"A Push to Remember" team leaves starting city in Oregon

July 8, 2013 

Jack Smith will skateboard across the country to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

ERIC TERHORST

Morro Bay resident Jack Smith is skateboarding across America to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Smith and his "A Push to Remember" team is hoping to raise $100,000 on their three-week trek from Oregon to New York. For the team's route and other information, visit http://www.apushtoremember.com/. Smith's updates on the trip will continue to be posted at http://www.sanluisobispo.com/.

Route change is the big news today. After driving into Newport on a very busy, and sometimes shoulder-less Highway 20, we decided to ask the locals if there was a less traveled route we could skate to Corvallis. Greg and his business partner at Ocean Pulse Surf Shop in Newport said we should check out Highway 34 that originates in Waldport, which is about 15 miles south of Newport.

Turns out to be very good advice. This morning we drove down to Waldport. The highway starts at a little plaza right on the bay, and in what we considered to be good omen, there were "skate at your own risk" signs scattered around the plaza instead of the usual "no skateboarding" signs. Turns out Ranger Cameron who works there is a fan of skateboarding.

Highway 34 is a much better way to go, great pavement, good shoulders (most of the time) not too steep of climbs or descents. Plus we saw only 11 vehicles traveling east over a 51 mile stretch, compared to over 500 vehicles on Highway 20.

Here we go.

Day 1: A ceremonial pushoff from Morro Bay »

Day 2: Arriving at the starting line in Newport, Oregon »

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