First Ink

Janet wanted a tattoo for a long time. Me, not so much. I have no issues with tattoos but I never really thought about having one myself. Shortly after designing the logo for our upcoming tour, Janet uttered the phrase that often catches my breath …”I’ve got another idea!”

The design is her own, it represents our love of bike touring and our approaching world tour and it’s very colorful. This would be a terrific first tattoo, she thought. A quick call to a friend with a bit of ink, Sherri, resulted in a recommendation to visit with Jason, a local artist.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Laptop in hand, the three of us met Jason at Bad Kitties in downtown Newberg and spent 45 minutes discussing the artwork, possible locations and Jason’s recommendations. At some point in the conversation, the words “sure, I’ll do it too” came out of my mouth. I don’t remember saying it but we all heard it nonetheless.

Shocked at what came out of my mouth? Of course I was. After a bit of reflection, the idea quickly grew on me. Janet and Sherri were surprised and probably more excited about everything than I was. A couple of days later, it was time and everyone returned to the scene.

Pre-ink nerves

Pre-ink nerves

I went first with an anxious gallery watching above me. Did it hurt? Well, my leg was quite twitchy at times, but not anywhere near what I was expecting. Janet followed and barely even flinched the entire time.

Will there be more tattoos in the future? Who knows…but I never expected to even have one.

Enjoy the ride,

Jay

 

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The Sun is Out: Must Ride.

A glorious Oregon spring Sunday – a perfect day for a ride.  The volcanoes were out in all their glory.  Four of them lined the horizon  as a backdrop to a spectacular blue sky.  The steep climb was rewarded by the views and the wicked fast downhill. The day was just too beautiful to sit inside- so we ended the day with an Abbey hike with Blake and Caroline and the pups!

Taking a break at the top!

Taking a break at the top!

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JP enjoying the view of Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens and Mt Adams

Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams

 

Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens

Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

Janet tries to make a friend but they preferred the fresh grass. Janet tries to make a friend but they preferred the fresh grass.

Three of the four volcanoes!

Three of the four volcanoes!

Hiking up the main path

Hiking up the main path

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Happy Dog!

Happy Dog!

Cute, but focused on his treat…

Lucky dog taking a break

Lucky dog taking a break

 

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Proposed Start – Norway, Sweden, Denmark

Anyone have thoughts or ideas?  3500 km, give or take

Norway

Sweden

Denmark

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Change – it is a comin’

Stem top aWell, here it is – our official announcement.  All ducks are in a row and we are ready to talk about the next Peterberger Adventure.  And it is a doozy.

To date, we refer to our next bike adventure as NAB or Norway and Beyond.  Why the touch of unknown?  Because really, we don’t know exactly where beyond will take us.

So there you have it:  Jay and I are embarking on a journey of a life time. I have taken a much needed leave of absence from work and Jay unfortunately had to resign his position as a Medical Surgical Nurse.

We leave June 9th 2014 and will explore the world by bicycle for at least a year. 

Our plan is to see and experience as much of the world as we can. We intend to live simply out of our tent, cooking on a one burner stove and pedaling to the next destination.

What we do know is that we start in Oslo, Norway.  We have already made plans to stay with friends, Katie and Morton (and Linfield Alum) in Oslo.  Alexa (from the Wales Alexa and Tomo fame) and her partner, Abi, will join us for the first leg of our Norway journey.

Plans and preparations are in full swing.  April is going to be crazy busy with school and work- so staying focused is the name of the game.

We hope you will follow us on our blog.  Or better yet, get on your bike and join us for part of the next Peterberger Adventure.

Ride on!

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