Eugene, Oregon: Hello from Track Town USA! We will be here for a few days, and then head over to the Oregon Coast. Hoping to find a little sunshine!
Before packing up and heading out, we spent the morning with Ryan and Lindsay. I bet you thought Ryan stopped by our house on the way to Canada for a free place to crash for the night.
Well, maybe you are right, but Ryan had another reason to stop in Portland. Ryan is a huge Nikephile. He collects Nike shoes. He studies the company. He knows the history. Ryan also knows DT is a retired Nike executive who could offer two things - a private tour of Nike World Headquarters and a visit to the exclusive Nike Employee Store.
After walking the circuit around Nike World Headquarters and a quick lunch at the Boston Deli (one of the many restaurants on campus), we made a final stop to Prefontaine Hall - the Welcome Center/Visitor Center. The museum in Pre Hall is having a special exhibit honoring (what would have been) Bill Bowerman's 100th birthday. Bowerman was the long-time and legendary track coach at the University of Oregon, and together with Phil Knight, they started making running shoes for runners in the early 1970s... and, well, the rest is history - still in the making.They even have the original rusty waffle iron! Ryan loved looking through the historical Nike exhibits and we even found a photo of DT on display! A very happy young man!
Ryan and Lindsay continued north on their West Coast Road Trip and we threw a few things in the Honda and rescued our motorhome from her storage garage. We made it to Eugene around 6p.
Until my next update, I remain, your swooshed correspondent.
RV Park: Premier RV Resort.