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Light posting this week

Mrs. Blog Central and I will be on vacation in decidedly rural Oregon this week, so posting and comment moderation will be spotty at best.  We’ll try to update the POW crew’s adventures as much as possible, but doing so will rely upon the availability of web access in places like Halfway and Frenchglen…

As partial compensation for the lack of daily updates, we humbly submit the following.

Thanks for your continued readership.  As of this writing, the POWC2C blog has logged 17,819 page views and 374 comments!  Not too shabby, I’d say.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Blog Central salutes all of the fathers out there, but especially Big M.P., who helped raise two strange critters into reasonably respectable gentlemen. Keep on spinning Dad – we love you!

Critter #1 - rabbit

Critter #1 - rabbit

Critter #2 - feral pig

Critter #2 - feral pig

Reasonably respectable gentlemen

Reasonably respectable gentlemen

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Chicken & Howard: These were taken during a ride up the infamous Cabbage Hill, which we did as part of our training for the ride across America.  The training is tougher than we were hoping for – we’re praying for the ride to be easier!

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Support Vehicles and Supplies

Marshall: My prep so far has been of the mechanical nature – making sure all mechanical aspects are looked at and replacing all parts that are suspect to being a brake-down possibility. U-joints, wheel bearings, belts, hoses, tires; servicing transmissions, the transfer case, front and rear differentials. All this is necessary to travel 10,000 miles without difficulty.

That was the pu, now for the trailer. We are pulling a 2002 Prowler Lite that is 25 feet long. It has the original tires on it. That is a concern! We will replace all four tires and have both axles packed at the same time. We will also do an oil change on the pu at this time. It is a Cummins and we change oil at 5,500 mile intervals, so we’ll have to change it once during the trip.

We are also getting food stuffs together – pots, pans, stoves, propane tanks and food staples bought in bulk (oatmeal, walnuts, craisins, paper plates, plastic wear, cups). All this has to be loaded as to be available, not buried under stuff. It takes some planning!

A few other questions: Which rig for food stuffs?  Which rig for tents, bags, parts, tools and the bike jack? Just some things I have been thinking about.

And a Power Monkey?

Sue P.:  A fun thing that I am bringing  is a Power Monkey eXplorer

A what?  It is a “solar slave”  power charger which I have velcroed onto my Camelbak hydration pack to gather energy from the sun in order to recharge my laptop, iPod and anything else that might need recharging on our trip.  It has numerous connector tips, so whatever the need, it will accommodate. We rode a 63-mile ride on Sunday and the little thing was in full charge after returning to the house!

We have been riding in every kind of weather that one might encounter –  sun (83), cold (42), rain, hail, and WIND. I guess the only thing that we have not encountered is snow and who knows…it snowed in the Blue Mountains last night.

We also bought a new tent. It says it is waterproof but I am going over the seams with a sealant just to be sure; then I have some spray for the walls as well.  I am sure I’m going overboard, but if anyone that is reading this thinks it is a waste of time, please get back to me before tomorrow, because it will be all done by then…

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The whole gang posing in front of the world-famous Pendleton Woolen Mills.

The whole gang posing in front of the world-famous Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Round-Up City greetings from Pendleton on Wheels!  We are a group of fun-loving folks from Pendleton, Oregon who will be riding our bicycles across the northern tier of the United States – 4,322 miles from Anacortes, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine – beginning in June and ending in August, 2009.

Along the way we will be blogging about our experiences and sharing lots of photos, so please check back often! (Or, for those who use RSS readers, consider syndicating our blog using the “Feeds” links on the upper-right corner of this page)

In the meantime, check out our Cast of Characters page for a closer look at the folks soon to embark on this grand adventure.

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