Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened

HEARTS

Home is

Everywhere, each

Angel along the

Road.

Treat them

Sweetly, smile upon their soul.

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Dreaming of Portland as I get closer with every pedal, envisioning what my life will be like there and thinking about all the inspiring activists from the City Repair crew!

Last year I went to City Repair’s Village Building Convergence and had my mind blown with permaculture, revolutionary design, social/group dynamics and fun.  I fell in LOVE with all the open hearted loving activists and started feeling my heart being drawn back to the northern faerie lands.

This revolutionary non-profit and the angels that run it are why I am going to call Portland my new home. I want to learn from them and develop my activist skills so I can better help the world.

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This is City Repair’s mission:

The City Repair Project fosters thriving, inclusive and sustainable communities through the creative reclamation of public space.

City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. We are an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists.”

You are all invited to Portland this summer June 3-12 to experience the coolest festival on the west coast! The Village Building Convergence is a community action festival where neighbors come together with visitors to create community spaces that feature public art, gathering places, permaculture gardens and natural buildings in a process they call “placemaking”. These projects happen each day of the festival at over 40 sites throughout Portland. Then in the evening everyone comes together for an inspiring conference, community gathering and beautiful music festival!

Found an awesome food co-op in newport and they had bulk vegan cookies! What?! so stoked! 🙂 Biked in the rain and hail to Otter Crest and stayed with warm showers host Tricia and her husband George. They were so sweet and shared stories with me of their bike tours, their first one in 1976 for their honeymoon. Enjoyed the most comfortable bed of my entire trip and watched the stormy ocean from their porch. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.” 🙂

Another rainy bike ride to my friend Tyler and Sara’s warm and cozy home in Lincoln Beach. I went to high school with Tyler and hadn’t seen him in 5 years! It was wonderful re-kin-necting with him and meeting his awesome wife Sara. They are beautiful happy souls with lots of love to share! I had a great time talking with them about off the grid living and the Oregon surf culture. So stoked on these two and looking forward to biking back to the beach to hang out with them soon! 🙂

The sunshine kissed me all the way to Cape Look Out state park where I camped and watched a beautiful sunset. So stoked on my jetboil that my friend David gave me for my tour. It heats up water in 2 minutes and works great for my bulk dehydrated lentils and oatmeal. Also stoked on my spice kit from my friend Steven so I can mix up the taste of my lentils every night I camp! 🙂 Finding bulk health food stores makes zero waste easy on the road. Next week I will post a map for everyone of all the food co-ops along the west coast that offer bulk.

Another beautiful bike ride through Cape Meares and into Tillamook where I met Bruce from warm showers. Stayed in his beautiful yellow ranch house on the hill and enjoyed a lovely meal with his daughter, 2 granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren! He baked fresh bread and made veggie chili. He went on a bike tour a couple years ago to all 48 states! Way awesome! So happy to be meeting all these beautiful people along the road! 🙂

Packed up my life again and rode to Nehalem Bay state park. So in love with the little town of Manzanita and remember sweet memories of coming here as a kid! They have an awesome health food store and happy nice people. Camped by the playground in the state park and walked out to the beach. So peaceful and relaxing. Woke up the next day and took a tour of CARTM Recycle Center in Manzanita.

CARTM is leading their community to zero waste. They operate a unique one-stop recycling center, resale store (The Refindery) and transfer station for solid waste (trash). They encourage the creative re-use of materials, divert materials from the waste stream and encourage people to re-think what is ‘waste’ each time an item is discarded. I had a great time touring the place and stoked to get back there to volunteer and learn more! 🙂

Leaving Manzanita I got the first flat tire of my trip! Biked the largest hill on the Oregon coast, the beautiful Oswald west state park and made it all the way to the Columbia river Oregon/Washington border in Astoria! It was suppose to rain so I got a shared room at the Norblad hostel, but nobody was there so I got the room all to myself. 🙂

 

After 48 days and 1,094 miles along the coast I began my journey inland to the city of roses.🌹🚲🌲✌☔ Following my heart and watching my dreams unfold…Life is magical. ❤

Rode to Clatskanie to meet up with another reason why I am stoked to be calling Oregon my new home…my mama!! 🙂 So happy to be with my mama ❤ Overflowing with love and gratitude!

 

 

In order to decolonize and rEVOLutionize our world we need visionary leadership and a strong activist culture.

Here are 3 visionary leaders that inspire me every day:

Mark Lakeman

Starhawk

Dr. Suess

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

 

 

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