TRIP 2017

Update #11 - May 31st
Montesano, WA
Mission Trip 4,618.79 miles (7,390.06 km)
Year Total : 2,668.56 miles (4,269.70 km)

It's hard to believe that I'm nearing the halfway point in the trip. Riding up the Pacific Coast was a lot harder than what I had anticipated. It's been ten years since I had done it. The ride in California took a little over double what it should have been (from previous trips) because of all of the detours from road closures because of mud and rock slides and bridges out, the terraign over all, bad weather, bike problems, and of course my age. In 15 days, I will be 61 years old.

When I got to Fort Stevens State Park near Hammond, Oregon, I ended my trip up the Pacific Coast. Out of 1,560,90 miles (2,497.44 km), I had ridden 1,246.53 miles (1,994.45 km). Fort Stevens State Park is also the starting point for my 19th crossing of the United States. From Fort Stevens State Park, I turned Northeast away from the Pacific Coast and I am riding to Monroe, Washington (Northeast of Seattle) where I will be getting on US 2 and will be starting my actual ride East across the Northern section of the country. Currently, I'm 106.54 miles (170.54 km) into my 19th crossing of the United States and 105.19 miles (168.30 km) away from Monroe, Washington. The biggest hurdle after getting on U.S. 2 at Monroe, Washington will be to cross over Stephens Pass in the Cascade Mountain Range with an elevation of over 4,000 feet above sea level.

May 18, 2017 : Gold Beach, OR to Humbug Mountain S.P. (Port Orford, OR) : 22.79 miles (36.46 km)
Trip Total: 4,198.48 miles (6,717.57 km)
Year Total: 2,247.25 miles (3,595.60 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night at the motel. It would have been better if I didn't have to pay so much. I got my website updated. I stayed up kind of late to catch things up on the internet.

I woke up around 6 am. I left the motel a little after 8 am. There was no wind. The temperature was a lot warmer. After about a mile, I stopped to take my jacket off. The ride went really well. I stopped alongside the road for an early lunch break.

Near Ophir, I stopped at the state park rest area. I talked to some guys there. They just took some pictures. After the guys had left, I struck up a conversation with a hispanic guy. He told me that he was a Christian and he slipped me $20 in a GH. He told me that his name was Carlos and he was from Seattle. Carlos had some paralysis on the left side of his face because he was recovering from an accident where a tree limb had slammed him in his head.

From the ocean side park, there was a long hill to climb but I was able to ride up all the way. On the downhill run, there was some road construction on a bridge. They were sandblasting the bottom of the N lanes. I was able to coast very quickly over the bridge. On the South side of the bridge, I met up with a guy on bike who was going to S.F.. He had flown in at Portland and started the coast at Lincoln City.

I had an okay ride the rest of the way to Humbug Mountain State Park. The mountain had originally been named Sugarloaf Mountain but it was renamed to Tichenor's Humbug as a result made by a 1851 exploring party sent out from Port Orford by Captian Tichenor.

The state park had a good H/B area. It was on a hill. There were seven terraced and secluded campsites. I picked the second from the top campsite on the west side of the area.

May 19, 2017 : Humbug Mountain S.P. (Port Orford, OR) to Bullards Beach S.P. (Bullards, OR) : 40.09 miles (64.14 km)
Trip Total: 4,235.87 miles (6,781.71 km)
Year Total: 2,287.34 miles (3,659.74 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night in the hiker/biker area of Humbug S.P. The area was seven campsites terraced nicely on a hill. I picked a high spot. There was water at the site. The restroom was close by. I got there early enough so that I could do some much needed sewing repair work on my tent and other things.

About 5 pm, I was pretty frustrated when the stupid guy from Germany, Mark, showed up. I thought that he was way ahead of me. He started up criticizing what I've been doing with my life. tIt took me a long time to get him to shut up and go to his own camp site. Around 7 pm, two other cyclists showed up (guy and a lady from CT). They had flown in from Portland and started down the Coast at Lincoln City. They weren't going that far down the Coast.

I had a good evening. It didn't get that cold. I fell asleep to the sounds of the fast moving river between the campgrounds and the highway. I woke up a little before 6 am. I was the first one up. I packed up Alice so I could go to the restroom to get cleaned up.

I got on the road around 7:35 am. I had a good 6 mile ride to Port Orford. Port Orford is the oldest platted townsite on the Coast and was established in 1851.

I did some more shopping so I could have a full food pannier. By noon, I got 20 miles. I stopped at a grocery store in Langlois for a short lunch break. I took pictures of a large hotdog made out of wood. The area around Langlois is called "Little New Zealand" because of the thousands of sheep that forage on the hills and river bottoms.

I had a good afternoon. I was able to ride up all of the hills.

About 9 miles out of Bandon, I stopped to check out some chain saw art. There was a 20 foot tall green and silver wooden statue of a space alien. It was done by a world champion ice sculpturer. I watched the owner of the company use a horizontal band saw to cut slabs of myrtlewood drift wood. He told me that he got all of his wood off of nearby beaches. It was pretty interesting. I took pictures and a video. Before I headed out, I was invited to take part in a roast beef sandwich and a soda.

It was an okay ride the rest of the way to Bandon. Bandon was rebuilt after a 1936 devastating fire that destroyed the entire business district and most of the residences. Bandon is also known as the Cranberry Capitol of Oregon.

In Bandon, I was looking for a laundromat but didn't find one. I did stop at a creamery but the prices was pretty high. There wasn't that much cheese or ice cream. On the way out of Bandon, I stopped a Dollar Plus to get a few more supplies.

From Bandon, I had an okay ride to Bullards Beach S.P. There was a good H/B area. It was a really nice area that was fenced in. I found a good spot in the rear of the camping area with wood chips on the ground to pitch my tent.

May 20, 2017 : Bullards Beach S.P. (Bullards, OR) to Umpqua Lighthouse S.P. (Winchester Bay, OR) : 44.69 miles (71.50 km)
Trip Total: 4,283.26 miles (6,853.22 km)
Year Total: 2,332.03 miles (3,731.25 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night in the hiker/biker area of Bullards Beach S.P. The hiker/ biker area was really great. There was water and a place where you could store your food panniers and also charge your electronics thru solar power. There was also a place nearby that had electric outlets. The bath-house wasn't that far away in B Ring. The sun didn't go down till almost 9:30 pm. I woke up a couple of times to relieve my bladder. Up front, there was another person camping out but I didn't meet them. There was just a tent up and a bicycle locked up to the wooden fence.

I woke up around 5:30 am to some light mist and drizzle. I packed up and was on the road around 7:30 am. The other person wasn't out of their tent.

The ride in the morning went really well. The drizzle ended around 10 am and I was able to take my jacket off. Instead of following the Adventure Cycling Route that would have followed the ocean on cliffs, I stayed on US 101. I got into Coos Bay a little before noon. I stopped at a BK for some lunch. I used a coupon that I had saved from Crescent City. The manager couldn't get the computer to take the coupon so I got the meal $.17 less than the coupon amount.

On the way out of Coos Bay, I stopped to check out the railroad museum of the Oregon Coast Historic Railway. It was mostly stuff that was used in the lumber industry. From Coos Bay, I had a good ride to North Bend. I stopped at a bike shop to see if I could find a high-pressure stick tire guage but they didn't have one. There was a cycle tourist from Sweden. He was heading South to Los Angeles.

There were a couple other guys cycle touring on the other side of the road at the visitor center. One guy was struggling with a two-wheeled trailor that was loaded. I estimate that the trailor must have weighed at least 100 pounds.

I walked across the 1 mile long Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge across Coos Bay. This was the longest bridge on the West Coast when it was built in 1931. The steel cantilever truss bridge is 5,305 feet long.

There wasn't much of a shoulder so I walked along the sidewalk that was about 40 inches wide. There was a lot of strong wind. Near the North End of the bridge the sidewalk narrowed because there was some scaffolding on tracks so that they could do some repair work on the bottom of the brige.

On the other side of the bridge, I started to ride along the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The ride North was a bit better because the dunes formed a wind break. There were a couple of cycle tourists going passed me going South. One of the people went across the highway to talk to me. She was riding to San Francisco to take part in a planned supported ride to Los Angeles to raise funds for aids. Another couple heading south had a wagon that could be used to transport a young child to carry their gear in.

I stopped at a Family Dollar in Lakeside to get a few things. From Lakeside it was about a four mile ride to where I turned off to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. A couple of miles before the turn off, two cycle tourists rode passed me going North. There was a steep hill to climb over and a downhill run to the state park campground. The H/B area wasn't that good. It was down a hill. I didn't go that far down the hill. The couple who had passed me were camping out in one of the spaces. The area near the top didn't look so good with some bad drainage so I found a clearing behind it to camp out in. I fixed the tent so it would be more waterproof.

I'll be riding just to Reedsport so I could get to a church.

May 21, 2017 : Umpqua Lighthouse S.P. (Winchester Bay, OR) to Reedsport : 07.73 miles (12.73 km)
Trip Total: 4,290.91 miles (6,865.58 km)
Year Total: 2,339.76 miles (3,743.62 km)

I had an okay night in the hiker/biker area of Umpqua Lighthouse S.P. The hiker/ biker area wasn't as good as the areas in the last two state parks. The park was kind of primitive. The restrooms were sort of like outhouses but there was a real toilet and sinks with cold water but no hot water. I went to a campsite with electricity to use my laptop. I didn't stay long outside because there were some mosquitoes. I went to bed around 9:30 pm. I did wake up a couple of times during the night. I woke up around 5 am and I left the park around 7:30 a.m. The two other cyclists going North headed out earlier than me. I didn't wear my jacket.

It was a short ride to Winchester Bay. I stopped at a grocery store for a short break. After the break, it was a short ride into Reedsport. I stopped at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. I got there around 9:15 am. The service had started at 8 am and the pastor had already left because he had to get to another church up in Florence. There was a small group of people in the fellowship hall after the service. They weren't really friendly towards me except for the guy who was taking care of the snacks and coffee. There was an even smaller group who stayed on for the Bible Study that met in the library. I got to share with the small group before they watched a video about church history around the time of Martin Lutheran. I learned some strange stuff about the Catholic Church that I didn't know about. I watched the video but I didn't stay on for the discussion. The fellowship hall was turned into a preschool.

I rode around town to see if I could find another church. I backtracked to a Christian Church that was in a shopping center on the Southern edge of the town. I got to the church near the end of their Bible Study. I got to share what I've been doing. During the service, I got introduced and was included in the time of prayer. There was probably 40 people in the service. After the service, the pastor walked me over to a local motel and got me a room for the night. The pastor has been at the church 13 years.

For as much as the pastor paid for the motel room, the wifi network stunk. The owners were from India. You can get connected to the motel wifi network but there was no traffic (bandwidth). I had to connect and reconnect many times to get maybe a minute of internet access.

the temperature today got up into the low 70s. It is supposed to be in the 70s tomorrow. I'm looking at cycling at least 47 miles to the Carl Washburn Memorial State Park near Searose Beach tomorrow. I'm looking at having eight more cycling days in Oregon. I hope to cross the Columbia River at Astoria, Monday, May 29th. I went through my old trip logs and saw that I had stopped in Reedsport back on Jan 29, 2007.

May 22, 2017 : Reedsport, OR to Carl Washburn Memorial S.P. (Searose Beach, OR) : 38.27 miles (61.23 km)
Trip Total: 4,329.26 miles (6,926.82 km)
Year Total: 2,378.03 miles (3,804.85 km)

I had an okay night at the motel. It would have been a lot better if the wifi network would have worked. I was able to get my laptop and smartphone connected to the network but there was no traffic. I went to the office to complain but the Indian lady didn't do anything but turn off the modem and turn it back on to reset it. The problem was that there were two networks (one private for the office and residence) and one for the motel guests. The problem was with the one for the motel guests. There seemed to be two modems. I tried many times connecting/ disconnecting, and reconnecting and at best I got one minute of web access before it shut down again.

Having access to dish tv was a waste. Most of the 600 channels were infomercial channels and there were a lot of repeat channels. I took a long shower and shut down the tv and laptop around 10 pm. I didn't use my sleep mask because I thought that the curtains would be dark enough. I was able to get the room reasonably warm with the electric wall heater but it didn't stay on long enough so it could be used as a noise barrier from the nearby road noise.

I woke up early around 5 am because there was a lot of light coming into the room from the top of the curtain. For paying over $80 for the room, you would have thought that there would be some kind of breakfast provided but there wasn't. The motel had a bit of a run down feeling because there were some old chairs in the parking lot in front of some of the downstairs rooms.

I left the motel around 7:40 am. It was warm enough that I didn't have to wear either my long sleeve cycling jersey or my jacket. The temperature was already in the upper 50s and the high was going to be somewhere in the 70s. There was some light fog so I took my time riding through the rest of the town. I stopped at a Safeway to get some milk and a few other things. On the waay out of the store, one of the lady cashiers stopped me to tell me that she had seen me at the Reedsport Christian Church yesterday morning.

At the edge of the shopping center parking lot, there was a place set up as a cyclist rest stop. There were a couple of benches, a picnic table, two clam shell shelters for bicycles that could be locked up, and a tool stand with tools on the ends of long cables. There were some missing tools and the tool stand was missing a tire pump. There was no water or port-a-toilets available because there was a McDs next to the parking lot.

In the parking lot, there were several semis full of carnival rides. The town is going to have a Memorial Day festival next Sunday with a parade around 1:30 pm. The carnival is going to be set up in the parking lot.

The ride between Reedsport and Florence went okay. The road was flat till Gardiner and then there was a pretty good climb for about 1.5 miles. From the top of the hill there was a good down hill run. Near the Southern edge of Florence, I left the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

I got into Florence around noon. I had ridden a little over 22 miles. I stopped at a McDs for some lunch. I stopped at a couple of stores but I didn't buy anything. I also stopped at two laundromats but the washing machines wanted more than what I wanted to pay. I hadn't seen prices this high since San Louis Obispo. I've still got enough clean clothes to get me to Lincoln City.

I had to carefully get across a bridge that was under repair. There was one way controlled traffic. Workers were replacing the old concrete guardrails.

Going out of Florence, there was some headwind to deal with. About 6 miles out of Florence, there was a six mile stretch of winding roads that hugged the edge of cliffs. This was a bit of a wind tunnel. The road started to go downhill about a mile from the Sea Lion Caves. I stopped to check out the gift shop but I didn't buy anything. They wanted $2 for a bag of popcorn and almost $3 for either a bottle of Gatorade or soda. I didn't check out the price that they charged to visit the caves. I did take a lot of pictures including some of the nearby Cape Heceta Lighthouse. There was a squirrel in the parking lot eating all of the spilled popcorn.

About about 20 minutes, I headed out. About a mile down the highway, I stopped to take pictures and a short video of a very tall waterfall. About a mile more, I went through one of the two tunnels on the Oregon Coast. The ride through the tunnel was okay because it was mostly downhill. I did have to stop and push a button that activated yellow warning lights to tell motorists there were bicycles in the tunnel. It was good that the ride through the town was downhill and so was the bridge that connected the tunnel to the mainland. I did stop to take some pictures of me in the tunnel.

From the tunnel, it was about a 4 mile ride to the Carl Washburn S.P. The hiker/biker area was okay. It was really close to a bathhouse/restroom. The majority of the H/B area was in the woods but there was an area where there was a grassy field. In the wooded area, I didn't see that many good spots to pitch a tent because there were a lot of tree roots sticking up. I moved a picnic table to one edge so I could set my tent up in a wind breaker. I got into the park around 5 pm so I had some time to do some more sewing repairs on the floor of the tent. There were still some holes that I hadn't repaired from camping in the Southwestern desert. Hopefully, this will keep the inside of the tent dryer if and when it rains again.

After getting my tent set up, I took my electronics to the nearby bath-house. There were several electric outlets in the room that had the showers. There was a bench to sit on so I didn't have to hunker down on the floor.

About 7 pm, Mark, the guy from Germany showed up. I'm just going to try and avoid him. He wants to complain about everything. Since he can't really say anything good about anybody or anything, I don't want to take the time listening to him.

May 23, 2017 : Carl Washburn Memorial S.P. (Searose Beach, OR) to Carl Washburn Memorial S.P. (Searose Beach, OR) : 04.00 miles (06.40 km)
Trip Total: 4,333.26 miles (6,933.22 km)
Year Total: 2,382.03 miles (3,811.25 km)

Considering that there was a lot of noise from the trees rustling in the wind, I was able to get some rest. I woke up around 6 am. I had Alice packed up by 7:15 am.

I left the park around 7:30 am. When I started to go North, I noticed that there was a headwind. It was okay since I had some trees on the westside of the highway as a windbreaker. About 1.5 miles down the highway, I was more exposed to the winds since I was now riding along a bluff and cliff. The wind was really strong. It must have been over 20 mph. There was a squall line of brown and grey clouds about a mile or two from the shore. After attempting to ride a half more mile, I decided to turn around and go back to the state park and reclaim the spot where I camped out last night.

I paid my five dollars and set up my tent where I had pitched it last night. I did some more sewing repairs on my panniers and trunk bag. After lunch, I took a long walk around the park. I then strung a clothesline and did some handwashing. Hopefully, the breeze will dry my stuff before morning.

After that, I then took my electronics to a campsite where there was electricity. The lady park ranger found me and told me that I shouldn't be camping out where I was because this was the drainfield for the bathhouse but I told her that the park host on duty yesterday morning told me that it would be okay. She told me that I didn't have to move tonight but if I stayed over tomorrow I would have to move my stuff into the wooded area. I also can't complain if I get damaged or wet gear from any flooding from the drain field.

Because of this delay, I'm looking at crossing the Columbia River into Washington state, Tuesday, May 30th, instead of Monday, May 29th. This will have me take the ferry from Bremerton into Seattle, Monday, June 05th. This will put me into either Spokane, WA or Couer d'Alene, ID on my 61st birthday.

The German guy, Mark, stayed on. I didn't talk to him much because he wanted to criticize me more. This is even after I had given him some of my food because he was existing on Cliff Bars and squeeze tubes of organic baby food. I have pity for him. He only thinks about himself and he isn't involved in any kind of cause. He is so much into the other german guy, Hans Stuecker, who toured over 335,000 miles. Here is another person who was just accumulating miles without any purpose behind them. Both of them are like Forrest Gump.

May 24, 2017 : Carl Washburn Memorial S.P. (Searose Beach, OR) to Beverly Beach S.P. (Ocean Park, OR) : 43.19 miles (69.10 km)
Trip Total: 4,378.45 miles (7,002.32 km)
Year Total: 2,425.22 miles (3,880.75 km)

Before it got too dark, I moved my tent and things from the grassy drainage field to the wooded hiker/biker area. It took maybe 20 minutes. I didn't take the tent down to move it. Being in the wooded area actually was less windy and it was a little warmer. I went to bed around 9:30 pm.

I woke up a little before 5 am. I decided that I needed an early start to avoid the winds on the cliffs. I had Alice packed up by 6:15 am and I left the park around 6:30 am. Mark was still in his tent. The wind was really minimal so I had a greeat ride into Yachats. I stopped at a grocery store to get a few things.

The ride between Yachats and Newport was pretty flat and I was away from the shore. Between Yachats and Newport, there were two state parks with camping but I passed on both of them. The miles really went by fast. By noon, I had ridden a lttle over 31 miles. I walked across the bridge between South Bend and Newport. I stopped at a BK in Newport for a late lunch.

I was doing pretty good. I was thinking about pushing to Lincoln City but I opted to camp out at Beverly Beach S.P. near Ocean Park and ride the 20 miles into Lincoln City tomorrow.

May 25, 2017 : Beverly Beach S.P. (Ocean Park, OR) to Devils Lake S.P. (Lincoln City, OR) : 21.94 miles (35.10 km)
Trip Total: 4,398.39 miles (7,037.42 km)
Year Total: 2,448.16 miles (3,917.06 km)

I had an okay late afternoon and evening in the H/B area of Beverly Beach S.P. The campsite was up a hill. There was a food box that had electric outlets. There was also a bike repair stand with pump. I moved a picnic table over to the electric outlets so I could have a table to sit on. I pitched my tent in some grass on the N side of the picnic table.

About 5 pm, another cycle tourist showed up. Tom was from Las Vegas and he was riding from Seattle to Santa Monica, CA. He was 68 and retired from being an auditor with the Federal Dept of Defense. He was an avid mountain and rock climber. We hit it off really well. I shared with him the detours that he will have to take to santa Monica. Tom shared some of his food with me. Before going into our tents, Tom and I went down to the main camping area to find the restroom/bathhouse and to also check out a neat visitor center/museum. We didn't stay out of our tents long because of mosquitoes.

I had a pretty good night. I slept pretty through the night and with my sleep mask on it was almost 6 am when I woke up. I had breakfast and got my stuff packed up so I could take my tent down. Tom was almost packed up because he told me that he was going to ride to the McDs in Newport for breakfast. I took my time getting Alice packed up and I talked with a young lady who was hiking the Oregon Coast from Astoria to Brookings. I finished up packing up Alice and rode down to the restroom.

It was about 7:30 am when I got back on the highway. It was an okay ride to Otter Rocks. I could have followed the ACA route but I chose to stay on US 101. There was a long climb up a hill of about several miles but there was a great downhill run of several miles as well. The ride was pretty well flat from there into DePoe Bay.

In Depoe Bay, I stopped at a gas station for some hot chocolate to warm up. From the gas station, I rode to the bridge over the smallest harbor in the country. I took some pictures. I then went across the road to take some pictures of the surf hitting the rocks. I also took a short video. I also talked to three people from Montreal who were riding South to Crescent City. They were really traveling lightand using their credit cards for motel rooms and restaurants. Before leaving DePoe Bay, I took some pictures and a short video of a whale fountain that every once in a while spouted water from it's blow hole.

I took my time riding between DePoe Bay and Lincoln City. I got into Lincoln City around noon. I stopped at an antique store because there was a lot of Christian stuff in the windows. I stopped at a BK for some lunch. In the shopping center next door to the North was a laundromat and that was my next stop. There were two young guys at the end of the BK driveway/ exit sitting down with a sign that said that they were hungry. I told them that if they would meet me at the laundromat I would get them some things out of my food pannier. I gave each of them a peanut butter and honey sandwich and some granola bars and other stuff. It did bother me when one of the young guys tried to smoke around me. They seemed to have money for their addictions but not for food. There is no telling that cigarettes is their only addiction because marijuana is legal in Oregon and there were pot shops with flags with green crosses on them in pretty well every small town up the oregon Coast.

The laundromat was really cheap. The small machines were only $1.50. The lady attendant told me that the soap was on her because she saw me give some of my food to the other guys. When she found out that I was a minister on the road, she told me that the washers and dryers would be free for me. The local Presyterian Church helped with funds to pay for getting the clothes and stuff for the homeless washed and dried through the "Warm and Dry Ministry". I was told to get everything that was dirty on Alice and put them into a large washer. The lady told me that I could have washed my sleeping bag but I told her that it was clean. The weight limit would have been 40 pounds of stuff but I was under 18 pounds. It took two dryers to get everything dried. The lady was really amazed when she saw that I had gotten all of my clothes into one pannier. They also give out warm clothes and space blankets at the laundromat. I could have gotten a space blanket but I passed on it. The lady told me that there was a food giveaway at the food pantry run by the Vineyard church close to the campground of Devils Lake S.P.

From the laundromat, it was a short ride to the Devils Lake State Park. I paid my $6 for the H/B area. The H/B area was under construction so I was given the chance to set up in a regular campsite up front. The main part of the H/B area was up a hill next to the park's vehicle maintenance yard. With all of the things being built, there didn't seem to be a lot of space for tents to be put up let along picnic tables.

After pitching my tent and getting my gear inside it, I walked up the hill to check out the church run food pantry. I just wanted to check it out but I was told that I could get some stuff from it. The food pantry was really set up nice. Instead of collecting bags or boxes of food already packed up, the clients got a shopping cart and went from shelf to shelf (with the help of a pantry volunteer) picking out what they wanted and the quantity was determined on how many people that were going to feed in the household. I got a large plastic grocery bag full of food that I was able to pick out myself and also two new paperback books to read. If I would have gone to a grocery store and paid for the food it would have probably cost over $40.

The food pantry runs twice a week between 2 and 6 pm. They have slots for 80 people to be taken care of during that time. By the time that I got there, they were up to number 45. The clients varied from older people to young couples with children. One of the couples got to me because they were both heavily tattoed including tattoes on their faces near one of their eyes. The mother had hippy clothes on and she was barefoot. She was holding a really small infant child.

I will be riding to the Tillimook area. There isn't really any state parks in the area so I might be stealth camping tomorrow night.

May 26, 2017 : Devils Lake S.P. (Lincoln City, OR) to Nehalem Bay S.P. (Nehalem, OR) : 73.67 miles (117.87 km)
Trip Total: 4,472.06 miles (7,155.30 km)
Year Total: 2,521.83 miles (4,034.83 km)

I had an okay late afternoon and evening at Devils Lake S.P. There were 4 other cyclists there. One was a couple from Edmondton, Alberta, Canada who was riding to Panama. They will be out for at least 5 months. In the site next to me was a camper. 37 yr old guy who back in March moved away from Portland and moved to Lincoln City. He got a job in 9 days. He is camping out in going between Beverly Beach S.P. and Devils Lake S.P. while trying to find property for 18 foot camper trailer that his boss is selling to him at a very deep discount.

Left park around 7 am. Walked most of the way thru Lincoln City. Long hill to climb up between Lincoln City and Cloverdale. Got into Cloverdale around 11 am. Stopped for a short break. Pushed on to Hebo. Stopped at a Deli.

Okay ride between Hebo and Tillimonk. Mostly downhill but on highway with little shoulder. Got into Tillimonk around 4 pm. Stopped at UCC. Free meal 4-6 pm. Pretty good spaghetti dinner with black cherry ice cream and cookies. Didn't to keep on going. Did stop at new visitor center of the Tillimonk Cheese Factory.

Pretty good ride mostly flat. Decided to push it to Nehalem Bay S.P. Got to park a little before dusk.

May 27, 2017 : Nehalem Bay S.P. (Nehalem, OR) to Fort Stevens S.P. (Hammond, OR) : 40.19 miles (64.30 km)
Trip Total: 4,512.25 miles (7,219.60 km)
Year Total: 2,562.02 miles (4,099.23 km)

I had an okay evening at the H/B area of Nehalem Bay S.P. In the waning light, I pitched my tent on one of the tent pads pretty well by touch. I saw that there were four other tents in the area. One of the tents had a couple from I think Japan. I didn't stay up long before going to bed.

I did wake up a couple of times during the night. It was a little before 5 am when I woke up. After eating breakfast, I took my shaving gear and my laptop to the restroom at the meeting house. I did yeterdays' journal entry. On the way back to the H/B area, I had a neat treat of getting ready to two small elk calves. They were eating grass in the median up front. I was able to get really close to them up to at least 12 feet away to take pictures and videos.

While I was taking my tent down, the calves came into the H/B area. I took some more pictures and videos. I got within at least 9 feet away. After getting Alice packed up, I called some of my friends back East to wish them a Happy Memorial Day.

It was almost 8 am when I left the state park. I took a different route back to US 101. I stopped at a gas station for some hot chocolate. There was a pretty big hill to get over on the way to the Arch Cape Tunnel. I stopped at the Oswald West S.P. for a restroom break. There was a packed parking lot. People were taking a lot of stuff down a sidewalk to the beach below the cliff.

The ride to and through the Cape Arch Tunnel went okay. I took some pictures inside the tunnel. From the tunnel, it was a good ride to Cannon Beach. There was another climb on the North side of Cannon Beach. I stopped at a park for a short lunch break.

There was a good downhill run to SeaSide. There was a lot of traffic congestion getting into SeaSide. I stopped at a McDs for a break. It didn't get as hot as it was yesterday.

Once I got out of SeaSide, the highway terraign was pretty flat. The miles went by quickly. I rode US 101 to near the edge of Warrenton and then I got on side roads the rest of the way to the Ft Steven St. Park. The H/B area was up front behind the trash refuse/recycle center. There were two other cyclists. One of the guys had ridden from Portland and was riding back tomorrow. The other guy was out on a 4 day trip and he was riding with his mini-pinchpug dog that was in a small animal carrier on the rear rack of his bike. The bike was pretty retro looking with extra wide sidewall tires but it had front and rear disc brakes. The guy was riding to Nehalem Bay S.P. tomorrow.

May 28, 2017 : Fort Stevens S.P.(Hammond, OR) to Warrenton, OR : 07.53 miles (12.05 km)
Trip Total: 4,519.78 miles (7,231.65 km)
Year Total: 2,569.55 miles (4,111.28 km)

After having such a good night at the Nehalem Bay SP H/B area two nights ago, last night was a bit of a let down in the H/B area of Ft Stevens State Park. The H/B area was up front in a hollow next to a creek. The area would really be muddy if it ever rained. There weren't any tent pads like Nehalem Bay. The area had a really bad problem with mosquitoes. The only saving grace was that there was a restroom nearby but it didn't have any showers. The worst part was that the recycling and refuse center was right up front with the large trash compactor that was quite noisy when somebody filled it up and turned it on. I had a good time talking with the guy who was traveling with his little dog. I didn't talk much to the guy who had ridden from Portland. He is going to spend the night and then turn around and head back to Portland tomorrow. He wasn't that friendly.

About 9 pm, another couple showed up. They had ridden from Portland as well and were going to ride back tomorrow. The young lady was pretty loud when she talked. It took a while for me to fall asleep.

I woke up around 4 am and after having breakfast, I took my laptop to the restroom to work on it. I didn't stay long because of the smell from the urinals. There were no outside outlets to connect with but the bugs would have been bad. When I got back to my tent, the guy with the dog was cooking himself some breakfast. I sort of took my time getting packed up. It was still around 7 am when I headed out. The campgrounds was pretty quiet.

I backtracked into Warrenton. I rode around town to check out the churches. I was going to go to the Methodist Church but the sign said that there was a female pastor. I backtracked to the Christian Church but I didn't stay very long. The praise team was loudly practicing for their stage show performance. The people in the foyer weren't that friendly towards me. Nobody greeted me. I saw a sign that mentioned that there was a free clothes giveaway center at the First Baptist Church. I'm very interested in going to churches that have active social ministries and not to churches that just send in money to a group or a ministry.

On the way to the First Baptist Church, I stopped at a gas station for some chocolate milk. I got to the First Baptist Church around 9 am. There were two older guys there but they didn't invite me in. I waited outside for about 20 minutes before somebody else came and they invited me in. I found out that one of the guys was the Sunday school teacher. I sat in for Sunday school but I didn't last all the way through the class because my legs started to hurt. There wasn't any discussion. It was just the one guy talking. I didn't know that the older gentleman who sat by me was the pastor. I talked with a guy before the service but I guess he was one of the deacons. After the service, the pastor with the approval of the deacon who I talked to gave me permission to stay in the church library for the night. There is a sofa to sleep on.

Before leaving Oregon tomorrow morning, I'm going to try and visit Lewis and Clark's Fort Clatsop. I'm a little concerned about getting across the high bridge over the Columbia because I heard that they are doing some construction on it.

May 29, 2017 : Warrenton, OR to North Nemah, WA : 48.32 miles (77.31 km)
Trip Total: 4,568.10 miles (7,308.96 km)
Year Total: 2,617.87 miles (4,188.59 km)

I had an okay night camping out in the library of the First Baptist Church. During the evening service, I got to share a little bit about me and what I've been doing so I'm counting this as the twentieth church for the year. I didn't use my sleeping bag.

I got on the road around 7 am. I was going to stop to check out Fort Clatsop but the state park was closed at the time and it was several miles off of Bus US 101. The ride to Astoria went okay. I went across to drawbridges. Before tackling the high bridge over the Columbia River, I stopped at a gas station for a break.

The ride/ walk over the Columbia River bridge went okay. There was a different approach on the OR side. Instead of a spiral there was a S curve. I walked up the approach and then up to the high part of the bridge. There was enough of a shoulder that I felt comfortable doing so and I rode the rest of the way across the bridge to Washington State. About 1.5 mile from WA state, there was a girl cycle tourist heading S. We just waved because of the busy traffic.

A couple of miles into WA state, I went through a tunnel. Three more miles past the tunnel, I got into the small town of Chinook. I stopped to check out a Little Free Library. I met up with an elderly guy with a heavy backpack on and was using a cane. He had an airforce camo jacket on. Might have been a homeless vet. He asked if I knew of a church that was open where he could get some food. I told him that I'll get him some food out of my pannier. Gave him several food items and my extra bottle of water.

I was able to get at least 22 miles in by noon. Stopped at a closed store for some lunch. Afternoon ride went okay.

About 5 pm, I found a trail that went up a hill. Walked up the hill about 220 feet and found a flat area where I could pitch my tent.

May 31, 2017 : North Nemah, WA to Montesano, WA : 50.69 miles (81.10 km)
Trip Total: 4,618.79 miles (7,390.06 km)
Year Total: 2,668.56 miles (4,269.70 km)

I had an okay night camping out in the woods between Middle Nemah and North Nemah. Yesterday was an unplanned day off the road. Yesterday morning, I almost had my tent down when I heard the loud clap of thunder. I quickly put my tent back up and got my things back into it before it started to rain. I used yesterday as a day to catch up on my sleep using my sleep mask and to also do some much needed sewing repairs on my clothes.

Around 6 am this morning, I had Alice packed up and I got her out of the woods. The ride North on US 101 went okay. There was a hill to climb up and there was a good downhill run. I got the first 20 miles in by 9 am.

I got into South Bend around 9:30 am. I stopped at a grocery store for some groceries and then I went across the street to the public restroom. I stopped at a gas station for a break and there was an electric outlet at a table so I was able to get my laptop out to charge it. I was back on the road in about 40 minutes.

The ride to Raymond went okay. I stopped at a McDs for a light lunch and to also get on the web. The sky was getting dark and I was concerned about going any farther. In the downtown area, I rode around to check out the churches. I found the secretary in at the Assembly of God church. The pastor was supposed to come in after lunch before he had to go out and drive a school bus. I waited in the office for a little over an hour but the pastor didn't show up.

After riding around the downtown area one more loop, I headed out going North. There was a long climb up a hill. A couple of miles out of Raymond, I bumped into two cyclists who were traveling South. We just waived to each other. The ride North went really well. There was a light drizzle so I got out my jacket.

About 8 miles out of Montesano, I got off of US 101. The ride to Montesano was mostly downhill. I got into Montesano around 6:40 pm. I found a Wednesday Night service at the Calvary Chapel. I got to meet the ministers before the service. I was able to share during the service. The pastor after the service suprised me with a key for a room at a motel that I had passed coming into town. I also got $5 in a GH from a guy and a plate of cinnamon rolls from one of the ladies.

The next update will be posted between June 07th and June 14th.



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