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The weather has been beautiful as I’ve ridden down the coast – balmy, warm days cooling down slightly in the evening when the sun sets. I have been blessed with an unusually warm dry summer which is drifting gently into a warm dry autumn.

Sunny days as summer drifts into autumn.

Sunny days as summer drifts into autumn.

I exist in a total media blackout, paying not the slightest heed to news bulletins or weather forecasts and I find it quite comforting not knowing what is going on outside my immediate realm or having any expectations of my environment beyond the ones I develop on the basis of what I can see in front of me.

Some things filter through, though.

A man at a campground informs me that he was told to evacuate a campground a little further down the coast the night before because of a tsunami alert. There are tsunami warning signs on all low lying coastal areas on the US coast and after a while you don’t take a lot of notice of them but this alert, apparently, was in earnest. The warning came in response to the earthquake in Samoa, and it was in this way that I learnt of that event. No tsunami made its way to the coast of the US, however, and I was unaware of any potential threat, as I cycled along, until after it had passed.

I cycle out of the supermarket car park in an Oregon town with people anxiously warning me of approaching rain squalls. Exactly what they expect me to do, I am not entirely sure – check into a hotel, I guess, to watch television or something like that until the inclement weather passes. However, the idea of getting wet doesn’t frighten me unduly so I ride out of town.

I stop to admire the oncoming storm front moving across the sea parallel to the coast. It is a lovely cloud formation that brings the predicted rain in its wake.

I ride in the rain. It is not so bad.

A weather front advancing. Beautiful, isn't it?

A weather front advancing. Beautiful, isn't it?

I think I could become a storm chaser - but then I might have to have a faster means of transport than a bike at my disposal.

I think I could become a storm chaser - but then I might have to have a faster means of transport than a bike at my disposal.

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