This was our first tour, which we did by credit card, staying in motels and eating in restaurants along the way.
August 14, Astoria to Tillamook (71 miles)
I was sick this morning, not enough sleep last night. But I felt better once we got started. Mom dropped us off on the Washington side of the Astoria Bridge about 8:45. We stopped in Seaside, rode around the promenade, then onto Cannon Beach, where we bought Haystack rolls that Dave tied to the top of his saddle pack. We ate yummy Harvest muffins too. Next stop, the Tillamook Cheese Factory and ate ice cream – a deserved reward for all of those hills. Stayed in the Shilo Inn in Tillamook. Very nice place, w/sauna and steam room. We had seafood fettuccine for dinner.
August 15, Tillamook to Lincoln City (63 miles)
Beautiful weather today; we changed to short sleeves early in the ride. We got a late start out of Tillamook – about 10:30 AM. We stopped at Cape Meares (we rode the Three Capes Scenic route) very pretty. Lots of hills today – kind of tough. We met two bikers at Sand Lake grocery – ate lunch (hot dogs & lemonade) with them. We also ran into a group of Bike Centennial people who had started in Virginia Beach, VA on May 21st – they were heading toward Portland for a total ride of 4500 miles, pretty impressive – camping the whole way. Our motel tonight is not too great, but it does have a hot tub. We ate pizza for dinner downtown and then walked back to the motel on the beach. Stopped by the bar for a hot chocolate and hot buttered rum.
August 16, Lincoln City to Florence (80 miles)
Long day!! We left LC about 9:00, pretty good start. Ran intoTed, a leader of the Bike Centennial Pacific Coaster. Talked to him for a few minutes. Stopped at Beverly Beach, changed into short sleeves, then onto Newport and lunch. Dave had 3 muffins for lunch and I had 2. Picked up a 15 MPH tailwind out of Newport, into Yachats, very pretty. We sat in the sun and ate our mashed cookies. Then up the hill to Cape Perpetua – steep cliffs, pretty exciting. Saw sea lions, Heceta Head Light house, then downhill to Florence. Busy town, can’t see the ocean at all. We changed hotels because the new one was right downtown. Pretty classy – king size water bed!! Actually pretty tacky, but cheap so we’ll splurge tomorrow. We had chowder at Mo’s w/garlic toast – yum! Then we did laundry and had a peanut buster parfait at DQ.
August 17, Florence to Coos Bay (52 miles)
Started out early (8:30). Today was not a very pretty ride. All the way on 101, very crowded w/log trucks. Not many state parks along the way. Saw the Umpqua lighthouse by Winchester Bay and a neat log machine at Bohemia Inc, in Gardiner. At Coos Bay we changed hotels to the Edgewater Inn, still under construction, but off 101, brand new room, very nice. We walked into town and had late lunch at the Timber Inn, hamburgers and steak – pretty good. Then we walked to the park (Mingus) and fed the ducks – we stopped off and bought bread to feed them. We walked a lot and saw the town then went to Fred Meyer and bought lunchables for a light dinner (chocolate covered raisins too!). Then we relaxed in front of the TV at the hotel.
August 18, Coos Bay to Port Orford (61 miles)
Breakfast at the Blue Heron Bistro in Coos Bay – we both had muesli with lots of fruit. On the road about 9:00. Climbed a few hills to the South Slough Estuary – stopped at info center. Then downhill to Bandon – cheese factory, Cranberry Sweets and lighthouse. Onto Port Orford, got there about 3:00, Gwendolyn’s B&B. Dinner at the Whale Cove – expensive but worth it (Nancy’s treat). Then we walked to the harbor, where they bring the boats up on the dock each night. Only place on the west coast they do that – in case of storms. Walked around tide pools – saw starfish, hermit crabs and Dungeness crabs (babies). Then back to the B&B for a chat with Gwendolyn, coffee from Circle K and a bear claw (chocolate covered cashews) each, from the store down the street. Early start tomorrow AM.
August 19, Port Orford to Brookings (62 miles)
Breakfast at Gwendolyn’s – muffins, fruit and coffee, left about 8:30. Rode by Humbug Mountain (changed to short sleeves there), bright sunshine. Through Squaw Valley and Rogue River Valley – country roads. Muffins and rolls at Toby’s bakery in Gold Beach. Then up the hill at Pistol River – not too bad after all. Lots of sea stacks, fed the chipmunks at one of the many viewpoint state parks. Into Brookings at 2:00, checked into a hotel, set off to find bike boxes. Became “the great box hunt”, called Coast-to-Coast, asked at the bike shop – finally got some at Ace Hardware. We started to box up on main street – like animals in the circus!!
Met local Phil, he ended up driving us around, canceled our first reservation, made a new one at the Chetco Inn, nearer to the bus station. Then he took us to his house where we boxed the bikes up in his driveway. Phil gave us a Henry’s, Dave: “The best beer ever!” Then we drove to the hotel to get cleaned up (finally) and off to dinner at Mama’s Authentic Italian Food, walked for a bit, then back to the hotel to wait for the 12:35 AM bus. Called Mom to see if she could pick us up tomorrow AM!