mikeanddiByCycleTransAmerica travel blog

First photo of the day . . Its important because it reminds...

A reality of living on the coast! A bit unsettling seeing the...

In this photo you can see where we were headed, the route...

Cape Lookout State Park, would loved to have stayed here but oh...

Never far from home as long as you have a phone! Notice...

It was a bugger of a climb, but the view from the...

Once we got to the top and crossed to the other side...

The beautiful beach we found when we reached Pacific City, Oregon

Pacific City offers more than the ocean, The Nastucca River

The airport and landing strip is right in the middle of this...


By now we should just know that fog and drizzle are part of every day life on the northern coast of Oregon! Don't kow why the weather forecast even bothers to make it sound like it might not happen!

You have probably already guessed now we started out our day in drizzle. NOT my favorite! We tried to wait it out a bit thinking it would blow over, but it only got worse! We did bring great wet weather gear, the rain coats made by Showers Pass are just amazing! Although we were wet, we were warm. It isn't just rain falling from the sky that impedes the travel, it is the road spray from speeding traffic, the semi trucks and logging trucks of course being unbearable!'

I guess it only lasted about 1/2 and hour, (and that was long enough!) that is why the first photo of the day was important! We could see the break in the weather and immediately felt more enthused! We pedalled thru Tillamook, famous of course for its cheese, but did not stop as we have been there before. There was an ugly part of the routeahead that we had been warned about due to heavy traffic,rough road, no shoulders and just out right dangerous. You know my imagination took over and we were a bit worried how we were going to navigate thru it. A second option was provided by our maps with Adventure Cycling but were also warned that it had difficulty issues as well and was about 9 miles longer! So a third option was suggested and we were about to set off on the third option. We were stopped in town studying our maps before choosing the direction to set off when a kind person stopped to help. Diven the 3 options he said we should risk option number one! So we did! And it all went really well! We have been on much worse roads many times! We did get lucky because the traffic was very light, the shoulders were non existent but the drivers were very considerate and it was really only all a very short distance!

The rest of the day was very successful, we had a great ride and went a lot further in distance than we thought we would! We rode thru Cape Lookout State Park which was just beautiful and we really wanted to stay there just to soak up the beauty! It was isolated, the ocean was wild and the trees in the forest were ancient judging by their enormous size! The weather had closed in on us again and it was just damp and cool with quite a strong blustery wind and we thought a yurt in the state park would be quite the experience! Just too early for me to want to camp, especially in the wet and damp. It is Mother's Day weekend and one of the warmest weekends so far this year (useless weather forecast!) we are finding everything is booked, and so were the yurts! Oh darn! We did enjoy a quick lunch break listening to the crashing ocean before moving on but not before the rangers shared some very valuable info about the campground ahead. We thought we would be forced to stop for the night at Sandlake until it was very gently suggested it would be a an ok place for us if we were in our 20's because it was more dune buggy and ATV country and perhaps we should push on to Pacific City. That seemed reasonable and with much appreciation for the advice we set off the short 17 more miles to Pacific City! Of course, we had to get over that really ugly elevation gain to get to the other side! We must be doing something wrong when it comes to Topo maps. For example, today we looked at the maps and thought oh yuck look at this nasty elevation gain and it was a piece of cake! When we looked at the map to get us to Pacific City it looked like it was mostly downhill! It was mostly downhill, but how did we miss that climb??? We took our time, it was a pretty long climb but made lots of little stops and the next thing you know we are on the 13 mile downhill into Pacific City! The landscape did iin fact turn into sand dunes and ATV country at Sandlake just as the rangers advised!

We were welcomed into Pacific City with wide incredibly beautiful beaches! Wonderful hosts at the hotel. As I mentioned, we just are not ready to suffer thru cold damp nights in a tent! The weather will improve and we will get out there!! After all we have been dragging the equipment around for awhile now!

Our favorite time of the day . . . .Time for sleep!!

Goodnight! Thanks for checking in! I think we will be leaving the coast tomorrow and turning in land! Hopefullly the photos and descriptions will get more varied! Thanks for hanging in there!!!



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