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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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Sep 5, 2016 - La Conner WA to Astoria, OR

September 5, 2016 Did a quick grocery shop at Haggens to replace border confiscated produce before hopping on I-5 south. It is Labor Day and we have 250 miles to travel to Astoria, OR. We were amazed that we had no southbound traffic yet the northbound was bumper to bumper for most of the day. At Kelso we turned west on Hwy 30 for 50 miles to Astoria. The road followed the Columbia River yet all we could see was forest for 50 miles. Pleasant ride and no rain. We had not traveled this road before although we have been to Astoria in...

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Aug 7, 2015 - A foggy Oregon Pacific Coast

We drove down the coast on Hwy 101 from Long Beach, Washington across the amazing 4 mile Astoria Megler Bridge over the huge Columbia River Estuary into Oregon. We spent a night at Long Beach which is billed as the world's longest beach but we were more interested in visiting the Cranberry Museum and seeing the bogs. I personally wanted to make sure my Christmas Turkey and Cranberries were on track as it's only about 16 weeks until then. It is a small museum with a self guided tour. It gives the history of cranberry farming and how it has...

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Jul 21, 2015 - Netarts to Astoria, OR

7/21/15 (Tuesday) Drove along Hwy 101 hugging the coast for fantastic views of the ocean and cliffs. Lunched at café 101 in Seaside, OR. I had the avocado crab salad…really fresh and Al had the club sandwich. This restaurant did a fantastic job of plating. When I looked at what other people were having, it all look perfectly placed on the plate and so pretty. After lunch we drove down Broadway Street in Seaside to see the Lewis and Clark statue…the end of the Lewis & Clark trail. We arrived and checked into Fort Stevens State Park,...

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Jun 26, 2015 - Lincoln City, OR to Astoria, OR

Friday, June 26, 2015 Lincoln City, OR to Astoria, OR 108 miles TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "You don't choose the day you enter the world and you don't choose the day you leave. It's what you do in between that makes all the difference." - Anita Septimus YIKES! A week from now I'll be home....sigh. Where has the time/adventures/fun all gone?!? It seems to have just flown by....vacations always do. But this one seems to have been particularly fast even by Cunningham standards. Hmmmm, might have to start looking around for the next parade route...

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Aug 25, 2014 - First Century

Rode the first century of this trip. Astoria back to Portland 99.7 miles, 3690 feet of climbing. Two big climbs. I came very close to getting hit by a tractor-trailer rig. The truck driver cut in front of me too quick and the tail of his trailed came within inches of hitting me. I had no escape - there was a ditch to my right. very close to disaster. The temperature today were 56 as a low to 90.

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