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North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters September 14th 2018

Oregon 2018. Sisters Went for breakfast at 8 but slow service since it was a la carte. Away into a cool but sunny day at 9.30, after getting lunch provisions at the market by the restaurant since no food available at all on our route. Shortly after leaving the main road we were into the climb of over 20 miles which in my case took about 4 hours mostly in the shade of the forest cover. We saw one cyclist making the descent only to see him go back the other way as we were at the top - tough. I was surprised by the landscape at the top since it was volcanic crater created in the last 1900 years. We stopped at the observatory, which is a tower made of the local stone and at ... read more
Hillbilly toilet stop
Fire damage. .
The Crater

North America » United States » Oregon » Bend September 13th 2018

Oregon 2018. McKenzie Bridge. The Middle Fork Ranger Station confirmed that the road we were to use was closed since the fire was still active. It was due to rain for most of the day so the decision was taken to use the regular roads to head towards Eugene, through Jasper and then join the Highway 126 at Springfield to head west to Harbicks Country Inn by the McKenzie river. A total of 76 miles and only 420 metres of ascent. It started to rain lightly as we set off at 8.30 and so the roads were wet and the traffic was heavy with all sorts of vehicle, rdpecylogging and other trucks. The side margin was narrow in places and they drove a bit too close for comfort at times making the first half hour a ... read more
I earned that hash brown and coffee.
Old tractor heaven.
US Postal service.

North America » United States » Oregon » Oakridge September 12th 2018

Oregon 2018. Oakridge A tough day. Away at 8.30 and soon onto the cycle way taking us past Dorena Lake, which has a dam at the Cottage Grove end. We had a bit of a fright after 2 miles as there was a sign stating that the trail was closed. However, after conferring with a local guy who said it was open we carried on. Pleasant ride around the lake, which was quite low with water and had many herons looking for food. The town of Dorena was moved in the 1940’s to build the reservoir which also produces hydro electricity. There were quite a few old barns in the Dutch style with double pitched roof and several old 1940’s tractors dumped in backyards waiting for someone like me to restore them. We were truly in ... read more
False message.
Covered Road Bridge.
Cycleway Bridge.

North America » United States » Oregon » Cottage Grove September 11th 2018

Oregon 2018 Cottage Grove. Rain overnight and the sky was dull when we awoke at 6.15 from a deep sleep. Leona’s Restaurant was our only choice for breakfast, it was bright and clean and the service OK. The food was good but I think we took them unawares since it took 50 minutes for the first food to arrive and mine was last at 70 minutes. The bill took 12 minute to work out so 1hr 40 minutes in total. Good job we went early. Away to a full start up the hill with damp roads but at least it was not raining. The sun got out at about 10.30 and it was quite pleasant following the Umpqua River all the way to Elkton. We saw a couple of elks in a field and then further ... read more
Dismal start. .
Fresh donuts. .

North America » United States » Oregon » Reedsport September 10th 2018

Oregon 2018. Reedsport Breakfast at 7.30 for 8.39 start after a dreadful night fighting one of those sponge filled pillows which tried to fracture my neck. I ended up sleeping on a folded towel. Unfortunately it was also quite misty until about 11am which meant we missed some great views of this rugged coastline south of Yachats. One which is called the Devils Churn as it can be quite spectacular when the waves are driven into the narrow channel and thrust up into the air. Further on is Cook’s Chasm where water erupts through a hole in the rock like a geyser. By the time we reached the recently restored Heceta Head lighthouse it was starting to clear and we managed some good photographs from the Sea Lion Centre where coffee was available but no cake, ... read more
Yachats bay
Misty moisture morning
Duck post box.

North America » United States » Oregon » Yachats September 8th 2018

Oregon 2018. Yachats. D10 Heading south out of town was a bit lumpy and twisty but was better than taking Highway 101 straight from our hotel. At Siletz Bay we crossed the Schooner River bridge and the site of the early indigenous settlement of the Yacona tribe as mentioned yesterday. Lots of wading birds were seen and many grey herons, as usual, along this coast. The day was less hilly than I had expected and the weather came out good when the mist lifted over the sea. The highlight of the morning was when we deviated off the 101 following the coast and we saw several grey whales. Firstly just seeing the spouting and then actually seeing them roll out of the water and their tails up in the air. What a beautiful sight. I managed ... read more
Seal Rock

North America » United States » Oregon » Lincoln City September 7th 2018

Oregon 2018. Lincoln City D9 All I can say is that Lincoln City is long and thin. It must be a 6 mile strip intersected by the racetrack called Highway 101. Being a rest day Andrew and myself got our bikes out and rode 23 miles, just to prevent our legs from seizing up. Firstly we headed south through town on minor, lumpy, roads to Taft and Cutler City, which are really part of LC. There we saw miles of black sandy beach littered with massive trees washed up by the tide and read about the local indigenous people who were almost wiped out by diseases spread by settlers in the 1840’s. Surprisingly this Yacona tribe used to flatten their heads in childhood with planks of wood to distinguish themselves from neighbouring tribes. Following this visit ... read more
Siletz Bay
Siletz Bay

North America » United States » Oregon » Lincoln City September 6th 2018

Oregon 2018. Lincoln City. D6 Correction for yesterday. We passed through Cannon Beach, not Canyon Beach. Today was rather cooler than previously and in the mid teens. The mist did not clear until after lunch and even then it was never totally clear. Jackets on jackets off, jackets on jackets off and in it went. As we left Garibaldi we passed loads of fishermen in small boats harvesting the fertile waters of Tillahook Bay. Piles of oyster shells were at the roadside. For crushing for fertilizer? Alongside was a business called Oregon Coast Railriders which operated pedal operated bogies on the railway line seating four people who have to pedal to make the bogey run up and down the track. I would need paying for that. Further on we saw Graham with his bike upside down ... read more
Cannon Beach
Oregon Coast Railriders  bogey.

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 5th 2018

Oregon. 2018. Garibaldi Day 4 Why does America have to have vehicles with the biggest, noisiest engines? Whether it is a modest sized car, pickup truck or lorry they have a V8 engine making the loudest roar ever, which makes a Subaru Impreza on heat seem like a whisper. The day started well with a short ride into Astoria along a cycleway into town alongside a disused railway by the coast. We then took Highway 101 south over the bridge from Astoria and were deafend to distraction. The occasions we were able to take a side road, like the one to Seaside,were a blessing. Here we saw the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail if 1806. By the time we had lunch at Canyon Beach the traffic was becoming lighter and it was a tad ... read more
Cycleway in Astoria.
Deborah the waffle queen.
Gearhart fire station.

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria September 4th 2018

Oregon 2018. Astoria. Yesterday we saw several deer crossing the road but unfortunately we saw several which had come to grief at the roadside. One thing that we thought was a great idea was the cycle tool stations on the cycle trails. The tools and track pumps were chained down so secure and still usable by all. The locals don’t seem to bother collecting free fruit here. Perhaps they have plenty of money, or they have lost the basic skills for baking. We saw apple trees galore with fruit falling on the floor untouched. The same with plums, which we appreciated greatly on our way into Vernonia. The occasional pear tree was also shedding its bounty and blackberries galore, which went well with my peanut butter sandwich for lunch today. The accommodation last night was extremely ... read more
Young’s Bay bridge.

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