In March, 2011 I retired from the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin Texas after 25 1/2 years of service. With the support of my wife and daughters (thank you Kathy, Gretchen and Claire) I will be taking a solo bicycle trip from Astoria Oregon to San Francisco in April and May, 2011 to mark the occasion and to fulfill one of my bicycling and life goals. I will be flying to Portland on April 13th and, after picking up a new bike (Surly Long Haul Trucker), spend a few days with my Brother Gene and his family and my Brother Don while making final preparations. On April 17 Don and I will drive to Astoria Oregon (Fort Stevens State Park) to start the tour the next day (the trip picks up from where I left off in 1974 when my buddy Tom Hammond and I cycled from Vancouver British Columbia to Portland Oregon via Astoria before our senior year of high school). Assuming all goes as planned, I will arrive in San Francisco in mid to late May where I will spend a few days with my Brother Ken and his family before heading back to Austin by train (bike in tow). If you would like to contact me while on the ride (and I would very much welcome this), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.