Two miracles, really. First, ♫(sing along with me) “The Su-un came ou-ut, and dried up the Land-y, Land-y”.
What’s next, I asked? It’s still raining, but more softly. Bob and I head out on a walk to the grocery store 7/10 mile away, after both knowing this is the direction to go. (But no more info was coming our way at that point) We get “lost” and happen upon a store called “Moondancer”. The Proprietor, Evelyn, turns out to be the like-minded soul we were here to find. Born and raised in Tillamook, always the oddball growing up, she has created a bead store (and stealth spiritual gathering place). Bob makes a Hematite necklace, which I promptly borrow…and my headache finally subsides. I play with the rocks and sprinkle love in all the aisles. My heart was deeply touched by this woman doing her work in a place where she’s not really understood. We connected and laughed, and the Web of Light got another connection.
Evelyn’s husband brings us our next destination…Contagion (the movie) is playing at the theatre around the corner. We are SO adaptable…dinner was fetched at the Safeway Deli (land of Hi-Vibe road food!) and off we go. On the way, I suddenly wake up to the name of the movie, and wonder if it will give me nightmares (have to watch that sensitive person goes to the movies thing…). Bob really wants to see it, so it was surrender time for me again. Don’t want to spoil the movie, but it turns out it really spoke to me. I was never scared, not even once, because of focusing around the drama and on the deeper story. The take-away messages I hope people get are 1. We DO have some control over our how an epidemic might effect us (especially the health of our bodies/immune systems) and 2. To be aware that we might not always get the information about the simple, effective solutions through the mainstream media. Cool messages from a “regular” movie!
|Our sunny, dry campsite…we FINALLY are camping (Friday)|
Here we are at the Tillamook Cheese factory at the end of that sunny day..an amazing creation of a cooperative of local Dairy Farmers…it has turned into a big tourist attraction; they make 169,000 pounds/day with 2 shifts of workers. They started this 100 years ago. Can you imagine 100 years of co-operation???
|Stopping to enjoy the scenery and a snack|
Thursday evening notes:
While re-aligning myself yesterday, I continued to call in the help that I needed. Step by step, I felt clearer and clearer. Thanks, Robin (Klickstein) for your assistance in setting clear energetic boundaries. At one point, I went into a visualization that Anita (Henry) had given me to make sure my mind was creating what I really wanted. I realized that the only image I had of the next leg of our journey was me dragging up the two BIG hills I had seen on the map…oops! (I tried to photograph the side view of the hills from the guidebook, but no luck, so you’ll have to wait for our post-trip slide show for that visual!) I know that what you visualize is what you get, so I kept asking for a new image, and waiting and waiting for it to show up.
In the evening, my wonderful partner was doing those miraculous Bowen moves on my neck and upper back, and as my body/energy cleared, up popped this great image from the Triplets of Belleville. It’s an animated film about bicycling….I saw this character just pedalling like mad up this hill, wheels spinning, looking very determined. I knew immediately this was my totem for those hills. I kept replacing the old image with the new one in my thoughts, until the Triplets of Belleville were the dominant image.
This morning, I woke up excited and ready to go. As we pedaled away from Neil’s house, there was a heavy mist in the air. But I was ready, the Triplets in my head! For protection, we were accompanied by Archangel Michael and surrounded by a giant golden bubble, both installed by Mary (Hiestand) at QuietStar before we left.
We pedaled into Cannon Beach, a beautiful town, and stopped at Sweet Basil’s, an organic restaurant we heard about several times. As it was only 10 am, we knew we would only be dreaming of the food. As we are perusing the menu, it’s starting to rain harder. Under an overhang, we don our rain gear, and pedal on. My big hills, the first with an uphill tunnel, loomed ahead.
The scenery was beautiful, and we stopped a couple times to drink water, admire the amazing RAIN forest, and then get back on the bikes. Bob and I kept calling in the Triplets. Their feet spinning pushed mine along (I’m sure of it, their presence was so real!), and I actually pedalled all the way up BOTH mountains!
One of the challenges today was negotiating places with narrow bike lanes, including bridges. At one point there was construction and flaggers controlling traffic, and we got to ride over a bridge all by ourselves, with the traffic stopped in both directions. We are grateful for all the help. We continue to find ourselves in the right place, at the right time…(I know, you know that one!).
Soaked through our raingear, we stopped at a crossroads, and got more great route and dining suggestions from a local guy. Over a GREAT Mexican lunch, in a nice warm, dry place, we decided to ponder a motel for tonight, as it was still raining. We got another great tip, and found a simple little place where we created Hawaii by turning up the heat to dry all the clothes hanging around our room.
We are in a sweet little town, Manzanita, finding like-minded souls and stopping to smell the flowers!
|Dahlia in Manzanita, Oregon|
|Bob fills the Bragg’s (Aminos) at Mother Nature’s Store|
I visited Longevity, a yoga and healing studio, and found a couple great new products for the QuietStar store. Then Bob and I went to the Natural Food store, for provisions, where we connected with more people.
For awhile now, I’ve been talking about connecting the Web of Light around the world. I notice that’s what’s happening, even though it doesn’t look like I imagined it would….And Yvonne (Roza), thanks for all that you have taught me about attuning energy while travelling! It’s so much fun to have all these tools!Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts…we feel ’em!
Here we are in beautiful Seaside, Oregon. Wow! What a trip so far. After a great time ROASTING in Redding with Katie and Larry, we headed up to Portland, where they were also having record heat. Time to burn away all the old, evidently. Didn’t I set an intention of transformation?? On the first day of riding, we were dropped off at the top of a BIG hill, so we would have an easy ride into Astoria. The whole time, I am thinking: if this is an EASY day, I don’t want to be around for a hard one. I kept pedaling, focusing on the scenery and the strength I knew I had with each new hill we climbed. When we reached Astoria, more hills! The whole town is bisected by a tall hill/ridge. Great views from the top…we’ll leave it at that! So our 15 mile easy ride, was 23 miles and a big challenge.
Love and Light, Elaina and Bob
The new bike continues to excite me. We begin the planning for the trip by looking at the guidebook: Bicycling the Pacific Coast . Who knew there were drawings that showed the side view of all those hills I will be climbing!? I am newly motivated to get ready! We discover all the cool places you could go, here on the Central Coast, and get in 30 miles. Lunch rides now expand to go to Pete’s Cafe at the end of the Avila Pier with a few side trips. Trips to all the corners of SLO. My cyclo-computer offers feedback; I learn what 30 miles feels like…my jacuzzi helps after the ride.
I am hungry all the time, and the food takes on more of the “fuel” aspect. I think, before I eat, “Will this help me get up a hill?” I am using energy-testing (aka muscle testing) to check all food before it goes in my mouth. I am delighted that some high-calorie foods test “ok”. And I feel more connected to my body.
My mind realizes this is a metaphor for all the times in my life when I am growing, learning, “going uphill” and I don’t even notice the accomplishment!
That day, Bob went on to do the big ride; I did my 30 miles, and felt very happy.