12月28日早晨从拉斯维加斯起飞,29日傍晚到达北京。在三藩市机场转机时,差点丢了一包衣服,那是我们到达北京机场御寒的衣物,在JCPenny买的新哥伦比亚夹克。到了北京,感觉真冷,一出机舱门就已经感觉到了。等待提取行李的时候,旁边的人就说脚已经冻得冰凉了。出了机场,到北苑附近赴宴,临走时看见大厦外穿着大衣戴着帽子的保安,心里想,宁可去暖和的海南当个要饭的流浪汉,也不能在这么冷的天在北京当保安。到家和太太一起整理行李,算账,吃饭,睡觉。很长时间没有接触的硬板床,第一天晚上有点硌人。

今天中午去稻香村,一进去头就大了一号,里面人很多啊,到处都是排队的,大多是老年人。这阵势,只能默默走到一条短队伍的队尾,慢慢排着。买了酸豆角、雪里蕻、两样豆制品,25块多。一路上,净看人面相了,看面相,看身材,判断对方的精神状况和身体状况。实话实说,我观察到的大部分人身体状况,感觉都不怎么样。美国也一样,身体好的人,就跟特别有钱的人一样,都是少数。排队的时候,旁边一对夫妇走过,女的对男的说,你今天不能吃泥肠,估计是控制饮食呢。

 

Sold my wife's bike, and trailer in LA, 100 dollars.

Sold my bike in San Diego, 50 dollars.

 

Our west coast cycling and tour came to a big city.....Los Angeles. It is the biggest city on west coast. We took buses and metro rails. A lot of traffic, took bus 40 from union station to our hotel, 2 hours, and a lot of people on bus, overcrowded. My goodness. Bus driver was very nice.

Today I visited UCLA and USC. Both are impressive. UCLA is better than I expected. In my mind, a school like UCLA in big city could be overcrowded, but it is not that much. USC has a much smaller campus, with a lot of nice cruisers....

 

Yesterday and today when I look at the mirror, I noticed my shank and thigh got some impressive change. I am encouraged by the body change.

My shank looks like it has lost some useless fat, so the muscle looks much better than before.

 

1, Two Marmot softshells, same. Bought one in Portland at 70 dollars, and bought another one of same color and size in somewhere at 50 dollars of clearance, maybe Salem.

2, One Columbia blue-yellow jacket at 100 dollars at Corvallis. Have to mention I bought a pair of Columbia basic version shoes for my wife at 35 dollars. And she said it is very good.

 

We are in Coos Bay, oregon yesterday night and today. This morning it was drizzling continuously. After eating breakfast at Super 8, we went back to our room and looked at the rain outside.

Then one scene surprised me. One big buy with beard standing in the parking lot right out of our window, was holding a football and threw it out to somebody else. He saw me and waved to me. Who is he?

 

Yesterday we went to Cottage Grove to have a look at the covered bridges. Because of weekend, there are only two shifts of bus going there, one is in the morning, and another one is in the afternoon. During weekdays, there are 8 or 9 buses going there.

The new bus has new bike rack, hard to identity the release handle and do not know how to operate the tightening system. I took some time to figure it out, and the bus driver helped me to understand the system and load the bikes.

 

I am in Eugene now, just saw an interesting post on craigslist
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TO THE DICK WHO STOLE MY BIKE (18th & ferry)

 

Tuesday afternoon, October 30th, 2012.

Compare with Corvallis, Monmouth is a really small town, a half hour bus ride from Salem, the capital of oregon. After experiencing Monmouth, I called Corvallis big city. In my mind, Monmouth only has two streets, one is the road connecting highway No. 99, which we are riding on these few days. Another street is main street. Some shops and restaurants scattered along this super small town style street.

 

The reason I write English blog is my laptop down...The ipad we bought recently for makeshift of my laptop did not recognize the login antivirus number trick on desktop or laptop. So I came to the business center of Best Western. The computer did not work at first and I called front desk to have a look. Fortunately it started to work after restart and reconnect to the wireless internet. Both of my laptop and ipad suck, Apple and Gateway, I hate both of you. Apple, you are making a lot lot of money and sucking blood from a lot of people, sooner or later, you monster will die, and people will forget you just like Kodak. This is the curse I give to Apple. Apple is a good example about how capitalist cares only about money, not your convenience. Although it looks like convenience.

Today I visited oregon State University in Corvallis, oregon. It is a decent public university, which has about 26,000 students totally. I attended the campus tour with a father and his son from Denver, Colorado. Plus, the tour guide girl.

 

Bought a red Marmot softshell M2 a few days ago in Marshalls (Portland area) without any hesitation. Yesterday road tested. Works good, just the right softshell for me. Breathable, waterproof, and windproof.  $69.99. Medium size.

 

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饲料鸡

在波特兰停留了七天,参观了四所大学。第一天参观了两个学校,Portland State和Reed College,然后无目的闲逛,过了个好玩的周末,在波特兰公交Tri-Max黄线终点看了赛车,汽车赛车和自行车赛车。周一和周二各参观一所大学,University of Portland 和 Lewis and Clark College。今天将出发,先坐车出城到Oregon City,然后骑车二十多英里,去Woodburn。

七天没怎么骑车,只有第一天的两个学校都是骑车去参观的。越歇着,越觉得没劲。越休息,就越觉得松懈和无力。看来人和动物都是一样,生于奔波,死于安乐。