Hey Folks! Hugh and I are back in the saddle for a quick jaunt down the coast to San Diego! Why would we bike from Portland to San Diego in November do you ask? Well because… RAIN that’s why! Oh, and that’s when we could both take time off work, so there you have it. More of the second reason really, I hear the coast is a nice place in the summer.
Luckily we had some help getting our feet out the door, a huge thanks to the Powers family, and the folks that were able to make it to ride out with us on the 10th, it was a lovely lunch with you all.
We spent the first night at Keenig Cr. Campground, the only souls there, it was a wonderful spot to ride into as the sun began to set.
From there, it was a nice jaunt out through Tillamook and towards Pacific City for the second evening. There is a great coastal route that you can take, which avoids large sections of HWY 101. These routes are indicated on the Adventure Cycling Association maps which we are mildly paying attention to.
We finally made it to our first vista, and I insisted we take an epic photo on the edge. Feeling like the youthful folks that we were, I decided that it would be a great idea to stand on the ledge overlooking the cliff (the wind wasn’t that bad) With the camera on a trigger, we caught the last moments of my demise as I fell down a ~100 foot cliff landing me in the ER room in Lincoln City. (Note to self, cycling shoes are slippery…)
Haha, just kidding mom.
From Pacific City to Newport, we had an excellent ride through some really great parts of the coast, sometimes it was so quiet you almost forgot about the cars. While many folks do the ride in the summer, going in the winter has the one big advantage of not being run over by folks with RV’s. Well, at least there are many fewer RV’s for which to be run over by.
The next leg of our journey takes us closer towards the border with California, where we may be meeting up with a good friend. Keep tuned for next weeks installment, and until then enjoy a photo of Hugh biking off into the mist.