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2009 Summer Tour - US West Coast

pictures and status updates from the road with our friends' comments

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Brock Dittus 

apartments get messy when you gut them

June 11, 2009 at 6:34pm

Moving Day #3

Lynette Dittus hee hee

June 11, 2009 at 1:33pm ·

Brock Dittus moving is hillarious

June 11, 2009 at 6:33pm ·

Jason Harper You did. Should have called me. I would have brought my bigass gas hog to help. HAHA

June 14, 2009 at 8:58pm

Brock Dittus Empty apartment felt strange... I was so excited i could hardly sleep! Just a few more hours till departure...
June 14, 2009 at 11:13am

Katie Perkins ooh I do like this fuzzy effect--much better than most digital fuzzynesses... kinda like super eight--my favorite. I bet you're going to miss that pretty chocolate brown carpeting.

June 13, 2009 at 9:34pm

Adam Matthew Wilde Breakfast of champions.

June 15, 2009 at 5:54pm

Brock Dittus And we're off! Adele crashes into Meredith at ladd but she's ok and we all crash the gay pride parade downtown before boarding the amtrak...
June 14, 2009 at 1:54pm

Melanie C McCandless watching a movie on the bus?

June 14, 2009 at 5:35pm ·

Allison Archer Harper Give my baby a hug for me.

June 14, 2009 at 6:47pm ·

David Wellcome Give him a hug for me too!

June 14, 2009 at 9:12pm ·

Brock Dittus On the train! Our headphone jack didn't work so we plugged into the seat behind us :-)

June 15, 2009 at 9:14am

Brock Dittus
Amtrak conductor: if you are caught smoking on the train you will be whisked away by law enforcement to a secret prison in eastern europe!
June 14, 2009 at 6:44pm

Alison Hix Try it!! We will rescue you if its true!!

June 14, 2009 at 8:52pm ·

David Wellcome I'll come help with the rescue!! Just like "Born American"!!

June 14, 2009 at 9:11pm · 


Brock Dittus Watching amtrak employees on a smoke break toss sticks under another passing train while ours is waiting for it to pass
June 14, 2009 at 8:28pm

Jason Harper
So we don't even get to see you after a ride, we are really your first stop haha.

June 14, 2009 at 8:56pm ·


Janelle Dittus oooooh. gorgeous.

June 14, 2009 at 10:10pm 


Brock Dittus In bellingham with jason, fixing broken chain links, eating great food and watching "that thing you do"
June 15, 2009 at 8:59am


Brock Dittus If you're not a fan I will beat you with my belt

June 16, 2009 at 10:34pm ·

David Wellcome Jason looks scared of you!!

June 17, 2009 at 6:08am ·

Jason Harper that is right!!....that is what I said the fanbelt meant. Thanks for your memory Brock

June 17, 2009 at 6:40pm · 


Brock Dittus Beautiful woods just outside the city on chuckanut drive

June 15, 2009 at 1:29pm

Lynette Dittus i looooooove chuckanut drive!!! i'm so freaking JEALOUS!!!   :) :) :)

June 15, 2009 at 3:05pm ·

Toby Ford nothing better than to stroll down Chuckanut in the late spring...

June 15, 2009 at 7:59pm

Brock Dittus Cruising around mount vernon with poppino... Beer night tonight! Good to see old friends.

June 15, 2009 at 7:48pm

Brock Dittus Beers at the porter house = best night ever. Great conversations and great ales!

June 15, 2009 at 10:37pm

Anne Poppino Hey, I know him!

June 17, 2009 at 5:16pm ·

Brock Dittus Feeding matthias his breakfast this morning, riding out with joe, and crossing deception pass...
June 16, 2009 at 11:42am

Brock Dittus
Pizza factory on whidbey island slaked our hunger. Calzone pizza is god's gift to mankind.
June 16, 2009 at 2:33pm


Brock Dittus Simple chat with a simple guy at the ferry terminal. Then watching herons flap majestically over the inlet while eating awesome snacks.
June 16, 2009 at 3:56pm

Kevin Jewell remember how i repealed what i said about naming my first born son after you when i found out you were a meter maid? i think i might have to repeal my repeal coz your life according to facebook statuses seems pretty cool lol

June 16, 2009 at 5:07pm · 


Jordan Anderson Thought of you guys when I read this...hope the trip is going well!

'Today, I rode my bike to work. While biking on the road, I gave a hand signal for turning left. A car passing the opposite way veered towards me and attempted to give me a high five. I now have cuts all over my body and my bike is in two pieces. FML'

June 16, 2009 at 6:36pm ·

Annie Galebach Caress I'm so happy the phone pictures are working :)

June 17, 2009 at 10:49am ·

Adele Galebach Dittus isn't it sweet?! they're so vintage looking. i've always wanted to look this way :)

June 17, 2009 at 5:36pm ·


Brock Dittus chat with some biker dudes on the ferry to port townsend, reading on the waterfront, climbing the highest peak in town and dinner shower sleep at gracious host home
June 16, 2009 at 10:30pm

David Heddy
Howdy brother. Sounds like a good day. Have a good ride tomorrow.

June 16, 2009 at 10:34pm



Brock Dittus early rise today but worth it cause we get sweet potato pancakes! 63 miles to James' place and his youth group tonight...
June 17, 2009 at 6:14am

wonderful hosts Mike & Susan

Port Townsend morning.

Melanie C McCandless This looks like the cover of a novel

June 18, 2009 at 7:05am · 

brock eating a factory on the trail out of Townsend

Brock Dittus After a short jaunt in the wrong direction to chimacum, a pleasant ride thru port ludlow towards bremerton

June 17, 2009 at 10:24am


Brock Dittus Lunch at a rock quarry in kitsap county. Our cheesey bread and peanut butter have held up well during travel.

June 17, 2009 at 12:12pm

gypsy wagon

loving Fresh Air with Terry Gross

restocking on water at the AM/PM

Brock Dittus Found a free soda on the side of the road... I drank it, am i now responsible for littering if i leave the empty can here?

June 17, 2009 at 1:03pm

Jody Gaspervich Rutherford Most definitely!

June 17, 2009 at 1:10pm 

Chris Watkins yes

June 17, 2009 at 1:17pm

Rod Hilkiah No way. It was the nincompoop who left it there the first time. He's the evildoer. You are a saint for removing the liquid litter ;-)

June 17, 2009 at 1:32pm ·

Elizabeth Evick-Kent yes, but did you enjoy the soda?

June 17, 2009 at 1:43pm ·

Athena Whetham Yes. You touched it last....

June 17, 2009 at 1:43pm ·

Annie Galebach Caress your updates are keeping me amused at work! don't litter, it's bad for the environment it would go against everything you stand for.

June 17, 2009 at 1:58pm ·

Brock Dittus Don't worry folks, I removed it from nature.

June 17, 2009 at 3:59pm

Top Gun

Brock Dittus town of Gorst WA pronounced "saddest corner of the earth" by Adele. Brock gets an inch long nail embedded in his rear tire and the one and only James Owolabi comes to the rescue!

June 17, 2009 at 4:01pm

contemplating fate & destiny and waiting for the magnificent Owolabi to rescue us.

The Father's Shack

Adele Galebach Dittus is on the biggest baddest bike trip of her life. Check Brock's status for updates (if you're into that) I'm not so techie. But I will be in pictures. "Mobile Uploads" tells all.

June 17, 2009 at 5:35pm

Brock Dittus
BBQ at james' youth group... Middle school kids are hillarious

June 17, 2009 at 7:08pm

Lynette Dittus yikes bro. what the heck is this and why did it remind you of me?? :)

June 20, 2009 at 5:44pm ·

Brock Dittus
it's the skeleton of a whale.

June 20, 2009 at 5:48pm ·                                                              it was pulled out of the canal with a tractor.

Lynette Dittus rotten. rotten. rotten.

June 20, 2009 at 6:13pm · 

hood canal sunset     @ Belfair

Melanie C McCandless so beautiful! Is it a saltwater marsh?

June 18, 2009 at 7:04am ·

Adele Galebach Dittus it's an estuary...as far as I know :) Also the very very end end of the Hood Canal! not sure if it's saltwater. I think it may be.

June 18, 2009 at 10:54pm ·

Melanie C McCandless Cool!

If it's an estuary, it's at least brackish :) Makes me miss Boston...

June 19, 2009 at 5:49am · 

Brock Dittus Bicycle shop in port orchard has thousands of bikes - literally! - in piles all over the shop! Crazy!
June 18, 2009 at 10:48am


Brock Dittus
Relaxing morning, marsh hike and breakfast with James, ferry to seattle and nothing but smooth valley trail all day! Best day ever...
June 18, 2009 at 3:07pm

Adam Poppino kudos to living the dream

June 18, 2009 at 9:55pm · 

Adele Galebach Dittus 

hey Bernice,look what I found! have you seen a street named after you before? I've only seen 2 "Adele" streets...

this was in Seattle right after we came off of the ferry.

June 18, 2009 at 10:57pm ·

Bernice Galebach 

wow! I love it! I pretty much never see my name anywhere

June 19, 2009 at 11:55am · 


power lines & trains

Interurban trail = smooth ride & no cars.

Adele @ Auburn Safeway. 

Notice Rottle's clothing in background.

entering downtown Sumner

We had a lovely bonfire when Brock and Adele came through Sumner on their 2 1/2 month bike trek :) -Lynette

hahaha. Brock...what is that face for?? -Lynette

BROTHERS! -Lynette

Brock Dittus The whole family's 'round the campfire tossing beanbags and playing songs in a big backyard in Sumner
June 18, 2009 at 8:57pm


morning fun with Lynette, Janelle & waffles

Lynette Dittus WAAAFFFLES

June 19, 2009 at 1:31pm · 

breakfast @ sisters'

Lynette Dittus you guys are my favorites :)

June 19, 2009 at 1:29pm ·

Lynette Dittus brushing your teeth at the table is classy

June 19, 2009 at 1:32pm ·

Janelle Dittus dude, my hair is awesome.

June 21, 2009 at 12:18am ·

Brock Dittus Breakfast with the sisters while waiting for rain to stop, then sumner bike shop screws

Adele's rack on tight

June 19, 2009 at 11:17am

Iconic symbol of Orting.


Kapowsin Gas station. Stop for brunch of cheetos & muffins.

Brock Dittus At a convenience store two halves of a house pass on trailer trucks while Adele sets up a dentist appointment. Rain all day long in brief showers!

June 19, 2009 at 2:08pm

Tarah Engelke and yet look how productive you are!

June 19, 2009 at 2:10pm · 

Brock Dittus
Unexpected find of a wonderfully quiet bike path in the direction we want to go! Wet feet but sunny sky and happy hearts

June 19, 2009 at 4:40pm

Tom Anderson Looks like you two are having a great time!

June 19, 2009 at 4:33pm ·

Lynette Dittus is adele wearing the vest under the shirt??? haha

June 19, 2009 at 10:51pm ·

2+2=3    – Adele

maybe it's because they drove so much

Tenino! Freedom! Fraternal Order of Eagles!

Melanie C McCandless wow! looks like Ohio!

June 19, 2009 at 5:07pm · 

inexplicably large raven.

Toby Ford mmm. I can't believe those guys went out of business. Duckbee was one of the best mascots in the business. sigh.

June 19, 2009 at 11:44pm ·

Krista Anderson Ahh...Yard Birds, black licorice ice cream cones, trying on the most funky shoes we could find...fond memories! The old bird that burnt down was so much more impressive :D

June 20, 2009 at 2:29pm ·

June 21, 2009 at 7:19pm · 

Brock Dittus Camping in chehalis with a FIRE and BEER... Best day ever. 73 miles not so bad now that it's over.

June 19, 2009 at 8:25pm

Jody Gaspervich Rutherford You two are amazing...

June 19, 2009 at 8:53pm ·

Ruth Salins Yeah BEER!!! LOL

June 19, 2009 at 10:55pm ·

Krista Anderson Chehalis...my stomping grounds...sounds like you are having a GREAT trip :)

June 20, 2009 at 2:25pm · 

our day's resting point in Chehalis. fire blazing after three attempts. fueled by pages from The Grapes of Wrath. Take that, steinbeck.

Annie Galebach Caress This is the most classic picture I have seen of you Adele. True to the core.

June 22, 2009 at 1:26pm · 

contentment              = beer + fire

Brock Dittus Camping neighbors in RV tell us that we'd better be careful to stay friends! A pair of cyclists they knew did a big trip and weren't too friendly afterwards...

June 20, 2009 at 9:28am

Janelle Dittus i think you two will be okay.

June 20, 2009 at 10:51am · 

not quite a logger yet.... in due time.

Escher's logging truck

Jackson Homestead - first settlement in Lewis county.

Adele sees the ghost of Emily Dickinson!

Old growth forest near Lewis & Clark State Park. My they're tall.

Brock Dittus On a visit to st. Francis x. Mission we find 60 dollars cash in a lectionary... Should we take it? Was it meant for us?
June 20, 2009 at 11:59am

Halden Doerge Take. but use for good.

June 20, 2009 at 12:17pm ·

Steve Kimes Give it to the mission.

June 20, 2009 at 12:45pm ·

Brian Howe Keep half and put half in a place for another.

June 20, 2009 at 1:41pm ·

Bison Morgan burn it.

June 20, 2009 at 9:36pm · 

side of barn:         "Prescription for Weak Women"

Henry Rutherford hahaha that's a win for sure xD

June 20, 2009 at 2:58pm · 

Brock passing a man on a bike in waders with a crate on the back. He wasn't friendly.

Brock entering Longview!

Brock Dittus weathering the weekend at the House of Shuren, glad to be resting and indoors for a little while! also, Longview's bike lanes leave something to be desired.

June 20, 2009 at 10:08pm

James Owolabi thanks for stopping by and seeing me. It was a blessing!!

June 20, 2009 at 10:09pm · 

Brock Dittus Asparagus + fish for lunch. Colorful condiments. Taking advantage of TV/Movies while we have them and doing some accounting & laundry before we head out to the coast. Bet this answers all of your most pertinent questions about the details of my life.

June 21, 2009 at 2:38pm

after dinner at the Shurens. Inside at last, never to leave...

Richard Shuren Hey! Who let you guys in?

July 21, 2009 at 9:59pm · 

Japanese Garden in Longview's Sacajawea Park

Brock communing with two geese he met. They responded with warily outstretched necks & hissing.

Brock Dittus And we are off again. It's a scorcher by longview standards.
June 22, 2009 at 10:22am