- Date: Sunday and Monday, May 5 and 6, 2019.
- Distance: 150 km.
- Route: secondary roads such as Fort Clatsop Road, and Highway 101.
- Roads: fairly low traffic and wide shoulders. Secondary roads were awesome, barely any traffic – this what we think bike touring should be like.
- Scenery: mostly forest, rivers, and the ocean.
Sunday we cycled 80 km from Astoria to Nahelam Bay State Park – our first park in the state of Oregon. We followed the route suggested by our GPX tracks from Adventure Cycling: taking the two smaller bridges out of Astoria and then a secondary road (Fort Clatsop Road) to the south. There was barely any traffic here, and the scenery of thick, hilly forests, and some farming made it really enjoyable. On the way down 101 we passed small seaside towns, including Seaside and Cannon Beach. Cycling out of Cannon Beach we were stunned by the glorious view of huge rocks in the Ocean close to the beach.
At the campsite of Nahelem Bay we met 4 Canadiens, 3 of them retired, also on their way to San Francisco by bike. We drank a beer together and shared stories. They recounted their cycling adventures in Europe when they were young. It was fun.
Next day (Monday) we continued 70 km to Cape Lookout State Park. We have to climb (and descend) every day, but the end of this day included a steep long climb that rewarded us with wide view of the coast from up high, a few miles passed Tillamook. As you may have noticed, many places and roads here are named after the native Americans.
Cape Lookout State Park offers hiker biker sites right next to the ocean – awesome spot to camp! We met the friendly Canadiens again. Turns out they’ve been long time friends, have been playing in a band, and took their instruments with them! We sat on the beach at sunset while 2 of them played a small guitar connected to a tiny amplifier, and one sang and played the harmonica. Too bad I didn’t bring my melodica!