Coming back from Las Vegas in February & feeling pretty good about my biking, I was preparing myself to go on my dream tour of doing the Pacific West Coast bike route in late summer. But within 2 months things changed, & the whole world collapsed for me and my family.
My wife, Marlies, was not feeling well when we came back from Las Vegas & went to see her family doctor. After a few visits of seeing doctors and specialists she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than 5 months. All the plans we had for the summer came crashing down. The fun and the will to bike were gone, which naturally did not sit well with Marlies. Do your biking, go swimming, you can’t change what’s happening. Set up and sleep in your tent. Learn to cook simple meals on your camp stove. You’ve got everything here at home so grind your way thru it, until you feel comfortable with what you’re doing. everything had gone normally, she would have made a camp cook out of me by that summer. After 4 months she passed away quietly in her sleep in September, 2016.
It took me a while to find my way back to reality. Cooking, laundry, house chores, shopping. Now I had to do the work of three: Marlies, my own and the work we had done together.
In spring of 2017, in an attempt to get out of this sorry syndrome, I signed up with Darren Alff in order to get the best out of bicycle touring [Darren Alff – Pro http://www.bicycletouringpro.com]
Just to keep my mind busy I planned a week-long bike tour thru part of the upper North-West of Washington State for April. With the help of Darren, we laid out the tour together. I would bike from the Blaine Border crossing over to Whidbey Island, down to the Clinton Ferry crossing, then in Everett maybe catch the Amtrak back to Bellingham, where I would be picked up by a family member. But as it turned out, the last two days from Oak bay – Everett to Bellingham were very enjoyable to bike & I never ended up taking the train. In Bellingham I was picked up by my daughter and spent the night back in Canada.