When I prepared for the departure in Kennewick, Phillip, who is a yachtsman I met in Port of Kennewick, gathered various information about the Columbia River for me. It served as the catalyst for passing my story far to Nobuyuki Suga through outdoor shops, so he kindly made a phone call to me to ask if he could help me with something. And then, he waited for my arrival in here Vancouver. The affection of Phillip propagated to Nobuyuki. Although we met for the first time, surprisingly Nobuyuki and Ritsuko, his wife, let me stay at their house and cared me for five nights and six days.
First, they had a hard time to search around the Columbia River for me who was not able to land on anywhere in the town of Portland and roved in the river, and then they carried my kayak from Portland to their house in Vancouver the next day.
Nobuyuki is a nice person of open and straightforward personality. And Ritsuko is a beautiful and affectionate lady, and makes very delicious Japanese food with umami flavor. Every night after Nobuyuki came home from work, we enjoyed that tasty dinners and comparing tastes of countless kinds of micro-brewed beers which are too many to remember. Although that dinners alone were enough hospitality, in the day time Ritsuko warmly drove me to shopping, took me sightseeing to around Bonneville Dam, and so on. And I played with Yuna, their cute daughter, and Akiya, their active son. Thanks to those, my body which lived in the tiny tent for one and half month continuously was recharged full of energy, and also I was able to replenish food and equipments.
And also Matt, Mayor of Pasco we became friends in Kennewick, kindly introduced Dennis York, his motorcycle friend living in Vancouver, to me. And then, Dennis and Karen, his wife, invited me to dinner warmly. Affection propagated also. He is a strong person who drove a motorcycle through all states in the USA excluding Hawaii for only nine days. That is an astonishing record and is not easy to imagine as well as Matt’s one. I am fascinated with large scale outdoor sports in the USA. Thanks to them I enjoyed wonderful time.