It’s time for another bike tour, a longer one (and hopefully not as much a “comedy of errors”) than my previous tour to the Puget Sound last month. This time it’s a deeper exploration of an area not that far away, but at the same time, far enough.
I’ve toured the entirety of the Oregon Coast in bits and pieces. The most major piece was a 2006 Pacific Coast tour that started in Tillamook and ended in Cambria, California. Since then, I’ve revisited the coast many of times (including riding the remainder from Astoria to Tillamook.) But since the big tour, it’s all been a concentration around the North Coast, the furthest south I had been was Newport in 2010.
This tour starting on Thursday August 9 will remedy some of that. I’m going to get as far south as Reedsport. While I’d like to get further south, I only have about a week of time, and south of Reedsport the “getting back to Portland” part gets tougher.
The impetus of this tour is my friend’s Kirk and Erinne’s wedding outside of Tillamook. They are planning on riding to and from the campsite for the wedding via the Trask Mountain Road, a wild and beautiful but very tough logging road route through the Coast Range. I decided it’ll be a bit easier to take the bus with bike out. And coming along with me is Emee!
The first night, Thursday August 9, will consist of bussing out to Tillamook, then riding 10 miles to my favorite campground in the known universe, Cape Lookout State Park. On Friday we ride 20 or so miles up the Trask River to the location of the wedding, camp, and spend the next day with friends.
On Sunday morning. August 12, Emee and I head south on the coast for a bit, spending the night in Pacific City, then Monday will see a nice cruise over Cascade Head, around Lincoln City and over Cape Foulweather to Beverly Beach.
Emee has to go back to town to work, so she’ll catch the bus from Newport back to the Willamette Valley on Tuesday August 14. I’ll keep heading south until Wednesday night, then I’ll turn inland along the Umpqua River where I’ll camp in Elkton on Thursday and then push north to Eugene for Friday night. On Saturday August 18, I’ll take Amtrak home.
This should be a lot of fun! And a lot cooler than the hotter weather inland. I’ll be posting snippets on the WordPress blog when I have a chance, but stay tuned to my Instagram and flickr streams for the most up to date updates.