Rain and Surf
Oregon is known for rain, but what we experienced when we left Portland was off the charts. All of the rain that was hitting the area for the past several days was from the remnants of a typhoon that had rolled across the Pacific Ocean and slammed the northwest coastline. It had rained several days prior to our scheduled departure and the forecast was for more of the same for the remainder of the week. Our options were to ride through it or delay our departure with the hope the forecasts were wrong and the skies would clear in a day or two. Like all good adventures, we decided to get on with it and headed out in the rain.
We got up bright (actually it was still dark) and early Monday morning to start our 610-mile ride to Elk Grove, California. After saying good bye to Karie (Omar’s significant other) we headed off on the first leg of our adventure. We no more than got started when the skies seemed to open and the rain started coming down in buckets. Riding in the rain is typically no big deal as long as you don’t go too fast, but the first two hours getting out of the Portland metro area was really stressful. The situation was compounded by the fact that it was still dark and morning rush hour traffic was getting underway. It wasn’t until we got to Eugene that the intensity of the rain started to lighten up. Even then the rain continued off and on all to the way to Redding, California. After that it was pretty clear sailing to our stop in Elk Grove.
Elk Grove, which is a community on the south side of Sacramento, was where we met Dora our Couch Surfing host who was kind enough to sponsor us for a night. For those who are not familiar with it, Couch Surfing is where a host offers their couch or spare bedroom for travelers to sleep for a night or two. It is all facilitated by an internet social media site that allows registered host and guests to connect with one another.
Dora is a really sweet gal that has two terrific children and a very lovely home she was willing to share. Like us, Dora has an adventurous spirit. She loves hiking, backpacking and has a motorcycle to boot. Her offer of a warm house and comfortable beds for the night was great relief after our long and sometimes stressful ride from Portland.