Seattle to Portland day 1

It gets light pretty early in Seattle and Vern had us up, fed and out the door by 6:00 am this morning.
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As early as we left we were clearly no where close to first out, maybe not in the first 2 or 3 thousand. By the time we got to the REI rest stop there were thousand roaming the grounds.
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The weather was cloudy and a little misty until noon. The lines were long everywhere I guess that’s to be expected with 10,000 riders.
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Vern was the only one of us that had any problems today. He had a flat but luckily it had within a few yards of a rest stop so he was able to get plenty of help from Neal.
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Neal was able to talk Vern through the repair process.

Even after 80 miles we still felt strong and dealing with thousand of other riders in close quarters didn’t take away from the fun.
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After 120 miles we finished our day where Vern grew up.20120714-194125.jpg20120714-194105.jpg

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