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South Beach to Sunset Bay

posted by Tim May 14, 2019 0 comments
  • Date: Thursday – Saturday, May 9, 10, and 11 – 2019.
  • Distance: 185 km.
  • Route: Mostly Highway 101, some secondary roads.

Thursday was hot! 28 degrees Celcius. Moreover, we were on a wonderful campsite next to the ocean, and loved spending some more time with Dean, so we decided to stay for a day. Tim jumped into the ocean and got out just as quickly – the water was still really cold.

Dean’s cyclist friendly glamping camp

Later we went out for dinner with Dean (on his generous invitation!) and his friend Kara at Local Ocean in Newport and had some delicious fresh tuna and salmon.

Photo with Dean before leaving

Friday morning was difficult to leave again because it was so cozy with Dean and Kara. But the 90 km ride to Jessie M Honeyman State Park in the Oregon Dunes was epic! Fantastic views of the cliffy coast, speeding downhill through rising clouds – it feels cold! – rivers and creeks flowing into the ocean, low traffic; it was wonderful. The area around the Oregon dunes (our destination for this day) would have been beatiful too without the ATVs roaring around.

One of the gorgeous views of the Oregon coast

Saturday we cycled 95 km to Sunset Bay. Largest section on 101 was way too busy (all the roads are probably more busy on a Saturday). We didn’t like it! Luckily the state park was great. Fantastic quiet location near beaches and Cape Arago. The volunteers were really friendly and welcoming too.

A mediocre shot of the dunes – there were much better views

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