Day 0 - Astoria OR
It’s Opening Day!!
Prepping and planning complete. It’s time to start the 2018 edition of America by Bicycle’s Across America North. The crew has changed a bit this year. We have 5 returning members with one new addition. Judy Clawson will head up the team as tour leader with Pam Shedd assisting with on-road logistics. Rob Leeson has been promoted to lead mechanic with Robin Crandall joining us for the first time as the assistant wrench. Karen Bauer returns as lead SAG coordinator with Deana Acklin assisting and rounding out the team. It’s an energetic group and we’re all excited to back together again for the 2018 season.
We offered an early registration yesterday. Approximately half of our riders took advantage of early registration. Most of the remainder showed up first thing on this morning, giving the staff time in the afternoon to make last minute adjustments to vans, trailers and orientation notes. 40 bikes assembled, helmets checked and riders registered. Riders headed out on their own for the traditional ceremonial wheel dip in the Pacific Ocean at Fort Stevens State Park.
Staff had time for a quick breath and then it was off to orientation with participant introductions, daily routine overview, logistics, safety talk, and route rap. The day closed with our first group dinner at a local restaurant. The real work starts tomorrow as we head out of Astoria to Saint Helens. Time to rest...