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Kat Marriner : September 16th, 2009

Pork chops

Morning view of Mt. Hood from Sauvie Island

Morning view of Mt. Hood from Sauvie Island

Every day we rely on the kindness of strangers. It’s easy when riding a loaded touring bicycle to strike up a conversation.  The bike and gear are always conversation starters. So when the down-and-out couple on the bus asked how we get around on bikes with all that stuff, I told them we had just hooked the bags on our bikes, rode out to Sauvie Island for the night and camped. They said they camped too … right up that hill on a little path. They said they’d had grilled cheese and chili for dinner and wondered what we’d had. Rice with some spicy chickpea stew, I answered. “Tonight we’re having pork chops!” they announced. And I joked it sounded like we should stop by for dinner. Then they got down to the business of giving us directions to their camp in Forest Park, and I think they surely would share their meal. I thanked them as we got off the bus and said I didn’t think we would be coming out that way again this week, but if I did, I would look them up. Good day, friends, and bon appetite!

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