Randle, WA to Eugene, OR – Back to the start

Hello!

I’m back in Eugene as of last Saturday. After I hit Mount Saint Helens, I decided to book it for home, heading west of Mount Hood and down the Willamette Valley rather than crossing into Central Oregon and finding the Oregon Outback Route. There was an event that went poorly (http://www.oregonbikepacking.com/the-death-of-the-oregon-outback/) a few weeks back, and the status of the route is questionable right now.

Mount St. Helens from the backside.
Mount St. Helens from the backside.

I didn’t take many pictures the last few days. I don’t know why. I just forgot.

Into Eugene, I did the most mileage I’ve ever done over 5 days (~600km) and the last day I did the most I’ve ever done in a day (9.5 hours and exactly 200km). So close to home, I began to get a little eager to finally get off the road. Now that I’m here, it’s so nice to not have to worry where I’m going to sleep tonight, or where my next meal is going to come from. I guess you could call it finishing off the final bit of reverse culture shock that started when I got to Seattle.

I cross the the PCT a few times.
I cross the the PCT a few times.

My total distance for these combined adventures was just over 7,200km, or about 4,500 miles. If I could, I’d do it all again. And then do it again. I love this way of traveling, through all the emotional and physical ups and downs. Here are a few selected favorite photos from the months.

Favorite picture from Patagonia.
Favorite picture from Patagonia.
A favorite from the end of the Carretera Austral in Chile.
A favorite from the end of the Carretera Austral in Chile.
Favorite river crossing in Patagonia.
Favorite river crossing in Patagonia.
Best of Thailand.
Best of Thailand.
One of my favorite pictures from Vietnam.
One of my favorite pictures from Vietnam.
Another favorite from Vietnam.
Another favorite from Vietnam.
Favorite spot in the Northwest.
The North Cascades, my new favorite spot in the Northwest.
Favorite picture from the Northwest.
Favorite picture from the Northwest.

As I will not be blogging my job search or other things I do in Eugene, this concludes my travel blog for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along! A huge thank you to everyone who has read it over the months that I’ve been on the road! Doing these posts sort of gave structure to my life for the trip, and it was cool to know that there’s always been an audience out there for my postings.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at bryanmkevan@gmail.com. If you’re considering a bike tour but don’t know where to begin the planning stages, I’d be happy to help!

Thanks again, and safe travels!

Bryan

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