As many of you know I like to work on bikes......as in "bi"cycles. Almost everyone we come across in our mobile community has at least one bike, if not two. Often those bikes are carried on the back of their towed vehicle, or hang on the back of a trailer, or motorhome. When in camp they usually sit outside in the elements. I am always drawn to these bikes.....it's as if they are calling to me asking for a little TLC....a little rust removal, a little lube, a few adjustments. I don't condemn those who transport their bikes in this manner, after all not everyone chooses to pull an enclosed trailer in which to store their bikes as we do. I have that particular luxury, but if everyone did what I do then there would be no bikes on which to work. Nina and Paul (Wheeling it) carry two Trek comfort bikes with them, and as is usually the case they spend most of their life outside in the elements. The other day Nina rode her Trek to "work" at the lighthouse and I noticed a little rust here and there. When she stopped by the coach on her way home I offered to "tune" the bike up for her, and she gladly accepted, and left her aluminum steed in my care.
I have to say, I have been through a long dry spell when it comes to people letting me work on their bikes. The last bike I worked on was Debby's (Bill and Debby's Wild Ride) "Townie" bike way, way back in late May.
We awoke to clearing skies Monday (first Saturday) morning, and the wind was again out of the north, which explained the aforementioned clearing skies. I was in the "bike shop" by a little after 9 and "deep into the weeds" on Nina's Trek by half past. I don't always take bikes completely apart when I tune them up, but this day just felt like one of those days, so I went for it. By 10:30 the trailer was littered with bike components in various stages of cleaning, lubing, greasing, etc., and by Noon the bike was back together looking like it had just rolled out of the showroom. Well made bikes with good component groupos are easy to clean up, and Nina's Trek was no exception.
Then it was time to take a shower and get ready to drive into Bandon, OR (about 28 miles north of Cape Blanco) to do some "junking", shopping, and eating.....in that order. We had plans to meet up with the "gang" at Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant in Bandon at 5:30 for an early dinner, but TLE and I wanted to do a little exploring so we left at 2 pm.
Our first stop was at a very cool "thrift store".....at least that was the sign that caught our attention......this was really a very cool "junk" store, and we both loved it......we spent close to an hour exploring, and will definitely go back.
Then it was on to Ray's Food Place to buy a loaf of bread, but it turned out to be a little more than that.........