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Sunset Bay to Gold Beach

posted by Tim May 15, 2019 2 Comments
  • Date: Sunday, Monday, May 12, 13 – 2019.
  • Distance: 130 km.
  • Route: Mostly Highway 101, some secondary.
  • Roads: low traffic, great cycling.

Sunday we got to Denmark – not the country, but a tiny village along the US’s pacific coast. First, we made a sidetrip from Sunset Bay State Park to cape Arago where we enjoyed another great view of cliffs and the ocean (they come in a great variety here), and barking sea lions.

Cape Arago

Sea Lions

Then we continued to a steep, hilly section, aptly named “the seven Devils”. That was pretty tough!

Share the road on the seven Devils!

After covering 85 km we stopped at the Bandon / Port Orford KOA campsite (it’s an American franchise). A very friendly lady, Cathy Davis, welcomed us and complimented our healthy looks and undertaking. We talked about our trip and mentioned fresh, healthy food was so much more expensive here than fast food. A little later she said “Wait, I’ve got something for you that you’ll like!” and ran away. She came back with a net of fresh fruits. “Here you go! So you can stay healthy”. So kind! She’s just been running the campsite for about 2 months and it’s great already.

Monday we cycled 50 km to a campsite called Honeybear, a few miles before Gold Beach. In Port Orford we drank a nice hot coffee at Mr Ed’s caffee. In the back he turned out to have a pub with band setup, and he had 2 acoustic pianos. Tim couldn’t resistant playing on them a little.

After getting back on the saddle, we passed through Humbug Mountain park: lush green forests, creeks and rivers with crystal clear water. It was gorgeous. We saw some trails around here too, would have been great to hike here.

We felt a bit tired so wanted to stop earlier at Honeybear’s campground. Nice campground and they made a friendly exception for us to stay at a quiet RV site. Larger areas of the campground will open up in the summer. Tomorrow it will probably start raining..

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Marijke May 15, 2019 at 20:21

What a beautifull trip youve Made THE last fee days.

Leo May 19, 2019 at 16:30

Wat een verhalen, wat een mooie vakantie en foto’s!


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