limits of historic Astoria OR.

U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 62 from Manzanita OR to Astoria OR (God Hitched a Ride Today)

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

41 miles – Total so far: 3,234 miles

God hitched a ride with Surly Pearl and me today. After a couple days of ever-so-slight pessimism, I woke up with a sparkling new attitude, despite the dreary weather forecast. My iPhone weather app subtly predicted a day of 90% rain shower chances, from sunrise to sundown. As I left Manzanita OR at the break of dawn, the rain seemed to be somewhat at bay, but instead of a downpour I was only greeted with a couple of significant climbs, right out of the chute. The payment for the climbs were some of the most spectacular mountain and ocean views of this tour, and I spent a fair amount of time resigned to the absolute awe of my surroundings. And to top it off, as I began the delightful descent toward Seaside OR, I noticed a chilly feeling on my back that I had not experienced on this tour. A rare, full-blown tailwind was fully intact, giving me the distinct feeling that I was in Heaven!

Beautiful scenery, rain-free riding, tailwinds, and a fresh perspective …. what more could I ask for. It was crystal clear that God had hitched a ride with me this morning just to remind me He’s large and in charge. Ironically, shortly thereafter, the rain kicked back in, and no worse for the wear, I frolicked with newfound energy the rest of the way into historic Astoria OR. A beautiful ride, a beautiful landscape, and ahem, a Riding Partner that assuredly brought it all together.

Today I learned that “Grace Happens”! (I think that would make a great bumper sticker.)

It’s All Good.

Magnificent scenery looking back down at Manzanita OR.
Magnificent scenery looking back down at Manzanita OR.
Beautiful mountain passes and climbs after leaving Manzanita OR.
Beautiful mountain passes and climbs after leaving Manzanita OR.
Taking a break at the city limits of historic Astoria OR.
Taking a break at the city limits of historic Astoria OR.
The incredible Astoria Bridge.
The incredible Astoria Bridge.
Selfie at the incredible Astoria Bridge.
Selfie at the incredible Astoria Bridge.

 

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