On another forum, Raina mentioned her run on the Tahkenitch Lakes Trail in Oregon earlier today. What a coincidence, this was an area where Clint and I made a pit stop and did a hike during my Oregon Coast bicycle tour! I shared a few photos on my Day 4 writeup, but there’s no better time than the present to share the rest. (By the way, at the time, I was less than enthused about getting sand in my bike shoes, but the scenic detour was worth it after the fact.) Enjoy! Continue reading
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Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour Video
I’m finally done with the video from this summer’s Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour! This summer’s journal entries are here.
Oregon Coast Tour: Travel Home and Final Thoughts
One last update before I turn off the auto-posting to Facebook and Twitter. Having just cycled the Oregon coast, as well as the Northern California coast two years ago, here’s a wrap-up with various thoughts. Continue reading
Day 7: Crater Lake Rim Road, 33 miles
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479689
I’ll pick up the story from where I left off late Saturday afternoon.
My flight home from Crescent City is Monday afternoon, with no chance of getting an earlier flight. Rather than stay in Crescent City for two nights, I rented a car and drove to Grants Pass, Oregon. Then on Sunday I drove to Crater Lake and rode the rim road around the lake.
I followed the recommended approach of entering from the south (Highway 62) and doing the ride clockwise from the visitor center about four miles from where you pay the entrance fee. As mentioned at the second link below, this puts the hardest climb at the beginning and makes for an easier finish. Continue reading
Day 6: Gold Beach OR to Crescent City CA, 64 miles
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479688
We were off and running for my final day of the trip!
Day 5: North Bend to Gold Beach, 90 miles
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479686
Last night Clint and I had looked at the maps closely and were unpleasantly surprised that we would have a 93 mile day today! Somehow we thought it was more like 70-80 miles. Well, we would have to make the best of it by leaving early and having a shorter bailout option in mind just in case.
The route stayed off US101 through North Bend and Coos Bay. After a few mile warmup on the flats, we turned onto the hills of Seven Devils Road. Grades were usually in the high single digits, with the occasional 12-14%. We were wondering how the three guys from Illinois were going to do today. Continue reading
Day 4: Florence to North Bend, 49 miles
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479685
Today began with sunny skies and a tailwind from the north, though not as strong as yesterday’s. Clint and I felt bad for the northbound cyclists yesterday who were riding uphill into the wind.
While taking a break on the climb out of Florence, we saw a couple of other cyclists going over the hill.
Day 3: Newport to Florence, 51 miles
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479684
Clint and I rode together again today. Nye Beach was a better “start” photo than the hotel. Continue reading
Day 2: Tillamook to Newport, 83 miles
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479683
Long day today. So this report will have more photos and fewer words.
Clint and I decided to ride together again today. We’re pretty evenly matched as far as speed and daily riding distance.
Day 1: Astoria to Tillamook, 73 miles
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479682
After breakfast I went for a walk to downtown Astoria.