Sunset from Nehalem Bay State Park, our first night out. We started our trip in Astoria, heading south on 101, and spent most nights at one of OR’s great state parks- all with hiker/biker sites.
Jeff’s view didn’t change much, chasing Sarah’s buttercup-yellow shirt down the coast. Here we are with one of the several thousand cars that passed us each day.
We took many breaks along the way, usually when Sarah’s legs got tired or her butt got numb. We rode about 250 miles total, with the longest day being a good 75+ miles!!! We were continaully subjected to horrible views of the Pacific such as this one.
Most of the coast highway’s roads and bridges are bike friendly, but this span in Newport left us without much elbow room and ended up walking the bikes across. With the winds that day, it may have been the most adventurous part of the trip.
There were several stretches where we were ridiing right next to the beach, this is one of them. Not a bad view to have from a bike.
Oregon State Parks were the lodging of choice on the coast. Here we are at a Forest Service campground on the way to Eugene, though. We stiffed ’em $0.55. Oops. We figured Sarah’s made up for it over the past several years.
Ahh, our favorite section of the trip. This was the big hill at the end of our REALLY LONG day, a nice thousand foot climb. Sarah was not looking forward to it, but both were pleasantly surprised. The hill turned out to be about a 10 mile stretch of Old Highway 101, forgotten by time. Beautiful forests and only about 5 cars, we had it all to ourselves.
Sarah doing some much deserved basking after her first day of loaded bike touring.
It was fantastic to get to camp on water every night, the Pacific and nearby creeks- just enough water to remind us we were in OR- and not get any rain!