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This is not a joke. In the craziest Crazy Scheme yet, I’m leaving my picture perfect mountain town existence and my charming position as a distillery tasting room manager to go into sales. I will be what is called a spirits broker in Southwestern Oregon. I won’t bore you with the details of this, as they are complex. State laws about how spirits are distributed vary from state to state. Just of think of me as a drug rep for booze. Rather than Viagra and Xanax, I’ll be pushing tequila and whiskey. Steve is coming with me. Not sure what he’ll get into. Here’s hoping he stays with bike work but there are rumblings he might return to the dark side of a “real job” as well.
Roadside snow drifts crowded the field as today’s stage wound through ancient lava flows and over a high mountain pass. As long time pro road cycling fans but brand spanking new road cyclists, Steve and I can’t help but share cheesy commentary about our own rides.
We’ve got road bikes, but no couch! We’re a half hour from Smith Rock! A town of 80,000 people shouldn’t have this many micro breweries!
While the dream of the nineties is alive in Portland, Bend is our high dessert, mountain dream town. Dismissed in our road trip of 2009 but with a second look, we’ve fallen hard. Even tossing around the H word; Home. Stay tuned for adventures as we settle down and get out the door and out of the van more than ever before. Living the dream!
Now on my third box of Puffs, nothing seems to stop the tidal flow from my nasal marshland, occasionally I hit upon a combo of cold medicine that for a moment gives me hope but it lasts only a moment and I’m back creating a snowy pile of bedside tissues. The coughing has abated enough that it no longer leads to throwing up but I still find myself doubled over heaving like a pack a day granny but perhaps with a bit more gusto.
We’re on day ten of this misery. I say we in a nod toward my “in sickness and in health” partner. Bet he’d like to take that back. Poor boy is so patient. He tries to get me out and about, to explore this new place we’re trying to call home. I go along, barely hiding that I only have interest in a fresh ginger ale and reruns on Hulu.
“Toughen up! It is just a cold,” I told myself on days 1-8. “Don’t go to the doctor. DO NOT beg for antibiotics. Taking antibiotics is simply naughty. Don’t contribute to drug resistance.” Day 9 found me at the UTC lamenting my misery.
The nurse he didn’t care, reducing my tale of woe to, ” So a runny nose and cough?”
“Yes,” I said with a chastised slump.
The doctor was a bit more compassionate toward my complaints of aching gums and cough strained throat. Impressed she was that my nose didn’t look stuffy. A raging river does not stuff. A sinus infection diagnosed. Antibiotics and full octane Sudafed prescribed.
With hope restored I took my new meds, tucked in and waited to feel better. I woke this day ten as I have every morning through this cursed journey thinking, “Maybe just maybe….SUCKER.” Three steps out of bed and Granny Gusto cough returns and a river of raging…well you know.
It has been over two months since our last update. Two months! Seems updating our blog has taken a backseat to adventure, family, plotting, scheming and skiing. It is winter afterall. Thanks for checking in and stay tuned for more updates. Hopefully it won’t be another two months.
Mt Saint Helena looms large over wine country. Its 4,000 plus foot extinct volcano sitting at the northern end of Napa Valley. The mountain is a hulking mass with several summits straddling three counties. The north peak lies in Sonoma County and tops out at 4,344 feet. There is a fire road that meanders its way to the summits which are dotted with various communications towers. Its about a 10.6 mile round trip.
The allure of this peak is strong, not because it is some remote wilderness, but because it dominates the horizon almost anywhere you are in the Russian River Valley. I could see it from the winery, a reminder of where I’d rather be if I wasn’t racking juice. Jill and I hiked up Mt Saint Helena the other day. The views were spectacular. To the west, wine country socked in with clouds. To the east, clear for miles. The peak was balancing these two extremes most of the hike. It was a bit surreal.
Let me cut to the chase of this little trip report. I was wearing the same pair of shoes that I had worn up Mt Saint Helens just over a year ago. Chucked in the van at the end of our road trip last fall, these shoes lay in wait for about 10 months. I had totally forgotten about them until I returned from New Zealand. Still in good enough shape they made the journey to California and thus up Mt Saint Helena. The irony was much appreciated.
Stories, details and tall tales to come. Stay tuned…
Remember Blue? The clown car we bought when we arrived in New Zealand six months ago. Sometime ago we decided to sell it before we leave Gisborne. This started a search for a new car. We enjoyed taking our time with finding another set of wheels. Blue was bought in a jet lagged blur at a one day Auckland car fair.
After looking around at all Gisborne has to offer (insert small town joke of your choice here) there were two clear contenders. An old 4WD Mitsubishi van and an even older Toyota Surf (4 Runner). There aren’t many 4WD vans in the states. We saw a few in Canada and boy did Steve drool. Drool I tell ya. So soon as I heard of this not too shabby rig in Gisborne, I knew it would be ours. Another van. At least it already had curtains. But after much debate we or rather Steve, as I wanted no part of the indecision prior to the decision, decided the Surf suited us better.
It is good to be back in a big, beefy SUV, with serious tires, bull bar and acres of leg room. I’ll be humming the Scott Miller tune 8 Miles A Gallon all the way to South Island.