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Published: September 7th 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 and the rear wheel out with a puncture. Two tubes later and away he went around the peninsula heading for Meares Point Lighthouse. Kingfishers were active along this road sitting on the wires overhead but despite my instructions they would not stay still long enough for me to photograph them. The road higher up was blocked for motors due to subsidence but luckily was ok
for cyclists. Unfortunately the weather was still misty so the views were pretty poor. Jacket back on and the descent was made down to Netarts for a coffee and deep fried chicken to keep up the energy levels. Surprisingly up on the hillside was sand with no soil. There was so much they could have sent some to Morecambe to replace the stones. The next ascent was a hard and half way up I stopped at a viewpoint for a breather and was attacked by a group of Chinese who wanted to know all about my bike. They are now my best friends and we had a photograph together to prove it. Towards the end of the ride we took a left turn off the busy Highway 101 and started a nice steady climb where I noticed the trees were just starting to change to their autumn hues. Back to the 101 and busy traffic again as we approached Lincoln City. Over the Salmon River and I had to reverse my bike to photograph the mist covering the lower skies of the hillside, providing a very nice landscape photograph. The hairiest part of the day was when the Salem road
joined the 101 on my right hand side and I had fast moving vehicles from Salem passing either side of me. Flaysome. 71 miles today and 1100m of ascent at an average speed just under 12mph. Give me some food. The Surftides Motel is quite nice with good sized rooms and overlooking the sea. Most of us went to the Thai restaurant on the main road and enjoyed the meal, although a little spicy. Breakfast from 8am tomorrow in the Misty restaurant by the hotel and then a free day for all.
Tot: 2.619s; Tpl: 0.049s; cc: 12; qc: 28; dbt: 0.0279s; 2; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
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