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Jul 11, 2018 - Terrible Tillie

Astoria, OR Fort Stevens guarded the mouth of the Columbia River and is now a state park. More intriguing, however, was the Peter Iredale - a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore in 1906 at Fort Stevens. Most of the ship has deteriorated but what remains is accessible during low tide. Eerie. Another notable sight today was Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, known as Terrible Tillie. Putting men on the rock to build the lighthouse entailed stringing a 4 ½" thick line from a boat to the rock. The men used a "breeches buoy" to cross...

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Jul 10, 2018 - High above Astoria

Astoria, OR The Astoria Column overlooks the mouth of the Columbia River. Built 92 years ago in 1926, the 125' tall column has a 164-step lung-busting spiral staircase ascending to an observation deck at the top. The spiral steps are pie-shaped tapering to nothing, making it harrowing to pass someone on the stairs – a common occurrence since it is a popular destination. From the tower we could see the Columbia River and the ships waiting to go further up river. The entrance to the Columbia River is called a ship’s graveyard because over...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Over the river and through the woods

Astoria, OR Over half of our day today was spent in getting the smashed car window replaced (a side window is much more involved than a windshield) and continuing phone calls to various agencies that needed to be advised of our situation. We are quite frustrated with the dealership from whom we purchased our car. We would really like to replace the owner’s manual as we do refer to it from time to time but the dealership would not work with us on the problem. Ugh! We finally got underway and headed out of Portland. We were staying on the...

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Jul 1, 2018 - Astoria, Oregon and Centralia, WA

July 1st - 7th We arrived here in Astoria at Lewis and Clark RV Park. We had a nice site with a creek view. We originally had planned to just stay here for 4 nights but we made a change after visiting Nehalem Bay State Park. We had reservations there starting in a couple of days for 3 nights. But in driving there on a day trip we discovered a very crowded park with very small non private sites. It was very disappointing. So we canceled these reservations and luckily Lewis and Clark RV park was able to accommodate us in same site for those 3...

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May 7, 2018 - Back to my old self . . . Almost!!

Thanks everyone for letting me vent and whine a little yesterday! I was really worried that I was going to cave, thought maybe that might happen about day 10 and not at all expected it would happen yesterday on day 2! This morning got off to a slow start, we are having a break today, have to work into this trip slowly!! Astoria appears to be a lovely riverside town and we wanted to go and check it out. Believe it or not, there were 2 moments of inspiration on tv for me this morning! Just random words of encouragement from a most unlikely...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Astoria, OR

We had such a wonderful time with Russ it was hard to leave. After traveling along the Columbia River we arrived at Astoria. This is a town of 10,000 that once was thought to be the little San Francisco. It is a huge shipping port and also a stop for many cruise ships. Old Victorian homes (close to 100) are elligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Sep 11, 2017 - Visit Fort Clatsop and Set Up Camp at Cape Disappointment

September 11 – Visit Fort Clatsop and Set Up Camp at Cape Disappointment By chance, the Lewis and Clark Center was just down the road from our KOA campground. The Center included a replica of the fort that was made with the same type of tools used in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark party. We also viewed a detailed video of the travels of the expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back. From there, we headed north across the Columbia River to our next campground in Washington state. Cape Disappointment is located next to a wide,...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Travel from Mt. St. Helens to Astoria, Oregon

September 10 – Travel from Mt. St. Helens to Astoria, Oregon We changed our camping plans to be able to monitor Irma news and camped at a KOA near Astoria, Oregon. We met Marc and Joyce Christensen and got caught up. I worked with Marc when I was a combine engineer and he was a service rep in Oregon. We worked together three times to resolve the fire issue problem with long, damp rye grass stems forming wreaths at the front of combine rotors and starting fires. To create problem, we used the farmer’s water truck to wet the windrows down in...

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May 4, 2017 - Astoria, OR

We visited Astoria for the 2nd time. Toured the Maritime Museum downtown and walked the waterfront area. Young folks drinking beer outside in cold weather joked with us because we had on heavy coats. Toured Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Colombia River. This place is beautiful.

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Apr 30, 2017 - Day 01 - Astoria, OR to Tillamook, OR

Today's ride started in Astoria, OR (the first American settlement on the west coast) at the Columbia River Maritime Museum and ended in Tillamook, OR. I traveled about 68 miles with 3,133 feet of ascent (elevation gain). I am sore and tired, but it was a good day full of wonderful vistas. On rides like this it is a custom to dip your bike tires in the ocean or river at the start and at the end of the ride. The start at Astoria didn't have a "dipping spot" but we found a nearby boat launch and "dipped" my tire in the Columbia River. After...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Day 00 - Before the Trip

We came to Astoria 10 days before the scheduled ride start so that I could do some training rides. BAD IDEA!! It has rained every day but one. Still, we have had a great time here in Astoria. We stayed at the Lewis & Clark Golf and RV Park, a wonderful Good Sam Park. Most memorable during our stay will be the Astoria Column, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, The Lightship Columbia, the Astoria Megler Bridge, Lewis & Clark NP, Fort Stevens State Park, and a fantastic almost sunset dinner at La Cabana de Reya. We were fortunate to stay at...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Astoria OR

Another stay at Lewis and Clark RV & Golf Resort. The place has expanded into an adjacent field; it's still pricey; and they still don't take credit cards. We visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum which is still very interesting and, of course, the Fort George Brew Pub for lunch. We played golf at our favorite links course, Highlands Golf Club in Gearhart twice. The course overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The second time we played there was a herd of elk with 2 young bucks on the first tee. The golf pro shop guy came out and chased them...

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